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Grand Opera House Fire

43-45-47-49-51 Ontario Street, St. Catharines, Ontario
This row of shops on Ontario St., known as the Grand Opera House, was also home to a broker and a print shop. Access to the Opera House theatre could be made by walking down a long entrance through 47 Ontario Street. The theatre opened in 1877 and had had several fires before it was demolished in 1998. Here is some video footage of the most recent fire at the location.

Happy Rolphs Petting Zoo 2008

It’s only May and Happy Rolph’s Bird Sanctuary is already flooded with people and the animals seem too full to eat any pellets.

Greg Frewin’s Impressive Twister Trick

Clifton Hill Interviews

This guy takes a walk around Clifton Hill asking people about what they watch on You Tube.

The Real Niagara Falls NY

Ever wonder why Niagara Falls, NY is so ghetto? Here is a brief history.

2 Nights in the Tailrace Tunnel of Niagara

“Behind the raging horseshoe falls of Niagara there lurks a dormant monster, a century old tunnel painstakingly laid brick by brick. There is no recorded tally of its human cost but in 1906 it would be the biggest tunnel of its type in the world. Like the secret hideout of a super villain, it defies belief and comprehension, a secret stronghold behind the crashing waterfall. A rappel through the treacherous bowels of a decrepit powerstation is the single entrance. With great confidence the three foreigners converged upon Niagara Falls wherein they sought adventure and challenge of the highest caliber. Their hearts brimmed with equal measures of excitement and anxiousness in attempting what less than a fistful before them had achieved. Thus it was scribed: the unabridged tale of how Jondoe, Stoop and Dsankt laid their bold plans to conquer the mighty confluence, infamous tailrace tunnel of Niagara.”

Read the whole story of how 3 British Men spent 2 nights in the Tailrace Tunnel in Niagara Falls at SLEEPCITY.NET
Niagara Falls Tunnel
Tailrace Tunnel of Niagara
Hidden Tunnel in Niagara Falls

Stupid Tourist Questions Contest

If you have ever worked in tourism anywhere near Niagara Falls Ontario, you have heard your fair share of stupid questions. The most common ones are “What time does the falls shut off?”, “Are we in Canada yet?” & “How far into Canada do I have to go before we have to drive on the other side of the road?” There are hundreds of stories out there, involving tourists, and I would like to compile a list of them.

1. Submit your story/question below.
2. Use your real email address.
3. Must be or have been a resident of the Niagara Region of Ontario or New York State.
4. If you win, we will contact you by email to get your full name and address.
5. Contest closes on April 29, 2008 at 11:59 pm.
6. The best story wins a $50 gift card to your favourite chain store or restaurant in Niagara.

Good Luck

UPDATE: The voting has begun.

UPDATE: STUPID TOURIST CONTEST 2 IS NOW LIVE

Falls Avenue Promo Video

Blue Ghost Tunnel Part 12

Part 12 of a collection about the Merritton Train Tunnel that runs under the 3rd Welland Canal.

In this video, you can faintly hear what is presumed to be a child recorded on tape. It is in the background as the guy says the word nothing. EVP’s are not always clear when using your computer speakers. Use a good pair of headphones and see if you can hear it.

Also see: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16

Tragedy on the Ice Bridge

It was a bitterly cold February day in 1912. The Ice Bridge, at the bottom of the falls, was crowded with people, most of whom came to the falls on excursion trains.

Without any warning, the formation began to break up. “Red” Hill Sr., a local river man, shouted for everyone to head for the shore. Everyone, except Mr. and Mrs. Eldridge Stanton from Toronto and two men from Cleveland, Ignatius Roth and Burrel Heacock made it to shore. Hill was able to pull Roth off a floe and Heacock could have made it too, but he turned back to assist the Stantons.

Before the ice approached the two bridges over the Whirlpool Rapids, the floe broke into two pieces dividing Heacock from the Stantons. Ropes were sent down from the bridges, but did not make contact with the doomed trio.

People have not been permitted to go on the ice bridges of Niagara Falls since that tragic day.

Scuba Diving The Upper Niagara River

A plate, a bowling ball and lots of fish.

Embassy Suites Promo Video

A short promo video featuring the luxurious Embassy Suites Hotel overlooking Niagara Falls.

A Year Without A Summer

From the book Water Over The Falls by Paul Gromosiak

The year 1816 is known in the Niagara region as “the year without a summer” because there were frosts in June, July, August and September. In May of that year, so much ice from Lake Erie accumulated above the falls that the American and Bridal Veil Falls were just about turned off. It was possible to go to the islands in the upper rapids just by walking on the ice. (There were no bridges to any of the islands at that time.)

Accumulations of ice both above and below the falls have always been an integral part of the process of recession of the falls. The ice breaks up rocks and erodes the gorge and river shores.
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The Daredevil Gallery in Niagara Falls

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

World Cup in the Streets of Niagara Falls

Here is some more video footage from the celebration in the streets after Italia won the world cup on July 9, 2006.

Also check out the Cop Gets Mad For Blaring Horn post.

Just Don’t Say Niagara Falls

A classic three stooges clip about those tragic words.

Beluga Whale Birth At Marineland

On July 19th, 2007, the birth of a Beluga Whale at Marineland was caught on tape.