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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.

 

 

 

 

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.

War of 1812 Encampment a Top 100 Event for 2013

War of 1812

The American Bus Association (ABA) announced recently that the War of 1812 Encampment – the Capture of Ft. Niagara, held this year on September 1 – 2, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2013 by an experienced tourism industry selection committee.   Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that the War of 1812 Encampment offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA. The event was submitted in the Spring of 2012 by Deborah Duerr, Director of Tourism Sales, Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation.

 

American Bus Association Names ‘War of 1812 Encampment’ a Top 100 Event for 2013

 

With the release of the American Bus Association’s 2013 Top 100 Events in North America, ABA celebrates 31 years of the program. What began as a way for motorcoach operators to incorporate new product into their itineraries has grown to one of the most sought-after lists by travel professionals, motorcoach operators and the general public.
“The attractiveness of the War of 1812 Encampment as a don’t-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for Niagara USA,” said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA’s president and CEO. “The real news here is that the War of 1812 Encampment has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars, at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy. The honor gives Niagara USA an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners.” more…

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Will the Maid of the Mist be running in 2012?

maid of the mist

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.

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/101594606628889/

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.

More pics after the jump…

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Maid of the Mist Closes October 24, 2011

The last day of operation for the 2011 season is October 24, 2011.

When will the Maid of the Mist be back? Because the boat is dependent on weather conditions, we’re never certain when the first launching date will be.  As soon as we find out we’ll post the information on Niagara Blog as usual.

 

Shaw Festival launches free mobile application

Shaw Festival AppThe Shaw Festival, the renowned Canadian theatre repertory company, is thrilled to announce the release of its new mobile application — another high point to celebrate during its 50th season. Co-developed by Discover Anywhere Mobile and The Shaw’s Marketing and IT Web Teams, the mobile application offers the user one more way to gain access to all that the Shaw Festival offers, while planning their Shaw Festival experience. The mobile app is available now for iPhone users and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or at www.shawfest.com/get-your-free-shaw-app. An app for Blackberry and Android smartphones will be rolled-out in late September, early October.

This new app makes planning a Niagara-on-the-Lake theatre getaway a hassle-free experience. In addition to having the ability to purchase tickets (via direct dial), The Shaw mobile app also provides Shaw Festival theatre enthusiasts easy access to information about the season’s playbill and Niagara theatre packages, as well as information on Niagara-on-the-Lake hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, wineries and area events and attractions.

“We’re very excited to launch this mobile application during our landmark 50th season,” said Executive Director Colleen Blake. “As we look forward to the next 50 years, one of our aims is to implement consumer-friendly tools that make planning a theatre visit as easy as possible. This new application brings the mobility of technology to the cultural experience and it all begins on the screen of a smartphone or tablet computer.”

Commenting on Discover Anywhere’s involvement with the Shaw Festival and the development of its mobile app, David Janes, President of Discover Anywhere remarked: “The Shaw Festival is synonymous with great theatre so when we were asked to create their app, our goal was to create an exceptional experience connecting theatre-goers to all things ‘Shaw’. The app presents all relevant information about The Shaw optimized for mobile, including the current playbill, the performance schedule, ‘getting here’, and ticket and box office information. Additionally, the app invites visitors to discover Niagara-on-the-Lake, its attractions, hotels, wineries all presented using advanced features such as GPS, itinerary planning, social media, augmented reality and mapping.” more…

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…

Woman Rescued from Niagara Whirlpool Rapids (video)

Video report about a hiker who was sucked into Niagara Falls Whirlpool rapids.  She was rescued by Corey Ziraldo, the Captain of Niagara Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour.

If the video above is not available, you may be able to view it here:

Selling Prices of Niagara Falls Hotels

In 2010 there were 9 major hotel sales totaling $166.9 million. The highest selling price was the Marriott Fallsview, which sold for $76.4 million.  But that wasn’t the most expensive.  The Riverbend Inn & Vineyard, with only 21 rooms, sold for $4.75 million which equals $198,809 per room.

Hotel Selling Price Rooms Price per Room
Marriott Fallsview Hotel $76,400,000 432 $176,852
Sheraton Fallsview Hotel  & Conference Centre $70,000,000 407 $171,990
Quality Hotel & Conference Centre $7,500,000 144 $52,083
Riverbend Inn & Vineyard $4,175,000 21 $198,810
Ramada Plaza Niagara Falls $2,500,000 202 $12,376
Carriage House Motor Lodge $2,500,000 122 $20,492
Fairway Motor Inn $1,505,000 49 $30,714
Regency Motor Hotel $1,200,000 23 $52,174
Niagara Inn $1,120,000 40 $28,000

more…

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Free Breakfast from Subway May 31st, 2011

Subway Canada is offering Free Breakfast on May 31, 2011 from 7 am – 10 am at participating restaurants across Canada. The offer is a free ham and cheese egg muffin melt and a 12 oz. Seattle’s Best coffee! No coupon necessary.

Call your local Niagara Subway  to double check if they are participating:

5846 Drumond Rd
Niagara Falls ON L2G 4L5
905-371-2222
4025 Dorchester Rd
Unit 15
Niagara Falls ON L2E 6N1
905-357-0022
Local Web Page
5765 Victoria Ave
Niagara Falls ON L2G 3L6
905-357-2111
7906 Lundys Ln
Cataract Bowl/Subway
Niagara Falls ON L2H 1H3
905-358-1501
3643 Portage Rd
Niagara Falls ON L2J 2K8
905-354-7511
13210 Lundy’s Lane
Danny’s Esso
Niagara Falls ON L2E 6S4
905-227-1901
7555 Montrose Rd
Niagara Square
Niagara Falls ON L2H 2E9
905-358-9836
Fallsview Blvd.
Unit 204 Niagara Fallsview Cas
Niagara Falls ON L2G 7X5
905-354-1375
6940 Morrison St
Home Depot #7174
Niagara Falls ON L2E 7K5
905-357-0478
8044 Portage Road
Niagara Falls ON L2G 5Z1
905-295-9021
Local Web Page

5175 Victoria Ave
Unit 203 Victoria Plaza
Niagara Falls ON L2E 4E4
905 354-6199
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Niagara Parks Commission admits to using Agent Orange

Tim Parent, 610 CKTB News

The Niagara Parks Commission has confirmed it used a herbicide associated with Agent Orange to kill poison ivy on all of its lands.

Robert McIlveen, interim general manager of the NPC, admitted at a commissioners meeting today it used 2,4,5,-T up until 1974.

The NPC intends to hand over all of its records pertaining to the use of the herbicide to the government panel investigating its use in the province.

McIlveen added, the NPC is concerned about the effect the herbicide may have had on former parks employees and the public at large

The NPC has released a statement about the use of 2,4,5,-T.  It can be found here

The province has admitted, the former Ontario Hydro used Agent Orange back in the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s to clear land along power line corridors across Ontario.

In March, Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati called on city staff to look in to the use of the herbicide by the province in the Falls area. Speaking to 610 CKTB News, Diodati calls the news unsettling but doesn’t want there to be a knee-jerk reaction to it.  What we need now, he says, is more information from the NPC.

Agent Orange was used heavily by the Americans during the Vietnam war to clear away dense jungle foliage and expose the Vietcong. Its use has been linked to several types of cancers, Parkinson’s disease and other health problems. more…

Weekend Easter Egg Hunt at the Butterfly Conservatory

Easter Weekend at Niagara Parks Easter Egg Hunt at the Butterfly Conservatory
April 22 – 25, 2011

The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is pleased to announce a fun new Easter Egg

Niagara Parks Butterfly ConservatoryNiagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory 

Hunt for families over the long weekend April 22 – 25, 2011. This event includes a word-scramble activity where children will look for letters hidden throughout the Conservatory to spell a secret phrase for a chance to win a grand prize gift basket donated by Pop & Lolly’s Candy Shop. Thanks to generous donations from Nestle, Mars and Hershey, each child will also receive one complimentary treat  (while supplies last) after their visit.

Families are encouraged to download and print a special Niagara Parks colouring page in advance of their visit and NPC staff will be pleased to post the artwork on site.

The fully accessible Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is located on the grounds of the world-renowned Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & School of Horticulture, 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) north of the Falls at 2565 Niagara Parkway. Admission is $12.25 for adults (ages 13+), $7.95 for children (6 – 12 years), and children five and under are admitted FREE (prices in Cdn. plus tax). Parking is free.

The Butterfly Conservatory will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Friday – Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Easter Monday, with the last visitors admitted 30 minutes before closing. Please call (905) 356-8119 for details.


 

Annual Easter Show at Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse

Another Niagara Easter tradition for over 60 years is a visit to the Annual Easter Show at Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse.

Take in the beautiful colourful and fragrant spring flowers and see real chicks and bunnies! Admission to this year-round attraction is free! more…

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Tourism tug of war

Welcome to the bumpy ride that is regional tourism.

A new body meant to co-ordinate provincial tourism funding for all of Niagara is just getting off the ground. But the fledgling Regional Tourism Organization has already stumbled into a controversy over an untendered marketing contract.

Meanwhile, the much-maligned Niagara Economic Development Corp., the regional government-funded agency that runs a separate Tourism Niagara website, is paralyzed by a political debate over its future.

When the dust settles, Niagara is supposed to have a co-operative, industry-led organization designed to cut through the clutter of competing marketing efforts and help co-ordinate an effective, regional tourism strategy.

But right now, some industry members feel “it’s hard to do our job,” said Susan Morin, community economic development manager for Venture Niagara.

Tourism marketing is still happening, of course. St. Catharines is still promoting the Garden City; Niagara Falls is still a well-oiled marketing machine. Regional co-ordination, however, isn’t as visible.

“It’s tough, trying to understand who is the leader here, who is doing what right at this moment,” said Morin, who is helping organize a meeting next week for concerned tourism industry members. “With all the changes, it’s a little bit like the perfect storm.”

Morin, who is also involved with Tourisme Franco-Niagara, said businesses at the April 6 session will talk about ways to replace a tourism marketing committee formerly run by NEDC.

Those brainstorming committee meetings disappeared following regional council’s recent decision to lop off the tourism arm of the economic development agency. Other agency tourism services no longer receiving regional cash include marketing literature for cycling tourism, the Welland Canal recreational trail and a winter and wine campaign, according to interim NEDC head Alan Teichroeb.

Regional councillors re asoned the new Regional Tourism Organization would be coordinating regional marketing efforts from now on. But it’s unclear what will happen to the remaining NEDC services, like the regional tourism website and the Gateway Niagara information centre.

“Some people think with the (Regional Tourism Organization), the calvary is coming,” Morin said. “But whether it is or not, we can’t afford to wait.”

Morin said if the meeting goes well, attending businesses could form a “tourism network” to help plug the gap left by the exit of the regional agency.

But there are more holes to fill, Grimsby and District Chamber of Commerce president John Dunstall said. more…

March Break Exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory

Check out our NEW March Break Exhibit:
“Sciensational Week” at the Butterfly Conservatory

March 12 – 19, 2011  – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sciensational Week Snake

Bring the kids to the Butterfly Conservatory this March Break for a new interactive and educational exhibit featuring native Ontario snakes, reptiles, turtles and amphibians. Animal specialists will be on site to discuss native species at risk and conservation issues. They will also be pleased to assist visitors who may wish to touch and hold the animals.

A native mammal fur exhibit will also be on display throughout the week.

Entrance to the exhibit is included with admission to the Butterfly Conservatory.

Admission: $12.25 for Adults 13+, $7.95 for Children 6 – 12 years and Children 5 and under are admitted FREE (prices in Cdn plus tax). Free Parking on-site.

Hours of Operation: Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last visitors admitted at 4:30 p.m.

Location: The fully accessible Butterfly Conservatory is located on the grounds of the Botanical Gardens, 2405 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls. (905) 356-8119. more…

Hotel prices drop in Niagara Falls Ontario

The first economic indicator of 2011 points that Tourism in Niagara Falls is still slow to recover.  Prices in January 2011, according to Hotwire.com, are down -1% in Niagara Falls.  This puts Niagara Falls, Ontario in 5th place in price drops compared to other Canadian markets. Niagara Falls did not do as bad as London, Ontario which experienced a price drop of -7%.

Hotwire.com January 2011 rankings are:

1    London, ON             -7%     
2    Banff, AB              -4%     
3    Quebec City, QC        -2%     
4    Vancouver, BC          -1%   
5    Niagara Falls, ON      -1%
Distinguished Canadian actor Al Kozlik dies of stroke

January 13, 2011, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada – The Shaw Festival mourns the passing of distinguished Canadian actor Al Kozlik. Mr. Kozlik died peacefully on January 11 at the Greater Niagara General Hospital after suffering a stroke. He leaves behind his spouse of 41 years, Scott Sunderland.

Upon making the announcement, Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell noted: “Al was a most beloved and generous Company Member with an enthusiasm for, and love of, actors and acting that was endlessly infectious. I feel blessed to have witnessed his final performance as “Firs” in The Cherry Orchard last season, a part he had always wanted to play and which he embodied so beautifully.”

Mr. Kozlik had been a member of the Shaw Festival Ensemble for twenty-eight years. He was a Vancouver Playhouse alumnus who arrived at The Shaw in 1980 when Christopher Newton became Artistic Director. Reflecting on his long-time association with Mr. Kozlik, Artistic Director Emeritus Christopher Newton said: “I worked with Al for over 45 years. He was a great trooper, he was a great company member and he was one of those people who simply loved to be on the stage. Whether playing a small or large part, they were always alive vibrant and fully realized — Al Kozlik was a consummate company member.” more…

On this Day in Niagara Falls History – Jan 2, 1929

The United States and Canada reached an agreement on joint action to preserve Niagara Falls on Janaury 2nd, 1929