by George Bailey   

I think there are perhaps a few people who might have wondered what’s the purpose of the circular concrete building beside the Illumination Tower where the lights that light up the falls each evening is located. It was, at one time, the Surge Tank for the Ontario Power Generating Plant that was… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Niagara Falls Golf Courses Open for the Season Okay golfers, here’s what you’ve been waiting for the last five or so months. Niagara area golf courses are up and running for the 2015 season. The Niagara Parks have opened their popular Battlefield Golf Course at Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Some folks may not know the name but in the late 1800’s he was a “big Deal”. On one of my recent walks in Queen Victoria Park near the falls I came across a statue of Nikola Tesla. I remember when the statue was unveiled in July 2006 right across from the falls. The reason the statue is here is… Read More...

by George Bailey   

It was at about this time of the year in 1847 that a kite contest was held to help build the first bridge across the Niagara Gorge at Niagara. The reason for the contest was to get a 213 metre (700 foot) over the Whirlpool Rapids. There were no helicopters then and also the fast flowing water made… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Now that it looks like spring has finally arrived here’s a few suggestions as to how to dust off the winter cob webs. Take a hike along one of the well-marked trails found in Dufferin islands just off the Niagara River above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Parking is free and so is the… Read More...

by George Bailey   

For close to 70 years the annual Niagara Parks Easter Show has been drawing thousands of people to their Niagara Floral Showhouse at their greenhouse located at 7145 Niagara Parkway just a few kilometres south of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. This year’s show runs until April 17th. and features… Read More...

by George Bailey   

This past weekend at about midnight on March 29, 1848; Niagara residents accustomed to the flow of the river were awakened when the Niagara River ceased to flow. The reason-a strong south-west gale had pushed the ice fields in Lake Erie in motion. Millions of tons of ice became lodged at the source… Read More...

by George Bailey   

The lights that illuminate the falls each evening will be turned off for one hour on Saturday, March 28th between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. The reason for this is to bring awareness and support for action on the issue of climate change. The World Wide Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour first started in Sydney,… Read More...

by George Bailey   

The gardens of The Niagara Parks Commission were recognized as the, “Garden Destination of the Year” at the North American Garden Tourism Conference held this week in Toronto .The award was presented by the Canadian Garden Council and is given only to organizations and individuals who have… Read More...

by George Bailey   

49 year old Will Gadd who climbed the ice up the gorge wall next to the Canadian Horseshoe Falls last month has been named, “National Geographic’s 2014 Adventurer of the Year”. The climb was sponsored by the energy drink, Red Bull. On May 3rd Gadd says he will return to Niagara Falls to take part… Read More...

by George Bailey   

There are a multitude of things to in Niagara Falls during the traditional Canadian March Break (March 16-22). Here’s just a few your family can enjoy. -take a trip to Clifton Hill where you’ll find dozens of attractions. The giant SkyWheel gives you a safe spectacular view of Niagara Falls in… Read More...

by George Bailey   

“In these days of rapid travelling, when the most trifling delay is deemed a calamity, a few brief directions are necessary to save time and view the various points of interest to the advantage. At the same time we cannot help deprecating the practise so prevalent at the present day, of making our… Read More...

by George Bailey   

If the continuous cold weather is starting to get you take a March Break trip to warm tropical Niagara Falls! That’s right, in Niagara Falls you can find indoor locations that will have you feeling like you’ve travelled to the tropics. Here are a few of these locations. When you visit the… Read More...

by George Bailey   

I thought you might enjoy seeing an early 1870’s photograph of the area we now call Queen Victoria Park. This photo show what it was like before the formation of the Queen Victoria Niagara Park(now The Niagara Parks Commission) which was formed in 1885. The park near the falls below Murray Hill… Read More...

by George Bailey   

It was at about this time that English writer; Charles Dickens visited Niagara Falls in the winter of 1842 for 10 days. Arriving in Buffalo he set off by an early morning train to see Niagara Falls. When he arrived at Table Rock on the “British” side of the falls he wrote, “It was not until I came… Read More...

by George Bailey   

The large formation of ice created by the freezing mist that is now covering the falls has attracted worldwide attention. Adorned with 100-foot icicles, the winter beauty of the falls are captivating tourists and media from around the world. ABC News, the BBC,CBS,CNN and national newspapers and… Read More...

by George Bailey   

On an early morning drive to look at the falls with their winter coat of ice I took a few pictures of what appears to be a frozen falls. Although the mist has almost completely covered the face of the American Falls the water still flows over the falls below the frozen mist. This makes for great… Read More...

by George Bailey   

If you’d like to see some great art works of Niagara Falls drawn in the 19th century than make your way to the Niagara Falls Public Library on Victoria Ave. The exhibit features over 20 magnificent coloured drawings of the falls done before photography existed. The art is from the Niagara Falls… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Can there be anything more romantic on this Valentine’s Day weekend than looking at the illuminated lights of the rainbow Niagara Falls with your loved one? You can do it from the comfort of one of the many high rise hotels that overlook the falls or bundled up at the edge of the falls on one of… Read More...

by George Bailey   

It looked a lot different at Table Rock near the falls during the middle of the 19th century. Here’s an image from my historic falls photo library of the original Table Rock. Look carefully and you can see homesteads in the distance with wooden rails around them. This area is now a large parking… Read More...