Official Tourism Blog

September 29, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Tribute to Native People Planned for Sunday, October 2nd.

The Landscape of Nations Commemorative Memorial Garden is planned for on October 2nd between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Queenston Heights Park, 14184 Niagara Parkway. It’s about a half hour drive north from the falls. The public is…
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September 27, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

How Did Table Rock Get its Name?

Many years ago, there was a high shelf of flat rock, just north of the present Table Rock area near the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. It resembled a tabletop. In 1818 a piece measuring 13 x 20 metres (40x60 feet) fell into the…
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September 26, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Parks School of Horticulture is 80 this Year

Established in 1936 on 40 hectares (100 acres) of land adjacent to the Niagara Glen on the lower Niagara Parkway, this is the only known school of its kind in North America. From a total enrolment of 36 students ( this number changes at…
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September 22, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Writer Charles Dickens Visited Niagara Falls

It was 1842 when English writer Charles Dickens with his wife, Kate, and maid Anne visited Niagara Falls. The 30-year old Dickens wrote, “When I felt how near I was to my creator I was standing, the first effect and enduring one-instant…
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September 20, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Night of Art

The Niagara Falls History Museum at 5810 Ferry Street is holding a free family-friendly event at the museum on Thursday, September 22 between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. It will include art exhibits, live music, and hands-on interactive crafts and…
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September 19, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Hornblower Having Record Breaking Season

Mory DiMaurizio, General Manager of Hornblower Niagara Cruises is quoted in the local Niagara Falls Review newspaper as having, “a spectacular year”. He’s optimistic that things will continue this way until the two boats are taken out of…
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September 16, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Hostel.. A Real Gem

I was out on my bike a few days ago and stopped off at the Niagara Falls Hostel (4549 Cataract Ave) at the foot of Bridge Street near the intersection of River Road. The hostel is about a half-hour walk from the falls. Salome Torres,…
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September 14, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Triathlon This Sunday

About 700 participants are registered to take part in a day long Triathlon to be held in parts of Niagara this Sunday, September 18th. Participants will have to swim two kilometres, run 21.1 kilometres and bike 90 kilometres (I got tired…
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September 13, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

The Fragrance Garden for the Visually Impaired

One of the best kept secrets in Niagara Falls is the Fragrance Garden for the Visually Impaired found on the grounds outside the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse. The showhouse is located about a five minute drive above the falls off the…
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September 12, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

The Stars are Out

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is being held in nearby Toronto until September 16th. Don’t be surprise to see some of the many Hollywood stars who are attending this festival arrive unannounced in Niagara Falls. In the…
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September 9, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Wine Festival Begins this Weekend

The 65th annual Niagara Wine Festival, which celebrates everything grape, begins this Saturday and continues throughout Niagara until Friday, September 30th. This now famous festival is a month long celebration of Niagara’s greatest…
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September 8, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Flying on Water

I was having a coffee in Timmies in Chippawa when I saw a number of customers head outside towards the nearby dock along the Chippawa Creek. I soon joined them and spotted a “guy whirling around in the sky “.He was attached by what I’ll…
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September 6, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

“We Think Elvis Might have Visited Here”

That’s the cute sign I saw in a Niagara Falls restaurant this week. Don’t laugh it could be true. The restaurant was near the Canadian end of the Rainbow Bridge. You see, in 1975 Elvis Presley preformed a concert in Niagara Falls, New…
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August 31, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Lots of Free Things to Do in Niagara Falls

Living in Niagara Falls I’ve always appreciated the many free things locals and visitors can do in this lovely city. Here are just a few. -go for a hike in the Niagara Glen Nature Area, or Dufferin Islands. -have a picnic along the…
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August 31, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Parks is the Oldest

Many people in Ontario believe that Algonquin Park is Ontario’s first provincial park. They’re wrong. Algonquin Park was established in 1893. Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission which runs along the Niagara River corridor between Fort Erie…
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August 29, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

The Rainbow Carillon Tower

One of the largest Carillons in North America is found in Niagara Falls. The Rainbow Carillon Tower is located at the Canadian end of the international Rainbow Bridge near the falls. The 50.3 metre (165 feet) was built in 1947. The…
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August 25, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Light and Sound Show Returns

For the third season in a row the popular Onguiaahra Light and Sound Show returns to Queen Victoria Park near the falls on Friday, August 26th.Two family-friendly free shows will take place on August 26th as well as Monday, September 5th.…
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August 23, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Famous Cheesemaker J. L. Kraft was Born in Niagara

John Lewis Kraft ( J.L. Kraft ), who first patented a method of processing cheese in 1916,was born in 1875 in nearby Stevensville south of Niagara Falls. He died at the age of 79 in February 1953. He was one of 14 children born to the…
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August 22, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Experiences Record Crowds this Year

I’ve been around the falls for the past 60 years and have never seen the huge crowds that we are now enjoying. Some will tell you it’s the strong American dollar that is keeping Canadians in Canada. For sure, this is definitely correct.…
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August 17, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

The Welland River Above the Falls

First, I should tell you locals who live in the small village of Chippawa (officially part of Niagara Falls) call this Chippawa Creek (pronounced Crick). This river located on the Canadian side of the Niagara River once emptied into the…
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August 15, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara’s Sky Was on Fire Last Night

If you’re not already aware Niagara has some of the most spectacular sun sets in the world. Here’s a photograph I took at 8:30 p.m. as I travelled Portage Road north travelling up the hill in front of the Fallsview area. I stopped my car…
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August 15, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

New Air Service to Niagara is Announced

Getting to and from Toronto to Niagara Falls will be quicker come Thursday, September 15th. That’s when a new daily airline service begins from the Niagara District Airport to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The trip will take…
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