by George Bailey   

My wife Ellen and I were in Queen Victoria Park at the foot of Clifton Hill this week and spotted Elvis and to be expected, “We were All Shook up”. He was performing a, “Mess of Blues” outside at the Grandview Marketplace. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand. Actually, it was Elvis… Read More...

by George Bailey   

I read in the localNiagara Falls Review this morning those who derive their pay from tourism say they’ve had the best summer in years with sales up as much as 20%.The increase is attributed to more Canadians staying in Canada because of the depreciated Canadian dollar in the U.S. Also, more… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Parking near the falls in the early 1950’s was a lot different than it is today. Cars are parked right at the edge of the Niagara Parkway opposite the Niagara Parks Refectory Restaurant (now, Edgewaters Restaurant).This is not allowed today. The Horseshoe Falls is seen in the distance. In 1951… Read More...

by George Bailey   

A few blogs back I spoke about the International Control Structure (ICS) located in the upper river above the falls. Associated with this structure are the two drive-in theatres like structures found along the shoreline above the ICS. What you are looking at are the gates that open and close two… Read More...

by George Bailey   

It was on August 28, 1872 that James Butler (Wild Bill Hickok) and Buffalo Bill Cody put on a “Wild West” show in the fallsview area of Niagara Falls. It was a one day event complete with a large number of Native Americans who were brought in from the American Mid-West. The show was promoted by a… Read More...

by George Bailey   

A few days ago I had a couple Chris and Kathie Carmen of Toronto contact me to talk about the book I had written in 1998 called, “Marilyn Monroe and the Making of Niagara.” The book is now out of print. Both are big Marilyn fans. I decided to take them on a whirlwind tour of some of the places… Read More...

by George Bailey   

I learned that this picnic I spoke about in a previous blog took place on Sunday evening on the grass at Oakes Garden Theatre at the foot of Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls. Here's a photograph of part of the 400 diners who all wore white at the picnic Read More...

by George Bailey   

Several hundred revelers, all dressed in white are expected to descend on Niagara Falls on Sunday, August 30th.They will be taking part in an event called Le Diner en Blanc Niagara. Promoters call it the World’s Largest Picnic. This event first started in Paris, France 25 years ago to promote… Read More...

by George Bailey   

If you didn’t have a chance to see the spectacular light and sound show called Onguirrha that the Niagara Parks Commission put on last year mark these dates and times in your calendar. This show which is located at the base of Murray Hill opposite the falls in Queen Victoria Park begins Friday,… Read More...

by George Bailey   

This pen and ink sketch is a reproduction from an 1888 newspaper. It shows a family of four at the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Note the lack of a wall at this point. Today, a parapet adds protection from slipping over the falls. The gentleman seems to be showing his bravado to his wife… Read More...

by George Bailey   

No, the 670 metre long structure built between 1953 and 1957 in the upper Niagara River above the falls is a water control structure. The structure consists of 18 movable gates that extend about half-way across the Niagara River to the international border between Canada and the United States. It… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Hornblower Niagara Cruises announced recently that it had its two millionth customers on August 14th of this year. They had their first million customers on August 16th of last year. This is the second year that Hornblower Niagara has been carrying passengers to the base of both the American and… Read More...

by George Bailey   

There are several things that I like about living in Niagara and just one of them is the availability we have to fresh fruit, especially peaches at this time of the year. Travel the Niagara Parkway, north of Niagara Falls below the escarpment, and you’ll come across numerous fruit stands where real… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Niagara Falls will be part of the opening ceremonies of this world wide event that attracts 2,000 athletes from 20 different nations. On Monday, August 17th, part of the official opening ceremonies takes place in Queen Victoria Park opposite the falls. Athletes will march through the park between… Read More...

by George Bailey   

I had lunch a few days ago at the Elements on the Falls Restaurant at the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and spotted a few costumed interpreters outside in the foyer of Table Rock Complex. I asked why they were dressed like folks who lived in the early 1800’s and they explained that they… Read More...

by George Bailey   

This is a photograph from my collection of Marilyn Monroe with the American Falls in the background. Contrary to what a lot of folks think, this is a studio shot. Marilyn was positioned on a studio made wall, similar to the real one at the falls, with the Amerian Falls in the background. Marilyn… Read More...

by George Bailey   

It was on August 12th, 1943 that the then, Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill and his daughter Mary spent ninety minutes viewing the falls and then took a leisurely drive north long the Niagara Parkway to Queenston Heights where they enjoyed a lunch at the Queenston Heights… Read More...

by George Bailey   

The simple answer is no BUT the water flowing over the American Falls and Canadian Horseshoe Falls is greatly reduced for power purposes. After it gets dark each evening during the busy tourist season the water flowing over the falls is reduced to 50,000 cubic feet per second from the 100,000… Read More...

by George Bailey   

That’s the question many visitors ask when they see the old rusted out scow (barge) stuck in the rocks above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Here’s the abbreviated story. On August 6th 1918, 97 years ago this dumping scow broke loose from its towing tug about 1.6 kilometres (one mile) upriver with… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Here is another of my favourite photos from my historic photograph collection. This is an intriguing picture of a family dining on the balcony of the Refectory Restaurant ( now re-named Edgewaters) in 1926.Everyone is dressed in their Sunday best and even the server is in a tuxedo! The… Read More...

by George Bailey   

At The Brink in the 1930’s This is one of my favourite photographs from my personal collection. Things were different when you visited Niagara Falls in the 1930’s. Note the formality of dress of the people who are standing at the wall near the edge of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls at Table Rock.… Read More...