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…

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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…

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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…

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by George Bailey

One of the new features in this year’s Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights are the laser light shows that take place on Lundy’s Lane. Every Friday and Saturday there are three 15-minute laser light shows starting at6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. On Sunday’s there are two shows at 6…

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by George Bailey

I can remember what seems like not to many years ago hearing Niagara Falls musician Tim Hicks playing his guitar and singing at many of the local bars. Well things have changed for Tim. Tim Hicks as John Law in the Niagara Falls Review wrote, “These Niagara bars are where Tim Hicks-future country…

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by George Bailey

In addition to all the lights, you’ll see in Queen Victoria Park near the falls and the Dufferin Islands area travel outside the park to see more. Lundy’s Lane is ablaze with more lights and at the top of Clifton Hill on Victoria Avenue, there is a display of Korean JinJU lanterns. I took a few of…

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by George Bailey

Here’s just four of the venues you can take in this November and December when you visit Niagara. The award winning Oh Canada Eh? Is located on Lundy’s Lane and features, Its A Wrap a lively musical plus a five course meal. The show runs from November 18th to December 19th.Oh Canada Eh? has been…

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by George Bailey

There’s a new mobile application that allows you to access the events taking place during this annual festival which this year runs from November 21st this year until January 31st, 2016. The mobile application is available on the Android and Apple iOS platforms. The APP has features that allow…

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by George Bailey

Sitting on the edge of the Niagara Gorge below the Canadian Horseshoe Falls is a long rectangular shaped building called thee Ontario Power Generating Station. This plant built in 1905 (abandoned in 1999) at one time produced 25 cycle power. This plant received water to produce this power from…

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by aspruijt

ENZO is an artist working primarily out of Niagara and Toronto but with projects everywhere from Buffalo to Montreal. Producing murals and signage on commission has allowed Enzo to be involved in voluntary creative projects in and around local communities in an effort to beautify sterile urban…

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by George Bailey

It’s time to bundle up the little ones and head out for the Annual Santa Claus Parade to be held this Saturday November 14th.The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Armoury Street and travels north along Victoria Avenue eventually ending up at City Hall on Queen Street in…

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by George Bailey

14 different restaurants on Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls are offering special 3-course lunch and dinners at special prices until Thursday, November 19th.The new event titled, “Fall-cious” is meant to showcase the culinary skills of these restaurants. I just went on-line at www.lundyslane.com and…

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by George Bailey

To honour the sacrifice and contributions made by veterans and current service personnel in both the United States and Canada the falls on Wednesday, November 11th (known as Remembrance Day in Canada and Armistice Day in the United States) will be illuminated in red. At the top of each hour the…

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by George Bailey

That’s right you can still take a 20 minute ride aboard one of the two 700 passenger catamarans until Sunday, November 29th.This daytime boat ride takes you to the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, Bridal View Falls and the American Falls. You’ll not only see the falls up close you’ll hear it…

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by George Bailey

It was 50 years ago today on November 9, 1965 at 5:16 p.m. that a minor switch at the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station in Queenston triggered a massive electrical failure that paralyzed the north-eastern United States and large areas of Ontario and Quebec. One of the largest cities to be blacked…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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