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November 4, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

New Changes Planned for Clifton Hill

Niagara’s, “Street of Fun”, Clifton Hill is in for big changes. It was recently announced an older hotel, the 185-room Comfort Inn which opened in the 1950’s, will be torn down and replaced with something new. Other attractions and…
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November 2, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce Trade Dollars Remembered

Do any of you remember the trade dollar the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce issued in November of 1985 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Niagara Parks Commission? One side of the dollar size coin features the Coat of Arms of…
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October 30, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

New Billion Dollar Proposal Promised for Niagara Falls, Ontario

I read in this morning’s local newspaper, The Niagara Falls Review that a new $1-Billion dollar development by Chinese investors will be coming to Niagara Falls. The story says 450 acres of land near the Thundering Waters Golf Course has…
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October 30, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Be Prepared to be Scared this Weekend

On Friday, October 30th and All Hallow’s Eve, Saturday, October 31st the folks at historic Old Fort Erie, in Fort Erie are planning to scare you. The Niagara Parks Commission, owners and operators of the old fort, promise it will be a…
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October 28, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Plans Revealed today for this year’s 33rd Annual Ontario Power Generations Winter Festival of Lights

I’ve just returned from a media conference where details of this year’s Ontario Power Generations Winter Festival of Lights were presented to a room of sponsors and media. We learned that this year there are far more sponsors than ever…
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October 28, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

The Rainbow Bridge Formally Opened in1941

It was on November 1, 1941 that the Rainbow Bridge was opened becoming the largest hingeless arch bridge at the time in the world. This bridge was constructed to replace the Upper Steel Arch Bridge (Honeymoon Bridge) which was destroyed by…
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October 26, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Sarnia Man Wins Niagara Falls International Marathon

It was a cool windy day but that’s the way most of the runners in this past Sundays marathon liked it. Winner of this year’s marathon, Taylor Kraayenbrink of Sarnia agreed. The 25 year old had run the same race eight years ago when he was…
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October 26, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Annie Taylor Went over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls 114 years ago This Month

It was on October 24th that a 63 year old Bay City, Michigan teacher, Annie Taylor intentionally went of the falls in a barrel and lived to tell about it. She was strapped by her assistants into a special harness inside a wooden barrel.…
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October 23, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Princess Diana Visited Niagara Falls 24 Years Ago

Princess Diana of Great Britain and her Children, William and Harry visited Niagara Falls on October 25th 1991. As Director of Public Relations for the Niagara Parks Commission I had the pleasure of meeting them at Table Rock and escorting…
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October 22, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls International Marathon This Weekend, Oct. 23-25

This weekend promises to be a very busy one with hundreds of people taking part in this annual Niagara Falls International Marathon. The marathon is the only one in the world that starts in one country and ends in another. On early Sunday…
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October 20, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

An Interesting Painting from the Past

Here’s an interesting painting from myNiagara Falls collection by an unknown artist of a view of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls from the bottom of what we now call Clifton Hill. Note the heavy volume of water going over both…
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October 19, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

It’s A Go for the Wings for Life World Run Next Year

Organizers of this world wide road race have announced Niagara Falls will be one of the 35 locations around the world that will host this event on May 8th; 2016.This race, which took place this past May, raised $45,000. All money raised…
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October 15, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls is a Blaze of Colour

Here’s a photograph I took early this morning of the Niagara River as it flows into the whirlpool below the falls. The photograph was taken at the edge of Whirlpool Woods (it’s at the far end of the Niagara Aero Car).This time of year…
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October 14, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls First Daredevil-Sam Patch

It was on October 17, 1829 that a 22 year old from Rhode Island, Sam Patch, jumped off a platform built atop a 30 metre (98 foot) ladder built on Goat Island in Niagara Falls New York into the Niagara River. He was successful and lived to…
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October 13, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

New Markers are Placed Along the Niagara River Recreational Trail

The Niagara Parks Commission recently placed 14 new markers along the 58 K (35 mile) recreational trail which runs parallel to the Niagara River from Fort Erie to Niagara on the Lake. This trail, with much of it found in Niagara Falls,…
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October 9, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Drummond Hill Cemetery Offers Walking Tours all This Month

Drummond Hill Cemetery sits atop Drummond Hill in Niagara Falls on four acres of land. This historic cemetery at 6110 Lundy’s Lane is where one of the major battles of the War of 1812-14 took place in July of 1814. Hundreds of soldiers…
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October 7, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls First Hotel-The Pavilion

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…
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October 5, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

SKYLON TOWER TURNS 50 THIS MONTH

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…
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October 5, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Falls Attractions Still Going Strong

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…
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September 30, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Roger Woodward to Speak at Prayer Breakfast Meeting

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…
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September 30, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Please Don’t Feed the Wildlife

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…
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September 28, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Before the Fallsview Casino Resort

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…
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September 24, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

ETSY Event and Meridian Grande Parade This Weekend

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…
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September 23, 2015 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Tallest Buildings

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…
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