Family Feud daily calendar – Niagara Falls

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Generally, each year my family purchases a daily calendar for us to read at dinner. We’ve done jokes, trivia about certain TV shows, etc. Last year we had a daily Family Feud calendar. On December 4, the survey question was “Tell me something you associate with Canada”. The number 2 answer was about Niagara Falls.

Massive Mario Kart-style go-kart track now open in Niagara Falls

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From CBC News:

Drivers, start your engines — a massive, roller coaster-like go-kart racetrack is now open in Niagara Falls, Ont.

Tourism company HOCO Limited unveiled its new “Niagara Speedway” attraction on the Clifton Hill entertainment strip this week.

“It’s like go-karts on steroids,” said Harry Oakes, HOCO’s president, in a statement. “You drive on a road course for a portion of the race and then spiral up … to about 40 feet, and then come down a long hill … kind of like the way a wooden coaster would be.”

Niagara Falls continues to grow as tourist destination

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From Buffalo Business First (sometimes the article shows up free, sometimes you need a paid subscription):

On a sunny spring afternoon, Asian tourists climbed off a bus in the Fallsview District of Niagara Falls and made their way toward the iconic waterfalls, many with cameras in hand.

Those who didn’t immediately head to a nearby overview were busy taking selfies near the Fallsview Casino.

Those 40 tourists are symbolic of the more than 14 million people a year who visit Niagara Falls, Ontario. They come not only for the dramatic views but for a growing list of attractions.

A quarter century of Oh Canada Eh?

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From Niagara This Week:

In the 25 years since Oh Canada Eh? has been offering dinner theatre patrons homegrown songs celebrating the Great White North, Eric Hitchcock has had a front seat through a good deal of them.

Now general manager of the Niagara Falls-based theatre, Hitchcock was there for the first show on May 17, 1994 — though just as a member of the audience. With a friend in the show, which features performers singing songs either created or made famous by Canadians, Hitchcock wanted to show his support. By the second performance, however, he was put to work, first at the bar of the venue, then located near Clifton Hill and now on Lundy’s Lane, and eventually all manner of duties.

“Whatever they needed,” he said, “wherever they needed help.”

Raptor shows coming to Niagara Glen

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From Niagara This Week:

A variety of birds of prey will be on display later this month as the Canadian Raptor Conservancy celebrates Father’s Day at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre.

Free live raptor shows will be held June 16 and 17 outside the Niagara Parkway facility.

Fans flock to Comic Con

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From Niagara This Week:

Yondu was in the house and the crowds couldn’t get enough.

Michael Rooker, who played the blue-skinned buccaneer Yondu in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” series, was one the main attractions at Niagara Falls Comic Con.

The 63-year-old actor enjoys meeting with his fans.

Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon a family affair

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From the St Catharines Standard:

It wasn’t fatigue or exhaustion that caused Bernadette Miszk to break down as she approached the finish line at the Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon, Sunday.

Nineteen-year-old daughter Julianne stood at the finish line, waiting to place a medal around her mother’s neck…

More than 1,600 women participated in the half-marathon which wound its way along the Niagara River Parkway and passed by the falls twice before finishing at the Upper Rapids Boulevard parking lot.

About 280 women completed the new 5k run, including Julianne and her twin sister, Emily.

Falls rock scaling operation underway

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From Niagara This Week:

Visitors to Niagara Falls may have noticed a crane dangling workers over the ledge above the lower observation deck of Journey Behind the Falls on Monday.

The workers were chipping away at loose rock in a process called ice-jacking on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls, 13 storeys above the falls basin.

Throughout the winter, water can creep into the crevices of the rock and through the freezing process slowly loosen pieces of rock as the frozen water expands, which then poses a danger to people standing on the observation deck below.

Falls featured in new film opening Friday

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From the St Catharines Standard:

Niagara Falls is the backdrop for an award-winning Canadian drama opening at the Niagara Square Cinemas Friday.

“Mary Goes Round,” the debut feature from Toronto director Molly McGlynn, stars Aya Cash (“You’re the Worst”) as a substance abuse counselor named Mary who loses her job and driver’s license because of a drinking problem. She’s then asked to meet her estranged father in her hometown of Niagara Falls, who is dying and hopes to see her connect with her teenaged half-sister who she has never met.

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