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Niagara Falls Whirlpool Jet Boat Video

Experience a thrilling whitewater adventure with Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours! The fleet of 7 Wet Jet boats will get you drenched, or you can opt for our Jet Dome and stay dry. The most exhilarating attraction in the Niagara Region!

3 Ways to Support Your Favorite Vacation Spot Online

Niagara Falls is known for it’s amazing beauty, and as one of the largest waterfalls in the US. It not only takes it’s viewers breath away but offers a valuable source of hydroelectric power. This beautiful and useful monument has been visited since the 1600s and is still a tourist attraction today.

We all have that special spot that we just can’t wait to vacation to. We take family and friends, and tons of pictures! Have you ever wanted to tell others about the beautiful scenery, the amazing places to visit, and of course show off your photography? Well, you don’t have to have a marketing degree to give your favorite vacation spots the attention you think they deserve.

The internet is an amazing tool for all sorts of things, sharing information being the most important. We can relay information, share experiences, photos and all sorts of other things at an amazingly fast pace. Within seconds you can find whatever it is you are looking for.

1. Share on a Vacation Website

There are tons of websites already in place that allow users to share information and pictures. People can share their favorite vacation spots, check out other people’s favorites, and even comment or converse on the topics. This way of sharing is nice because not only do you get feedback on the spot from people who have visited a certain area, but you may also find new spots that interest you. Most of these sites will offer a free membership, but may have an upgraded type membership for a small fee. Niagara Falls is a well-known vacation, and tourist attraction so you are sure to find many web pages, such as this one, that offer information on it. Do remember, however, no one has seen it through your eyes, and no one has taken the exact same photos as you! Sharing information about places like this can be so much fun and in the process you may learn something about the vacation spot that you had no idea existed. Not only are you sharing, but exploring as well.

2. Create Your Own Favorite Vacation Site

Creating and launching your own site can be fairly easy with all of the hosting sites available on the internet today. If you want to get really creative you can start from scratch. This may take you a little more time and you may need help from a web developer, but it will be worth it in the end. Most times there will be a small fee, normally not terribly expensive. One of the websites that I have used and continue to use is wix.com. I love the format and the ease at which you can create a unique web page. You may have to do a little exploring to find the site that works best for you, but don’t worry, the internet is nearly endless and you are sure to find one you like. This is your own page and your own URL, which makes it a more personal form of sharing. You can even set it to show up on search engines like Google to make the reach more widespread than just your family and friends. You can also set up a contact page that allows viewers to send questions and comments, which is a great way to enhance your website and make it even more reader friendly. more…

Hotel prices drop in Niagara Falls Ontario

The first economic indicator of 2011 points that Tourism in Niagara Falls is still slow to recover.  Prices in January 2011, according to Hotwire.com, are down -1% in Niagara Falls.  This puts Niagara Falls, Ontario in 5th place in price drops compared to other Canadian markets. Niagara Falls did not do as bad as London, Ontario which experienced a price drop of -7%.

Hotwire.com January 2011 rankings are:

1    London, ON             -7%     
2    Banff, AB              -4%     
3    Quebec City, QC        -2%     
4    Vancouver, BC          -1%   
5    Niagara Falls, ON      -1%
$23 for a Set-Menu Dinner for 2 at Taki Japanese Restaurant ($49 Value)

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$23 for a Set-Menu Dinner for Two at Taki Japanese Restaurant ($49 Value)

The traditional method for preparing sushi requires slices of raw fish to be held over unlit fires in order to secure that signature “uncooked” flavour. Explore such innovative foodsmithing with today’s Groupon: for $23, you get a set-menu sushi dinner for two at Taki Japanese Restaurant on Victoria Avenue (a $49 value). Taki Japanese Restaurant offers traditional Japanese cuisine in a sleek, modern atmosphere. With today’s deal, duos of diners can pack away piles of tangy teriyaki and crisp, lightly battered shrimp and vegetable tempura while guzzling gallons of green tea and savoury seaweed-stocked miso soup. The meal also includes succulent salads, six dainty rice-wrapped rounds of sushi, and a fresh-baked pastry or goblet of ice cream for dessert. The sleek dark wood and muted lighting of Taki Sushi’s modern interior, whose main dining room can seat a hundred, is the perfect setting for a dinner date or sophisticated samurai food fight.

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Distinguished Canadian actor Al Kozlik dies of stroke

January 13, 2011, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada – The Shaw Festival mourns the passing of distinguished Canadian actor Al Kozlik. Mr. Kozlik died peacefully on January 11 at the Greater Niagara General Hospital after suffering a stroke. He leaves behind his spouse of 41 years, Scott Sunderland.

Upon making the announcement, Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell noted: “Al was a most beloved and generous Company Member with an enthusiasm for, and love of, actors and acting that was endlessly infectious. I feel blessed to have witnessed his final performance as “Firs” in The Cherry Orchard last season, a part he had always wanted to play and which he embodied so beautifully.”

Mr. Kozlik had been a member of the Shaw Festival Ensemble for twenty-eight years. He was a Vancouver Playhouse alumnus who arrived at The Shaw in 1980 when Christopher Newton became Artistic Director. Reflecting on his long-time association with Mr. Kozlik, Artistic Director Emeritus Christopher Newton said: “I worked with Al for over 45 years. He was a great trooper, he was a great company member and he was one of those people who simply loved to be on the stage. Whether playing a small or large part, they were always alive vibrant and fully realized — Al Kozlik was a consummate company member.” more…

Lake Effect

Last weekend I was finally able to take advantage of the snowy weather and went skiing and snowboarding for the first time this season.  Now I want to go every weekend and to try out some local hills.

The other day I came across this video by Get Out Niagara.  It is a trailer to an upcoming snowboarding short film called ‘Lake Effect’. The film will be a compilation of the 2010-11 snowboarding season in and around the Great Lakes area of Ontario and New York State.  I can’t wait to see some of the slopes.

Deal: $20 for $40 Worth of food at AG Inspired Cuisine

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$20 for $40 Worth of Locally Sourced Gourmet Fare at AG Inspired Cuisine

If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Taste the fruits of culinary creativity with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of locally sourced gourmet fare at AG Inspired Cuisine, located inside the Sterling Inn & Spa in Niagara Falls. Helmed by an executive chef trained in classical French technique, AG Inspired Cuisine offers diners inventive dishes made with local and seasonal ingredients. Like the lyrics to the national anthem, the menu changes weekly and reflects the surrounding region, with entrees ranging in price from $25 to $35. Diners may pair a slab of tender venison or other local game with a regional wine vetted by the Vintner’s Quality Association, or nibble on slow-cooked forest mushrooms and other creative sides by the glittering light of minimalist chandeliers. Specialty cocktails are also available from a sleek bar wreathed in neon light.

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On this Day in Niagara Falls History – Jan 2, 1929

The United States and Canada reached an agreement on joint action to preserve Niagara Falls on Janaury 2nd, 1929

WJC Quarter Final Schedule

January 2:

Canada will play Switzerland in the early game (3:30pm). Will local Mark Visentin start for Canada?

Finland will play Russia in the late (7:30pm).

Both games will be played at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.

The United States received a bye by finishing atop Group A, will play the winner of Canada-Switzerland at 7:30pm, while Group B winner, Sweden, will take on either Finland or Russia in the other semi-finals at 3:30pm.

These games will be played a day later, Monday, January 3.

In the Relegation Round, Slovakia will play Norway and the Czech Republic will play Germany on January 2. Two days later, the Czechs will play Slovakia and Germany will tangle with Norway. The bottom two teams among these four will be playing in Division I next year.

Teams carry over the points from games against each other in the preliminary round. Thus, the Czech Republic carry over three points, Slovakia two, Germany one and Norway zero. All Relegation Round games will be played at Dwyer Arena.

The bronze and gold medal games will be played on January 5 at HSBC Arena.

source: iihf.com

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