Official Tourism Blog

June 22, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Sherman Zavitz Calls it a Wrap

After researching and writing over 900 columns on local history for the Niagara Falls Review newspaper local historian 77-year-old Sherman Zavitz has called it quits. As Sherman mentioned in his last column this past Saturday, it got…
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June 20, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

It Gets Easier to Visit Niagara Falls from Toronto

The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and Ontario’s transportation system, Metrolinx are joining together to create a seasonal package that brings passengers from downtown Toronto to Niagara Falls beginning Friday, June 23. Once you’re in…
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June 19, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Locust Grove, Niagara’s Hidden Grove

If you want to experience peace and quiet, a drive or bike ride to Locust Grove just off the Niagara Parkway is the answer. This small lovely area is where you’ll find plenty of tall majestic Locust trees, playful chipmunks, and squirrels.…
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June 16, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

SkyWheel on Clifton Hill Reopens

After undergoing major upgrades the 53-metre-tall Niagara SkyWheel is once more operational. Canada’s largest observation wheel found in Niagara Falls, Canada had been closed since mid-March of last year. Plans are underway to install an…
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June 13, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Marilyn Monroe and the Movie Niagara

It was 65 years ago from June 2 to the 18th that the 89-minute movie, Niagara” starring Marilyn Monroe was film in Niagara Falls, Ontario. For the two sun - filmed weeks Niagara Falls took, “second billing”. Hollywood movie goddess 26-year…
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June 12, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Oakes Garden Theatre is 80 Years Old

Oakes Garden Theatre is 80 Years Old Earlier this week the Kelly and Ryan Live TV show was held in Oakes Garden Theatre in Niagara Falls, Canada. I thought I’d tell you a little about this outdoor theatre. Located at 5851 Niagara Parkway…
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June 7, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Casino Niagara to Undergo Major Upgrading

Plans have been announced that Casino Niagara, Niagara Falls first casino opened 20 years ago, will undergo a $7-million-dollar investment. The first phase, which is now underway, will cost 3.5 million. It includes the transformation of…
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June 6, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

How Was Dufferin Islands Formed?

Originally Dufferin Islands, just a five-minute drive south of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls off the Niagara Parkway, was very different two hundred and eleven years ago. Then the Niagara River rushed around four very small islands at the…
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June 5, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

A Very Busy Weekend in Niagara Falls

WOW lots of things happened this past weekend in Niagara Falls. The Popular Women’s Half Marathon started six years ago by Ross Robinson was held along the Niagara Parkway. Running legend, Kathrine Switzer was at the finish line to…
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June 2, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Live with Kelly & Ryan Television Broadcast

Thursday, June 1: The City of Niagara Falls Road Department will implement a single lane closure of the northwest bound section of Clifton Hill, between Falls Avenue and the Niagara Parkway, beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 1.…
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May 30, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Historic Crossing into Canada Recognized

The Niagara Parks Commission will host a ceremonial plaque unveiling in honour and celebration of leading abolitionist Harriet Tubman who was also a conductor of the Underground Railroad. It was at the present site of the Whirlpool Bridge…
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May 29, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Tell Me About the Buddist Temple on River Road?

The Cham Shan Temple (Ten Thousand Buddas) is a seven level Asian style building located at 4303 River Road ,3 kilometres north of the falls. It’s directly across from the White Water Walk attraction. This temple contains precious…
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May 25, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Springlicious Is This Weekend

Niagara Falls annual Springlicious starts this Friday, May 26th and continues until 6 p.m. Sunday, May 28th.This is the 11th free festival held in the historic downtown of Niagara Falls. Locals and visitors alike will enjoy live…
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May 24, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Shaw Festival Starts Thursday, May 25th

The popular Shaw Festival in nearby Niagara on the Lake begins its 56th season this Thursday, May 25th. The season opens in the Festival Theatre with the play, Saint Joan directed by Shaw’s new artistic director, Tim Carroll. Several other…
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May 23, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Queen Victoria Park Turns 129 Years Old

Although Queen Victoria Park (the area between Clifton Hill and Dufferin Islands-154 acres) had been open to the public during extensive renovations in 1887 it was not until 1888 that an unofficial opening of the park took place by…
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May 18, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Let the Fireworks Begin

Free fireworks over the falls begin Friday, May 19, at 10 p.m. The fireworks continue over this Holiday weekend with shows scheduled for Sunday, May 21, and Victoria Day, Monday, May 22, 2017. Canada’s longest-running fireworks resumes…
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May 17, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Honeymoon Certificates A big Hit

If you’re on your Honeymoon in Niagara Falls did you know you can pick up a Honeymoon Certificate signed by Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati verifying you had your Honeymoon in Niagara? This certificate has been handed out by various mayors…
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May 15, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Live with Kelly and Ryan Returns to Niagara Falls

If you’re a fan of the syndicated television show “Live with Kelly and Ryan” you’ll be pleased to learn the show is returning to Niagara Falls on Monday, June 5th to do two episodes of their morning show. Ryan Seacreast is the recently…
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May 15, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Canada 150 Art Installation comes to Niagara Falls

The Niagara Parks Commission and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) are pleased to announce the selection of Niagara Parks ’Table Rock Centre as one of the host sites for the installation of an iconic Canada 150 3D Public…
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May 11, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls in Full Bloom for Mother’s Day

That’s right, where ever you go in Niagara Falls you’ll see thousands of red and white tulips in full bloom. The colours pay tribute to the founding of Canada 150 years ago. One area to be sure and visit is Queen Victoria Park near the…
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May 9, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

The Age of Daredevils: Niagara’s Daredevil Book

I finally have had time to read Michael Clarkson’s new book, The Age of Daredevils and am I impressed. It’s taken this former award winning newspaper journalist over 20 years to gather information for this sterling book which focuses…
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May 8, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Quick Facts About Niagara Falls Canada

The falls at Niagara are about 12,000 years old The falls were formed when melting glaziers formed massive fresh-water lakes (The Great Lakes) one of which (Lake Erie) ran downhill toward another (Lake Ontario). The rushing waters carved…
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May 3, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Parks’ Announces 150th Programming

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of the founding of Canada as well as The Niagara Parks Commission the Chair of the commission, Janice Thomson told recently at a media conference consisting of a large group of Niagara Parks…
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May 2, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Canada Celebrates Its 150th Anniversary

Plenty of activities are planned throughout Canada and Niagara this year to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Check out this site for a complete listing as they become available. One big money saver for the whole family is free admission…
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