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Maid of the Mist Closes

October 25th will be the final day the Maid of the Mist will be running this year, but it will be back for at least 25 more years. Earlier this month  the Niagara Parks Commission extended the lease to the America company for another 25 years.  There is controversy around this deal because the offer was not offered to the public in a standard bid process.  Apparently some investors would have paid $100 million higher for the lease if they were given the chance.

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Marketing Niagara Falls Internationally

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The Canadian Tourism Commission has taken a new approach in marketing Canada as a vacation destination.   They are targeting free independent travelers through blogs and videos.  Recently they sponsored 8 well known bloggers from South Korea to visit and write about  Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario.

The first to visit Ontario was Won Kyun Chun.  She has already posted a few stories.  Jin Hyun Han, Kum Ran Son, Yong-Chul Kim, Sang Gu Jung, Ja Young Lee and Won Goo Kang will follow.

I can’t wait to see what they have to say about Niagara Falls.

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Tourists take Advantage of GO Buses

Source: The Niagara Falls Review

All summer, they’ve come by GO train. On Saturday, they started coming by GO bus.

Tourists by the dozen poured off the first buses offered by GO Transit, taking advantage of additional trips to and from Toronto.

It was the first day of year-round Niagara service by GO – though the train service is scheduled to end after Thanksgiving weekend, the buses will be permanent.

“The bus service is another option,” said GO spokeswoman Jillian Riddell, who added the same service also kicked off in Peterborough Saturday.

Crowds heading to Toronto by bus were slim on Day 1 -just one rider for the first departure at 7:55 a. m., and one rider again for the 11:55 a. m. ride.

“Everybody wants to ride the train instead,” said a train station employee who asked not to be identified.

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Old Daredevil Footage

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Fight Outside Niagara Falls Strip Club

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Niagara Falls Teen Killed in Parkway Crash

Source: St. Catharines Standard

A Niagara Falls teen is dead and three others were injured after the vehicle they were travelling in veered off the Niagara River Parkway and collided with a concrete water intake Saturday morning, say Niagara Parks Police.

The male, who police wouldn’t identify, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three other Niagara Falls teens, also unidentified, were taken to Greater Niagara General Hospital for injuries not considered life threatening.

Niagara Parks Police closed off the area to investigate the incident.
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Niagara Falls Snow Park

A sneak peek of the new Snow Park in Niagara Falls, NY. Open all year round.

Fort Erie Protest

Three people were arrested while protesting the hospital closures.
1. Terry Nicholls, 51 years of age, of Welland, Mischief in Relation to Property, Section 430(1)(c)
2. Thomas Dexter, 47 years of age, of Welland, Obstruct Peace Officer, Section 129(a)
3. David Henry, 64 years of age, Fort Erie, Mischief Under $5000, Section 430(1)(a)

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1987 Niagara Falls Vacation Video

Reminds me of Kevin Costner’s narration in Dances with Wolves.

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Travel Story Contest Poll

To read all submitted stories: BEST TRAVEL STORY CONTEST

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The contest is closed and the winner is: Kathleen McKinnon

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Incredibly Fast Elevator at Embassy Suites

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Pothole Protest

A couple guys hit the street to make the community aware of the pothole problem in Niagara Falls, NY.

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Best Travel Story Contest

Whether it’s good or bad, funny or sad, tell us about the vacation you had. The most entertaining story about a past vacation will win the contest.

  • The story can be anything under the sun as long as it’s related to a past travel experience anywhere in the world.
  • Please keep your stories to the point. If you ramble on about boring details that really have nothing to do with the actual story, your comment will either be shortened or disqualified altogether.
  • The administrators will select 3 of their favourite stories and put them up for a vote to all users. Take a look at our Stupid Questions Contest to see how this voting system worked for us in the past.
  • Write your stories in the comment section of this posting.
  • Must provide your real name and email address so we can contact you if needed.
  • Contest closes April 30, 2009 **VOTING HAS BEGUN**
  • The winner will receive a free tour of Niagara Falls and area, departing from the city of Toronto. Prize must be redeemed before March 30, 2010. For tour details, please visit ETours.to

    Good luck.

    Jumper: Unedited Interviews

    Unedited interviews regarding the most recent Niagara Falls survivor.

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    Roger Woodward Reflects on Gift of Life

    Source: Niagara Falls Review

    If it was a suicide attempt, hopefully the man who went over the Horseshoe Falls on Wednesday in Niagara Falls will be able to get the help he needs, said Roger Woodward, the man who survived a plunge over the mighty cataract 49 years ago.

    “If it is a suicide attempt, I think it is very tragic,” said Woodward, who now lives in Huntsville, Ala., and sells real estate.

    “The very first thought that went through my mind is that I’m dealing with a family member who has cancer and we are hoping she can survive and live. Then when you see someone who might be at a point in their life where they see life isn’t worth living, obviously it’s an extreme contrast and you hope they can get help to resolve that problem.”

    Woodward was only seven years old when he became the first person to go over the Horseshoe Falls and survive, wearing only a life jacket and a bathing suit, on Saturday, July 9, 1960.

    The headline in the Monday edition of The Niagara Falls Review called it: Niagara Miracle: Boy Cheats Falls.

    Woodward, and his 17-year-old sister Deanne, were out for a boat ride with a family friend, James Honeycutt.

    The engine on their boat developed a problem and lost power about half a mile away from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. The 12-foot aluminum boat overturned and the three of them ended up in the water.

    There were only two life preservers in the boat. The children had them on.

    Deanne was rescued by John R. Hayes, a truck driver and auxiliary policeman from Union, N. J., who climbed the guardrail and kept yelling at her to swim.

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    Carlton Street Bridge Repairs

    Carlton Street (Regional Road 83) will be closed to traffic from Jan. 5 to Feb. 28 during repairs to the Carlton Street Bridge.

    During the closure, drivers are advised to use Regional Road 88 (Seaway Haulage Road), Read Road, Lakeshore Road (Regional Road 87), Bunting Road or Welland Canals Parkway.

    New Years Eve Party 2008

    The entertainment line-up for the 2008 New Year’s Eve Party in Niagara has been announced so if you haven’t already done so, make your plans now to ring in the New Year in Niagara Falls. This year’s Party in Niagara will include performances by former Supertramp singer, Roger Hodgson, along with Kim Mitchell and Justin Hines.

    The Party in Niagara event annually features an outdoor licensed area, food and beverage vendors, and spectacular fireworks over the falls to ring in the New Year, along with world-class entertainment.

    The free concert in Queen Victoria Park attracts approximately 30,000 people each year, with two spectacular fireworks displays that take place at 9:00 pm and midnight. Live television coverage will run from 11:00 pm to 12:30 am on CanWest Global and affiliate stations. As always, police will be on-site to ensure people’s safety throughout the night.

    The New Year’s Eve Party in the Park is the premiere New Year’s Eve event in Canada, held in the most recognizable location in Canada – Niagara Falls!

    For more information and tips to enjoy the event please log on to www.niagaraparks.com

    Niagara Blog is One Year Old

    It’s been one year today since our first post so here is a recap of the top 10 most popular original videos featured over the past year.

    Jonas Brothers Come Out of the Closet

    Tivoli Miniature World

    Daredevil Days 2008

    Overfeed Animals at Happy Rolphs Petting Zoo

    Cool Illusion at Ripley’s in Niagara Falls

    Hand Binoculars

    Fight Down By The Falls

    House Fire At Scott And Lake Streets

    New Years Eve Brawl On Niagara Street

    Truck Cuts Off Police Car in St. Catharines

    Halloween Safety Tips

    The Niagara Regional Police have issued the following Safety Tips:

    Since the early 1800’s Halloween has been celebrated on October 31st. Halloween night is traditionally a family oriented evening when children get to dress up and enjoy trick or treating going door to door with their friends in their neighbourhood.

    The Niagara Regional Police Service is committed to ensuring our children have a safe and happy Halloween night. Through education, preparation and consideration, everyone can work together to making this Halloween a safe and fun experience for all.

    Keeping general safety tips in mind and using common sense can help make the most of your child’s Halloween night. The excitement of children at this time of year sometimes makes them forget to be careful. These simple tips can go a long way in preventing potential tragedies.

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    New Bike Registration Program

    The Niagara Regional Police Service is launching a new program in an effort to better identify lost or stolen bicycles that are recovered by police to ensure they are returned to their lawful owners.

    The self-registration program is open to every resident of the Niagara Region via the NRPS website, at every NRP District Headquarter’s front desk, and at NRP Community Services Unit bike rodeos throughout the summer.
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