Official Tourism Blog

February 1, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

February is Black History Month

Niagara Falls has a rich history as one of Canada’s first Black Communities .It was along the Niagara border from Fort Erie to Niagara on the lake that many blacks escaped slavery by crossing the Niagara River from the United States. One…
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January 29, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

The Weather Network is Heading to Niagara Falls

Meteorologists from The Weather Channel plan to be in Niagara Falls on Friday, Jan. 29th and Saturday, January 30th to film Niagara Falls in winter. Beauty shots will be captured on Friday and inserted in the live show which will appear on…
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January 28, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Ice Wine Festival This Weekend in Niagara Falls

The popular Niagara Icewine Festival takes place at the Scotiabank Convention Centre this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Niagara Falls. The three day event features live entertainment like Desire, Jonesy, The Maddhatters, and The…
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January 26, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Look Who’s Visited Niagara Falls in the Past

The Niagara Falls History Museum at 5810 Ferry Street have been busy lately scanning pages and transcribing the names, dates and places from 59 ledgers from the former Niagara Falls Museum. This museum closed in 1999 and the contents sold…
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January 22, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Go Tunneling in Niagara Falls This Winter

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…
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January 21, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

A Tribute to Mr. Chippawa –Don Ede

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…
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January 20, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Baby It’s Cold Outside

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.…
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January 18, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Negative Ions

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…
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January 14, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Casino Royale Xerox Icewine Gala is Friday, January 15th

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…
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January 12, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara’s Icewine Harvest has Now Begun

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…
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January 11, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

2015 was a Great Year For Niagara Falls

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…
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January 11, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Part of Clifton Hill Getting a Facelift

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…
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January 6, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Winter Arrives in Niagara Falls

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…
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January 4, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Congratulations to Sherman Zavitz

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…
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December 31, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Clifton Hotel and Clifton House Remembered.

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…
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December 30, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

A Good Year for Niagara Falls

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…
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December 17, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Ad from the Past

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December 17, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Line-up Announced for Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve Event

It’s just been announced that Canadian Rock Artist, Down with Webster along with Alan Doyle former lead singer of Newfoundland’s Great Big Sea will be part of the free outdoor annual New Year’s Eve event in Queen Victoria Park this year.…
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December 10, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Hats Off to Zach Schwartz

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…
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December 8, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls is Still a Romantic Place to Visit

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.…
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