Official Tourism Blog

April 21, 2017 byCourtney McCaffrey

Niagara Falls Tourism Named One of the World’s Top Tourism Organizations

Roughly 30 million people visit Niagara Falls every year, and the numbers are rising. But the natural wonder and its array of nearby attractions didn’t reach stardom on its own, and the travel industry is taking notice. In fact, our team…
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April 21, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Whirlpool Jet Boats launch Saturday, April 22nd

Whirlpool Jet Boats (there are five of them) begin their summer season on Saturday, April 22nd. The popular attraction, which operates out of docks along the lower Niagara River at Queenston, Ontario, just eleven kilometres north of the…
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April 21, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

A View From A Balcony

Here’s a lovely photograph of the American Falls, Luna Island and the Bridal Veil Falls taken from the balcony of Niagara Park’s Refectory Restaurant in the early 1930’s. This restaurant is now called Queen Victoria Place. Note, the free…
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April 20, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

“Playground in the Air” is Now Open

A new attraction originally scheduled to open last year is now open on weekends. The new attraction called, Wildplay is located along the Niagara Parkway 5.7 kilometres north from the falls at a location called Thompsons Point. It’s at the…
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April 18, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

The Daffodils, and Forsythia Bushes are Now Out.

I took a ride along the Upper Niagara Parkway this past weekend towards Fort Erie and was rewarded with the first colourful flowers of the spring. The many trees along this magnificent ride are also starting to bud. Closer to the falls,…
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April 18, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Sunday’s Best in the 1930's

Most people in the 1930’s dressed in their, “Sunday’s Best” when they visited Niagara Falls. This photograph was taken at the edge of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls at Table Rock House in the summer of 1932.The Clifton Hill Hotel, destroyed…
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April 12, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Parks Offers Daily and Year-Round Parking Pass Options

Niagara Falls, ON – The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to announce several parking options, including both annual and daily parking pass programs, which are designed to enhance the overall visitor experience and provide greater value…
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April 11, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Last Winter Festival a Great Success.

The 34th annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls Ontario was brighter than ever with 1.33 million people taking in the festival from November 19, 2016 until January 31st of this year. Tina Myers, the…
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April 10, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Sightseers to Niagara Falls in the 1920’s

A sightseeing bus carrying visitors from Toronto to the falls turns right past the Lafayette Hotel (1880-1933) towards the falls in this 1927 photograph. Look carefully (you’ll need a magnifying glass) and you will see a single room at the…
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April 3, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse Easter Display Now On

This is a seasonal favourite for more than 70 years. The greenhouse is located in Niagara Falls at 7145 Niagara Parkway a short distance from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. This years show consists of beautiful springtime blooms and an…
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April 5, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Golf Courses Are Now Opening

Due to the milder weather, most of Niagara’s 20 or more golf courses are opening this week for the season. Niagara Parks has announced the historic Whirlpool Golf Course along the Lower Niagara Parkway and Battlefield Course at Legends…
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April 3, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls in the 1950’s

Over the next week or so I’ll blog a few historic photographs from my personal collection. Here’s one of a family viewing the Canadian Horseshoe Falls from the brink of Table Rock House in Niagara Falls. However, the young man on the…
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March 31, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Another Sign of spring in Niagara

The 7th Annual Greater Niagara Home and Garden Show happen this weekend at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Avenue in Niagara Falls. Renovation and Building Expert Damon Bennett, who is featured on HGTV’s Homes Makes It…
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March 30, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Live Theatre at Battlefield Hotel This April

If you like to participate in live theatre, then mark April 1 and 2 on your calendar. Live History, a theatre group, brings its latest venture to the restored 1850’s tavern museum at 6137 Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls on April 1 and…
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March 29, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Hornblower Cruises Begin for the Season Saturday, April 1

The mild weather this winter is the reason why Hornblower Niagara Cruises can get into the lower Niagara River early this year. There was no ice buildup in Lake Erie or the Niagara River making it safe for the cruises to the falls to…
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March 27, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Did Niagara Falls Ever Stop Flowing?

Yes, just before midnight on March 29,1848, Niagara residents accustomed to the flow of theNiagara River were awakened when the Niagara River ceased to flow. The reason-a strong south-west wind pushed the ice in Lake Erie in motion.…
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March 23, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Illumination of the Falls Go Out for Earth Day 2017

The Niagara Falls Illumination Board will be switching off lights on the falls on Saturday, March 25th from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. They are doing this to help raise awareness and support for action on the issue of climate change. Millions…
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March 22, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Dragon’s Den Auditions Coming to Niagara Falls

If you have an invention or a business proposal to pitch mark Saturday, March 25th on your calendar. That’s the date you’ll be able to make a presentation to the producers of the popular Dragon’s Den CBC show. Auditions will b held at the…
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March 20, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Experience Cuvee 2017 in Niagara

One of the most awaited events in Niagara takes place on Friday, March 24th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. Cuvee 2017-a celebration of excellence in Ontario winemaking happens at the centre that evening. Fifty…
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March 20, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

What Ever Happened to our Early Spring?

Wow, what a difference a week makes. Last week at this time, we were seeing spring bulbs popping through the ground in the park near the falls. This week it’s a different story. Mother Nature has thrown us a curve and we now have as much…
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March 16, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls to be Illuminated in Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Niagara Falls, ON – TheNiagara Falls Illumination Board will renew its partnership with Tourism Ireland’s “Global Greening” campaign this year, as it lights up Niagara Falls in green on Friday, March 17 for St. Patrick’s Day. The Falls…
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March 15, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

The Zimmerman “Fountain Pond”

At the foot of Clifton Hill just after you enterQueen Victoria Park you’ll see a large circular pond found inside large blocks of concrete. The pond is surrounded by a walkway and in the warmer month’s colourful flowers. This pond, built…
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March 9, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Plenty to do for March Break in Niagara Falls

There is no shortage of things for you and the whole family to do this March Break. Here’s just a few of them. See the Northern Owl exhibit at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory. Open daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. There is an entry fee…
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March 7, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

How Did Luna Island get its Name?

I blogged recently about a Day Rainbow now here’s something about a Night Rainbow. There’s an island that separates the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls on the U.S. side of the border called Luna Island. Luna is Latin for moon.…
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