From Niagara at Large:

Niagara, Ontario documentary filmmakers Jon Lepp and Stacey Koudys are working on a documentary they are at least tentatively calling ‘The Paradise Project’ about the growing citizens battle to save hundreds of acres of forest, savannah and wetlands known as the Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls.

Here is a quick note of introduction from Jon, followed by the latest installment of the project.

Graham on August 24th, 2016

From the Niagara Falls Review:

It’s a genuine hit!

As a new and much anticipated Niagara Falls attraction, Wildplay’s MistRider Zipline, which debuted last month, has attracted a massive amount of interest.

Four high-speed parallel lines descend 670 metres into the Niagara River Gorge from Niagara Parks’ Grand View Marketplace near the foot of Clifton Hill.

I haven’t tried it yet — but I hope to.

The idea of going down into the gorge near the falls has appealed to many people over many years. This includes some of Niagara’s earliest visitors.

One of those was Elizabeth Simcoe, wife of John Graves Simcoe, Upper Canada’s (Ontario’s) first lieutenant-governor. The Simcoes were living in what is now Niagara-on-the-Lake at the time.

In her diary entry for Aug. 24, 1795, Elizabeth notes…

From Niagara This Week:

Phil Demers was disheartened when he was sent a video of Zeus, one of Marineland’s walruses last week.

“He’s lost hundreds of pounds,” Demers said. “He should weigh up to 3,000 pounds. I’d be shocked if he weighed 1,000.”

In the video in question, Zeus can be seen in what has become a rare appearance at the park. The 13-year-old walrus moves slowly for a few moments before settling near the edge of the water in the park’s show theatre…

Marineland, meanwhile, said the concerns for Zeus’ health were unfounded and that like all of the park’s animals, it receives proper veterinary care.

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From Niagara This Week:

Niagara Regional Police have arrested three people from Toronto who allegedly passed counterfeit U.S. currency in the Clifton Hill area of Niagara Falls.

On Monday, Aug. 15, police were called to Clifton Hill for a report of a man passing off a counterfeit U.S. $50 bill.

The lone suspect was found by police and arrested. Upon the man’s arrest, police found him to be in possession of several other counterfeit U.S. $50 bills.

Graham on August 19th, 2016

From the Niagara Falls Review:

It’s not just the traditional tourism powerhouses in Niagara Falls that are experiencing a banner summer season.

The smaller mom and pop motels along Lundy’s Lane are also reaping the benefits of a strong U.S. dollar and a weaker Canadian loonie.

“This year we’re seeing at least a 15 to 20 per cent increase in business,” said Max Patel, general manager of the Westlodge Inn & Suites.

“I think it’s the dollar. Canadians are staying on this side because of the price.”

Graham on August 19th, 2016

From CBS News:

Niagara Falls is the latest natural wonder to add a zip line, offering honeymooners and everyone else the chance to take an adrenaline-pumping plunge toward churning mist at speeds topping 40 mph.

The elevated cable rides have evolved from a novel way to explore jungle canopies to almost necessary additions to lure tourists in the 21st century to established destinations. It’s a trend that’s exposed a rift between those who approach nature like contemplative monks and others who require an extreme, Indiana Jones-style experience.

“We can’t make these into museums. We have to keep the general public – the folks that these places have been set aside for – we have to keep them motivated to get out there,” argued Tom Benson, co-founder and chief experience officer at WildPlay Element Parks, which built the Niagara Falls zip line.

From HospitalityNet:

As we find ourselves in this precarious era of global travel and tourism, there is a sense that U.S. summer vacationers are staying just a bit closer to home in 2016. Canada has proven appealing for those who seek a travel experience while still remaining near. Thanks to the f traveling back and forth between Canada and America, many Americans are finding their neighboring country a desirable destination, perhaps more so today than in previous years.

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