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TasteCamp Niagara 2011


TasteCamp is coming to Niagara in 2011.  The concept for TasteCamp is a simple one: getting enthusiastic journalists and bloggers together in a region that is new to them to taste as much wine as possible and speak to as many winemakers as possible over the course of a weekend. Most smaller, lesser-known wine regions in the world would love to get their wines in front new audiences, it can be a challenge. With TasteCamp, the new audience comes to them. This is not a junket — attendees pay their own travel expenses — including for their hotel rooms — and meals. Through generous sponsors, some meals may be deeply discounted.

For recent information on TasteCamp follow: http://tastecampnorth.tumblr.com/

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Oldest Photo of Niagara Falls

The image above, taken by Hugh Pattinson in 1840, is the oldest photograph of Niagara Falls. It was discovered just a few years ago at the Newcastle University in England in a box, marked “Daguerrotypes”.  The picture will be on display at the original location where the picture was taken.   Do you notice something wrong with the photo? The photo is laterally reversed. Table Rock can be seen on the left when it should be on the right.

Niagara Parks Commission Open House Meeting

The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is having an Open House Meetings to share a general overview of its operations and its impact as an organization on the local communities and tourism industry. This meeting will address upcoming issues and challenges prior to the Commission undertaking strategic planning later this fall.

WHEN: 6:30 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2010
WHERE:  Bridgewater Golf Course, 700 Gilmore Road, Fort Erie, Ontario

For more information call: (905) 371-0837

All Hallow’s Eve Ghost Tours at Old Fort Erie

All Hallow's Eve Ghost Tour Join us for an eeerily good time at Old Fort Erie!

All Hallow’s Eve at Old Fort Erie

October 29 & 30 at 7:30 p.m.

All Hallow’s Eve Ghost Tour

The site of the bloodiest battlefield in the history of Canada conjures up many of its own hair-raising tales.  See the old fort from the perspective of the spirits who still make their presence felt. The past comes to life through story telling and the ancient traditions of Hallowe’en. A fun and frightening evening at the old stone fort will end with refreshments and the annual burning of a Guy Fawkes effigy.

Tours start at 7:30 p.m., followed by the burning of the Guy Fawkes effigy at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12 (prices include taxes); children ages 5 and under are free.

This event is suitable for all ages. Be prepared and dress for any kind of weather, rain, snow or sleet.

Reservations are required; please call (905) 871-7211

Inside the FortInside the Fort

Located at 350 Lakeshore Road in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, Old Fort Erie is approximately 30 kilometres (19 miles) or a scenic 20-minute drive south of Niagara Falls and is close to the Peace Bridge from Buffalo, New York. The grounds and the main floor rooms of the buildings are wheelchair accessible.

Niagara Parks is preparing to celebrate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Plans are being made for special events beginning in 2012, and construction has begun on a brand new Welcome Centre for Old Fort Erie. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting new chapter at the Fort!

Old Fort Erie is one of several heritage sites owned and operated by The Niagara Parks Commission, an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, which has preserved and protected the Niagara River corridor without taxpayers’ dollars since 1885.

This article was originally published here

Why People do Crazy Things in Niagara Falls

This podcast is about the crazy, insane, daredevils in Niagara Falls.

Toronto to Niagara Falls by Bike

On September 5th, 2010, at 6:15 am, six friends decided to travel by bike from from Lawrence and Dufferin area in Toronto to Niagara Falls.  They arrived in Niagara Falls at 6:24pm the next day.  This is a video of their adventure:

They used the Waterfront Trail for the majority of the ride. The route is not the most direct route to Niagara Falls but it is the most scenic, and well marked with signs.  The route is a little more confusing in the Hamilton area but if you get lost just ask for directions.  Hamiltonians will gladly help you as long as you are not wearing an Argonaut t-shirt.

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Brock Wrestlers Win at Commonwealth Games

(Originally Published by gobadgers.ca) DELHI – At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Brock wrestlers captured three medals in total for Team Canada. Brock alumni and two-time Olympic medalist Tonya Verbeek captured silver at 59kg. The husband-wife pair of Evan and Jessica MacDonald both captured bronze in their respective weight class.

Jessica MacDonald Bronze Medal Match

Verbeek posted a 2-1 overall record at 59kg. In her opening match, she defeated Kathryn Marsh from Scotland (W 6-0, 7-0). Verbeek then went on to defeat Nigeria’s Tega Tosin Richard (W 3-0) in the semi-finals. In the gold medal match she was caught and pinned in the first round by India’s Alka Tomar.

Jessica MacDonald also posted a 2-1 record at 51kg capturing the bronze medal. In her opening match, she lost to Babita Kumari of India in three rounds (L 6-0, 0-3, 0-5). She then dominated her next two opponents defeating England’s Jo Madyarchyk (W 9-2, 7-0) and South Africa’s Mpho Madi by pinfall in the bronze medal match.

Evan MacDonald finished with a 3-1 overall record at 74kg. In the bronze medal match, he came from behind to defeat Pakistan’s Ali Mohammed (W 0-4, 4-1, 4-0). He also posted victories over Australia’s Kostyn Ermakovich (W 1-0, 3-0) and England’s Mike Grundy (W 5-2, 5-2). His lone loss was against India’s Narsingh P. Yadav (L 1-0, 2-1).

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Take the Cake Skateboarding Event by West 49

West 49 Take the Cake presented by Schick Xtreme3 and the Axe Twist Amateur Open is Canada’s largest cash purse event in Canadian skateboarding history with $100,000.00 CDN in prize money being awarded. Thirteen of the worlds best international skaters will descend on Niagara Falls Oct 1-2, 2010 to showcase their tricks on a best trick stair set up.

Skaters Attending:

Paul Rodriguez, Chaz Ortiz, Torey Pudwill, Sierra Fellers, Corey Duffel, Darrell Stanton, Alex Olson, Chima Ferguson, Brandon Westgate, Shuriken Shannon, Nick Dompierre, Paul Trep, Grant Patterson and Tom Asta.

Tickets:

$10 per Day: $15 for Weekend

Event Highlights
October 1: Push.ca Public Skate Park, Pro Autograph Session and Axe Twist Amateur Open Qualifiers.

October 2: Push.ca Public Skate Park, Axe Twist Amateur Open Finals, Pro Autograph Session, Live Performance Featuring SHAD and the West 49 Take the Cake Competition.

Visit www.west49takethecake.com for more information