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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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Will the Maid of the Mist be running in 2012?

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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.

Cheer for our Local Team Canada Stars

Niagara Team Canada MembersThe Niagara Ice Dogs are well represented on Team Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championships in 2011-12 with 4 team members. TSN.ca is covering the games so be sure to watch.

Dougie Hamilton

2011-12 Team: Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
NHL Draft: Boston 2011 (1st round, 9th overall)
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Born: June 17, 1993
Height: 6’4Weight: 193Shoots: Right

Twice played for Team OHL in the Super Series against Russia (2010, 2011), recording three assists in two games in 2011.
Attended Canada’s National Junior development camp in August 2011.
Named the OHL and CHL Scholastic Player of the Year in 2010-11.
Twice named an OHL second team all-star (2009-10, 2010-11).
Won a silver medal with Ontario at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Won the Ivan Tennant Award as top academic high school player in 2009-10.

 Freddie Hamilton

2011-12 Team: Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
NHL Draft: San Jose 2010 (5th round, 129th overall)
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Born: January 1, 1992
Height: 6’0Weight: 185Shoots: Right

Player Notes: Played for the OHL in the 2011 Super Series against Russia, recording a hat trick and finishing plus-4 in one game.
Attended Canada’s National Junior development camp in August 2011.
Represented Canada at the 2010 World Under-18 Championship, where he was named a Top 3 Player on his team.
Won a gold medal with Ontario at the 2009 World Under-17 Challenge.
Won the Ivan Tennant Award as top academic high school player in 2008-09.

Ryan Strome

2011-12 Team: Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
NHL Draft: New York Islanders 2011 (1st round, 5th overall)
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Born: July 11, 1993
Height: 6’1Weight: 183Shoots: Right
Twitter: @strome18

Played for the OHL in the 2011 Super Series against Russia, recording two goals and three points in two games.
Attended Canada’s National Junior development camp in August 2011.
Named an OHL second team all-star in 2010-11.
Won a silver medal with Ontario at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, recording two goals and three points in six games.

Mark Visentin

2011-12 Team: Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
NHL Draft: Phoenix 2010 (1st round, 27th overall)
Hometown: Waterdown, ON
Born: August 7, 1992
Height: 6’2Weight: 201Shoots: Left
Twitter: @vizzer29

Backstopped Canada to silver medal at 2011 World Junior Championship, starting four games including the quarterfinal, semifinal, and gold medal game.
.923 SV% was fourth among goalies in tournament and 2.01 GAA ranked third.
Played for the OHL in the 2011 Super Series against Russia.
Attended Canada’s National Junior Team development camp in August 2011.
Named OHL Goaltender of the Year and first team All-Star in 2010-11.
Won a gold medal with Ontario at the 2009 World Under-17 Challenge.

Niagara Falls Tour Top Tour on Tourism TO

Niagara Falls is only 2 hours away from Toronto.  It’s no surprise that Toronto tourists often incorporate a trip to Niagara Falls in their vacation itinerary. Tourism.to, a Toronto Travel website, says that their statistics show exactly that.  This past summer their featured Niagara Falls tour that departs from Toronto, has out sold their Toronto Sightseeing tours. Toronto to Niagara Falls tour

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.

Are you from Canada? Can’t see the video? Continue to see the video from an alternative source… more…

Seattle Visits Niagara Falls

Last week Seattle Dredge, who pens the popular travel blog Seattle’s Travels, visited Niagara Falls.  Check out some of fantastic photos and what she did during her visit.

In our last post, we talked about ways to see Niagara Falls from above. Now it’s time to get up close and personal with North America’s Natural, roaring wonder with views from below, behind and beside. Visitors beware : You ARE going to get soaked!


Discount Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto

Niagara Falls Tour from Toronto

We just learned that NiagaraTours.ca has lowered their prices of Niagara Falls tours from Toronto by $10.  The total price is $69.  That’s a pretty good price considering that the tour includes: pick-up and return from any hotel in Toronto, wine tasting and winery visit, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Floral Clock, the Maid of the Mist or Journey Behind the Falls, and 2 hrs of free time in Niagara Falls.

The deal is only available for tours in August 2011.

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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.

Big Becky Drills Through Niagara Falls (video)


Big Becky, the worlds largest hard rock TBM (14.4m) breaks through into the grout tunnel in Niagara Falls, Canada. Becky has 290m left to tunnel before completing the mining stage of the Niagara Tunnel Project, which will supply water to the Sir Adam Beck Power Station.

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

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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…

East Meets West in Niagara Falls

Alex (Vancouver) and Max (Montreal) live on both ends of the country, East coast and West coast. They film their daily lives and upload a video every weekend. Not only so they can keep in touch with each other but also for the youtubers.  Watch the videos of their visit to Niagara Falls.

Niagara Food & Wine Expo Ticket Giveaway Contest

Come celebrate with us the finest in international food, beer, and wine at the Niagara Food & Wine Expo. Visitors can sample the signature dishes prepared by their favourite Niagara Region Chefs, and discover the perfect bottle of Riesling from one of the neighbouring wineries. This is Niagara’s largest international tasting event!

Where: The  Expo will be held at the newly constructed, state-of-the-art, environmentally designed Scotiabank Convention Centre. Situated in the internationally renowned destination of Niagara Falls, this cutting edge facility is the first of its kind in Ontario and provides a stunning backdrop for this world-class event.

When: May 27 to 29, 2011

General admission tickets are $12.  But we are giving them away for FREE! Want a ticket?  Here is what you have to do:

1. Visit www.niagarafoodandwine.ca

2. Comment on this post and tell us which restaurant or winery you are most excited about visiting at the Expo.

3. Want an extra entry? Retweet this on Twitter ” I want to go to the Niagara Food & Wine Expo @NFWE #NFWE http://bit.ly/lvdKNv ”

We’ll be announcing winners throughout the duration of the Contest.  The contest ends May 17th 2011.

The winners of the Niagara Food & Wine Expo ticket giveaway are:

Dave S, Jenny C, Jennie N.

2 of the winners won by posting a comment on this page and 1 won by tweeting about it on Twitter.

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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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Niagara Falls Glass Bottom Canoe Rides

Niagara Canoe Adventures Inc. is please to announce that they have received regulatory approval to operate a Canoe rentals business in the Niagara River and near the base of Niagara Falls.  Operations will begin May 15th and run through the Summer.  

The Canoe rides are sure to be a hit this summer!  “There is no better way to see Niagara Falls than through a glass bottom canoe” says Tim Brants

The kayak-canoe hybrid is made of the same durable material found in the cockpit canopies of supersonic fighter jets. It’s transparent hull offers paddlers an underwater view of beautiful Niagara aquatic wildlife and scenery.

Canoe rental Prices are a very affordable $25 per hour per person*

Insurance not included in price

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Jet Boat Video

Experience a thrilling whitewater adventure with Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours! The fleet of 7 Wet Jet boats will get you drenched, or you can opt for our Jet Dome and stay dry. The most exhilarating attraction in the Niagara Region!

$23 for a Set-Menu Dinner for 2 at Taki Japanese Restaurant ($49 Value)

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$23 for a Set-Menu Dinner for Two at Taki Japanese Restaurant ($49 Value)

The traditional method for preparing sushi requires slices of raw fish to be held over unlit fires in order to secure that signature “uncooked” flavour. Explore such innovative foodsmithing with today’s Groupon: for $23, you get a set-menu sushi dinner for two at Taki Japanese Restaurant on Victoria Avenue (a $49 value). Taki Japanese Restaurant offers traditional Japanese cuisine in a sleek, modern atmosphere. With today’s deal, duos of diners can pack away piles of tangy teriyaki and crisp, lightly battered shrimp and vegetable tempura while guzzling gallons of green tea and savoury seaweed-stocked miso soup. The meal also includes succulent salads, six dainty rice-wrapped rounds of sushi, and a fresh-baked pastry or goblet of ice cream for dessert. The sleek dark wood and muted lighting of Taki Sushi’s modern interior, whose main dining room can seat a hundred, is the perfect setting for a dinner date or sophisticated samurai food fight.

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Winter Officially Begins at Niagara Parks!
View from Queen Victoria ParkView from Queen Victoria Park

Niagara Parks was pleased to officially welcome winter with the launch of the 28th Annual CAA Winter Festival of Lights this past weekend.

Visit us for the Niagara Falls CAA Winter Festival of Lights, Canada’s foremost illumination festival in spectacular Niagara Falls, Ontario – as we capture the magic of the holiday season November 6, 2010 – January 3, 2011.

The CAA Winter Festival of Lights turns Niagara Parks into a winter wonderland, with over 125 animated lighting displays and 3 million sparkling lights along a 5km route through Queen Victoria Park and Dufferin Islands Nature Area, as well as the new ice skating at the TD Rink at the Brink at Table Rock next to the Horseshoe Falls.

Noah's Ark - Dufferin IslandsNoah’s Ark – Dufferin Islands

There is no admission fee to view the illuminations but donations are gratefully accepted (suggested contribution ($5 – $10 per car), with proceeds used to enhance the lights and displays.

A wintertime visit to Niagara Falls during the CAA Winter Festival of Lights has become a family tradition for over 1 million local residents and visitors from around the world.  We invite you to experience the many events and attractions Niagara Falls and the Winter Festival of Lights have to offer including its newest attraction, the TD RINK at the Brink, opening for the season on December 1, 2010.

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TasteCamp Niagara 2011


TasteCamp is coming to Niagara in 2011.  The concept for TasteCamp is a simple one: getting enthusiastic journalists and bloggers together in a region that is new to them to taste as much wine as possible and speak to as many winemakers as possible over the course of a weekend. Most smaller, lesser-known wine regions in the world would love to get their wines in front new audiences, it can be a challenge. With TasteCamp, the new audience comes to them. This is not a junket — attendees pay their own travel expenses — including for their hotel rooms — and meals. Through generous sponsors, some meals may be deeply discounted.

For recent information on TasteCamp follow: http://tastecampnorth.tumblr.com/

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