A CNN iReport has a report about Niagara Falls:

Niagara Falls is truly one of the world’s most popular destinations – every year about 12 million visitors come to this Canadian-US border city in order to take in the stunning panorama of the world’s most famous waterfalls. For many decades, Niagara Falls, Ontario, has also been known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World” – couples in love have come here since the 1800s to tie the knot; and to this day Niagara Falls remains one of Canada’s top destinations for romantic getaways.

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Graham on January 8th, 2015

From the Niagara Falls Review:

New Year’s Eve at Niagara Falls was not only a ratings blockbuster, it was also one of the best nights ever for businesses in the area.

“From what I understand, all the hotels sold out,” said Sarah Vazquez, vice-president of business development and marketing for Canadian Niagara Hotels.

“Talking to the other hoteliers, they all saw a really good New Year’s Eve. I can’t wait for next year’s lineup.”

Canadian Niagara Hotels owns and operates several hotels in the Fallsview Blvd. and Falls Ave. area near Queen Victoria Park, where the free New Year’s Eve concert was held.

“There was lots of hustle and bustle. I would say the city certainly saw growth. New Year’s Eve is always a fantastic night, (the destination has) always been top of mind. This was one of the best ever.”

There have been all sorts of stories with photos that have been out over the last week. In case you haven’t seen them, here are a few to get you started:

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Graham on January 8th, 2015

From Niagara This Week:

While the loonie may be being hit hard on currency markets, it will still be enough to pay for a lot of fun on Clifton Hill for Niagara Falls residents on Sunday.

It’s that one day of the year when Niagara Falls residents can check out some of the museums and attractions on the city’s “Street of Fun” for just a buck. And it’s going to a worthy cause to boot. The Jan. 11 event is the annual Dollar Museum Day for Cystic Fibrosis, which takes place from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

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Graham on January 1st, 2015

WOFL - Fireworks over the Falls

Happy New Year to you all.

I hope you have a successful and prosperous 2015!

Note: Image from the Winter Festival of Lights

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Graham on December 25th, 2014

merry_christmas_2014

Merry Christmas to you all.

I hope you have an enjoyable and safe holiday with your family!

Note: Image from Niagara Falls Tourism.com

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Graham on December 23rd, 2014

From the Buffalo News:

Cha-ching! That was the jubilant sound from across the state last week as politicians began counting up casino cash they hope will soon roll in. The Catskills rejoiced at hitting the jackpot. The Southern Tier was shocked to lose out, and struggling Atlantic City breathed a sigh of relief that New York’s three newest casinos won’t be nearer.

But here’s a hard-luck tale that might make newly anointed casino towns think twice before counting their winnings. It begins with the same hopes for new jobs, boatloads of cash and an opportunity to rewrite the future. It ends, at least for now, with a city still struggling to pay its bills and more reliant on gambling dollars than ever.

It was December 2002, and the doors of the Seneca Niagara Casino were just about to open. The City of Niagara Falls was a tattered tourist destination with a world-class waterfall, a place with as many vacant storefronts as memories of the way things once were. The casino, residents were told, would bring the jobs, construction and city revenue they had been chasing in failed development deals for years.

But there were already signs the fine print wasn’t as good a deal as it could have been for the Falls.

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From the Buffalo News:

Brrr … it’s cold outside, so put on your bathing suit and head for the water. No, I don’t mean outside, I mean head to one of several indoor waterparks that are an easy drive from Buffalo. While all of these waterparks are open year-round, they are especially fun as a winter destination when it’s freezing outside and you’re longing for summertime fun. Most waterparks are kept at a balmy 84 degrees, so they’re a perfect place to warm up on a cold day.

While most people who go to the waterparks are overnight guests at the hotels connected to them, the facilities usually have a limited number of day passes available to those not staying overnight; always call first to check availability if this pertains to you.

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Graham on December 23rd, 2014

For some reason, the International Business Times thinks that Niagara Falls is one of the worst places to visit:

Niagara Falls (Canada – U.S.A border)

There was a time when the Niagara Falls was considered to be among the most romantic destinations in the world. However, along with the rapid growth in the tourism infrastructure of the region, the Niagara Falls suffered explicit commercialisation. The Canadian part of the spot is often criticised for several reasons. Waiting in customs queues and lack of parking facilities can be hassling for many tourists

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