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Stupid Tourist Contest 2


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

PRIZE 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 and will decide who the winner is.  For inspiration, please see some of the entries from our 2008 contest.

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23 Responses
  1. Barbara DeFrance says:

    This is not so much a funny question about the Falls or the Niagara region. It shows ignorance about the size of our country, Canada. We are at the falls to celebrate my husband’s birthday and ended up sharing a table at an outdoor cafe with some American tourists. One wanted to know, if it was very far to walk to Toronto since she had heard it was a nice city. Another wanted to know if Vancouver, the site of the Olympics was near by. And to top if off, another commented that it was very unfair that Canada got the better “part” of the Falls.

  2. daisy bear says:

    While in the falls I got stopped by some tourist who ask if I knew where the barrel rides are located!! They said they found the maid of the mist but couldn’t find the barrel rides anywhere and their teenage son was really looking forward to trying it. I couldn’t even get words out of my mouth to answer!!! Welcome to Canada folks where we send teenage boys over the falls in a barrel!

  3. Moe Shelly says:

    My favorite question so far while in the falls and being stopped and asked in the middle of summer was, “How much further do we need to go to hit snow? This is Canada isn’t it?”

  4. Gwen Jones says:

    We have a campground here in Niagara Falls. We get asked, “Do you use the same electrical plugs as we do in the US?”

  5. Eva says:

    I worked in Travel years ago and had some of the ‘silly’s’ asked. All I could do is put the person on hold and giggle. Not to be mean but when you have someone ask you if Niagara-on-the-Lake is an Island or if Whirlpool golf course is actually in the whirlpool on the Niagara river then you really cant help but laugh. Good times ….. Good times…


  6. Andie Hazard says:

    I was a waitress in St Catharines while in University. I remember giving someone menus and them asking me if the prices were in American dollars. I replied that, no, the menu was in Canadian dollars just like all menus in Canada. They looked a little surprised and said “oh, we thought because you were so close to America you might use American dollars on it.” I pretended to look all intrigued and said “oh, do the American restaurants close to the Canadian border use Canadian dollars for our tourists? That’s so nice of them!” They did manage to look a little embarrassed and just placed their orders.

  7. shirley says:

    I was working as a waitress when nice tourists from the states asked me if the fish from the fish and chips was fresh caught that morning from the river. I told her yes, Mr. Schneider brought it in this morning. The next table over heard the joke and couldnt stop laughing. She never figured it out. Everything we served came from Sysco deliveries.

  8. Jen says:

    Okay, perhaps this would better fit in a “weird tourist” contest but I once saw an old woman pushing a stroller and softly pointing out things of interest to the inhabitant of said stroller. Kinda sweet, a granny showing her grandbaby one of nature’s greatest wonders right? Wrong! As I walked past I was horrified to see the stroller contained a morbidly obese cat, awkwardly reclined on its back, panting in the humidity.

  9. Jen says:

    And just in case my cat story doesn’t qualify (but can you blame me for wanting to share it, can you!?) I will submit this gem…

    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

  10. Sheri says:

    Why would anyone who ever worked in tourism anywhere near niagra falls want to win a tour of niagra falls??

  11. master says:

    That was not very nice. Did you get a tip?

  12. nicole says:

    I’ve seen quite a few American tourists come in July and August with ski and snowboard gear strapped to the top of their cars…I cant believe how clueless some people are

  13. Barb Townsend says:

    I used to host ESL students in my home. Many came from smaller countries like Japan and they all wanted to see as much of Canada as they could in their time with me. Because they came from such small countries they just couldn’t understand why we couldn’t go to Peggy’s Cove,N.S., Victoria, B.C., and all the Great Lakes in a one week drive. I usually managed to take them to Niagra Falls though. Smile

  14. Jeffrey G says:

    I was doing a road trip with some friends one summer and we ran into car trouble. Now you have to understand we were roughly halfway between nowhere and nowhere when the car started to overheat. We found a garage in this really small town of less than 1000. We were in Idaho, so I guess they don’t much exposure to Canadians. So the mechanic is looking over the manual and such and of course it has french. So we hear him crowing about foreign language cars and then all of sudden when he finds the english part, he shouts “’s ok, it’s in American too..”


  15. Karen says:

    The last time I was a tourist in Niagara falls, I overheard someone ask where the “barrel over the falls” ride was… haha, I hope not!

  16. davinder says:

    i would love to win……..

  17. Tony says:

    LOL! This is great, I think I need to start one here in Key West! Great blog btw, check out my site at <a href="""title=To Key West Travel

  18. Conal Duffy says:

    Wow great lol seems to be funny


  19. Kelly says:

    I visitor from Europe wanted to know how long it took to Build the falls..another wanted to go to california for the day and was asking about car rental…

  20. Susan says:

    I don’t see where this says it has to be a Niagara story so here is mine.

    Around 27 years ago I was on the GO train heading home from college and there were a group of students (mid-teens), from England sitting in the same train car as I was.
    We were around Rouge Hill station, where you can see Lake Ontario and one of the students says, “oh look water.. what is it called”? Another one says “I have viewed a map of Canada and it is Hudson’s Bay”. Their teacher never corrected him and I contained my laughter.

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  22. Dave says:

    Who won by the way??

  23. Dave says:

    I once worked at a well known place in the tourizum area in niagara falls. I was doing some gum removeal from the carpet and a customer comes up to me and asks what im doing ? I responded drilling for oil. They said really and i replyed yes.
    Gotta hand it to tourists they keep getting dumber by the year its no wonder tourist season is refered to as stupid season.

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