Tourism agency finalist for awards

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada has shortlisted Niagara Falls Tourism as a finalist in the 2017 Canadian Tourism Awards.

This acknowledgement comes after the success of its summer 2016 #ExploreNiagara social media campaign.

The awards are presented annually by the association and the Toronto Star to recognize success, leadership and innovation in Canada’s tourism industry.

“Niagara Falls Tourism is thrilled to be recognized for a campaign that excelled largely because of its spotlight on our amazing members, who work hard every day to enrich Niagara Falls as a world-class destination,” said Jon Jackson, executive director of Niagara Falls Tourism.

Seal with amputated flipper headed to Niagara Falls aquarium

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From the San Francisco Chronicle:

A harbor seal whose rear flipper had to be amputated after being struck by a boat has recovered and is headed to an upstate New York aquarium…

The injuries make it nearly impossible for the seal to survive in the wild, so center staff arranged to send the animal to the Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls on Friday.

Falls ready to welcome Invictus athletes

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara tourism partners will host hundreds of international athletes and their families next week as part of the upcoming Invictus Games in Toronto.

Up to 500 athletes, family members and coaching staff will take a specially chartered Via Rail train to Niagara Falls on Wednesday for a day-long outing to enjoy the destination’s attractions and activities.

The participants are scheduled to arrive at the Niagara Falls train station on Bridge Street at 11 a.m.

From there, they will board WEGO buses for Table Rock and will have free time to enjoy attractions.

They will depart for the train at 2:30 p.m. for their return to Toronto.

Ontario’s Niagara Parks celebrates 80th Anniversary of Oakes Garden Theatre

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From a Niagara Parks Commission press release seen at Niagara at Large (from September 18):

In a ceremony held today, The Niagara Parks Commission was pleased to rededicate the awe-inspiring amphitheatre, Oakes Garden Theatre, in celebration of the venue’s 80th anniversary.

Oakes Garden Theatre and its associated Rainbow Gardens are outstanding examples of design and architecture created to specifically act as a dramatic gateway to Canada. Influenced by the City Beautiful architectural movement of the mid-20th century, the venue was first opened to the public with an original dedication ceremony held on September 18, 1937.

HAMILTON: Political structure is why Clifton Hill rises, Niagara falls

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Why does the Canadian-side of Niagara Falls develop so much better than the American-side?…

Suddenly, even though neither one of us had made a single step, we both had found ourselves instead of a simple mile away from the Canadian border, we were now may have well been out on the Mexican desert, so far away from yet another reason why the Canadian side looks like it looks in development, and why the American side is little more than the butt of a bad joke.

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