Official Tourism Blog

October 24, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Plans for Annual Winter Festival of Lights

As one of the original organizers and first Chairman of this annual lighting festival it gives me great pride to see how this Niagara Falls festival has grown since 1982. This year’s Ontario Power generation Winter Festival of Lights will…
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October 21, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

30,000 more Tulips to be Planted near the Falls

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary next year The Canadian Garden Council have given The Niagara Parks Commission 30,000 tulip bulbs to create a 150th Celebration Promenade Garden within Queen Victoria Park along the promenade in…
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October 20, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara’s Last, “Daredevil”

It was 13 years ago today on October 20th, 2003 that 40 year old Kirk Jones from Canton, Ohio attempted to end his life by jumping into the Upper Niagara River. Miraculously, wearing only his jacket and jeans he survived the plunge over…
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October 19, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Glen Ablaze with Autumn Colours

At the Niagara Glen Nature Area 6.7 kilometres north of the falls you’ll be treated with some of the most brilliant colours of fall. Here’s a montage of some of the photographs I took this morning of the area. If you ride a vehicle to the…
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October 18, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Parks Wants Your Ideas

This self-financed agency of the Ontario government with its headquarters in Niagara Falls, Ontario are looking for suggestions from the public for long term ideas that will help shape its future visions. Two public information sessions…
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October 17, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

The Leaves are on Fire

I went for a walk this past weekend along the Niagara River Recreation Trail and discovered the leaves in the gorge at the whirlpool below the Niagara Spanish Aero Car are just starting to put on their autumn coat of multi colours .I…
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October 14, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Looking for Weekend Fun- We've Got That!

October is known for Oktoberfest and the Scotiabank Convention Centre is the place to celebrate the first ever Niagara Falls Oktoberfest- tickets available at the door. While in Niagara Falls why not get some early Halloween scare time in…
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October 13, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Restaurant Week, October 13-27.

Over 15 internationally inspired restaurants on Niagara Falls Lundy’s Lane will have special lunch and dinner menus at reduced prices in the following week starting this Thursday. Here’s a small sample of some of the meals restaurants are…
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October 12, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Graveyard Walks Coming Up

Learn the history of many of the famous and not so famous people buried in the historic Drummond Hill Cemetery in Niagara Falls. The Niagara Falls History Museum are conducting once again this year guided evening tours of this historic…
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October 11, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Elvis Plans a Visit to Niagara Falls in 2017

It’s won’t be the real Elvis but it will be several Elvis tribute artists who will be taking part in Niagara Falls Elvis Festival on the Victoria Day Weekend, May 19 to the 21st. At a recent Press Conference Vittoria Wikston, General…
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October 6, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Canadian Thanksgiving this Monday, October 10th

Thanksgiving in Canada has been held since 1957 on the second Monday in October. It is a chance for families to get together over a harvest meal and give thanks for this harvest and other fortunes in the past year. For many, it is also a…
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October 3, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Writer’s New Book on Age of Daredevils

It’s taken Niagara writer Michael Clarkson forty-six years to get his new book on Niagara Falls daredevils published. But the prolific writer and former newspaperman has done it. The 256-page book has already been out on Amazon, where it…
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October 3, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Huge Crowd at Landscape of Nations Memorial

Despite the rain this past Sunday hundreds of people turned out for the opening of this special tribute to the natives who played key roles in the Battle of Queenston Heights during the War of 1812 The event was held at Queenston Heights…
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October 3, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

New Senior Appointments at Parks Commission

Janice Thomson, Chair of The Niagara Parks Commission announced recently that Reegan McCullough, currently the executive director of Oil Sands Community Alliance in Alberta has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer of The…
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October 3, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Was there Really a Falls Here?

That’s the question people who live or visit Niagara Falls might be asking 10,000 years from now. You see geologist tell us at the falls is gradually eroding its way back up the Niagara River 36 centimetres every year. When the falls…
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September 29, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Tribute to Native People Planned for Sunday

The Landscape of Nations Commemorative Memorial Garden is planned for on October 2nd between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Queenston Heights Park, 14184 Niagara Parkway. It’s about a half hour drive north from the falls. The public is…
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September 27, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

How Did Table Rock Get its Name?

Many years ago, there was a high shelf of flat rock, just north of the present Table Rock area near the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. It resembled a tabletop. In 1818 a piece measuring 13 x 20 metres (40x60 feet) fell into the…
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September 26, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Parks School of Horticulture is 80

Established in 1936 on 40 hectares (100 acres) of land adjacent to the Niagara Glen on the lower Niagara Parkway, this is the only known school of its kind in North America. From a total enrolment of 36 students ( this number changes at…
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September 22, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Writer Charles Dickens Visited Niagara Falls

It was 1842 when English writer Charles Dickens with his wife, Kate, and maid Anne visited Niagara Falls. The 30-year old Dickens wrote, “When I felt how near I was to my creator I was standing, the first effect and enduring one-instant…
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September 20, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Night of Art

The Niagara Falls History Museum at 5810 Ferry Street is holding a free family-friendly event at the museum on Thursday, September 22 between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. It will include art exhibits, live music, and hands-on interactive crafts and…
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September 19, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Hornblower Having Record Breaking Season

Mory DiMaurizio, General Manager of Hornblower Niagara Cruises is quoted in the local Niagara Falls Review newspaper as having, “a spectacular year”. He’s optimistic that things will continue this way until the two boats are taken out of…
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September 16, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Hostel.. A Real Gem

I was out on my bike a few days ago and stopped off at the Niagara Falls Hostel (4549 Cataract Ave) at the foot of Bridge Street near the intersection of River Road. The hostel is about a half-hour walk from the falls. Salome Torres,…
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September 14, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Triathlon This Sunday

About 700 participants are registered to take part in a day long Triathlon to be held in parts of Niagara this Sunday, September 18th. Participants will have to swim two kilometres, run 21.1 kilometres and bike 90 kilometres (I got tired…
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September 13, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

The Fragrance Garden for the Visually Impaired

One of the best kept secrets in Niagara Falls is the Fragrance Garden for the Visually Impaired found on the grounds outside the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse. The showhouse is located about a five minute drive above the falls off the…
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