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Drive Down to Niagara Falls for New Years

nelly-furtadoHey Toronto!  Planning on celebrating New Year’s at Nathan Phillips Square again?  Why not do something a little more exciting this year? Grab a few friends and drive down to Niagara Falls!  The drive is only about 2 hours and the party here is going to be much better!

Tdragonette-2012-juno-awards-press-room-01his highly anticipated free show begins at 7:30 p.m 2012 in Queen Victoria Park overlooking mighty Niagara Falls. Electro-pop trio Dragonette will take the stage, followed by a high-energy performance by multiple JUNO Award-winning Vancouver rock group Hedley. Chart-topping GRAMMY® Award winner Nelly Furtado will keep the crowd dancing as the clock ticks down to midnight. The performers, along with the hosts, will gather onstage to countdown to 2013.

Lifemates Complaints on Internet Lower Divorce Rate

Lifemates ComplaintsRecent studies indicate that the divorce rate in Canada has been declining slightly in recent years, but statisticians note that, in conjunction with the reduction in the divorce rate, there is also a higher rate of partners who live together (and then separate with no necessary formal divorce proceedings). In addition, media observers are also observing a form of “self-motivated therapy” that may be keeping some couple from divorcing by posting anonymous messages on Internet sites to vent frustrations and concerns.

Therapists point out that these postings are, in many ways, quite healthy. They allow an aggrieved spouse to express his or her frustrations in a wholesome manner that encourages a process that involves considering the problem in an organized manner. The poster can then read the ideas presented by other posters. These replies can help the original poster look at an issue from a variety of perspectives.

“When a person takes the time to express themselves in writing” notes family therapist Joyce Malone “that progress enables them to look at the problem from different angles and puzzle out possible alternative options.”

Ms. Malone also supports the concept of posting anonymously and waiting to read the thoughts of other Internet posters.”You have to have a thick skin if you’re going to put your problem on the Internet” she says “because some of the posters can be quite brash and offensive. But other posters are prepared to offer thoughtful suggestions that can really provide the kind of caring and support that the spouse needs, as well as some useful ideas about how to approach a problem in the marriage.

Not all Internet sites allow these unsigned postings but there are some which encourage married couples to express themselves directly on their site. Postings may include issues regarding problems with in-laws, differences of each spouse’s view of how to raise their children and the role of each spouse concerning household chores and each other’s home life vs. professional life.

Here a few sites dedicated to spousal complaints that can be found on the web.
lifematescomplaints.com
lifemates-complaints.com
lifematescomplaints.ca

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4 Facts About Duty Free Shopping

Duty Free

  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.

Dates: November 9th until November 23rd more…

Family Day Fest

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

www.familydayfest.ca

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.

Entertainment:
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.

Attractions:
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 www.familydayfest.ca/buytickets.html
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: www.comfortinn.com/NiagaraFalls
Courtyard by Marriott: www.marriott.com/courtyard
Days Inn Niagara Falls Clifton Hills Casino: www.daysinncliftonhill.com
Embassy Suites Fallsview: www.embassysuiteshotelfallsview.com       
Four Points by Sheraton: www.sheratonfourpointsniagarafalls.com
Niagara Falls Hilton: www.niagarafallshilton.com
Niagara Falls Marriott: www.marriott.com/NiagaraFalls
Oakes Hotel: www.oakeshotel.com

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

 

 

 

 

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Our Food Truck Scene

Hamilton is steering food in a new direction. Like so many urban centres, this city, located a 45-minute drive from Toronto,is home to a blossoming food truck scene, offering some truly tempting treats.

Watch for the hot pink Cupcake Diner on wheels, parked in the downtown core of the city as well as at special events. Owner Natalie Ravoi tapped into her love of baking and took it to the streets, literally, and created Canada’s first mobile cupcake shop. She bakes gourmet cupcakes daily with a retro twist.

People line up for varieties like caramel apple pie, chocolate and peanut butter, the 1950s Classic (à la Hostess cupcakes), lemon meringue and raspberry white chocolate. Plus she offers gluten-free and vegan variations, too.

But before diving into dessert, there’s heartier fare to be had. You can’t miss Canada’s only grilled cheese food truck. Look for the gorilla. It’s a sign that you’ve found Gorilla Cheese, owned by Graeme Smith and Scott Austin.

Smith went to Liaison College to become a professional chef and Austin is a grass roots foodie himself. They came up with the idea for a grilled cheese truck, a perfect fit for comfort-food craving urbanites. These aren’t just any garden-variety sandwiches, but gourmet, grilled-to-order ones, made with real cheese from Jensen’s, an Ontario cheese maker based in Simcoe. They’re gooey and wonderful, served alongside tomato soup and baked beans, all made from scratch.

Roving the area called the Golden Horseshoe, stretching from Toronto to Niagara Falls, is El Gastronomo Vagabundo. It’s a joint Australia-Canada project, thanks to its owners Tamara Jensen and Adam Hynam-Smith, a professionally trained chef from Down Under.

They have been serving up tantalizing mobile eats, like heirloom tomato and watermelon salad, Asian specialties, and gourmet tacos like Thai coconut red curry and tempura salmon. Ingredients are sourced from small local producers, making this a true grass-roots operation. To catch El Gastro on the move, follow them on Twitter or Facebook. more…

Seattle Visits Niagara Falls

Last week Seattle Dredge, who pens the popular travel blog Seattle’s Travels, visited Niagara Falls.  Check out some of fantastic photos and what she did during her visit.

In our last post, we talked about ways to see Niagara Falls from above. Now it’s time to get up close and personal with North America’s Natural, roaring wonder with views from below, behind and beside. Visitors beware : You ARE going to get soaked!


On this day in Niagara Falls History – July 2, 1903

On July 2, 1903, Baseball Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty, who compiled a .346 lifetime batting average, dies after mysteriously falling off a railroad bridge connecting Buffalo with Fort Erie.  According to some witnesses, a conductor had ordered Delahanty to disembark the train because of disorderly behavior.

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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

Niagara Food & Wine Expo Contest

Follow this link to the official contest page:

http://www.niagarablog.com/niagara-food-wine-expo-ticket-giveaway-contest/

 

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Tourism from US to Canada down 8.9%

The Canadian Tourism Commission has released February 2011 statistics on overnight visits to Canada from abroad, and they don’t look good.  Overall, arrivals fell 4.1% as compared to 2010.  The most notable decline was visitors from the US (down 8.9%) and Germany (down 26%).  Should we panic?

Kevin Pillai, president of King Charter says “We have not noticed the decline.  The number of tourists traveling to Toronto and Niagara Falls has been relatively steady”.  In fact King Charter, a bus charter company servicing the Toronto and Niagara Falls area, expects a double digit increase in tourist this summer once the weather improves.   There is reason for this optimism.  After all,  last year Canada hosted the Olympics which saw many people visit BC.  Comparing February 2011 to February 2010 is not fair.

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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

David Copperfield escapes Niagara Falls

No camera tricks, video effects, or cuts are used in this escape.

David Copperfield battles the forces of Niagara Falls in a daring escape. This was the climax of his thirteenth television special: The Magic of David Copperfield XIII: The Niagara Falls Challenge.

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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…

Help needed in Happy Rolph’s petting zoo crime

Niagara Regional Police believe that on June 1st early morning, at least two intruders broke into Happy Rolph’s petting zoo on Read Rd.  and attacked many of the caged animals in the zoo.  Four small animals were killed and several others were shot and injured with BBs and pellets fired from air guns.  There are reports that at least one large rabbit was decapitated and its head was mounted on a stake.  Police believe the culprits also stole a baby goat that’s missing from an enclosure.  Numerous beer bottles were left at the scene as though they had been used for target practice.

Someone must have information.  If you have any tips you can submit them here: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=309 or call 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

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Niagara Falls High School does the Black Eyed Peas

The Class of 2010 from Niagara Falls High School did their own version of the Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling video dub.

Audio of Canadian couple interrogated at US-Canada border

This is actual audio of a Canadian couple being interrogated at the United States/Canada borer. The couple was on their way to Niagara Falls outlet mall.  At the end of the audio the couple was arrested and thrown in jail.

Were the US border patrol just?  What is your opinion?

Party with Niagara Popcorn

Planning a party or celebrating a special occasion? If you are tired of traditional cakes check out Niagara Popcorn. Niagara Popcorn crafts deliciously different celebrity chocolate popcorn Celebration Cakes, Coffee Cup Tops, milk, dark, and peanut butter chocolate popcorn bark, and Candy Cakes. They have put their own spin on an old standby, and created a new niche in the confectionery marketplace. more…

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Niagara’s Rashad Evans defeats Rampage Jackson

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

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Charles Stephens, the Demon Barber of Bedminster

In 1920, a young boy hid in the bar of his father’s pub, the Carpenter’s Arms on Newfoundland Street, Bristol, eavesdropping on the regulars.

They were having a whip-round to buy a barrel that was to end up carrying a daredevil over Niagara Falls. more…

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Historic Collection of Names

Politicians, royalty and celebrities are all found within the Niagara Parks Commission s official guest book.

The first signiture was a visitor from England in 1920, and in 1923 the first famous signature was from British Prime Minister David Lloyd George. As well as Danny Kaye 1958, and Princess Mary (1955).