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When does the Hornblower Start in 2018?

Opening Day for Hornblower Niagara Falls is Thursday April 12th, 2018.

The original planned opening days was April 1st but due to weather it was delayed to April 12th.


King Tours has Niagara Falls tour packages with the Hornblower Boat ride available now.

Hornblower Niagara Starts April 1, 2016

When Does the Hornblower Boat Ride Open?

Hornblower open april 1 2016

Hornblower Niagara, will be opening Friday, April 1st 2016.  This is the earliest boat opening day in history.  Even when the Maid of the Mist was operating in Niagara Falls, the opening day was never so early in April.  Niagara Falls tour companies such as Niagara Tours, Toronto Tours, and King Tours are excite and hoping for record breaking sales.  “The Hornblower boat ride, is our #1 selling attraction” says Kevin Lawrence of King Tours, which has been operating Niagara Falls Tours from Toronto since 1995. “We expect an early boost in sales”.

Hornblower Niagara will operate daily from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.





TBEX Toronto Bloggers to Visit Niagara Falls

Bloggers attending TBEX Toronto will be heading to Niagara Falls June 4th 3rd (correction) 2013.  TBEX, the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, and new media content creators, will be holding their 2013 North American Conference at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada on May 31 to June 2nd 2013.  The following day, all major Niagara Falls tour operators like King Tours, Toronto Tours, and Niagara Tours will be hosting many of these bloggers for a FREE Niagara Falls tour.

Bloggers who wish to participate must apply for the free Niagara Falls tour on


tbex toronto


Tour Date: June 4th 2013.
Time: The tour will depart at 9 am.  Return to Toronto around 6 pm. We can not guarantee the return time.  Please keep this in mind if you have a flight scheduled that evening.
Departure Location: The tour bus will depart and return from 2 locations.  The Delta Chelsea Hotel and the Best Western Primrose Hotel.

What’s included with the Niagara Falls tour:

  • Pick-up and return
  • Visit to a Niagara Falls winery
  • A brief stop at the historic Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • The botanical clock
  • Maid of the Mist Boat ride
  • Free Time at Niagara Falls

What is not included with the Niagara Falls tour:

  • Meals
  • All incidentals
  • Gratuities for tour guide and driver
  • Personal expenses and any medical or travel related insurance
Drive Down to Niagara Falls for New Years

nelly-furtadoHey Toronto!  Planning on celebrating New Year’s at Nathan Phillips Square again?  Why not do something a little more exciting this year? Grab a few friends and drive down to Niagara Falls!  The drive is only about 2 hours and the party here is going to be much better!

Tdragonette-2012-juno-awards-press-room-01his highly anticipated free show begins at 7:30 p.m 2012 in Queen Victoria Park overlooking mighty Niagara Falls. Electro-pop trio Dragonette will take the stage, followed by a high-energy performance by multiple JUNO Award-winning Vancouver rock group Hedley. Chart-topping GRAMMY® Award winner Nelly Furtado will keep the crowd dancing as the clock ticks down to midnight. The performers, along with the hosts, will gather onstage to countdown to 2013.

Lifemates Complaints on Internet Lower Divorce Rate

Lifemates ComplaintsRecent studies indicate that the divorce rate in Canada has been declining slightly in recent years, but statisticians note that, in conjunction with the reduction in the divorce rate, there is also a higher rate of partners who live together (and then separate with no necessary formal divorce proceedings). In addition, media observers are also observing a form of “self-motivated therapy” that may be keeping some couple from divorcing by posting anonymous messages on Internet sites to vent frustrations and concerns.

Therapists point out that these postings are, in many ways, quite healthy. They allow an aggrieved spouse to express his or her frustrations in a wholesome manner that encourages a process that involves considering the problem in an organized manner. The poster can then read the ideas presented by other posters. These replies can help the original poster look at an issue from a variety of perspectives.

“When a person takes the time to express themselves in writing” notes family therapist Joyce Malone “that progress enables them to look at the problem from different angles and puzzle out possible alternative options.”

Ms. Malone also supports the concept of posting anonymously and waiting to read the thoughts of other Internet posters.”You have to have a thick skin if you’re going to put your problem on the Internet” she says “because some of the posters can be quite brash and offensive. But other posters are prepared to offer thoughtful suggestions that can really provide the kind of caring and support that the spouse needs, as well as some useful ideas about how to approach a problem in the marriage.

Not all Internet sites allow these unsigned postings but there are some which encourage married couples to express themselves directly on their site. Postings may include issues regarding problems with in-laws, differences of each spouse’s view of how to raise their children and the role of each spouse concerning household chores and each other’s home life vs. professional life.

Here a few sites dedicated to spousal complaints that can be found on the web.

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4 Facts About Duty Free Shopping

Duty Free

  1. Land Duty Free stores have have lower prices compared to airport Duty Free.  This is because Land Duty Free stores have lower operating costs and therefore can offer better prices.
  2. You’ll save the most on products that have the highest taxes such as alcohol, fragrances, cosmetics, health and beauty products
  3. Long line-up at the Rainbow Bridge Canada-US border crossing? You can stop at Duty Free before visiting the U.S, take advantage of tax savings, and skip the line.
  4. Duty Free customs allowances have increased to $200 for trips over 24 hours and increased to $800 for trips over 48 hours.  See the chart at the end of this post for further details.

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Be sure to also like the Duty Free Canada Facebook page for contests and tips to save on Duty Free.

Dates: November 9th until November 23rd more…

War of 1812 Encampment a Top 100 Event for 2013

War of 1812

The American Bus Association (ABA) announced recently that the War of 1812 Encampment – the Capture of Ft. Niagara, held this year on September 1 – 2, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2013 by an experienced tourism industry selection committee.   Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that the War of 1812 Encampment offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA. The event was submitted in the Spring of 2012 by Deborah Duerr, Director of Tourism Sales, Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation.


American Bus Association Names ‘War of 1812 Encampment’ a Top 100 Event for 2013


With the release of the American Bus Association’s 2013 Top 100 Events in North America, ABA celebrates 31 years of the program. What began as a way for motorcoach operators to incorporate new product into their itineraries has grown to one of the most sought-after lists by travel professionals, motorcoach operators and the general public.
“The attractiveness of the War of 1812 Encampment as a don’t-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for Niagara USA,” said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA’s president and CEO. “The real news here is that the War of 1812 Encampment has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars, at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy. The honor gives Niagara USA an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners.” more…

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Niagara Video by American Expressos

I’m not sure who American Expressos are but they have some pretty good travel videos including this one of  Niagara Falls:

Video: Wallenda Tightrope Walk Over Niagara Falls

June 15, 2012 – Nik Wallenda has become the first person to walk on a tightrope 1,800 feet across the mist-fogged brink of roaring Niagara Falls.

A tethered Wallenda accomplished the feat on Friday night, saying he got through by “a lot of praying.” He also credited his concentration, focus and training.

Wallenda said the feat “will be with me forever” and the worst part was waiting for TV networks to be ready as he crouched on the starting platform. “There were 10 painful minutes sitting on that platform. My legs started falling asleep and cramping up.”

Asked what he would do next, Wallenda said: “I have permits to be the first person in the world to walk across the Grand Canyon so that’s a process we’ll start working on. I’d say within three to five years I’ll accomplish that as well.”

The seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas had long dreamed of pulling off the stunt, never before attempted. Other daredevils have wire-walked over the Niagara River but farther downstream and not since 1896. more…

Wallenda Daredevil Walk at Niagara Falls – June 15, 2012

Niagara Falls Tightrope Walk

Nik Wallenda “King of the High Wire” will dare to tightrope walk across the American and Horseshoe Falls

Nik Wallenda is one step closer to joining Niagara Falls daredevil folklore when he attempts to transverse Niagara Falls. It has been confirmed the date for “The Wallenda Walk at Niagara Falls” is June 15, 2012.

Wallenda Official BannerNiagara Tourism & Convention Corporation (NTCC) has partnered with the City of Niagara Falls, The Conference & Events at Niagara Falls, and Niagara Falls State Parks to put forth comprehensive information for “The Wallenda Walk at Niagara Falls”.

NTCC has launched a website where area residents and visitors will find general information about the logistics of the day, including where to watch the walk live. Additionally, tourists can access an online reservation system for lodging and accommodations, and there will be a continuously updated list of attractions and things to do throughout Niagara County. The site can be accessed at or through “The Wallenda Walk at Niagara Falls” banner at


“We are very excited to welcome Nik Wallenda and the attention his spotlight will bring on the long-standing allure of  Niagara’s tremendous power, and the entire area as a whole,” said Melissa Morinello, director of marketing and communications, NTCC. “Our entire staff will be working diligently to provide the most up-to-date information to residents and visitors who not only want to watch ‘The Wallenda Walk at Niagara Falls’ live, but to also enjoy the many attractions and events that will be happening surrounding June 15, 2012.


Wallenda is seventh generation of the legendary Great Wallendas, and set a Guinness world record October 15, 2008 for the longest distance and greatest height ever traveled by bicycle on a

high wire. It has been is lifetime goal to tightrope walk across Niagara Falls.


Will the Maid of the Mist be running in 2012?

maid of the mist

Will the Maid of the Mist be running in 2012? Yes.

The new tour operator is Hornblower Canada Co., but they won’t take start running until 2014.  The current owners, called Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co.  are expecting to make an announcement this month about the 2012 season. Stay tuned.

The Tragically Hip are Coming to Niagara-on-the-Lake

This year is the bicentennial of the War of 1812 , and the Tragically Hip will be having a live concert at the Butler’s Barracks on June 30th, 2012.  Thickets are on sale now. Rumour has it that the Niagara Legacy Council will be giving away tickets exclusively to facebook users.  All you need to do is “Like” the Niagara 1812 Facebook page.

Tragically Hip NiagaraTickets
69.50 + service fees – General Admission Ticket
99.50 + service fees – 2–Day General Admission Ticket



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Giveaway: Family Day Fest
As the Family Day weekend approaches, you find yourself tentatively eyeing the dates on the calendar, wondering if your family will do something interesting this year. Well now you found the perfect activity, and you could enjoy it free.
VIP Family Pass – valued at $96 per – consisting of:
2 Children’s Admission: Includes event admission and Unlimited Ride pass for 2 children aged 2+

2 Adult Admission: Includes Event Admission for 2 adults, does not include ride pass. Individual Ride tickets or passes for adults may be purchased on site.

Feb 12th to Feb 16th

All you have to do is answer this question:
Where is Family Day Fest taking place in Niagara Falls?
Leave your answer in a comment below.  Hint: You can find the answer easily here:
Want an extra entry?
1. Just ‘Like” the Family Day Fest Facebook page and leave
2. Leave a comment on the Facebook page with a link back to


RVing Around Niagara Falls

Exciting RV Adventure around Niagara Falls

On the list of unforgettable places for RV campers to visit, Niagara Falls should rank near the top. The experience of Niagara is like no other in North America, so why not use this quick guide to help plan your own exciting RV adventure to Niagara Falls?

RV Camping around Niagara Falls

Because you’ve chosen the convenience and comfort of RV camping on your Niagara Falls adventure, you’ll need to know where to find a great campground. Here’s a link to Niagara area campgrounds, sorted by region.

Whether you choose to camp at Youngstown, NY, about fifteen miles north of Niagara Falls, across the border in Niagara Falls, Ontario or at any of the scenic campgrounds in between, you’ll find the hosts friendly and the camping affordable.

What You Need to Know about Niagara Falls

The natural wonder known as Niagara Falls is actually made up of three waterfalls – American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Canadian ‘Horseshoe’ Falls. They’re located on the US/Canadian border between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario on the Niagara River.

This marvelous bend in the river and the immense falls that inhabit it have drawn RV travelers for decades. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, visitors also have a front row seat to outstanding outdoor recreation and intriguing, historic attractions.

Here are some special places you won’t want to miss while on your Niagara RV camping vacation.

  • Queen Victoria Parkon the Canadian side gives unsurpassed views of the falls and is the perfect place to relax in the beauty of nature.
  • Goat Island, encamped between American and Horseshoe Falls, can be reached on foot, so park your vehicle and cross the bridge for an afternoon of hiking the trails, viewing the falls from above and taking the elevator to the bottom of the falls and Cave of the Winds.
  • Journey Behind the Falls, part of Ontario’s Niagara Parks, treats RV travelers to an up-close and awesome view from behind Horseshoe Falls. While visiting Niagara Parks, make time to walk the trails at the Botanical Gardens and be immersed in wonder at the Butterfly Conservatory. Those are just two of the experiences waiting to please visitors on the Canadian side of the falls.
  • For a view of Niagara Falls from the river, nothing beats a ride on the legendary Maid of the Mist. Catch the steamship at Maid of the Mist Plaza in Niagara Falls, ON or at Niagara Reservation State Park at Prospect Point in Niagara Falls, NY.
  • One more dazzling display no RVer should miss is the Class IV rapids in the Great Gorge north of the Rainbow Bridge. You can drive along the gorge, but the best view is on the Ontario side of the Gorge where vantage points on the White Water Walk provide the best vacation photos imaginable.

Many more adventures are waiting for RV campers at Niagara. Here’s a tip for getting the most for your money while on your RV adventure around Niagara Falls. Purchase a Niagara Falls and Great Gorge Adventure Pass that lets you ride the Maid of the Mist, hike the White Water Walk and visit several top attractions in Ontario’s Niagara Parks.

On both sides of the international border, Niagara Falls is a classic RV camping experience. Once you’ve come to the Falls you’re sure to fall in love and your RV camping dreams will be filled by Niagara!

About the Author

Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. You can see more great RV vacation ideas in their Monty’s Musings RV Travel Blog and be sure to check out their RV Camping Pictures.

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Family Day Fest

Family Day Fest: Feb. 18-20, 2012
Niagara Falls ON

The inaugural Family Day Fest is taking place during Family Day and Presidents’ Day long weekend, featuring the largest indoor amusement park, February 18, 19 & 20th! Boasting an impressive line-up of rides, jumping castles, obstacle courses, arcade games, attractions, carnival games and entertainment!  Open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave, the three-day event boasts plenty of attractions for the entire family.

JoJo the Clown and his sidekick Chuckles!

Bringing you one of the fastest balloon making routines you’ll ever see, Jo-Jo and Chuckles will have you howling with their comedic antics.

Featuring all-time favourites like: Bumper Cars, Kite Flyer, Train Ride, Chilly Willy, Merry Go Round, Scrambler, Wacky World, Clock Castle, King Croc Slide.

Tickets* offering a variety of admission options, are available at the door or online in advance
Day Pass: $25 ages 2+ (incl. entrance + rides)
Adults 18+: $8 (entrance only & accompany)

* Ride tickets available onsite – no refunds for unused tickets. Children 1 and Under FREE (entrance only, no rides)


Niagara Falls Stay-and-Play hotel packages available at:

Comfort Inn Niagara Falls:
Courtyard by Marriott:
Days Inn Niagara Falls Clifton Hills Casino:
Embassy Suites Fallsview:       
Four Points by Sheraton:
Niagara Falls Hilton:
Niagara Falls Marriott:
Oakes Hotel:

For general and ticket information about Family Day Fest (incl. corporate or group rates), please visit, join us on Facebook, call 1-800-567-3889 or email





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Gale Centre Public Ice Skating Schedule

Gale Recreation Centre

Have you visited the new Gale Recreation Centre yet? Here is a the schedule for public skating and Shinny hockey.

Activity Tue Wed Thu Sat Sun No Ice
Public Skating 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm 2pm – 4pm Sept 25; Oct 2; Dec 4,24,25,31;
Jan 1, 21; Feb 18;
Mar 3, 11, 24, 25; Apr 1;
Adult/Senior Skate 9am – 10am 12pm – 1pm Nov 17; Dec 28, 29; Jan 5; Feb 16
Tiny Tots Skate 10am – 12pm 1pm – 3pm Nov 16; Dec 28, 29;
Jan 5; Feb 1, 16; Mar 14;
Stick & Puck 3:30 pm – 5pm 9am – 10:30 am Nov 17; Dec 28,29;
Jan 5; Feb 1;
Pay as You Play 18+ 12pm – 1:30 pm 12pm – 1:30 pm Nov 17; Dec 28,29;
Jan 5; Mar 15;
Pay as You Play 60+ 3pm – 4pm 10am – 11am Nov 17; Dec 27,29; Jan 5;
Pay as You Play 70+ 1pm – 3pm Dec 27; Jan 31; Mar 13;
Pay as You Play Ladies 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm Oct 1; Nov 19; Dec 24,31;
Jan 21; Feb 25; Mar 3, 24;
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How to Pack Light for a Vacation

With the new luggage weight restrictions and high fees, its important to pack light and right.  In the past I would just throw a bunch of clothes into my cheap luggage and not care too much.  Now you have to care. You have to make sure that your luggage is light and you bring only the stuff you need.  Take these tips from Fashion blogger Nelia.

[from Style Blog] I’m not going to claim to be an expert on packing or travel….BUT, I do travel a heck of a lot, and always…always without checking my baggage. In the past, I’ve had a few a lot of problems with lost bags, and ruined vacation outfits…which is obviously very stressful, and costly. I’ve finally had enough, and whether it’s a two-week European vacay*, or a weekend getaway, carry-on only is the only way I’ll travel. If you want to know how to travel light, without the hassles (and extra fees) that come with checking your bag, read on for my tips!

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1. Good Luggage is Key

There’s a reason why this is tip #1. Good luggage can make a huge difference! For the past 8 (or so) years, I’ve traveled with my trusty green Heys carry-on everywhere. And when I say everywhere, I mean everywhere! Places it’s been: Kyrgyzstan (2 times), Kazakhstan (3 times), Paris (3 times), London (2 times), Italy (3 times), Spain (1 time), Moscow (1 time), New York (4 times), Houston (bajillion times), Cuba (2 times), Mexico (1 time), Mont Tremblant (1 time), Quebec and Montreal (2 times), Las Vegas (2 times), LA (1 time)…shall I keep going? My luggage has never let me down, through the cobbles of Red Square, and through the millions of stairs in Paris subway tunnels – it was always, always reliably sturdy and light.

Good luggage will expand when you need it to, will keep your clothes safe and neat, is easy to wheel around, is light, easy to maneuver and to spot. It doesn’t even have to be expensive. Granted, I am pretty biased towards Heys luggage (which is hella solid, affordable, and proudly Canadian!). After 8 years of using my cute green suitcase, I finally had to retire it – simply out of vanity (as it’s still in great condition). I wanted a prettier, newer set, and this Journey Spinner** will hopefully do the job just as well, while looking sleek and stylish.

Lucky for you, Heys is actually giving away a trip worth $5000!!! So if you want to take that new luggage out for a spin, make sure to enter here: more…

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Rink at the Brink Skate for Haiti

rink at the brink skate for Haiti

The St. Catharines (MOB)ilizers, a grassroots group promoting positive change in Niagara region and beyond, is holding another fundraiser in support of Free the Children. On Friday, Jan. 7th, area residents can lace up their skates from 10 a.m. until noon at the Niagara Falls Rink at the Brink. Admission is $5, skate rentals are $5 and you can also get your skates sharpened for $5. The group will also be selling hot chocolate and homemade backed goods, with all proceeds supporting Free the Children communities in Haiti.

See their Facebook page for more details:

Cheer for our Local Team Canada Stars

Niagara Team Canada MembersThe Niagara Ice Dogs are well represented on Team Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championships in 2011-12 with 4 team members. is covering the games so be sure to watch.

Dougie Hamilton

2011-12 Team: Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
NHL Draft: Boston 2011 (1st round, 9th overall)
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Born: June 17, 1993
Height: 6’4Weight: 193Shoots: Right

Twice played for Team OHL in the Super Series against Russia (2010, 2011), recording three assists in two games in 2011.
Attended Canada’s National Junior development camp in August 2011.
Named the OHL and CHL Scholastic Player of the Year in 2010-11.
Twice named an OHL second team all-star (2009-10, 2010-11).
Won a silver medal with Ontario at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Won the Ivan Tennant Award as top academic high school player in 2009-10.

 Freddie Hamilton

2011-12 Team: Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
NHL Draft: San Jose 2010 (5th round, 129th overall)
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Born: January 1, 1992
Height: 6’0Weight: 185Shoots: Right

Player Notes: Played for the OHL in the 2011 Super Series against Russia, recording a hat trick and finishing plus-4 in one game.
Attended Canada’s National Junior development camp in August 2011.
Represented Canada at the 2010 World Under-18 Championship, where he was named a Top 3 Player on his team.
Won a gold medal with Ontario at the 2009 World Under-17 Challenge.
Won the Ivan Tennant Award as top academic high school player in 2008-09.

Ryan Strome

2011-12 Team: Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
NHL Draft: New York Islanders 2011 (1st round, 5th overall)
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Born: July 11, 1993
Height: 6’1Weight: 183Shoots: Right
Twitter: @strome18

Played for the OHL in the 2011 Super Series against Russia, recording two goals and three points in two games.
Attended Canada’s National Junior development camp in August 2011.
Named an OHL second team all-star in 2010-11.
Won a silver medal with Ontario at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, recording two goals and three points in six games.

Mark Visentin

2011-12 Team: Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
NHL Draft: Phoenix 2010 (1st round, 27th overall)
Hometown: Waterdown, ON
Born: August 7, 1992
Height: 6’2Weight: 201Shoots: Left
Twitter: @vizzer29

Backstopped Canada to silver medal at 2011 World Junior Championship, starting four games including the quarterfinal, semifinal, and gold medal game.
.923 SV% was fourth among goalies in tournament and 2.01 GAA ranked third.
Played for the OHL in the 2011 Super Series against Russia.
Attended Canada’s National Junior Team development camp in August 2011.
Named OHL Goaltender of the Year and first team All-Star in 2010-11.
Won a gold medal with Ontario at the 2009 World Under-17 Challenge.

Niagara College Student Wins

Chef David Adjey with winner Janine Hall

Three culinary students battled it out at the TABASCO® Brand Street Junior Chef Meet at Humber College. Janine Hall, a culinary student at Niagara College took home the prize – $2,500 in cash, $2,500 in Garland Canada merchandise. She is now the undisputed hottest junior chef in Canada.

More pics after the jump…