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Hornblower Niagara Starts April 1, 2016

When Does the Hornblower Boat Ride Open?

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Hornblower Niagara, will be opening Friday, April 1st 2016.  This is the earliest boat opening day in history.  Even when the Maid of the Mist was operating in Niagara Falls, the opening day was never so early in April.  Niagara Falls tour companies such as Niagara Tours, Toronto Tours, and King Tours are excite and hoping for record breaking sales.  “The Hornblower boat ride, is our #1 selling attraction” says Kevin Lawrence of King Tours, which has been operating Niagara Falls Tours from Toronto since 1995. “We expect an early boost in sales”.

Hornblower Niagara will operate daily from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

 

 

 

 

Discount Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto

Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto

We just learned that NiagaraTours.ca has lowered their prices of Niagara Falls tours from Toronto by $10.  The total price is $69.  That’s a pretty good price considering that the tour includes: pick-up and return from any hotel in Toronto, wine tasting and winery visit, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Floral Clock, the Maid of the Mist or Journey Behind the Falls, and 2 hrs of free time in Niagara Falls.

The deal is only available for tours in August 2011.

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4th of July Fireworks Niagara Falls USA

Video of Independence Day 2011 celebrations in Niagara Falls USA.

The Dictator, a Movie inspired by a novel by Saddam Hussein

The Dictator, inspired by the novel Zabibah and The King, by Saddam Hussein.

Due out May 11, 2012, the movie tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

The Dictator will star: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris

$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…

Harry Houdini 137th Birthday

Today is Harry Houdini’s birthday.  He was born Erich Weiss on March 24, 1874 and lived to age 52.

Buffalo Unbound

Buffalo NY, America’s 8th Most Miserable City

Forbes magazine ranked Buffalo, New York, eighth on a list of America’s 10 Most Miserable Cities, in this article Forbes.com. When former New York Times columnist Laura Pedersen saw this, she set out to celebrate the people and places that make Buffalo the Most Exciting City, in Buffalo Unbound.

Buffalo Unbound

BUFFALO UNBOUND, is Pedersen’s follow-up to her award-winning memoir BUFFALO GAL. In the book Pedersen captures the current renaissance in a humorous conversational style that would make former Nickel City newspaperman Mark Twain proud. Writing about the economic collapse and social unrest of her 1970s childhood in Buffalo, New York, Laura Pedersen was struck by how things were finally improving in her beloved hometown. As 2008 began, Buffalo was poised to become the thriving metropolis it had been a hundred years earlier—only instead of grain and steel, the booming industries now included health care and banking, education and technology. Folks who’d moved away due to lack of opportunity in the 1980s talked excitedly about returning home. They missed the small-town friendliness, and it wasn’t nostalgia for a past that no longer existed—Buffalo has long held the well-deserved nickname the City of Good Neighbors. The diaspora has ended. Preservationists are winning out over demolition crews. The lights are back on in a city that’s usually associated with blizzards and blight rather than its treasure trove of art, architecture and culture.

Stay tuned.  We’ll be giving away a free copy of the book in an upcoming contest.

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Drummond Hill Cemetery in Niagara Falls Canada part 2

This is Part 2 of an investigation, by the EVP Society of Ontario, of the Drummond Hill Cemetery. With so much history behind this site, it would be hard to believe that something had not made it’s home here. The site of the fierce Battle of Lundy’s Lane, Drummond Hill sure has it share of surprises.

Link to part 1: Drummond Hill

Niagara Falls USA Photo Contest

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Do you have a winning shot of Niagara Falls? You now have a chance to prove it by entering Niagara Falls USA Facebook photo contest.  Hurry! Contest ends  July 27th. more…
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Is Niagara Parks Commission taking a shot at Toronto?

The Niagara Falls add campaign, funded by local businesses, is seen as taking shots at Toronto.  What do you think?

Mini War Games Club in Welland

Fans of war games such as Warhammer, Magic the Gathering, and Hordes probably know about the MWG Club in Welland.  For those of you who do not know, these war games allow players to assemble and paint individual 28 mm scale miniature figures that represent futuristic soldiers, creatures and vehicles of war. These figurines are collected to comprise squads in armies that can be pitted against those of other players. Each player brings a roughly equal complement of units to a tabletop battlefield with handmade or purchased terrain. The players then decide upon a scenario, ranging from simple skirmishes to complex battles involving defended objectives and reinforcements. The models are physically moved across the table and the actual distance between models plays a role in the outcome of combat.

Not sure if this is something for you? Here is a video of a previous battle:

Upcoming Tournament

Where: MWG Club
When: Saturday July 31st, 2010

For this tournament you will need a codex-legal 1750 point army list. Army do not need to be fully painted, but extra points will be awards for fully painted armies (including bases).All models must be fully assembled.

Time: 10am to 6pm
Cost: $10 / person (includes prizes)
Lunch: $5 for 4 slices of pizza (optional)
Requirements: One codex-legal 1,750 point 40k army

Video: The Story of Niagara Falls

Here is a great 6 part PBS video of the story of Niagara Falls.  The videos cover the geographic history, daredevils, attractions, and romance, of Niagara. Hopefully YouTube does not pull the video.

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$25 for $55 worth of Ontario wine

Today only, you have a chance to pick-up $55 worth of wine for just $25.  This means you can order a 2008 Riesling from Château Des Charmes, 2008 Gamay from Cave Spring Cellars, 2007 Chardonnay from Flat Rock Cellars and a 2008 Riesling form Stoney Ridge for just $25 over.  The special is being offered by WineOnline.ca through a daily coupon website called Group Click

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Niagara’s Rashad Evans defeats Rampage Jackson

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

OK GO

In 2007, OK Go won a Grammy award for “Best Short Form Music Video”, and YouTube’s “Most Creative Video”.  I think you’ll agree that this band is very creative especially their newest video “This Too Shall Pass” .

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Bruce Lee – Turbulent Like Niagara Falls

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“Water is so fine that it is impossible to grasp a handful of it; strike it, yet it does not suffer hurt; stab it, and it is not wounded; sever it, yet it is not divided. It has no shape of its own but moulds itself to the receptacle that contains it. When heated to the state of steam it is invisible but has enough power to split the earth itself. When frozen it crystallises into a mighty rock. First it is turbulent like Niagara Falls, and then calm like a still pond, fearful like a torrent, and refreshing like a spring on a hot summer’s day.”  – Bruce Lee

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours Wins Court Appeal

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The Court of Appeals has ruled in favour of the Whirlpool Jet Boat operator,  setting aside a judgment made by a previous judge.  The ruling allows the boat operator to use the Melville Street Dock for the purposes of (1) docking space for the loading and unloading of passengers as required;  (2) refuelling of boats as permitted by the Applicable law; and (3) overnight docking. Docking space was restricted to a maximum of three boats, though a fourth was allowed to dock if circumstances required. more…

Vintage Niagara Advertisement 1959

life1959An advertisement for Niagara Health Equipment and the Niagara Research Institute in a 1959 issue of LIFE magazine.  Niagara Research Institute, now an Australian company, was founded in 1952 to fund research into the benefits of cycloid vibration therapy (CVT). Dr John R Mote, OBE, who had been Chief Medical Advisor to the Allied Forces in World War II, headed this first research team.

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Direct Air expands service to Florida

directairDirect Air now offers nonstop flights from Niagara Falls NY to Myrtle Beach and Ft. Myers.  The prices are very affordable. I found a round trip flights to Florida for about $220 US with tax included.

Direct Air

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Book Reading – Blood & Groom by Jill Edmondson

bloodandgroomJill Edmondson will be reading her first first novel, Blood and Groom, Tuesday January 26th, at Pelham Library at 7 pm.

About the Author

Jill is a Communications Professor at George Brown College in Toronto, ON where she teaches Essay Writing and Business Communications in the Faculty of Hospitality. She has also taught writing at Seneca College, the University of Toronto, and the Tec de Monterrey (Torreon, Mexico). Jill has an MA in Cultural Studies and a BA in History.

Jill founded Danforth Whodunits – a book club for mystery lovers – in 2004. There was so much interest in a crime fiction book club that she founded a second mystery book club – Metro Mysteries – a year later. She is also a member of Crime Writers of Canada and of Sisters in Crime (Toronto Chapter).

Plot

When not talking dirty at her part time phone sex job, or singing cheesy cover tunes in generic suburban bars, fledgling private investigator Sasha Jackson is spending her days trying to figure out how ‘till death do us part’ applies to her jilted client. more…