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TBEX Toronto Bloggers to Visit Niagara Falls

Bloggers attending TBEX Toronto will be heading to Niagara Falls June 4th 3rd (correction) 2013.  TBEX, the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, and new media content creators, will be holding their 2013 North American Conference at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada on May 31 to June 2nd 2013.  The following day, all major Niagara Falls tour operators like King Tours, Toronto Tours, and Niagara Tours will be hosting many of these bloggers for a FREE Niagara Falls tour.

Bloggers who wish to participate must apply for the free Niagara Falls tour on Tourism.to.

 

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Tour Date: June 4th 2013.
Time: The tour will depart at 9 am.  Return to Toronto around 6 pm. We can not guarantee the return time.  Please keep this in mind if you have a flight scheduled that evening.
Departure Location: The tour bus will depart and return from 2 locations.  The Delta Chelsea Hotel and the Best Western Primrose Hotel.

What’s included with the Niagara Falls tour:

  • Pick-up and return
  • Visit to a Niagara Falls winery
  • A brief stop at the historic Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • The botanical clock
  • Maid of the Mist Boat ride
  • Free Time at Niagara Falls

What is not included with the Niagara Falls tour:

  • Meals
  • All incidentals
  • Gratuities for tour guide and driver
  • Personal expenses and any medical or travel related insurance
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.

October Sale: Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto

Niagara Falls tour from Toronto

Toronto, Canada – King Tours is pleased to announce that it is offering all October Niagara Falls tours for only $69.  This is their lowest price of the year!

The tours are offered online through www.NiagaraTours.ca and include: pick-up and return from any location in Toronto, Markham, Mississauga, and North York; a visit to a local winery; wine tasting; a brief stop in the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake; admission to the Maid of the Mist; and free time in Niagara Falls.

King Tours has been operating this popular Niagara Falls tours from Toronto, every day, all year round, for the past 15 years.

Suburban Tourist Tours Niagara Falls

The (Sub)urban Tourist is a travel blog enjoying the outdoor lifestyle and exploring good food and dining experiences.  This summer Margaret Antkowski, who pens the (Sub)urban tourist, took a Niagara Falls tour with her finacé Frank Bourne.  She rated the tour 4.5/5.  Read her review here:

Niagara by bus: sit back, relax and enjoy the tour

The Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls – part of the tour with King Tours. Photo by Frank Bourne

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been to Niagara Falls, Ontario. It must be at least six or seven times since I was a small kid. With each visit over the years, I’ve noticed that traffic has become increasingly insane in the Niagara region. Driving with stop-and-go traffic and trying to find a parking spot in Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake can leave you drained, stressed out and definitely not enjoying the visit.

This past weekend Frank and I had the pleasure of trying out a King Tours bus tour from Toronto to Niagara Falls.  And it certainly was a stress-free way to enjoy a day away from Toronto.

The $79 per person ticket included the following:

  • Transportation in a comfortable, air conditioned tour bus from downtown Toronto to Niagara Falls
  • Entry into the Maid of the Mist, without having to wait in line for a ticket
  • About two hours to ourselves to explore Niagara Falls and have lunch
  • A drive along the Niagara River to stop at spots such as the Whirlpool (10 minute stop); the Sir Adam Beck Power Generation plant (a few minutes to take photos); and the Floral Clock (more photos).
  • A 45 minute visit in Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Wine-tasting at Pillitteri Estates Winery

 

People lining up for the Maid of the Mist. We didn’t have to wait to get tickets but went straight to the line-up for the tour itself. Photo by Frank Bourne

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4th of July Fireworks Niagara Falls USA

Video of Independence Day 2011 celebrations in Niagara Falls USA.

Flying over Niagara Falls in a Helicopter


Home video taken of the Niagara Falls helicopter tour. The tour flies over the majestic Falls of Niagara, Historical landmarks and Niagara’s renowned wine country in a way unimaginable from the ground. This particular tour is done by Niagara Helicopters which is located just a few minutes from Niagara-on-the-Lake town center.  If you are from Toronto and wish to take the helicopter tour there are many tour companies offering this helicopter tours as a package.  Check out eTours.to, NiagaraTours.ca and TorontoTours.ca.  All these tour companies have the Heli Tour option.

Harry Houdini 137th Birthday

Today is Harry Houdini’s birthday.  He was born Erich Weiss on March 24, 1874 and lived to age 52.

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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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%
Niagara not just a day trip

Niagara Falls may be one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, but many visitors, even those from this country, just want to take a fast look at the water, buy some icewine, and head down the QEW to Toronto.
And that’s a serious problem, says Niagara Parks Commission Chairwoman Fay Booker.
“We have to do a much better job of educating people in our prospective markets,” she said during a Parks Commission meeting Wednesday morning. “We have to tell people there is so much more to do here. We have to keep them here longer.”
That will be crucial to the long-term success of the Parks Commission and the Niagara tourism industry in general. Commissioners heard a report during the meeting about travel trends, and the message was not good.
Visitors to Ontario from the United States, already in freefall over the past 10 years, are predicted to be flat for 2011 as the world still reels from the global recession. In addition, Americans travelling to Ontario will be impacted by the strength of the Canadian dollar and lower taxes in the United States – factors that also entice Canadians to forsake their own country for trips south of the border. more…

New Year’s Eve with the Barenaked Ladies & Great Big Sea

Barenaked LadiesNiagara Parks is partnering with Global Television and Entertainment Tonight Canada to welcome 2011 with ‘New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls’, a fun-filled evening in celebration of the coming year.

The nationwide fete is an ET Canada exclusive and will kick off at 6:30 pm with a 2 hour live broadcast from the Falls on Friday, December 31 beginning at 10pm ET/PT on Global. ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli will lead the countdown and ‘rock in’ the New Year with special performances by Barenaked Ladies, Great Big Sea, Kardinall Officiall and up and coming Canadian talent Running Red Lights and comedian Calwyn Shurgold.

Kardinall OfficiallThis FREE New Year’s concert in Queen Victoria Park overlooking the Falls draws approximately 30,000 people to the Park, and this year is expected to be no different, so come out and celebrate with us and enjoy two spectacular fireworks displays planned for 9 p.m. and midnight that evening. This outdoor celebration also features food and beverage vendors, as well as an outdoor licensed area. As always, the presence of security and policing will be on-site to ensure everyone’s safety throughout the night.

Make an evening of it! Start your night off at Elements on the Falls Restaurant, with its unparalleled view of the brink of the Falls at the Table Rock Centre. During the show, Edgewaters Tap and Grill and the Riverview International Buffet, both located at Queen Victoria Place are your closest warm-up spots within steps of the concert stage. Stop in for dinner before the show or warm-up over a late night beverage, all while taking in the beauty of the illumination of both the American and Horseshoe Falls.

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Oldest Photo of Niagara Falls

The image above, taken by Hugh Pattinson in 1840, is the oldest photograph of Niagara Falls. It was discovered just a few years ago at the Newcastle University in England in a box, marked “Daguerrotypes”.  The picture will be on display at the original location where the picture was taken.   Do you notice something wrong with the photo? The photo is laterally reversed. Table Rock can be seen on the left when it should be on the right.

Why People do Crazy Things in Niagara Falls

This podcast is about the crazy, insane, daredevils in Niagara Falls.

Toronto to Niagara Falls by Bike

On September 5th, 2010, at 6:15 am, six friends decided to travel by bike from from Lawrence and Dufferin area in Toronto to Niagara Falls.  They arrived in Niagara Falls at 6:24pm the next day.  This is a video of their adventure:

They used the Waterfront Trail for the majority of the ride. The route is not the most direct route to Niagara Falls but it is the most scenic, and well marked with signs.  The route is a little more confusing in the Hamilton area but if you get lost just ask for directions.  Hamiltonians will gladly help you as long as you are not wearing an Argonaut t-shirt.

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Niagara Falls Councillor Candidate: Mervyn Senior


Name: Mervyn Senior

Email: mervynsenior@live.ca

Tel: 905-371-1519

Web: mervynsenior.blogspot.com


Platform:
As a City Councillor I know that I will serve my City residents with distinction.
I will be available for you.
I will listen to and act on your concerns.
I will consult with you on important matters that come before City Council.
I will always remember who the City belongs to.
I will as City Councillor ensure all parts of the City participate in the continued growth and success of our great City.
I am a keen observer of the way communities evolve and prosper or stagnate and go into decline.
I will, as the world continues to change, help the City adapt to the changing environment.
One Main Industry Cities need to diversify while continuing to actively promote the existing successful enterprises.
I know that I will add Character, Honesty, Knowledge, Direction and New Ideas to this
new 2010 City Government

If you are a candidate and wish to publish your bio on our blog please contact niagarablog2010@gmail.com

What’s Happenning this Weekend in Niagara Falls

Enjoy Free Concerts and Fireworks Over the Civic Holiday Long Weekend

Fireworks over Niagara FallsLooking for fun this long weekend? Head to Niagara Falls for free Coca Cola Concerts on the Illumination Tower Stage, the youDiscover music and comedy series and Canada’s longest running fireworks series over Niagara Falls, sponsored by Pizza Pizza.

Coca Cola Concert Series
The free Coca Cola Concert Series takes place at 8 p.m. on the Illumination Tower Stage next to Queen Victoria Place, directly across from the Falls.

Concert goers will have the best view of the fireworks displays, making for the perfect family outing.

Coca Cola Concert Series lineup for long weekend:
Saturday, July 31 – Last Exit * NOTE: NO FIREWORKS ON SATURDAY *
Sunday, August 1 – Borderline
Monday, August 2 – Athertones more…

Video: The Story of Niagara Falls

Here is a great 6 part PBS video of the story of Niagara Falls.  The videos cover the geographic history, daredevils, attractions, and romance, of Niagara. Hopefully YouTube does not pull the video.

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Canada Day Fireworks

Video of the Fireworks show on Canada Day July 1st, 2010.

Canada Day Family Fun with Free Concerts, Falls Fireworks

Fireworks over Niagara Falls

Enjoy Free Concerts and Falls Fireworks for Canada Day and Independence Day Long Weekend

Looking for fun this Canada Day? Head to Niagara Falls for free Coca Cola Concerts on the Illumination Tower Stage and Canada’s longest running fireworks series, sponsored by Pizza Pizza.

Pizza Pizza Falls Fireworks
Special Canada Day Fireworks will take place on Thursday, July 1, Friday, July 2 and Sunday, July 4. Plan to return to see the fireworks again as part of the annual series that runs every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and holiday at 10 p.m.  through July and August, and every Friday from September 10 to October 8.

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Win a weekend at a Hampton Hotel for 100 of your friends

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Hampton Hotels. All opinions are 100% mine.
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We will be announcing our Stupid Tourist Story Contest winners soon.  There is some internal disagreements of which story is the best.  If you did not get a chance to enter, don’t worry.  Hampton Hotels has just announced the Hampton Chain of Friends Sweepstakes.

Imagine this… Win one weekend for you and 100 of your friend at a Hampton Hotel. That’s practically the entire hotel for you!  The sweepstake is open to residents of the 50 US, DC, Canada (excluding Quebec), UK and Mexico.  You don’t have to be Hilton Honors members or have previously stayed at a Hampton. Plus, there is no purchase necessary.  Not enough? Well, Hampton Hotels will throw in $5,000 to cover the taxes for the weekend.

My hotel of choice would be the Niagara Falls Hampton Inn.   We’d spend the day at the Niagara Falls Waterpark, and all of the Falls Avenue attractions such as Adventure City, the Hershey Chocolate shop, and Clifton Hill. At night we’d watch the Niagara Falls fireworks and spend the rest of the night at the Casino, which is conveniently located directly across the street from the hotel. If I win I’d definitely invite all my friends and a few readers who comment on this post (hint, hint).  But if you win, please put me on your guest list?

Contest Ends:  9/4/2010

Contest Site: Hampton Chain of Friends Sweepstakes Visit my sponsor: Chain-of-Friends Grand Prize

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