Official Tourism Blog

August 3, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

The Story of the Abandoned Barge Above the Falls

It was on Tuesday afternoon, August 6th, 1918 that the scow, now abandoned in the Niagara River a half-mile up river from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, was engaged in a dredging operation in the fast currents on the American side of the…
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August 2, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

A Few Historic Photographs of Niagara Falls.

I thought you might enjoy looking at a few historic images taken of the falls. The falls was first photographed in 1840 by Hugh Pattinson of England. The original copies of these photographs can be found in the library at the University of…
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August 2, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Jakes Chip Wagon is One of Canada’s Best

Food Network Canada has declared Jakes Chip Wagon, which has been a downtown Niagara Falls icon since 1945, as one of the top chip wagons in Canada. The wagon was first started by the parents of one of the current owners, Amy Heibert.…
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July 27, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

How Fast Does the Niagara River Flow?

The speed of the Niagara River varies from location to location. At the southern end of the river, water flows approximately 8 kilometres (5 miles) per hour as it passes under the Peace Bridge at Fort Erie. Just above the falls in the…
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July 25, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

The Niagara River Whirlpool

At various times the lower Niagara River Whirlpool (it’s where you find the Whirlpool Aero Car) 5.7 kilometres downriver from the falls is a whirlpool in name only. When the Niagara River is flowing at its normal volume, water rushes into…
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July 21, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Zipline a BIG Success

Officially opened yesterday, the new WildPlay MistRider Zipline ride that descends 670-metres (2,200 feet) into the lower Niagara Gorge near the falls is a great success. Operators of the ride say they are averaging 500-600 riders a day.…
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July 19, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Congrats to Fallsview Casino Hotel

For the 12th consecutive year the Fallsview Casino Hotel in Niagara Falls has been awarded by the Canadian and American Automobile Associations a Four Diamond Award Rating. Less than six percent of the 28,000 hotels approved by CAA/AAA…
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July 18, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

How Big are the Falls?

The crest line of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls measures approximately 670 metres wide (2,200 feet),the American Falls about 260 metres (850 feet) and the Bridal Veil Falls about 15 metres (50 feet).The crest line of Luna Island (that’s the…
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July 14, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Bike, Walk, Run between Lakes Erie and Ontario

The Niagara River Recreation Trail, located parallel to the Niagara River, travels some 53 kilometres (33 miles) between these two great lakes and the communities of Fort Erie and Niagara on the Lake passing through Niagara Falls. This…
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July 13, 2016 byExpedia

Relax, Eat, Explore in Niagara Falls

Feeling the spray of cool water across your face and poncho from aboard Hornblower Niagara Cruises may be the highlight of your trip to Niagara Falls, but then again—it may be just the beginning. Niagara has more to offer than its famous…
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July 11, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

New Niagara Falls Attraction Opens July 15th

The Niagara Parks Commission announced it’s much anticipated, Mist Rider Zip Line Attraction opens Friday, July 15th. Staff has already tested the zipline attraction that descends from the Grand View Marketplace at the foot of Clifton Hill…
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July 6, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Livestock 2016

If you like live music (it’s also free) make you way to the historic downtown of Niagara Falls on Sunday, July 17th. From 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. there will be 46 bands performing at Taps Brewhouse, 4680 Queen Street. This will be the second…
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July 6, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

New Entertainment Complex at Fallsview Casino?

It was learned recently that a conglomerate of a group of five (not announced who they are) will be making a bid to build a new 5,000 to 7,000 seat complex at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls. This would mean they would be able to…
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July 6, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

The Miracle at Niagara Falls is recalled

It was 56 years ago on July 9th that a seven year old boy as a result of an accident went over The Canadian Horseshoe Falls wearing only a life-jacket survived the plunge with only minor scratches. At the same time, his teenage sister was…
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July 6, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Shake Rattle and Roll

Looking for something to do on Friday evening, then head to the Niagara Falls History Museum at 5810 Ferry Street ,Friday, July 8th.From 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. There will be an event titled, Shake Rattle and Roll a 50’s Sock Hop and Cruise…
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July 4, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

General Brock is 87 on July 1st

That’s the General Brock Hotel in Niagara Falls. It was on July 1st, 1929 that the then first high rise Niagara Falls hotel opened. The new hotel consisted of eleven floors which towered over the landscape. This 20,000 square foot hotel…
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June 30, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Go Train Service to Expand to Niagara Falls

The Ontario government announced yesterday plans to begin to expand Go Train service to Niagara next year. Niagara politicians have been lobbying for many years to get this service on a year-long basis to the Niagara area. As we all can…
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June 30, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

New Attraction is for the Bees

The Niagara Parks, the Ontario Parks Association, The NPC School of Horticulture Alumni and the Niagara Catholic School Board of Niagara formed a partnership to open a unique new bee habitat, about a 20 minute drive north of the falls off…
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June 27, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

A Niagara Hidden Gem

If you like art, you‘ll want to visit the Riverbrink Art Museum at 116 Queenston Street just below the Niagara Escarpment in the tiny village of Queenston. It’s about a 20 minute drive north of Niagara Falls. This museum is the former…
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June 23, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Car-Free Zone in Queen Victoria Park

For the first time ever cars will be restricted in Queen Victoria Park near the falls on Canada Day, Friday July 1st. The car-free zone will be between Clifton Hill and Fraser Hill between 7 a.m. until midnight. Folks are encouraged to…
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June 22, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Get Your Strawberries and Cherries Now

This year’s crop of fresh strawberries and cherries are now available for picking. Travel the lower Niagara Parkway towards Niagara on the Lake and you’ll be able to purchase them right from the farmers that grew the fruit. Walker’s…
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June 21, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Parks Floral Clock is one of a Kind

If you travel north along the Niagara Parkway about ten kilometres from the falls, you’ll come across this magnificent Floral Clock. It’s a clock that has a face made up of approximately 16,000 carpet bedding plants. Each year gardeners of…
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June 20, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Congratulations to Niagara Falls' Greg Frewin

The Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood, California announced Greg Frewin as the 2015 recipient of the Performing Fellowship Award. Established in 1968, the award recognizes outstanding achievement and significant contribution to the…
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June 16, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Plenty of Free Events over the Next Few Days in Niagara

On Thursday evening at Fireman’s Park on Mountain Road in Niagara Falls you can hear the blues band, Soul Train perform free beginning at 7 p.m. There’s plenty of free parking. You’ll find free live entertainment on Friday and…
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