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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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1/2 price Kitchen Accessories & On-The-Go Meals from The Whisk & Ladle

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$20 for $40 Worth of Kitchen Accessories and On-The-Go Meals from The Whisk & Ladle

Some of the best things in life arrive fully assembled, such as motorcycles and newborn babies. Get dinner pre-put together with today’s deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of kitchen accessories and on-the-go meals from The Whisk & Ladle in Ridgeville.

Founded by Stratford Chefs School graduate Ruth Nixon, The Whisk & Ladle is a full-service caterer, kitchen store, and cooking school dedicated to the use of high-quality ingredients and equipment. Busy epicureans can pick up hearty meals—including family-sized lasagna drenched in slow-cooked tomato sauce ($38)—from an extensive On-The-Go menu to enjoy gourmet eats at home without hours of intensive cooking or spell-casting. Otherwise, they can pause a moment to browse a wide selection of sturdy kitchenware from brands like Le Creuset and Cuisipro, whose winsome wares can double as musical instruments for toddlers, Muppets, or Muppet toddlers. The Whisk & Ladle is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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$10 for Three Artisan Baking Mixes from Grainstorm (Up to $23 Value)

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$10 for Three Artisan Baking Mixes from Grainstorm (Up to $23 Value)

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but to make it that far you have to be disguised as baked goods. Sneak yourself in with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get three different whole-grain artisan baking mixes from GRAINSTORM (up to a $23 value). GRAINSTORM’s organic mélanges feature muffin-, pancake-, and cookie-forging ingredients that are freshly ground and vacuum-packed for optimal consumption. Each easy-to-make and easier-to-eat recipe ($7–$8 each) comes fresh with organic and ancient grains produced by Grass Roots Organics. These nutritious dainties are free of nuts, including peanuts and CornNuts. Today’s deal is redeemable online (and does not include $5 shipping within Ontario or $10 shipping elsewhere) or at Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market in Toronto every Saturday.

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$10 for a Wine Country Touring Pass ($20 Value)

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$10 for a Wine Country Touring Pass ($20 Value)

Grape juice magically transforms into wine in the same way milk becomes cheese and a 1972 Dodge Dart becomes an even older 1972 Dodge Dart. Tipple the tasty transformation with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a Wine Country Touring Pass (a $20 value). Your Groupon can be used at all four of the following locations: Peller Estates, on John Street East, Niagara-on-the-Lake; Hillebrand Winery, on Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake; Thirty Bench Wine Makers, on Mountainview Road, Beamsville; and Wine Country Vintners, on Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The vineyards of Niagara’s wineries offer guests an inside look at their wine-crafting practices, including grape selection and cultivation. The full-day tour reveals all of the necessary steps each winery takes in preparing its signature libations, with each tour culminating in a wine tasting, sure to please the palate and nurture appreciation for the sacrifices of selfless grapes throughout history. To redeem this deal, simply visit the wineries of your choice and present today’s Groupon to frolic in the vinous depths of oenophilic education.

Live in Toronto? Here are a few tour companies offering tours to Niagara Falls from Toronto.

Famous Friday – Mark Visentin
Name: Mark Visentin
Birth Date: August 7, 1992
Place of Birth: Hamilton, Ontario
Claim to Fame: Mark Visentin will be the goalie for Team Canada in the 2010-11 IIHF U20 Ice Hockey Tournament in Buffalo, NY.
Mark plays for the Niagara Ice Dogs, currently has a 2.33 GAA, .921 save percentage, and a 13-4 winning record. The Phoenix Cayotes drafted him27th overall in the 2010 NHL entry draft.
He looks like a winner. He was a member of gold medal winning Team Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2009 and Team Orr at the 2010 Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game. Mark started playing hockey as a child in a backyard rink in Waterdown, Ontario.  His childhood idol is Curtis Joseph.  The one negative thing about Mark is that he is a Montreal Canadiens fan.
$9 for a Men’s Cut or $16 for a Women’s Cut and Style ($33 Value) at Unveil Salon & Spa in Welland

$9 for a Men's Cut ($18 Value) or $16 for a Women's Cut and Style ($33 Value) at Unveil Salon & Spa in Welland

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Early humans believed that hair was actually the tentacles of an octopus living inside their skull—an amusingly quaint notion now that modern science has proven it’s technically a cuttlefish. Indulge your inner invertebrate with today’s Groupon to Unveil Salon & Spa. Choose between two options:

  • For $9, you get a men’s cut (an $18 value).
  • For $16, you get a women’s cut and style (a $33 value).

The team of qualified coiffeurs at Unveil Salon & Spa confidently crafts stylish looks in the chic confines of their snipping arena. Stroll into the modern environs, outfitted with leather chairs and accented in cherry red, where a veteran stylist will consult with you on how best to luxuriate your locks. Unveil’s scissor-wielders are as comfortable using their fashion savvy to dictate the paring pace as they are accustomed to heeding and enacting a client’s visions of vogue, even if they include talking porcupines. Like the cleverest innuendos and ways to spend a rainy day, appointments are gently suggested.

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Canada, are you ready for Buffalo?

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Canada has dominated the IIHF World Under 20 Championship. They have medaled at twelve straight times, including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010 and bronze medals in 2000 and 2001.

Canada will play its first game of the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship on Boxing Day, December 26 in Buffalo versus Russia. This game promises to be a classic.

Team Canada’s line up is:

Goalkeepers
Mark Visentin, Niagara (OHL)
Olivier Roy, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)

Defencemen
Jared Cowen, Spokane (WHL)
Simon Després, Saint John (QMJHL)
Dylan Olsen, Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA)
Erik Gudbranson, Kingston (OHL)
Ryan Ellis, Windsor (OHL)
Tyson Barrie, Kelowna (WHL)
Calvin de Haan, Oshawa (OHL)

Forwards
Sean Couturier, Drummondville (QMJHL)
Jaden Schwartz, Colorado College (NCAA)
Zack Kassian, Windsor (OHL)
Brayden Schenn, Brandon (WHL)
Casey Cizikas, Mississauga St. Michael’s (OHL)
Quinton Howden, Moose Jaw (WHL)
Curtis Hamilton, Saskatoon (WHL)
Marcus Foligno, Sudbury (OHL)
Ryan Johansen, Portland (WHL)
Louis Leblanc, Montreal (QMJHL)
Cody Eakin, Swift Current (WHL)
Carter Ashton, Tri-City (WHL)
Brett Connolly, Prince George (WHL)

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A reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol


Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, December 14, 2010….Don’t be a Scrooge! Come celebrate the Season and honour Christmas in your heart by attending a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with musical interludes, presented by the Shaw Festival to benefit Bethlehem Projects of Niagara on Sunday, December 19 at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 41 Byron Street, in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The annual presentation features Shaw Ensemble members Peter Millard as Scrooge, with Ijeoma Emesowum, Kelly Wong, Gabrielle Jones, Peter Krantz and Guy Bannerman. The Shaw’s Patty Jamieson, accompanied by the choir of St Mark’s Anglican Church, will sing songs of the Season.

Tickets are $12 for adults/$6 for children and are available through the Shaw Festival Box Office (905-468-2172) or at the door.

$45 for a Wine Tour & Guidebook from Crush on Niagara Wine Tours

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$45 for a Wine Tour and Guidebook from Crush on Niagara Wine Tours

Famed Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon was forced to forgo his quest for the mythical land of wine after an accidental tumble into the fountain of youth left him eternally underage. Take up his abandoned journey with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get a wine tour and guidebook from Crush on Niagara Wine Tours between the dates of January 2nd and February 28th (a $96 value including HST).

Oenophiles on the half-day Sniff and Swirl Tour crisscross the emerging wine region around St. Catherines-Niagara in a comfortable passenger van, stopping at four local wineries to sip sauvignon and to gaze upon rows of oak barrels with expressions of awestruck wonder. In honour of the annual Niagara Icewine Festival from January 14th–30th, tours will focus on the production of this sweet dessert beverage made from the hyper-concentrated must of grapes frozen on the vine or imported from Hoth, which will be available for tasting at one or more of the stops. Participants can keep building up ambrosial knowledge after the tour with a complimentary guidebook authored by Crush on Niagara owner and accredited sommelier Andrew Brooks, which includes descriptions of over 50 local wineries as well as wine recommendations and serving tips, such as “Pair a crisp white wine with fish” and “Dom Pérignon is best licked from the lens of a monocle.” Tours usually depart from Niagara-on-the-Lake at 1:30 p.m.; call ahead to reserve your tour and receive pick-up location details.

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$20 for $40 Worth of Food and Drinks at Stone Road Grille in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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$20 for $40 Worth of Seasonal Fare and Drinks at Stone Road Grille in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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 gourmet fare and drinks at Stone Road Grille, located on Mary Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Stone Road Grille pleases palates with a seasonal menu that specializes in house-made breads, house-cured charcuterie, smoked salmon and meats. Current dinner appetizers ($3–$16) include a charcuterie plate populated by an elite team of cured meats, pates, salamis, and house preserves, while the menu of mains ($12–$25) boasts a grilled flat iron steak chaperoned by a side of garlicky beans. Lunch is also served and currently features a variety of sandwiches and main plates ($12–$14) such as steamed muscles & frites. Head chef Ryan Crawford augments his cook’s toque with the sommelier’s sequined pinafore, dispensing wisdom on a VQA Wine List composed exclusively of bottles sourced from the Niagara region. Gentle light suffuses the cozy dining area forging an elegant, romantic ambience that’s well suited for declarations of love, depositions of admiration, and disclosures of rashly bought alpacas.

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Niagara not just a day trip

Niagara Falls may be one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, but many visitors, even those from this country, just want to take a fast look at the water, buy some icewine, and head down the QEW to Toronto.
And that’s a serious problem, says Niagara Parks Commission Chairwoman Fay Booker.
“We have to do a much better job of educating people in our prospective markets,” she said during a Parks Commission meeting Wednesday morning. “We have to tell people there is so much more to do here. We have to keep them here longer.”
That will be crucial to the long-term success of the Parks Commission and the Niagara tourism industry in general. Commissioners heard a report during the meeting about travel trends, and the message was not good.
Visitors to Ontario from the United States, already in freefall over the past 10 years, are predicted to be flat for 2011 as the world still reels from the global recession. In addition, Americans travelling to Ontario will be impacted by the strength of the Canadian dollar and lower taxes in the United States – factors that also entice Canadians to forsake their own country for trips south of the border. more…

Up to 57% Off One Ticket to "Beyond Belief Magic" at Greg Frewin Theatre. Choose from Three Options.

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Up to 57% Off One Ticket to "Beyond Belief Magic" at Greg Frewin Theatre. Choose from Three Options.

Only a magician can pull a rabbit out of a hat, levitate a tiger, or vanish a Celine Dion. Enjoy illusions of grandeur with today’s deal to Beyond Belief Magic at Greg Frewin Theatre. Choose from three options:

  • For $16, you get one platinum orchestra section child’s admission (a $33.88 value), good Monday through Saturday nights.
  • For $27, you get one platinum orchestra section adult’s admission, good Monday through Friday nights (a $62.13 value).
  • For $31, you get one platinum orchestra section adult’s admission, good on any Saturday night (a $62.13 value).

Greg Frewin’s list of accomplishments—which includes winning numerous awards and playing to international audiences—is so lengthy even he would have trouble making it disappear. Greg makes jaws drop and heads scratch with a fast-paced, Vegas-style magical review. The sleek, lavender-hued theatre seats more than 600 patrons for a family friendly show that features unreal illusions and exotic animals, including Greg’s pet tigers, Boomer, Cashmere, and Shimira. As the curtain goes down, show-goers will leave the auditorium delighted by dexterous sleights-of-hand, which, like the actual spelling of Saskatchewan, will remain forever a mystery.

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