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Win a weekend at a Hampton Hotel for 100 of your friends

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Hampton Hotels. All opinions are 100% mine.

We will be announcing our Stupid Tourist Story Contest winners soon.  There is some internal disagreements of which story is the best.  If you did not get a chance to enter, don’t worry.  Hampton Hotels has just announced the Hampton Chain of Friends Sweepstakes.

Imagine this… Win one weekend for you and 100 of your friend at a Hampton Hotel. That’s practically the entire hotel for you!  The sweepstake is open to residents of the 50 US, DC, Canada (excluding Quebec), UK and Mexico.  You don’t have to be Hilton Honors members or have previously stayed at a Hampton. Plus, there is no purchase necessary.  Not enough? Well, Hampton Hotels will throw in $5,000 to cover the taxes for the weekend.

My hotel of choice would be the Niagara Falls Hampton Inn.   We’d spend the day at the Niagara Falls Waterpark, and all of the Falls Avenue attractions such as Adventure City, the Hershey Chocolate shop, and Clifton Hill. At night we’d watch the Niagara Falls fireworks and spend the rest of the night at the Casino, which is conveniently located directly across the street from the hotel. If I win I’d definitely invite all my friends and a few readers who comment on this post (hint, hint).  But if you win, please put me on your guest list?

Contest Ends:  9/4/2010

Contest Site: Hampton Chain of Friends Sweepstakes Visit my sponsor: Chain-of-Friends Grand Prize

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Help needed in Happy Rolph’s petting zoo crime

Niagara Regional Police believe that on June 1st early morning, at least two intruders broke into Happy Rolph’s petting zoo on Read Rd.  and attacked many of the caged animals in the zoo.  Four small animals were killed and several others were shot and injured with BBs and pellets fired from air guns.  There are reports that at least one large rabbit was decapitated and its head was mounted on a stake.  Police believe the culprits also stole a baby goat that’s missing from an enclosure.  Numerous beer bottles were left at the scene as though they had been used for target practice.

Someone must have information.  If you have any tips you can submit them here: or call 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

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Niagara Falls High School does the Black Eyed Peas

The Class of 2010 from Niagara Falls High School did their own version of the Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling video dub.

Audio of Canadian couple interrogated at US-Canada border

This is actual audio of a Canadian couple being interrogated at the United States/Canada borer. The couple was on their way to Niagara Falls outlet mall.  At the end of the audio the couple was arrested and thrown in jail.

Were the US border patrol just?  What is your opinion?

Ready to Test Your Legs and Treat Your Taste Buds?

Run through Ontario’s stunning vineyards, over big green hills and take in the sun bright in the early summer sky.  First of its kind in Canada, this unique run winds through Twenty Valley wine country showcasing Ontario’s stunning vineyards and premier wineries. The run finishes in downtown Jordan where all runners and supporters are invited to celebrate at the Finish Area Street Party. more…

Party with Niagara Popcorn

Planning a party or celebrating a special occasion? If you are tired of traditional cakes check out Niagara Popcorn. Niagara Popcorn crafts deliciously different celebrity chocolate popcorn Celebration Cakes, Coffee Cup Tops, milk, dark, and peanut butter chocolate popcorn bark, and Candy Cakes. They have put their own spin on an old standby, and created a new niche in the confectionery marketplace. more…

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Niagara’s Rashad Evans defeats Rampage Jackson

Niagara Falls’ Rashad Evans defeats Rampage Jackson in UFC 114.

Deal Saves Niagara Parks Police
123-YEAR-OLD SERVICE: Niagara Regional Police Services board agrees to five-year extension

Niagara Parks Police have been granted a new lease on life for at least five years. Officers with the 123-year-old service will be able to continue carrying firearms, under terms of an agreement approved Thursday by the Niagara Regional Police Services board.

“We’re pleased with it, based on what we know,” said Fay Booker, chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission, which funds and oversees the police service. “We’re very proud of what the Niagara Parks Police do today. They’ve been doing it extremely well.” more…

Shaw Festival opens with Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husban

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario – Through a curtain of humour, great ideas, struggles and relationships will be revealed and examined during the 49th season of the Shaw Festival.  Commencing with Oscar Wilde’s witty intrigue An Ideal Husband — a play about blackmail, political corruption and scandal, four other productions will also open this week: the Canadian premiere of the Tom Murphy version of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard; the Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash, S.J. Perelman madcap musical One Touch of Venus; the Mary Chase Pulitzer Prize-winning charmer Harvey; and the clever, cut-throat Clare Boothe Luce comedy The Women.

The Shaw Festival’s Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell joins The Shaw’s Board of Governors Chair Janet McKelvey and the rest of the Company in celebrating the start of the season and says of this week’s events: “After weeks of exploring, building, rehearsing, previewing and honing, we proudly open the first five shows in our 2010 season — a truly rich showcase for our wonderfully talented company.”

$9.5 Million For Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station

Niagara Falls USA – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28) announced that she has secured an additional $9.5 million authorization in the National Defense Authorization Act for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

“The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is on its way to being a crown jewel for the U.S. Air Force,” said Slaughter. “This new investment will improve coordination and continue the upward rise of NFARS since we successfully removed it from the 2005 BRAC list. I will continue to do all I can to support the great work being done by the 914th and 107th.”

At Slaughter’s request, the National Defense Authorization Act includes $9.5 million to begin design and planning for a joint operations center at NFARS. The C-130 flight line facility will help the 914th and 107th Airlift Wings better coordinate their activities at NFARS. The NDAA is expected to be passed by the House tomorrow. more…

Last Call for the Stupid Tourist Contest 2 Entires


Time is running out to enter your Stupid Tourist story. Remember, it does not have to be Niagara Falls related. Any stupid tourist story will do. The prize is two (2) ‘Niagara Falls Tours from Toronto’ tickets that have a value of $158.

1. Submit your stupid tourist story/question using the comment section of the contest page.
2. Use your real email address. If you win, we will contact you by email to get your full name and address.
3. Contest closes on May 31, 2010 at 11:59 pm.
4. The best story wins two (2) Niagara Falls Tours from Toronto courtesy of

Woody Woodpecker in Niagara Fools

A 1956 Woody Woodpecker cartoon entitled “Niagara Fools”.

Famous Friday – Nikola Tesla

Niagara Falls Ontario


Niagara Falls NY

Name: Nikola Tesla
Birth Date: 10 July 1856
Place of Birth: Smiljan, Croatia
Claim to Fame: His contribution to commercial electricity and the second industrial revolution was so great, that a monument was erected in his honour on both sides of the border.
He is is best known for his many revolutionary developments in the field of electromagnetism.  The standard of measurement in electromagnetism is known as a T (tesla).  For example, the strength of the Earth’s magnetic field at the equator is:   31 µT (3.1×10−5 T)
Each Fridays we will be be profiling a notable Niagara Falls native. If you would like to sponsor our Famous Friday post or suggest a person to be featured, please email us at
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Attention Niagara Tour Operators, China is Coming!

During Prime Minister Harper’s visit to China in December 2009, China announced that it granted Canada Approved Destination Status, which allows Chinese nationals to travel to Canada in a leisure group tour format. Currently, Canada’s Embassy in Beijing is working closely with the Chinese Government to implement Approved Destination Status.   ADS allows approved Canadian ADS tour operators to receive Chinese nationals into Canada in a leisure group tour format through ADS approved travel agents in China including those that have been authorized by the CNTA.

Canada received about 159,927 visitors from China in 2008 (+5.26% over 2007).  What will be the impact to tourism in Canada? I don’t know but the population of China is 1.3 billion.  Even if a small percentage decides to travel to Canada, I know that one of the preferred destinations will be Niagara Falls.

“The Chinese market is promising, but we have not yet received confirmation of any Niagara Falls tour operator being approved” says a representative from

I really do hope that Niagara Falls tour operators receive approval.

Tour Operator Application Form:

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Funny things happen at Niagara Falls!

“Funny things happen at Niagara Falls!” This was the tag line of the 1941 movie “Niagara Falls” staring Marjorie Woodworth, Tom Brown, Zasu Pitts, and Slim Summerville. more…

Shaw Festival Receives $2.6 Million Grant

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, May 14, 2010…Colleen Blake, Executive Director of the Shaw Festival, announced today that the theatre festival has received $2.6 million in continued funding through the Marquee Tourism Events Program (MTEP), the temporary two-year stimulus package introduced as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

Funding will also impact entire Niagara Region and community partners

“The Shaw Festival is very grateful to our MP, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, and to the Government of Canada for their ongoing support of the Shaw Festival,” said Blake. “MTEP proved to be extremely helpful in 2009, contributing to a major increase in sales for The Shaw. This timely injection of financial support in 2010 will certainly have a significant economic impact for The Shaw, our community partners and the entire Niagara Region.” more…

Niagara Falls Gumball 3000

Gumball 3000 is a exotic car rally from London to New York. On May 7th they stopped at the  Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls Canada.

Demon Dare Devil

Charles Stephens, the Demon Barber of Bedminster

In 1920, a young boy hid in the bar of his father’s pub, the Carpenter’s Arms on Newfoundland Street, Bristol, eavesdropping on the regulars.

They were having a whip-round to buy a barrel that was to end up carrying a daredevil over Niagara Falls. more…

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1/2 Price Frappuccino 3 to 5pm at these Niagara Starbucks Locations

Between May 7 and May 16, enjoy a half-price Frappuccino® blended beverage at participating Starbucks in the afternoon – 3 to 5 p.m., to be exact.

A list of participating Niagara Falls Starbucks locations:

Crowne Plaza-Niagara Falls NY-Lobby
300 Third Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Brock Plaza Hotel – Retail Strip
5685 Falls Ave
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7
Sheraton on the Falls Lobby
5875 Falls Ave
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3K7
Canadian Niagara – Center St
5733 Victoria Ave
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7
Skylon Tower Base
5200 Robinson St
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2A3
Skylon Tower Murray Street
5200 Robinson Street
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2A3
Embassy Suites Niagara Falls
6700 Fallsview Blvd
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
Casino Fallsview Blvd
6688 Fallsview Blvd
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7M9
Marriott Niagara Falls View
6740 Buchanan Ave.
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
Sheraton Fallsview
6755 Fallsview Blvd
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W7
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Legal Action to Obtain $1B Niagara Falls Boat Ride Contract

lawAtlanta-based Alcatraz Media and businessman William M. Windsor are jointly attempting to obtain the billion dollar contract for boat rides under Niagara Falls. The boat rides began in 1846, and there has never been an opportunity for anyone to bid to offer the service until Windsor took legal action against the Province of Ontario and the State of New York. This case is currently being handled by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice under case number DC 09-105JR. more…