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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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by George Bailey

I’d never heard of the word ETSY until I read about it in the newspaper today. An ETSY event is where you buy and sell handmade or vintage items .40 Niagara buyers and sellers will be showcasing their wares on Saturday, September 26th at Heartland Forest in Niagara Falls from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.…

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by George Bailey

Boy has the skyline of Niagara changed over the past fifteen years. I can remember in the 60’s the tallest buildings in Niagara Falls were the Skylon Tower, Seagram Tower (now The Tower Hotel Fallsview) and the Oneida Tower. Today there are five more buildings that stand taller than 100 metres…

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by George Bailey

At various times the lower Niagara River Whirlpool is a whirlpool in name only. When the river is flowing at its normal volume, water rushes into the pool and is carried past the river outlet on the right. It circulates counter-clockwise, creating a traditional whirlpool. When the volume is low…

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by George Bailey

About 700 athletes who are taking part in the Barrelman Triathlon, a 90 kilometre bike ride, two-kilometre swim and a 21.1 kilometre run (I get tired just writing about it!) will do part of their race through Niagara Falls this Sunday, Sept 20th. As a result, a portion of the upper Niagara Parkway…

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by George Bailey

In the 1920’s there was a very different Clifton Hill than we know today. In the 20’s paved roads to Niagara Falls began to appear and more tourists driving cars headed to Niagara Falls to go camping. This was something new to do in the 1920’s. To take advantage of this trend Charles Burland…

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by George Bailey

SnowBird Air Show For Tomorrow is Up in the air I’ve had conflicting reports that tomorrows Snowbird air show fly over for 1:15pm over Niagara Falls is cancelled. The show is still listed on their sight as a go. I’m trying to get info about the show. Stay tuned for more information about the…

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by George Bailey

I just had an e-mail from the media person at www.earthcam.com telling me Niagara Falls is now featured on their live videos that are located throughout the world. This video cam is located atop the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls. Check it out. You’ll even hear the roar of Niagara Falls.

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by George Bailey

With the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) taking place it made me think of the movie stars that have visited us over the past century. There have been lots of them. Some of us of a certain age will remember Shirley Temple, Gene Autry, Walt Disney, and Rudy Valle, Joseph Cotton, Jean…

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by George Bailey

There are plenty of things to keep you occupied this weekend. Here are a few of the activities: -The popular Niagara Food Festival in nearby Welland features 48 food vendors, culinary demonstrations, a craft and Artisan Market and live entertainment.www.niagarafoodfestival.com. -The 63rd annual…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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