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November 25, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Parks Christmas Show Opens on Saturday

If you visit, the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse just off the Niagara Parkway above the falls in Niagara Falls you’ll be rewarded with hundreds of colourful Poinsettias and other floral arrangements that will delight the eyes. One…
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November 23, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Yo-Yo World Record Set in Niagara Falls

A new record will go into the Guiness World Record Museum in Niagara Falls on Clifton Hill. 49 year old Eddy McDonald (Fast Eddy) from nearby Hamilton Ontario broke the record, under the watchful eye of a Guiness official, for the most…
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November 21, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Native John MacBain Honoured

One of Niagara Falls famous resident, John MacBain was honoured this past Friday by the City of Niagara Falls for his donations of $1 million dollars in 2006 to the MacBain Community Centre (named for his parents Al and Viola MacBain) and…
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November 17, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

34th Winter Festival of Lights Begins this Weekend

That’s right, the magic of lights and winter starts this Saturday, November 19th at 5:45 p.m. in Queen Victoria Park at the foot of Murray Hill across from the American Falls. That’s when the ceremonial switch will be flipped turning on…
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November 17, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Santa Arrives in NIagara Falls This Saturday

You might want to bundle up warm and head with your family to the annual Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade this Saturday, November 19th. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and winds through the historic downtown of Niagara Falls. Crowds will…
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November 16, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Two of Niagara Falls Great Attractions

I have to admit I hadn’t been to the Journey Behind the Falls attraction at the brink of Table Rock for the past few years. But this weekend, with my daughter Jennifer, we took a student from China, who was staying with my daughter, on a…
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November 14, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Falls Weather Predictions

I was reminded this week as I looked out my window about two kilometres from the falls about how “old-timers” had forecasted Niagara Falls weather in the past. What I saw was a plume of mist shooting high in the sky. In addition to this…
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November 9, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Remembrance Day in Niagara Falls

I’ve just finished putting up a new Canadian Flag on my flagpole that sits in front of my home. Like hundreds of other private citizens and Niagara businesses I’ll be lowering the flag to half-mast this Friday, November 11, Remembrance Day…
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November 8, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara River or Niagara Strait?

The Niagara River is not a river at all, but a strait. It meanders 36 miles north from the eastern tip of Lake Erie to the west end of Lake Ontario, draining the overflow from four Great Lakes. Twenty-two miles downstream from Buffalo and…
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November 4, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Parks Greenhouse is 70 Years Old

It was on November 6, 1946 that the popular Niagara Parks Greenhouse (now known as the Floral Showhouse) was opened officially to the public. The old greenhouse, which was located across from the now abandoned Toronto Power Plant, was…
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November 2, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

More Improved Streetscape for Victoria Avenue

The City of Niagara Falls is moving ahead with phase two of streetscape revitalization along Victoria Ave. The first phase of this street revitalization began in early spring between Highway 420 and Clifton Hill. It should be completed by…
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November 1, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Kudos to Niagara Falls Writer Stephanie Neilson

I’ve just finished reading Steph Nielson’s new book, “Niagara’s Own Extraordinary Lives”. In her book she’s written brief biography’s about,”10 remarkable men and 10 exceptional women”. Some are well known, others, not so well known. For…
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October 31, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Who was the First Person to Document the Falls?

Father Louis Hennepin, a Recollect priest is the first European credited with writing and drawing Niagara Falls .Hennepin was accompanied by French explorer Robert Cavalier, Sieur de la Salle, on an expedition to the Niagara area in…
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October 27, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

More Scary Places in Niagara Falls this Halloween

In addition to the Niagara Falls Fear Factory attraction ( the world’s most frightening experience in Niagara Falls which has been scaring, thrilling and challenging guests to survive for years!) on Victoria St near the top of Clifton Hill…
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October 27, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Don’t wait to be Scared This Halloween

That’s right; you can be scared right out of your pants any day of the week at the Nightmares Fear Factory located at 5631 Victoria Avenue in Niagara Falls. This is the oldest haunted house attraction in North America. I can attest to the…
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October 26, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Brighter Lights Planned for the Falls

The Niagara Falls Illumination Board has announced that a $4 million revitalization program is now underway to enhance the illumination of the falls. Proposed upgrades include more than twice the current lighting levels of the falls,…
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October 24, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Over the Falls in a Barrel

It was 115 years ago that 63-year old; Annie Edson Taylor decided to celebrate her birthday on October 24th, 1901 by going over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls on a similar day like today in a wooden barrel. She survived the trip sustaining…
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October 24, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Plans for Annual Winter Festival of Lights

As one of the original organizers and first Chairman of this annual lighting festival it gives me great pride to see how this Niagara Falls festival has grown since 1982. This year’s Ontario Power generation Winter Festival of Lights will…
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October 21, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

30,000 more Tulips to be Planted near the Falls

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary next year The Canadian Garden Council have given The Niagara Parks Commission 30,000 tulip bulbs to create a 150th Celebration Promenade Garden within Queen Victoria Park along the promenade in…
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October 20, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara’s Last, “Daredevil”

It was 13 years ago today on October 20th, 2003 that 40 year old Kirk Jones from Canton, Ohio attempted to end his life by jumping into the Upper Niagara River. Miraculously, wearing only his jacket and jeans he survived the plunge over…
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October 19, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Glen Ablaze with Autumn Colours

At the Niagara Glen Nature Area 6.7 kilometres north of the falls you’ll be treated with some of the most brilliant colours of fall. Here’s a montage of some of the photographs I took this morning of the area. If you ride a vehicle to the…
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October 18, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Niagara Parks Wants Your Ideas

This self-financed agency of the Ontario government with its headquarters in Niagara Falls, Ontario are looking for suggestions from the public for long term ideas that will help shape its future visions. Two public information sessions…
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October 17, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

The Leaves are on Fire

I went for a walk this past weekend along the Niagara River Recreation Trail and discovered the leaves in the gorge at the whirlpool below the Niagara Spanish Aero Car are just starting to put on their autumn coat of multi colours .I…
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October 14, 2016 byGeorge Bailey

Looking for Weekend Fun- We've Got That!

October is known for Oktoberfest and the Scotiabank Convention Centre is the place to celebrate the first ever Niagara Falls Oktoberfest- tickets available at the door. While in Niagara Falls why not get some early Halloween scare time in…
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