by George Bailey   

Some folks still think Niagara Falls attractions close up for the winter. That’s so far from the truth. Just about all Niagara Falls attractions are open now. If you’re looking for a different winter excursion visit the Journey behind the Falls at Table Rock. Here you take an elevator to the base… Read More...

by George Bailey   

When you spoke about Chippawa often the name Don Ede would come up. Don was a life-long resident of this hamlet of Niagara Falls and all of his life protected and promoted Chippawa. He was known as Mr. Chippawa. Sadly, Don passed on this week at the age of 78.Whenever I needed to know something… Read More...

by George Bailey   

That’s right, the temperature here in Niagara Falls has been around -10 Celsius (feels like -20 Celsius). I bundled up warm yesterday morning and headed to the falls to look at what the cold weather has produced in and around the falls. It never disappoints. Ice has started to form around the many… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Have you ever heard of these ions? Well, let me tell you about them. Lots of rushing water creates these negative ions (there’re good guys).These negative ions some folks sat account for the positive feelings you get when you’re near the water. It’s like how you feel when you’re at the beach, or… Read More...

by George Bailey   

One of Canada’s prestigious galas takes place at The Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls on Friday, January 15th. I’ve attended this event many times in the past and can tell you it’s always a highlight of my year. If you haven’t been before you can expect incredible culinary experiences,… Read More...

by George Bailey   

With temperatures, dropping to below -8 C Niagara’s annual ice wine grape harvest has now began. Icewine is made by leaving grapes on the vine when the cold hits. The grapes then dehydrate as the water inside them freezes, leaving a sugary nectar that is extracted. Because of a warmer December… Read More...

by George Bailey   

It doesn’t come as a surprise to those in tourism but 2015 was perhaps the best in a decade for tourism in Niagara Falls. Falls Mayor Jim Diodati says good weather, and the depreciated Canadian dollar has kept more Canadian in Canada and brought more Americans to Canada as the main reasons. Another… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Big changes are taking place on part of Clifton Hill. HOCO Entertainment and Resorts plan to build a new go cart coaster track in the area that once was the location of the Park Motor Hotel for 60 years. The hotel has recently been demolished. This will be the new signature piece for this part of… Read More...

by George Bailey   

With temperatures dropping to minus 10 Celsius, ice has started to accumulate around the rocks at the base of the falls. This makes for great photography opportunities. Be sure to bundle up warm in layers of clothing. Here’s a montage photos I took on a very cold morning at about 7 a.m. Read More...

by George Bailey   

Official Niagara Falls Ontario and Niagara Parks Commission historian, Sherman Zavitz has written another book on Niagara Falls entitled, “It Seemed As If 100 Men Were Pounding on My Head”. The book consists of a collection of 45 stories published over the past number of years by the Niagara Falls… Read More...

by George Bailey   

It was 84 years ago that one of Niagara Falls most historic hotels, the Clifton Hotel was destroyed by fire on New Year’s Eve, December 31,1932.The six-storey hotel, built at a cost of a half-million dollars in 1905 was located at the foot of Clifton Hill where the outdoor Oakes Garden Theatre is… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Latest reports I hear from the tourist community is that 2015 was an excellent year for visitors. A big reason is the influx of visitors from the United States. The strong U.S. dollar compared to the Canadian dollar is one of the main reasons why business is upbeat. A customer survey tells us that… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Some of you may know that Samuel Clemens ,also known as Mark Twain, lived and worked in the Niagara area between 1869 -71 as part owner and editor of the Buffalo Express. During his time here, he visited Niagara Falls Ontario and wrote a short story called Niagara about his visit and the people he… Read More...

by George Bailey   

A friend of mine Guy Demers, a Niagara area photographer, was contacted by a Mike Norkus from Pittsburgh to arrange to have him take a few photographs at the falls as he proposed to his girlfriend Kellie Moorcroft. It was to be a surprise. When all the details were worked out Guy, with camera in… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Have you ever heard of Niagara Spar? I have on my desk beside me a chunk of this spar. This rock at one time was taken in large quantities in the mid eighteen hundreds from below and behind the Canadian Horseshoe Falls .Entrepreneurs labeled the rock, “Petrified Mist” or “Niagara Spar” and they… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Here’s something a little bit different that caught my eye. There’ll be live music at the Niagara Falls History Museum at 5810 Ferry Street, on Friday evening, December 4th between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The Peter Shea Music Quintet will keep things swinging accompanied by some of the Niagara Lindy… Read More...

by George Bailey   

The Niagara Parks are holding a, “Hoot for the Holidays Sky-Hunter Owl Exhibit” at their Butterfly Conservatory each Saturday now until January 2, 2016 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. David and Kim Gibson and their two twin daughters Sarah and Kailey will educate the public about the habitats of these… Read More...