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Flying over Niagara Falls in a Helicopter


Home video taken of the Niagara Falls helicopter tour. The tour flies over the majestic Falls of Niagara, Historical landmarks and Niagara’s renowned wine country in a way unimaginable from the ground. This particular tour is done by Niagara Helicopters which is located just a few minutes from Niagara-on-the-Lake town center.  If you are from Toronto and wish to take the helicopter tour there are many tour companies offering this helicopter tours as a package.  Check out eTours.to, NiagaraTours.ca and TorontoTours.ca.  All these tour companies have the Heli Tour option.

$0.31 Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Day

On Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Baskin Robbins will host its third annual 31¢ Scoop Night in support of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF). The national, charitable event invites the public to enjoy a scoop of their favourite ice cream or Soft Serve, in a cup or cone, for only 31¢. Donations will also be accepted in-store. To learn more, visit www.baskinrobbins.ca/cfff

Niagara Falls Baskin Robbins Locations: more…

Weekend Easter Egg Hunt at the Butterfly Conservatory

Easter Weekend at Niagara Parks Easter Egg Hunt at the Butterfly Conservatory
April 22 – 25, 2011

The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is pleased to announce a fun new Easter Egg

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Hunt for families over the long weekend April 22 – 25, 2011. This event includes a word-scramble activity where children will look for letters hidden throughout the Conservatory to spell a secret phrase for a chance to win a grand prize gift basket donated by Pop & Lolly’s Candy Shop. Thanks to generous donations from Nestle, Mars and Hershey, each child will also receive one complimentary treat  (while supplies last) after their visit.

Families are encouraged to download and print a special Niagara Parks colouring page in advance of their visit and NPC staff will be pleased to post the artwork on site.

The fully accessible Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is located on the grounds of the world-renowned Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & School of Horticulture, 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) north of the Falls at 2565 Niagara Parkway. Admission is $12.25 for adults (ages 13+), $7.95 for children (6 – 12 years), and children five and under are admitted FREE (prices in Cdn. plus tax). Parking is free.

The Butterfly Conservatory will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Friday – Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Easter Monday, with the last visitors admitted 30 minutes before closing. Please call (905) 356-8119 for details.


 

Annual Easter Show at Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse

Another Niagara Easter tradition for over 60 years is a visit to the Annual Easter Show at Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse.

Take in the beautiful colourful and fragrant spring flowers and see real chicks and bunnies! Admission to this year-round attraction is free! more…

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Tourism tug of war

Welcome to the bumpy ride that is regional tourism.

A new body meant to co-ordinate provincial tourism funding for all of Niagara is just getting off the ground. But the fledgling Regional Tourism Organization has already stumbled into a controversy over an untendered marketing contract.

Meanwhile, the much-maligned Niagara Economic Development Corp., the regional government-funded agency that runs a separate Tourism Niagara website, is paralyzed by a political debate over its future.

When the dust settles, Niagara is supposed to have a co-operative, industry-led organization designed to cut through the clutter of competing marketing efforts and help co-ordinate an effective, regional tourism strategy.

But right now, some industry members feel “it’s hard to do our job,” said Susan Morin, community economic development manager for Venture Niagara.

Tourism marketing is still happening, of course. St. Catharines is still promoting the Garden City; Niagara Falls is still a well-oiled marketing machine. Regional co-ordination, however, isn’t as visible.

“It’s tough, trying to understand who is the leader here, who is doing what right at this moment,” said Morin, who is helping organize a meeting next week for concerned tourism industry members. “With all the changes, it’s a little bit like the perfect storm.”

Morin, who is also involved with Tourisme Franco-Niagara, said businesses at the April 6 session will talk about ways to replace a tourism marketing committee formerly run by NEDC.

Those brainstorming committee meetings disappeared following regional council’s recent decision to lop off the tourism arm of the economic development agency. Other agency tourism services no longer receiving regional cash include marketing literature for cycling tourism, the Welland Canal recreational trail and a winter and wine campaign, according to interim NEDC head Alan Teichroeb.

Regional councillors re asoned the new Regional Tourism Organization would be coordinating regional marketing efforts from now on. But it’s unclear what will happen to the remaining NEDC services, like the regional tourism website and the Gateway Niagara information centre.

“Some people think with the (Regional Tourism Organization), the calvary is coming,” Morin said. “But whether it is or not, we can’t afford to wait.”

Morin said if the meeting goes well, attending businesses could form a “tourism network” to help plug the gap left by the exit of the regional agency.

But there are more holes to fill, Grimsby and District Chamber of Commerce president John Dunstall said. more…

Niagara Falls Glass Bottom Canoe Rides

Niagara Canoe Adventures Inc. is please to announce that they have received regulatory approval to operate a Canoe rentals business in the Niagara River and near the base of Niagara Falls.  Operations will begin May 15th and run through the Summer.  

The Canoe rides are sure to be a hit this summer!  “There is no better way to see Niagara Falls than through a glass bottom canoe” says Tim Brants

The kayak-canoe hybrid is made of the same durable material found in the cockpit canopies of supersonic fighter jets. It’s transparent hull offers paddlers an underwater view of beautiful Niagara aquatic wildlife and scenery.

Canoe rental Prices are a very affordable $25 per hour per person*

Insurance not included in price