by George Bailey   

Here’s another reason to visit Niagara Falls. There are big changes for the annual Springlicious event being held on Queen Street in the historic downtown of Niagara Falls between May 29 and 31st.There will be more live bands and many more vendors. The bands are free. There will also be a bigger… Read More...

by George Bailey   

More than 1,500 travel industry professionals from around the world will be attending the Canadian Tourism Commission’s (CTC) Rendezvous Canada’s trade show being held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls between May 26 and 29th. 453 buyers from 28 countries will be looking to… Read More...

by George Bailey   

What is one of Ontario’s earliest, if not, first police forces was founded 187 years ago on May 27th, 1887. When the then called, “Queen Victoria Niagara Falls Police Force” consisted of a Head Policeman who was paid $2.50 per day and a Park Policeman who got $2.00 per day. They each received two… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Driving north along the Niagara Parkway just past the Floral Clock I could smell the lilac gardens before I saw them. Just on cue, the magnificent gardens were in full bloom and what a sight (and smell) it was. The gardens came about as a gift in 1966 from the American Rotary Clubs of District 709… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Niagara Parks employees have finished putting a new face on the world famous Floral Clock located along the Niagara Parkway north of the falls at Queenston. I was invited this past week to get into a bucket truck to take an aerial photograph of the clocks new design of six different sets of… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Unofficially this long Canadian Holiday Victory Day Weekend is the unofficial beginning of the summer season in Canada. In Niagara Falls there are plenty of free activities for the whole family to enjoy. Victoria Day is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday before, May… Read More...

by George Bailey   

The Niagara Falls History Museum will be presenting from May 14 to September 6, 2015 an exhibition of a series of framed artwork on Niagara Falls mounted chronologically. The exhibit will highlight the variety of avenues and mediums used over the centuries to portrait Niagara Falls. The exhibition… Read More...

by George Bailey   

This popular show of seasonal Hydrangeas are now ablaze with colour at the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse at 7145 Niagara Parkway above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Among this year’s features are enormous hanging baskets-some over five feet wide. In addition there are forced Foxgrove and… Read More...

by George Bailey   

I went for an early morning walk in the park near the falls and was pleasantly surprised to see most of the springtime flowers are in full bloom. As you enter Queen Victoria Park at the foot of Clifton Hill you’ll see yellow and white daffodils, multi coloured tulips near the Zimmerman Fountain… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Hornblower Niagara Cruises are now operating, for its second season, daily sightseeing trips below the falls. Hornblower CEO, Terry MacRae said, “We had a fantastic first year with tremendous community and industry support. We look forward to another successful year”. Hornblower operates two… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Niagara’s popular Food and Wine Festival will be held this weekend at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. This year’s fifth festival will see the appearance of John Catucci, popular host of the television series, “You Gotta Eat Here.” Catucci will be at the show on Saturday at 3 p.m.… Read More...

by George Bailey   

The Niagara Parks will join with Forests Ontario, as part of a province-wide free community tree planting event this Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. This year’s aim is to plant 40,000 new trees and seedlings on over 1,300 hectares of park. Some of this year’s planting occurs on property… Read More...

by George Bailey   

Want to know the time of day and don’t have a watch? Then a visit to the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens on the upper Niagara Parkway will help solve this problem. This is also the location of the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and School of Horticulture. Just ask one of the… Read More...

by George Bailey   

If you visit the Table Rock area near the Canadian Horseshoe Falls you’ll see a giant crane near the edge of the falls. The crane is used to lower two workers in a gage below the falls to remove any loose rocks and debris that had built up over the winter. This is an annual event and done to… Read More...

by George Bailey   

The warm weather buzz is returning to Niagara Falls. On my fairly regular Sunday afternoon walk I noticed lots more people enjoying the early days of spring. I also saw the Horse and Buggy ride was up and operating. I’ve attached a few photos. One shows the horse and buggy with passengers taken in… Read More...

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...