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Video: Wallenda Tightrope Walk Over Niagara Falls

June 15, 2012 – Nik Wallenda has become the first person to walk on a tightrope 1,800 feet across the mist-fogged brink of roaring Niagara Falls.

A tethered Wallenda accomplished the feat on Friday night, saying he got through by “a lot of praying.” He also credited his concentration, focus and training.

Wallenda said the feat “will be with me forever” and the worst part was waiting for TV networks to be ready as he crouched on the starting platform. “There were 10 painful minutes sitting on that platform. My legs started falling asleep and cramping up.”

Asked what he would do next, Wallenda said: “I have permits to be the first person in the world to walk across the Grand Canyon so that’s a process we’ll start working on. I’d say within three to five years I’ll accomplish that as well.”

The seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas had long dreamed of pulling off the stunt, never before attempted. Other daredevils have wire-walked over the Niagara River but farther downstream and not since 1896. more…

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 Walkthefalls.com or through “The Wallenda Walk at Niagara Falls” banner at Niagara-usa.com.

 

“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.

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Japanese Tourist Goes Over the Falls

A tourist, visiting from Japan, slipped and fell over the railing today while sitting on a railing posing for a picture. She is presumed dead. See the WIVBTV’s news report.

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.

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Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto Airport

Waiting at an airport for a flight is probably the worst part of your vacation.  The few hours seem like days and it sometimes feels like torture.  Well, a Toronto airport (YYZ) stop over does not have to be so bad. eTours offers a Niagara Falls tour with pick-up and return from Toronto airport. Its a very viable alternative to wasting your precious hard earned vacation time, especially if you have never seen Niagara Falls.  The tours cost $95 plus tax and depart daily from Toronto Airport at 8:00 am.

Olympic Torch – Niagara Falls Dec. 20th

torchThe sacred Olympic Flame is lit in an ancient ritual in Olympia, Greece, site of the first Olympic Games. After a short run through Greece, the Olympic Flame arrives in Athens, where it is handed over to a representative from the Host Country.

From there, the Olympic Flame will make a trans-Atlantic flight and arrive in October 30th in Victoria BC, signaling the start of the longest Olympic Torch Relay to take place in a single country. It will make its 106 day journey across Canada, stopping at many towns and cities making it possible for 90% of Canadians to see it.

The torch is due to arrive in Niagara Falls the evening of December 20th, 2009.

Niagara Falls Marathon

The only marathon in the world that starts in one country and finishes in another.

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Do you think you can beat Matt Loiselle’s time of 2:27:33 or Elizabeth Primrose’s time of 2:55:26.6?  Yes, that’s right.  They can run 42 km (26 miles) in under 3 hours.

The marathon starts at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo N.Y. The first 6.5km (4 miles) of the race travel the majestic parkways of Buffalo before crossing the Peace Bridge into the historic old town of Fort Erie, Ontario. The route then follows the beautiful Niagara River Parkway and finishes at the magnificent Niagara Falls.

If a marathon is a little too much for you can sign up for the 5km or 10km run.

Date: October 25th, 2009
Course Type: Flat
Boston Marathon Qualifier: Yes
Website: Niagara Falls Marathon

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Cemetery Tour

Cemetary tour

What a great way to kick off Halloween with the family. Niagara Falls Musesms are offering 2 cemetery tours.

Drummond Hill Cemetery Tours
October 16, 17, 23, 24, 2009

See the characters from Niagara Falls’ past. Walk into the past through Drummond Hill Cemetery and the grounds of the Battle Ground Inn as actors portray the mighty and the meek. Refreshments served.

Tickets by reservation only. Call 905-358-5082 to purchase.

Holy Trinity Church Cemetery Tour
7820 Portage Road
October 30 & 31, 2009

New this year. Step into Chippawa’s past and hear stories that will both haunt and charm you for years to come! This night-time tour will have costumed performers acting out the lives of some of the famous and not so famous people from the history of Niagara Falls. The tours include music, mime and characterizations of lives lived long ago! You may be surprised to learn who is, and is not, buried in the Holy Trinity Church Cemetery.

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The Office Comes to Niagara Falls

Pam and Jim are getting married and the Office is going to Niagara Falls.

After five seasons of adorably awkward courtship, TV’s cutest couple are finally making it official.  Thursday October 8th, NBC will air the long-awaited wedding of  Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam’s (Jenna Fischer).

Check out their wedding site.  It even has a “Things to Do in the Area” section.

Man Dances on the Tip of Table Rock

A man climbs over the barrier at Table Rock and begins dancing at the brink of the falls. One slip on the ice and he would be a goner.

Also see: Man Stands at Waters Edge to Niagara Falls

Nelson Rockefeller Visits Niagara Falls

Old film footage of Nelson Rockefeller visiting Niagara Falls, NY in the early 70’s.

Allanburg Bridge Destroyed in Seconds

The Allanburg Bridge over the Welland Canal comes down too soon and destroys the Windoc ship passing under it. This clip is from the Discovery Channel show called Destroyed in Seconds.

Fat Guy gets Owned by Golf Cart

Ford Escape Commercial featuring Niagara Falls

1927 Film of Niagara Falls

Screaming Tunnel on Creepy Canada

Creepy Canada pays a visit to the Screaming Tunnel in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Try Again Mayor

Video footage from the Grand Opening of Auntie Anne’s where Mayor Ted Salci fails his attempt to make a pretzel.

The Show Must Go On!

…but only with the right marketing plan in place

I was reading an article today on the Niagara Falls Review website, that said “Pink Floyd Niagara is wrapping up its second summer in Niagara Falls, and unless word gets out, they may not be back next year. This is a dazzling, $500,000 production Floyd fans from across Ontario will dig, not just Niagara Falls.”

I agree that it is dazzling and it’s defiantly a show that must not be missed, however, the price of admission is rather high, running at about $58 per couple. I saw the Roger Waters band perform the complete Dark Side of the Moon at the Rogers Centre last year and paid about $2 less than what I paid at the Pink Floyd Niagara concert. Of course without David Gilmore, the Waters show was still not Pink Floyd, but it was the closest thing to it, without stepping into a time machine.

It does cost PFN a lot to put on such an elaborate show but with such a poor location and high ticket price, I really can’t see them performing again next year. If they do manage to pull it off and come back for another season, I will be purchasing a season pass and be attending at least once every 2 weeks.

Fun with Office Chairs in Niagara On The Lake

The video is fairly poor quality, and no sound, but you can see a guy sitting on a office chair while holding on to the back of a moving bike. Eventually, the speed becomes too much and the rider flies off. Stupidity at it’s best in Niagara-On-The-Lake.

The Daredevil Gallery in Niagara Falls

Here is a look at the daredevil gallery located in the Imax theatre in Niagara Falls Ontario.