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February 14, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Who Was Nikola Tesla?

In the mid 1890’s, Nikola Tesla, a brilliant electrical engineer, developed a system of alternating current (AC) which enabled power from Niagara Falls to be transmitted great distances. The system was put into use on November 15,1896 when…
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February 14, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Street with Four Names

As you enter Niagara Falls from the west along Highway 20 this roadway at Allanport Road (It’s just a half kilometres from theWelland Canal lift bridge) becomes Lundy’s Lane. From here it continues easterly to historic Main Street. Here…
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February 14, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Do Fish Go Over Niagara Falls?

Yes, they do. But fish have more luck in surviving the plunge than humans. They are better built to survive the plunge because they live in water all the time and are much more pliable and lighter than humans. At the bottom of the falls is…
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February 14, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

See Niagara Falls from the Air

I took my 4-year-old grandson, Conor recently on a,” Saturday morning adventure” and travelled to the nearby Niagara District Airport to look at the planes and helicopters. While in the terminal, I struck up a conversation with Ian Goodwin…
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February 8, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Congrats to Niagara on the Lake

Just to the north of us on the on the mouth of Lake Ontario at the end of the Niagara Parkway is the pretty town of Niagara on the Lake. This past week the town received word that the travel sight Trivago has listed them as one of the top…
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February 6, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Grab Your Camera and Head to Niagara Falls

With temperatures in the -7 to -9 Celsius range, the trees and lampposts near the falls are now covered with the freezing mist generated by the falls. Bundle up warm in several layers of clothes and walk the area near Table Rock at the…
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February 22, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Street with Four Names

As you enter Niagara Falls from the west along Highway 20 this roadway at Allanport Road (It’s just a half kilometres from the Welland Canal lift bridge) becomes Lundy’s Lane. From here, it continues easterly to historic Main Street. Here…
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February 3, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

New Attractions for Clifton Hill

There should be a new $3-million Big Top Amazing Mirror and Laser Maze, 2,500-square-foot attraction opening on Clifton Hill between April and June of this year. The attraction is now being built by the Niagara Clifton Group on the site of…
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January 25, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

A New Titanic Attraction Planned for Niagara Falls

A local businessman, David vanVelzen has approached the City of Niagara Falls committee of adjustment to seek approval to build a multi-million-dollar attraction about the ill-fated Titanic. The attraction would be built on Centre Street…
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January 24, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

How Were the Falls Formed?

The Falls at Niagara are about 12,000 years old. This is relatively young compared to other waterfalls in the world. Some are up to 2.5 million years old! Here’s the Coles Notes version of how our falls were formed. During the Glacial…
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January 20, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

NPC Announces Two Conservation Programs

One programs will see the enhancement of grasslands on Niagara Parks property in Chippawa to support grassland dependent species of birds. A second program is to implement coastal wetland restoration projects along the Niagara River. In…
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January 17, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Hats Off to Clifton Hill Attractions

For the past 29 years’ attractions on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls have offered admission to Niagara Falls residents to their attractions for $1.00. This past Sunday ten attractions on the hill opened their doors to Niagara Falls…
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January 16, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Fallsview Casino Resorts Attracts Great Entertainers

Sometimes I forget we have fabulous entertainers who perform in the Avalon Theatre at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls year-round. The intimate 1,500-seat theatre at 6389 Fallsview Boulevard was opened in June of 2004. For…
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January 12, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Get a Head Start on Spring

If you like thee green stuff rather than the white stuff a visit to the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse on the parkway just above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls might be in order for you. The staff is now busy replacing the Christmas display…
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January 10, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

January is Icewine Month in Niagara

With the extreme cold, we now have; Niagara grape growers have started to pick frozen grapes on the vine to produce this year’s crop of icewine. According to Wine Country Ontario Niagara produces some of the best icewines in the world.…
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January 6, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

More about Twain’s Niagara Falls Visit

It’s interesting to read about Mark Twain’s visit to Niagara Falls in the 1860’s from Buffalo after arriving on a steam train. Twain wrote some kind things about Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls - Sketches Old and New published ten years…
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January 6, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Mark Twain’s Niagara

Congratulations to Zack Schwartz, originally of Niagara Falls now living in New York City, for his impressive pre-production of a 96-minute feature family friendly film that tells about Twain’s first visit to Niagara. Shooting will…
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January 3, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Snow and Ice Clearing in the 1920’s

Things were done quite a bit different when it came to clearing ice and snow from the sidewalks and roadway at Table Rock near the edge of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls in the 1920’s. Here’s a photograph taken on one of the coldest winter…
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January 3, 2017 byGeorge Bailey

Where Does the Word Niagara Come From?

It is believed Niagara is a derivative of the Iroquoian word ,”Onguiaahra” which was anglicized by missionaries. The name appears on maps as early as 1641.The generally accepted meaning is,”The Strait”.Some believe the name was derived…
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December 23, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara’s Roar Was Heard on Christmas Day 1935

In 1935 the roar of Niagara Falls was heard worldwide when a microphone was placed at the furthermost portal tunnel in the attraction named Table Rock Scenic Tunnels (Today, known as the Journey Behind the Falls). The event was a Christmas…
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