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4 Facts About Duty Free Shopping

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  1. Land Duty Free stores have have lower prices compared to airport Duty Free.  This is because Land Duty Free stores have lower operating costs and therefore can offer better prices.
  2. You’ll save the most on products that have the highest taxes such as alcohol, fragrances, cosmetics, health and beauty products
  3. Long line-up at the Rainbow Bridge Canada-US border crossing? You can stop at Duty Free before visiting the U.S, take advantage of tax savings, and skip the line.
  4. Duty Free customs allowances have increased to $200 for trips over 24 hours and increased to $800 for trips over 48 hours.  See the chart at the end of this post for further details.

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Be sure to also like the Duty Free Canada Facebook page for contests and tips to save on Duty Free.

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Giveaway: Family Day Fest
As the Family Day weekend approaches, you find yourself tentatively eyeing the dates on the calendar, wondering if your family will do something interesting this year. Well now you found the perfect activity, and you could enjoy it free.
PRIZE:
VIP Family Pass – valued at $96 per – consisting of:
2 Children’s Admission: Includes event admission and Unlimited Ride pass for 2 children aged 2+

2 Adult Admission: Includes Event Admission for 2 adults, does not include ride pass. Individual Ride tickets or passes for adults may be purchased on site.

CONTEST DATE:
Feb 12th to Feb 16th

HOW TO WIN:
All you have to do is answer this question:
Where is Family Day Fest taking place in Niagara Falls?
Leave your answer in a comment below.  Hint: You can find the answer easily here: www.familydayfest.ca.
Want an extra entry?
1. Just ‘Like” the Family Day Fest Facebook page and leave
2. Leave a comment on the Facebook page with a link back to http://www.niagarablog.com/family-day-fest-win

 

How to Pack Light for a Vacation

With the new luggage weight restrictions and high fees, its important to pack light and right.  In the past I would just throw a bunch of clothes into my cheap luggage and not care too much.  Now you have to care. You have to make sure that your luggage is light and you bring only the stuff you need.  Take these tips from Fashion blogger Nelia.

[from Style Blog] I’m not going to claim to be an expert on packing or travel….BUT, I do travel a heck of a lot, and always…always without checking my baggage. In the past, I’ve had a few a lot of problems with lost bags, and ruined vacation outfits…which is obviously very stressful, and costly. I’ve finally had enough, and whether it’s a two-week European vacay*, or a weekend getaway, carry-on only is the only way I’ll travel. If you want to know how to travel light, without the hassles (and extra fees) that come with checking your bag, read on for my tips!

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1. Good Luggage is Key

There’s a reason why this is tip #1. Good luggage can make a huge difference! For the past 8 (or so) years, I’ve traveled with my trusty green Heys carry-on everywhere. And when I say everywhere, I mean everywhere! Places it’s been: Kyrgyzstan (2 times), Kazakhstan (3 times), Paris (3 times), London (2 times), Italy (3 times), Spain (1 time), Moscow (1 time), New York (4 times), Houston (bajillion times), Cuba (2 times), Mexico (1 time), Mont Tremblant (1 time), Quebec and Montreal (2 times), Las Vegas (2 times), LA (1 time)…shall I keep going? My luggage has never let me down, through the cobbles of Red Square, and through the millions of stairs in Paris subway tunnels – it was always, always reliably sturdy and light.

Good luggage will expand when you need it to, will keep your clothes safe and neat, is easy to wheel around, is light, easy to maneuver and to spot. It doesn’t even have to be expensive. Granted, I am pretty biased towards Heys luggage (which is hella solid, affordable, and proudly Canadian!). After 8 years of using my cute green suitcase, I finally had to retire it – simply out of vanity (as it’s still in great condition). I wanted a prettier, newer set, and this Journey Spinner** will hopefully do the job just as well, while looking sleek and stylish.

Lucky for you, Heys is actually giving away a trip worth $5000!!! So if you want to take that new luggage out for a spin, make sure to enter here: http://www.facebook.com/HeysIntl?sk=app_250354528351779 more…

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Niagara College Student Wins

Chef David Adjey with winner Janine Hall

Three culinary students battled it out at the TABASCO® Brand Street Junior Chef Meet at Humber College. Janine Hall, a culinary student at Niagara College took home the prize – $2,500 in cash, $2,500 in Garland Canada merchandise. She is now the undisputed hottest junior chef in Canada.

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Niagara Food & Wine Expo Ticket Giveaway Contest

Come celebrate with us the finest in international food, beer, and wine at the Niagara Food & Wine Expo. Visitors can sample the signature dishes prepared by their favourite Niagara Region Chefs, and discover the perfect bottle of Riesling from one of the neighbouring wineries. This is Niagara’s largest international tasting event!

Where: The  Expo will be held at the newly constructed, state-of-the-art, environmentally designed Scotiabank Convention Centre. Situated in the internationally renowned destination of Niagara Falls, this cutting edge facility is the first of its kind in Ontario and provides a stunning backdrop for this world-class event.

When: May 27 to 29, 2011

General admission tickets are $12.  But we are giving them away for FREE! Want a ticket?  Here is what you have to do:

1. Visit www.niagarafoodandwine.ca

2. Comment on this post and tell us which restaurant or winery you are most excited about visiting at the Expo.

3. Want an extra entry? Retweet this on Twitter ” I want to go to the Niagara Food & Wine Expo @NFWE #NFWE http://bit.ly/lvdKNv ”

We’ll be announcing winners throughout the duration of the Contest.  The contest ends May 17th 2011.

The winners of the Niagara Food & Wine Expo ticket giveaway are:

Dave S, Jenny C, Jennie N.

2 of the winners won by posting a comment on this page and 1 won by tweeting about it on Twitter.

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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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We Have a Winner

The winner of the Stupid Tourist Contest is Jen.  Jen has won 2 Niagara Falls Tour tickets courtesy of eTours.to.  She won by submitting this story:

“Working at the lobby counter in one of the hotels on the falls we once had an irate woman come down to report someone on the custodial staff had obviously tampered with her cell phone. Apparently, when she turned her phone on that day she was dismayed to find some prankster had written then name “Roger” into her display. Well she was just livid and we were lucky she had the presence of mind to inform us rather than go straight to the police as she is sure a dignified hotel chain like ours would hate the bad publicity we would be sure to recieve if this ever got out. What’s worse, she couldn’t seem to get rid of this “Roger business” and feared anyone capable of such hijinks may not have stopped at just that and if we thought she was going to be responsible for any long distance charges well didn’t we have another thing coming!

I think we all deserved medals for maintaining our “professional faces” while we explained to her Roger’s is a Canadian cellular company and her phone will switch back as soon as she returns to the USofA. Not gonna lie though, I did experience that twinge of Schadenfreude as she muttered an apology and slinked back to the elevators. ;oP”

To see some of the other hilarious entries please read the comment section on the original post: http://www.niagarablog.com/stupid-tourist-contest-2/

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.
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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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Last Call for the Stupid Tourist Contest 2 Entires

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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 www.eTours.to.

Stupid Tourist Contest 2

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If you have ever worked in tourism anywhere near Niagara Falls, you have heard your fair share of stupid questions. Some of the common ones are “What time does the falls shut off?”, “What happens when it runs out of water? ” & “Are there any penguins in winter?”. We had a stupid tourist question contest in 2008 but we know that you have many more stories to tell. So we would like to continue compiling that list of Stupid Tourist Stories.

1. Submit your stupid tourist story/question using the comment section below.
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 www.eTours.to.

PRIZE
eTours.to has a mandate to offer only the very best tours from the very best tour providers.  One of their most popular tours is the Niagara Falls 1 Day tour.  This tour departs from all Toronto hotels and is available 365 days per year. It includes a winery visit, the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Maid of the Mist, and free time in Niagara Falls.

Full tour details are located here: Niagara Falls 1 Day Tour

The Niagara Falls tour has a value of $79 Canadian.  The winner will receive 2 tickets (total value of $158). The tour tickets must be redeemed before December 31st, 2010.

HOW IS THE WINNER CHOSEN
NiagaraBlog.com and eTours.to will decide who the winner is.  For inspiration, please see some of the entries from our 2008 contest.

Niagara Falls 2010 Music Awards


The 3rd annual Niagara Music Awards will take place on Tuesday June 15th, 2010 at the Regional Exhibition in Welland.  Submissions will open on Wednesday April 7th and close at midnight on Friday May 21st. Submissions are $10.00 per category and can be submitted by mailed at: more…

Miss Teen Niagara

30 finalists will compete at the title of Miss Teen Niagara at Seneca Theatre Niagara Falls in April.

It is the preliminary to Miss Teen Canada World Pageant, contestants ranging from ages 13 to 19 may apply.

Categories judged on personal interview, evening gown, swimwear, charity contribution, public speaking and photogenic appeal.

For an application please visit Miss Teen Canada World or call 905-354-5475.

Vote to help local Niagara Falls animal shelters

468x120_ShelterChallenge_Jan2010Now you can help The Animal Rescue Site choose which eligible Petfinder.com animal rescue organizations will receive up to $100,000 in funds to help animals! Voting is simple: just select your Country and (if U.S. or Canada) State/Province. The contest ends April 18th, 2010  and you can cast one vote every day for your favorite rescue organization.

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So You Think You Can Garden (Contest?)

I was excited to see that Canadian Gardening magazine is running an online contest dubbed “So You Think You Can Garden” on their online site canadiangardening.com.  Upon further investigation I learned that the prize is $500 and a requirement to blog on their site once a week for 6 months.  This sounds like a minimum salary job and not a contest.

Contest or cheap labour?  You decide for yourself:

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Only a few hours left to vote for Niagara Falls

wildcard_fullToday is the last day to cast your vote to have Niagara Falls added to the latest Canadian edition of Monopoly. Don’t let a city like Kenora (formally named as the City of Rat Portage)  be voted in instead of Niagara Falls. Vote here: www.monopolyvote.ca/en_CA/world

Previous Posts:

http://www.niagarablog.com/niagara-falls-slips-to-5th-in-monopoly-voting/

http://www.niagarablog.com/vote-niagara-falls-to-be-added-to-monopoly/

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The 2010 Cuvee Awards Winners

cuveeAnd the (unofficial) winners of the 2010 Cuvée Awards are:

Red Wine: Inniskillin 2007 Reserve Series Cabernet Franc

Limited Edition Red: Niagara College Teaching Winery 2007 Dean’s List Pinot Noir Canadian Oak Project

White Wine: Flat Rock Cellars 2007 Reserve Chardonnay

Limited Edition White: Creekside Estate Winery 2008 Reserve Viognier

LCBO Red: Jackson-Triggs Niagara 2007 Proprietors’ Reserve Meritage

LCBO White: Creekside Estate Winery 2008 Pinot Grigio

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Congratulations to Niagara Parks Culinary & Edgewaters Tap & Grill

Congratulations to the Niagara Parks Culinary Team for bringing home their third consecutive People’s Choice Award at the 6th Annual Mayor and Council’s Chili Cook-off today at the Optimist Hall in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The winning recipe was created by Mike Deroche of Edgewaters Tap & Grill.

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Niagara Falls slips to 5th in Monopoly Voting

mr_monopoly_largeI won’t argue that Cornwall has a magnificent water tower; that Beauceville has delicious poutine; and I’m sure Kenora (formally named Rat Portage) is actually very nice; but is it possible that these cities will be added to Monopoly Canadian Edition instead of Niagara Falls?

When we first posted about the vote, Niagara Falls moved to second place behind Banff, and was positioned to take one of the two available spots. There are only 22 days left to spread the word to all your friends to nominate Niagara Falls.  Spread the word with Facebook and Twitter!

To vote enter “Niagara Falls, Ontario, CA” in the nominate box on this page: www.monopolyvote.ca/en_CA/world (note: Firefox may not work properly)

Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa Contest

Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa and CityLine are having a contest worth proximately $3,000.  To win all you have to do is the judges your most romantic moment.  To enter visit: http://contests.cityline.ca/marriott/index.html

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Vote for your Favorite Peace Bridge Design

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