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Blue Ghost Tunnel

There have been many reports of paranormal activity after the 1903 fatal train collision near St. Catharines Ontario’s Merritton Tunnel (now known as the Blue Ghost Tunnel) .  Over the past few years Niagara Blog has been collecting videos and pictures from readers about the haunted Blue Ghost Tunnel.   Here is a recent January 2010  video from Linda Randall:


Gypsy Theatre may be leaving Falls

JOHN LAW QMI Agency — The newly-renovated Seneca Queen Theatre on Queen St. in Niagara Falls may be looking for new tenants this year. It’s unclear whether Fort Erie’s Gypsy Theatre will return for a second season.

NIAGARA FALLS — Gypsy Theatre’s stay in Niagara Falls may have been a short one.

After a much-ballyhooed debut on Queen Street last year, the Fort Erie-based company’s future in the Seneca Queen Theatre appears uncertain for 2010.

Mordechai Grun, president of property owners Historic Niagara Development, says while Gypsy Theatre “tried their best, and they worked hard,” he would not confirm the company is returning for a second season this year. more…

Niagara-on-the-Lake Culinary School Raided

closedNiagara-on-the-Lake Culinary School was raided and shut down by government officials this Friday.  Allegations about the  private school, who’s students are mainly from India, include that it is running illegally, issuing false certificates, and exploiting students for cheap labour in some of Niagara Falls top wineries and restaurants.  The school closure is affecting 40- 50 students.

It is important to note that the Niagara-on-the-Lake Culinary School is not affiliated with the The Niagara Culinary Institute (NCI), which is a part of Niagara College, one of Ontario’s 24 publicly-funded Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology.

Rotary Club Trivia Night

clublogoOn Feb 17th Club Itali will be having its annual Trivia Night sponsored by the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls. Lots of fun and great prizes, all the proceeds go to the Rotary Club projects including relief efforts in Haiti. The event begins at 7:00pm and tickets are $35 with tables of eight available.

There are over 34,000 Rotary Clubs with over a million members around the world. This year marks a century of Rotary in Canada, the meeting that took place outside the United States in Winnipeg 1910. Over 700 Rotary Clubs now across Canada, serving their motto: Service above self.

New members are always welcome. For more information, visit the Rotary Club website or call 905.374.1205

Free gardening classes

From February through April, ReNu Niagara will be hosting a free gardening workshop, Fresh Food for the Falls. The organic gardening will practice those who are beginning a garden or interested in learning how to make it more earth friendly. The classes are free from Feb 6 – Apr 24

The schedule:


Special Falls Illumination for Winter Olympics

As the 2010 Winter Olympics kick off in Vancouver, Niagara Falls will be showcasing the start of a brand new type of special illumination.

During the 17 days of the Winter Olympic Games, visitors to the Ontario Pavilion in Vancouver, over 3,000 kilometres away, will have the unique opportunity to change the colour of the lights on Niagara Falls using the power of their minds!

The Illumination of Niagara FallsThe Illumination of Niagara Falls more…
Bug-a-licious Insect Food Festival on Family Day Weekend

Tempt your taste buds with a variety of insects, including crickets, scorpions, grasshoppers, ants and stinkbugs prepared right before your eyes! Visit the Butterfly Conservatory over Ontario’s Family Day (or U.S., President’s Day) long weekend, February 13 – 15, 2010 for the 5th annual International ‘Bug-a-licious’ Insect Food Festival.

Linda Keeping Enjoys a Scorpion

Visitors will be able to sample delectable insect recipes created by Chef Jeff Stewart and guest chefs daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef Stewart and his colleagues will be conducting cooking demonstrations with insects, and a new addition this year will be a friendly cooking competition – the Insect Battle Show Down – where visitors can cast their votes for the most delicious insect dish!

The event will feature two cooking battles each day at 12:30 p.m & 3 p.m. This annual event challenges us to consider insects as a beneficial nutrition source, a practice common to cultures from around the world for thousands of years. more…

Forcing residents to shovel snow bad idea

Recently the city council had indicated that they would come door to door asking people to bring a shovel and help clear the sidewalks of snow. This stunt that would help to lower costs to cover snow plows and road salt distributions. Residents were outraged when they heard they were being ‘Forced’ to march outside and contribute to city hall. It was definitely a bad move by the city council. Where most costs are being spent on clearing the main roads and school routes, the public does not want to cut those services off. The issue is too much of a reliability and the liability of residents to perform that duty may fall short. That’s something we don’t want to see. Courts have been upheld that residents are not responsible for clearing snow and actions to do so are a personal choice or of that of the city’s duty. If a homeowner were to clear the snow from their sidewalk and a passer had fallen injured due to the ice, the city would get sued and not the home owner.

Sugar Bush Adventure

White Meadows Farms will be having a great Sugar Bush Adventure during the off season beginning February the 13th through April.

Arrive on a pleasant hay ride into the woods where you can enjoy the beauty of nature in the meadows. Take a tour of the sheltered forest while each staff member demonstrates their stations and explain the history of one of Canada’s first agricultural products, Maple Syrup.

Children can compare wing span of local birds or measure nearby trees to see how much can be tapped, try it yourself with a drill! At the pioneer camp you will see how taffy is made traditionally. more…

Famous Friday – Jay Triano

Name: Jay Triano
September 21, 1958
Place of Birth: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Claim to Fame:
head coach of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors

Jay Triano

Born in Niagara Falls Ontario, Jay Triano became the first Canadian born and Canadian trained coach in the NBA when he served as an assistant coach to Lenny Wilkens during the 2002-03 season.

A native of Niagara Falls, Triano was the head coach of the Canadian men’s national team from 1998-2004 posting a 52-42 (.553) record. He led Canada to a semifinal berth in the 2003 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico and to a 5-2 record, second best to the United States, in the 2000 Olympics.

In addition to his duties with Canada Basketball, Triano worked six years as a radio analyst and director of community relations for the Vancouver Grizzlies. He moved to Toronto from Vancouver in 2001 to work as a basketball analyst for TSN.


Valentine’s Day Weekend at Peller Estates Winery

Sweep your sweetie off her (or his) feet.  Winery Chef and CityLine personality Jason Parsons and Winemaker Lawrence Buhler are ready to help.  Begin with a special Icewine cocktail upon arrival and then tuck into their special Valentine’s Day menus before cuddling up at an open fire to roast our signature Icewine marshmallows!

Feb 12th & 15th enjoy a la carte menu or 5-course tasting menu for $125/person.

Feb 13th & 14th choose from the Valentine’s Tasting Menus, 5-course for $125/person or 7-course for $150/person.

Book Now or call 1.888.673.5537 ext.3

Chippawa Lions Steak Dinner

On Feb 12th, from 5:00pm-7:00pm, Welland Avenue, Chippawa will be having $10 striplion and $13 T-bone steaks with a baked potato, sour cream, pickles and bread. For more information call 905.295.4998

Psychic Fair


Romance in Wine Country

Hey good lookin’ come and see what Hillebrand has cookin’…on Valentine’s Day weekend.  From a Lunch & Winery Tour Package to competitively priced tasting menus, there are a range of options that will sweep your sweetie of their feet.The Valentine’s Lunch & Wine special is offered at 11am an 1pm for only $50 per person, including a 3-course meal and a tour of the winery, book now 1.800.582.8412. ext.2.

After 12 noon Lunch of 3-5 course menu exclusive of wine and including a cheese course starting from $42.

Valentine’s Dinner Menu’s starting at 5:30, 3-6 courses starting from $73, call ext.3 or book now

Reds Release Event

Hillebrand Winery wants you to experience the flavor of Valentine’s Day with an exclusive opportunity to taste and buy Showcase 2010 Reds with the assistance of a wine consultant. These include the Showcase Merlot 2007 ‘Carlton Vineyard’ and Showcase Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 ‘Clark Vineyard’, super-premium reds from the finest vintage in Niagara, for you to buy or for anyone else. $10 to taste, no reservations necessary. Call 1.800.582.8412 ext. 2 for details.

Niagara A-Team

A great video of Niagara Helicopter ride shot in June 2009 with the A-Team theme.

Dragon Ritual Drummers

On Feb 12th on Queen Street the Dragon Ritual Drummers will be returning home to where they first originated, Niagara Falls. The group performs unlike any ordinary band at a restaurant or pub, it is a more festival suited interactive display, that will be playing on Friday at the 4555 Cafe & Wine Bar. Although they originated in Niagara Falls, the group has never played here before; but with the downtown’s developing art scheme, it seemed like the right time to return. The group’s inspiration by a mythical ideal of a mystical dragon’s spirit residing within the Falls and their albums telling stories of the serpent. Scoring at the top on MySpace music charts all over North America for particular Afrobeat and Topical. The Dragon Ritual Drummers will be performing two days before valentines, and within this interactive performance, a King and Queen will be chosen from the audience, as this group expresses the spirituality of this festival through music and art.

Vintage Niagara Advertisement 1959

life1959An advertisement for Niagara Health Equipment and the Niagara Research Institute in a 1959 issue of LIFE magazine.  Niagara Research Institute, now an Australian company, was founded in 1952 to fund research into the benefits of cycloid vibration therapy (CVT). Dr John R Mote, OBE, who had been Chief Medical Advisor to the Allied Forces in World War II, headed this first research team.



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Celebrating Black History Month

Niagara and the Underground Railroad

Many do not realize that Niagara was the major terminus of the Underground Railroad. The Anti-slavery Act of 1793’s ban on slave imports made American blacks free as soon as they crossed Niagara River. A woman named Chloe Cooley’s brave actions inspired change that would ultimately lead to the end of slavery in this country.

Plaque Honouring Chloe CooleyPlaque Honouring Chloe Cooley

In 2007, The Niagara Parks Commission and the Ontario Heritage Trust unveiled a provincial plaque in Niagara-on-the-Lake to commemorate Chloe Cooley and the 1793 Act to Limit Slavery in Upper Canada. more…

Famous Friday – Rashad Evans

Name: Rashad Anton Evans
Date: September 25, 1979
Place of Birth: Niagara Falls, New York, USA
Claim to Fame: Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion

Rashad-Evans Rashad (Sugar) Evans , is one of Niagara Fall`s most notable athletes.  He has an impressive UFC record of 14 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss, including victories over Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin.

Each Fridays we will be be profiling  a notable Niagara Falls native.  If you would like to suggest a person to be features in our Famous Friday post, please email us at