by George Bailey   

The Jolly Cut is a rustic pathway that is located at the foot of Robinson Street near the Skylon in Niagara Falls. When you descent the pathway you enter Queen Victoria Park opposite the American Falls. The story is that many years ago the clerk at the Brunswick Hotel (long abandoned) was asked… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Once in a while, I’m asked to try and date a painting or photograph of Niagara Falls. I try and do my best by looking at what is seen in the painting. There are buildings or landmarks that I look for to at least narrow down the date the painting or photograph were done. One is whether Terrapin… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Niagara’s, “Street of Fun”, Clifton Hill is in for big changes. It was recently announced an older hotel, the 185-room Comfort Inn which opened in the 1950’s, will be torn down and replaced with something new. Other attractions and restaurants owned by one of Niagara Falls major hospitality… Read More...

by George Bailey   

On Friday, October 30th and All Hallow’s Eve, Saturday, October 31st the folks at historic Old Fort Erie, in Fort Erie are planning to scare you. The Niagara Parks Commission, owners and operators of the old fort, promise it will be a frightening and fun evening. Many believe the hallowed walls of… Read More...

by George Bailey   

It was on November 1, 1941 that the Rainbow Bridge was opened becoming the largest hingeless arch bridge at the time in the world. This bridge was constructed to replace the Upper Steel Arch Bridge (Honeymoon Bridge) which was destroyed by an ice jam in 1938.It is located 183 metres (600 yards)… Read More...

by George Bailey   

It was a cool windy day but that’s the way most of the runners in this past Sundays marathon liked it. Winner of this year’s marathon, Taylor Kraayenbrink of Sarnia agreed. The 25 year old had run the same race eight years ago when he was only 17. Thousands of [people lined the route of the… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Princess Diana of Great Britain and her Children, William and Harry visited Niagara Falls on October 25th 1991. As Director of Public Relations for the Niagara Parks Commission I had the pleasure of meeting them at Table Rock and escorting them around Niagara Falls for the next 3 hours. It was 3… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Here’s an interesting painting from myNiagara Falls collection by an unknown artist of a view of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls from the bottom of what we now call Clifton Hill. Note the heavy volume of water going over both American Falls on the left (the Bridal Veil Falls has not yet… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Organizers of this world wide road race have announced Niagara Falls will be one of the 35 locations around the world that will host this event on May 8th; 2016.This race, which took place this past May, raised $45,000. All money raised goes to support spinal cord research. What’s different about… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Here’s a photograph I took early this morning of the Niagara River as it flows into the whirlpool below the falls. The photograph was taken at the edge of Whirlpool Woods (it’s at the far end of the Niagara Aero Car).This time of year brings a wash of colour, as nature opens up her paint box and… Read More...

by George Bailey   

It was on October 17, 1829 that a 22 year old from Rhode Island, Sam Patch, jumped off a platform built atop a 30 metre (98 foot) ladder built on Goat Island in Niagara Falls New York into the Niagara River. He was successful and lived to tell about his great accomplishment. However, repeating the… Read More...

by George Bailey   

In the Niagara Falls of today you can find plenty of top-notch hotels and Inns offering luxurious accommodations, delicious food and spectacular views of the falls. In 1822 this wasn’t the case. It took an entrepreneur named William Forsyth to build a three story high hotel constructed of clapboard… Read More...

by George Bailey   

The Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls turns 50 on Oct. 6th of this month. Construction of the $7 million dollar tower began in May of 1964 and at the time of it’s opening in October of 1965; it was the tallest (156 metres, 520 feet) reinforced concrete structure in the world. As a young 21 year old who… Read More...

by George Bailey   

I just came back from a walk near the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and saw in the lower Niagara River below the falls one of the Hornblower cruise boats travelling to the base of the falls with a full load of visitors. I thought I should let folks know almost all of Niagara Falls attractions still… Read More...

by George Bailey   

The young 7 year old boy who as a result of a boating accident went over Niagara Falls in July of 1960 will speak on Friday, October 2nd at Club Italia in Niagara Falls. The breakfast begins at 6 a.m. Tickets for the event are $15.00 and can be obtained by phoning 905-357-5555 #247. This is an… Read More...

by George Bailey   

If you live in Niagara Falls one of the things that some residents like to do is feed the waterfowl at Dufferin Islands above the falls processed foods, bread and scraps. The Niagara Parks Commission is requesting that these folks stop feeding this waterfowl (ducks and geese). The reason: When… Read More...

by George Bailey   

This is what it looked like in 1999 before construction of the Fallsview Casino Resort had begun in 2001. This resort opened in June of 2004.The Casino Resort is now found where The Transformer Station for Ontario Hydro was located amongst the trees in the lower left of this photo. Part of the… Read More...