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Hornblower Niagara Starts April 1, 2016

When Does the Hornblower Boat Ride Open?

Hornblower open april 1 2016

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.





TBEX Toronto Bloggers to Visit Niagara Falls

Bloggers attending TBEX Toronto will be heading to Niagara Falls June 4th 3rd (correction) 2013.  TBEX, the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, and new media content creators, will be holding their 2013 North American Conference at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada on May 31 to June 2nd 2013.  The following day, all major Niagara Falls tour operators like King Tours, Toronto Tours, and Niagara Tours will be hosting many of these bloggers for a FREE Niagara Falls tour.

Bloggers who wish to participate must apply for the free Niagara Falls tour on


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Tour Date: June 4th 2013.
Time: The tour will depart at 9 am.  Return to Toronto around 6 pm. We can not guarantee the return time.  Please keep this in mind if you have a flight scheduled that evening.
Departure Location: The tour bus will depart and return from 2 locations.  The Delta Chelsea Hotel and the Best Western Primrose Hotel.

What’s included with the Niagara Falls tour:

  • Pick-up and return
  • Visit to a Niagara Falls winery
  • A brief stop at the historic Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • The botanical clock
  • Maid of the Mist Boat ride
  • Free Time at Niagara Falls

What is not included with the Niagara Falls tour:

  • Meals
  • All incidentals
  • Gratuities for tour guide and driver
  • Personal expenses and any medical or travel related insurance
Wallenda Daredevil Walk at Niagara Falls – June 15, 2012

Niagara Falls Tightrope Walk

Nik Wallenda “King of the High Wire” will dare to tightrope walk across the American and Horseshoe Falls

Nik Wallenda is one step closer to joining Niagara Falls daredevil folklore when he attempts to transverse Niagara Falls. It has been confirmed the date for “The Wallenda Walk at Niagara Falls” is June 15, 2012.

Wallenda Official BannerNiagara Tourism & Convention Corporation (NTCC) has partnered with the City of Niagara Falls, The Conference & Events at Niagara Falls, and Niagara Falls State Parks to put forth comprehensive information for “The Wallenda Walk at Niagara Falls”.

NTCC has launched a website where area residents and visitors will find general information about the logistics of the day, including where to watch the walk live. Additionally, tourists can access an online reservation system for lodging and accommodations, and there will be a continuously updated list of attractions and things to do throughout Niagara County. The site can be accessed at or through “The Wallenda Walk at Niagara Falls” banner at


“We are very excited to welcome Nik Wallenda and the attention his spotlight will bring on the long-standing allure of  Niagara’s tremendous power, and the entire area as a whole,” said Melissa Morinello, director of marketing and communications, NTCC. “Our entire staff will be working diligently to provide the most up-to-date information to residents and visitors who not only want to watch ‘The Wallenda Walk at Niagara Falls’ live, but to also enjoy the many attractions and events that will be happening surrounding June 15, 2012.


Wallenda is seventh generation of the legendary Great Wallendas, and set a Guinness world record October 15, 2008 for the longest distance and greatest height ever traveled by bicycle on a

high wire. It has been is lifetime goal to tightrope walk across Niagara Falls.


Will the Maid of the Mist be running in 2012?

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Will the Maid of the Mist be running in 2012? Yes.

The new tour operator is Hornblower Canada Co., but they won’t take start running until 2014.  The current owners, called Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co.  are expecting to make an announcement this month about the 2012 season. Stay tuned.

The Tragically Hip are Coming to Niagara-on-the-Lake

This year is the bicentennial of the War of 1812 , and the Tragically Hip will be having a live concert at the Butler’s Barracks on June 30th, 2012.  Thickets are on sale now. Rumour has it that the Niagara Legacy Council will be giving away tickets exclusively to facebook users.  All you need to do is “Like” the Niagara 1812 Facebook page.

Tragically Hip NiagaraTickets
69.50 + service fees – General Admission Ticket
99.50 + service fees – 2–Day General Admission Ticket



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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.
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.

Feb 12th to Feb 16th

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:
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


Family Day Fest

Family Day Fest: Feb. 18-20, 2012
Niagara Falls ON

The inaugural Family Day Fest is taking place during Family Day and Presidents’ Day long weekend, featuring the largest indoor amusement park, February 18, 19 & 20th! Boasting an impressive line-up of rides, jumping castles, obstacle courses, arcade games, attractions, carnival games and entertainment!  Open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave, the three-day event boasts plenty of attractions for the entire family.

JoJo the Clown and his sidekick Chuckles!

Bringing you one of the fastest balloon making routines you’ll ever see, Jo-Jo and Chuckles will have you howling with their comedic antics.

Featuring all-time favourites like: Bumper Cars, Kite Flyer, Train Ride, Chilly Willy, Merry Go Round, Scrambler, Wacky World, Clock Castle, King Croc Slide.

Tickets* offering a variety of admission options, are available at the door or online in advance
Day Pass: $25 ages 2+ (incl. entrance + rides)
Adults 18+: $8 (entrance only & accompany)

* Ride tickets available onsite – no refunds for unused tickets. Children 1 and Under FREE (entrance only, no rides)


Niagara Falls Stay-and-Play hotel packages available at:

Comfort Inn Niagara Falls:
Courtyard by Marriott:
Days Inn Niagara Falls Clifton Hills Casino:
Embassy Suites Fallsview:       
Four Points by Sheraton:
Niagara Falls Hilton:
Niagara Falls Marriott:
Oakes Hotel:

For general and ticket information about Family Day Fest (incl. corporate or group rates), please visit, join us on Facebook, call 1-800-567-3889 or email





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Gale Centre Public Ice Skating Schedule

Gale Recreation Centre

Have you visited the new Gale Recreation Centre yet? Here is a the schedule for public skating and Shinny hockey.

Activity Tue Wed Thu Sat Sun No Ice
Public Skating 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm 2pm – 4pm Sept 25; Oct 2; Dec 4,24,25,31;
Jan 1, 21; Feb 18;
Mar 3, 11, 24, 25; Apr 1;
Adult/Senior Skate 9am – 10am 12pm – 1pm Nov 17; Dec 28, 29; Jan 5; Feb 16
Tiny Tots Skate 10am – 12pm 1pm – 3pm Nov 16; Dec 28, 29;
Jan 5; Feb 1, 16; Mar 14;
Stick & Puck 3:30 pm – 5pm 9am – 10:30 am Nov 17; Dec 28,29;
Jan 5; Feb 1;
Pay as You Play 18+ 12pm – 1:30 pm 12pm – 1:30 pm Nov 17; Dec 28,29;
Jan 5; Mar 15;
Pay as You Play 60+ 3pm – 4pm 10am – 11am Nov 17; Dec 27,29; Jan 5;
Pay as You Play 70+ 1pm – 3pm Dec 27; Jan 31; Mar 13;
Pay as You Play Ladies 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm Oct 1; Nov 19; Dec 24,31;
Jan 21; Feb 25; Mar 3, 24;
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Rink at the Brink Skate for Haiti

rink at the brink skate for Haiti

The St. Catharines (MOB)ilizers, a grassroots group promoting positive change in Niagara region and beyond, is holding another fundraiser in support of Free the Children. On Friday, Jan. 7th, area residents can lace up their skates from 10 a.m. until noon at the Niagara Falls Rink at the Brink. Admission is $5, skate rentals are $5 and you can also get your skates sharpened for $5. The group will also be selling hot chocolate and homemade backed goods, with all proceeds supporting Free the Children communities in Haiti.

See their Facebook page for more details:

Cheer for our Local Team Canada Stars

Niagara Team Canada MembersThe Niagara Ice Dogs are well represented on Team Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championships in 2011-12 with 4 team members. is covering the games so be sure to watch.

Dougie Hamilton

2011-12 Team: Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
NHL Draft: Boston 2011 (1st round, 9th overall)
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Born: June 17, 1993
Height: 6’4Weight: 193Shoots: Right

Twice played for Team OHL in the Super Series against Russia (2010, 2011), recording three assists in two games in 2011.
Attended Canada’s National Junior development camp in August 2011.
Named the OHL and CHL Scholastic Player of the Year in 2010-11.
Twice named an OHL second team all-star (2009-10, 2010-11).
Won a silver medal with Ontario at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Won the Ivan Tennant Award as top academic high school player in 2009-10.

 Freddie Hamilton

2011-12 Team: Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
NHL Draft: San Jose 2010 (5th round, 129th overall)
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Born: January 1, 1992
Height: 6’0Weight: 185Shoots: Right

Player Notes: Played for the OHL in the 2011 Super Series against Russia, recording a hat trick and finishing plus-4 in one game.
Attended Canada’s National Junior development camp in August 2011.
Represented Canada at the 2010 World Under-18 Championship, where he was named a Top 3 Player on his team.
Won a gold medal with Ontario at the 2009 World Under-17 Challenge.
Won the Ivan Tennant Award as top academic high school player in 2008-09.

Ryan Strome

2011-12 Team: Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
NHL Draft: New York Islanders 2011 (1st round, 5th overall)
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Born: July 11, 1993
Height: 6’1Weight: 183Shoots: Right
Twitter: @strome18

Played for the OHL in the 2011 Super Series against Russia, recording two goals and three points in two games.
Attended Canada’s National Junior development camp in August 2011.
Named an OHL second team all-star in 2010-11.
Won a silver medal with Ontario at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, recording two goals and three points in six games.

Mark Visentin

2011-12 Team: Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
NHL Draft: Phoenix 2010 (1st round, 27th overall)
Hometown: Waterdown, ON
Born: August 7, 1992
Height: 6’2Weight: 201Shoots: Left
Twitter: @vizzer29

Backstopped Canada to silver medal at 2011 World Junior Championship, starting four games including the quarterfinal, semifinal, and gold medal game.
.923 SV% was fourth among goalies in tournament and 2.01 GAA ranked third.
Played for the OHL in the 2011 Super Series against Russia.
Attended Canada’s National Junior Team development camp in August 2011.
Named OHL Goaltender of the Year and first team All-Star in 2010-11.
Won a gold medal with Ontario at the 2009 World Under-17 Challenge.

When the Rain Stops Falling

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, August 10, 2011…When the Rain Stops Falling, Andrew Bovell’s stirring generational story, begins previews Thursday at The Shaw’s Studio Theatre.

An apocalyptic torrent of rain. An unexpected phone call from an estranged son. A fish falls from the sky. So begins a journey that delves back across time, space and four generations exposing two family’s multilayered history and their unexpectedly intricate connections. A complex contemporary mystery, When the Rain Stops Falling is epic in its scope, yet surprisingly intimate and desperately moving.

Directed by Peter Hinton, When the Rain Stops Falling features Donna Belleville as Elizabeth Law (older), Wade Bogert-O’Brien as Andrew Price, Krista Colosimo as Gabrielle York (younger), Jeff Meadows as Gabriel Law, Peter Millard as Joe Ryan, Ric Reid as Gabriel York, Tara Rosling as Elizabeth Law (younger), Graeme Somerville as Henry Law and Wendy Thatcher as Gabrielle York (older).

The creative team includes set and costume design by Camellia Koo, lighting design by Kevin Lamotte, music composition/sound design by Richard Feren. Stage managed by Dora Tomassi and assistant stage manager Kristopher Weber.

First produced as part of the Adelaide Festival of the Arts at the Scott Theatre, University of Adelaide, Australia, in 2008, When the Rain Stops Falling has premiered at London’s Almeida Theatre and New York’s Lincoln Center Theater. This production of When the Rain Stops Falling is its Canadian premiere and marks the first time an Australian play has been performed at the Shaw Festival.

When the Rain Stops Falling begins preview performances Thursday, August 11; opens Friday, August 26; and plays in repertory until Saturday, September 17. more…

Niagara Science Museum Hosts Free Community Open House

Niagara Falls, NY – The Niagara Science Museum is hosting its first Community Open House on Saturday, August 13, from 11a.m. – 2 p.m. The museum is located at 3625 Highland Ave., Niagara Falls, NY. The event is free and open to the public.

Nick Dalacu, the museum’s founder and director, and several community volunteers will give live demonstrations of scientific experiments using artifacts from the museum’s large collection of historic scientific instruments, including high-voltage electronics, solar technologies, meteorology, and a demonstration of the museum’s turn-of-the-century printing press studio. Adults, children, families, and community members are all welcome to attend.

“The Open House is designed to open our doors to the community,” says Dalacu. “We’re a different kind of museum, and we’re relatively new. It’s not really like the other attractions in the region, and we want to show the local community that there are great things happening in Niagara Falls.” Dalacu adds, “Our goal is for visitors to walk away with a sense of wonder about the world they live in,and to have fun doing it.”

In the spirit of the museum’s community roots, free hot dogs and drinks will be provided for visitors. Dalacu, a former physicist, founded the museum in 2009 after a lifetime of collecting over 2000 historically significant scientific instruments and technologies. Located in the former Union Carbide Building built in 1910, the museum’s unlikely location pays homage to the region’s scientific and industrial history. Dalacu has restored the formerly derelict building and converted the museum to run off an array of solar panels on the building’s roof.

Despite its off-the-beaten-path location at the corner of Highland and College Roads, this unique museum has experienced some excellent recognition lately. It is currently the #1 Niagara Falls attraction on, as voted by the site’s users. It has been the subject of recent stories in the Buffalo News, Niagara Gazette, and other local media. Furthermore, it was recognized by as one of the nation’s ‘Top Ten Museums for Geeks,’ an award the museum wears with pride.

“I think there’s not a big difference between what philanthropies do and what we’re doing,” says Dalacu. “Philanthropies want to share their wealth with the community, but what we have to share is mental wealth on science and education. If a visitor can see an experiment with their own eyes and think ‘cool!’ then we’ve done our job.”

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Niagara Falls New York’s First Gay Wedding

Longtime partners Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd tied the knot in front of Niagara Falls at the stroke of midnight Sunday, becoming the first same-sex couple to be married in New York.

Are you from Canada? Can’t see the video? Continue to see the video from an alternative source… more…

Wise Guys Charity Auction

Coppola’s Ristorante

Starts at July 19th, 2010 – 6:00pm
Ends at July 19th, 2010 – 12:00am

203 Carlton St, St. Catharines


Bring your appetite! Sample some of Niagara’s finest italian cuisine. A delicious assortment of delicacies will be served hors-d’oeuvres style all evening. Start off the evening by enjoying the complimentary wine and cheese cocktail hour. Be sure to try the one and only ice wine/vodka martini, compliments of Creekside Estate Winery. Indulge in the chocolate fountain. Bid on fabulous trips, sports memorabillia, spa days and more alongside some of your favourite sports celebrities. Tickets for this memorable event are only $40 and sell quickly.

For tickets to this event, please call (905) 687-4063 or email

The Wise Guys have been instrumental in raising funds for many worthy causes within the Niagara Region. Over the past 20 years our efforts have been responsible for raising in excess of $1,700.000.00. Last years event raised a record of $130,000.00.


4th of July Fireworks Niagara Falls USA

Video of Independence Day 2011 celebrations in Niagara Falls USA.

Our Favourite 2011 Canada Day Photo

Canada Day - July First
Niagara Blog’s favorite Canada Day 2011 photo.

CityLine Live in Niagara Falls June 24th

Join Tracy Moore and some of your favourite Fashion Friday guest experts as CityLine broadcasts live from Niagara Falls from 9am-10am on Friday, June 24.

If you’re interested in joining the fun, the Sheraton on the Falls and the Crown Plaza Niagara Falls are offering special room rates to CityLine viewers coming in to town to see the show.

Also! CityTV is looking for your stories and photos — did you get married in Niagara Falls or did you honeymoon there? Share your stories and photos with us and we may feature them in the show! Email and include “Niagara Falls” in the subject line.

The History of the Toilet

The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canal Centre will flush convention down the toilet with this new exhibit.

Sitting Pretty, a traveling exhibit produced by the Guelph Museums, lets visitors get a handle on toilet lore with an interactive quiz, the history of outhouses – complete with an audio program of outhouse stories, and sections about toilet paper, chamber pots, the flush toilet and the public washroom.

Highlights include a collection of chamberpots, one with a silencer, a reconstructed outhouse and an actual flushing toilet.

The Museum will also be displaying a selection of items relating to toilets, from its own collection.

Where: St. Catharines Museum, 1932 Welland Canals Pkwy, St. Catharines

Tel: 905.984.8880 or 1-800-305-5134

When: May 21 to Aug. 28, 2011

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TVO’s the Agenda is Coming to Niagara


  • TVO and The Agenda with Steve Paikin visit Niagara May 15 and 16 for the Agenda on the Road: Your Vote 2011 tour
  • TVO seeks public participation for the AgendaCamp public workshop at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre on Sunday May 15. Registration for this free event open now at
  • Live, on-location broadcast from the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre, Monday May 16 at 8 pm

The Agenda TVO

TVO and its flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, will be in Niagara May 15 and 16 during the Agenda on the Road: Your Vote 2011 tour to hear from citizens of the region what they think the should be the focus of the Ontario provincial election in the Fall . The two-day visit includes the AgendaCamp public workshop at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre on Sunday May 15 which will inform the live, on-location broadcast of The Agenda with Steve Paikin the following night at 8 pm, also at the community centre. more…

Maid of the Mist 2011 schedule

Maid of the Mist 2011

The Maid of the Mist is scheduled to start the 2011 season on May 4th, 2011.

Maid of the Mist Hours of Operation

Weekdays: 9:45 am to 4:45 pm

Weekends: 9:45 am to 5:45 pm

Times may change on holidays.