Graham Wing on October 24th, 2014

Occasionally I have a regular reader send me in his thoughts/observations about Marineland. Like a lot of people, he is conflicted about the park. He has great memories and see so much potential, but the current situation just doesn’t seem right.

Here are some of his comments:

I still check the park periodically via social media and such as I haven’t been to the park in ages… I’m hoping to go for the 2015 season!

But here’s a recap of the 2014 season:

  • In March 2014 there was a bulldozer spotted behind Friendship Cove’s area

  • Peanut and her calf from 2013 passed away during the winter 2013-2014

  • Kelowna’s 2nd calf passed away in the winter 2013-2014

  • Kiska began play sessions with toys since May-June

  • Isis, Acadia, Aurora, Skyla, Rose and Talia were pregnant this year; all have given birth to healthy calves but Talia whom is still expecting or a stillbirth occurred (unconfirmed)

  • Belyi, the park’s first beluga passed away in August

  • Rain and Charmin are the only wild caught females who haven’t gotten pregnant yet.

  • Deadmau5 letter to the park… I personally want to take over MLC in a heartbeat but I can’t icon sad

Note: These are just his observations and I have presented them as is. I do not know how accurate they are, and have not tried to confirm anything.

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Graham Wing on October 24th, 2014

Someone wrote into the Kiama Independent (in Australia) and asked about driving from New York City to Niagara Falls and back. It is a short response, but mentions what is probably a very scenic route.

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Graham Wing on October 23rd, 2014

From Niagara This Week:

It is a time of change for the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights.

After years of adding events, organizers are pulling back a little with the festival acting more as an umbrella organization for the city’s annual winter celebration.

“We have a new strategic plan and a new board,” said WFOL co-chair Brian Crow said.

In what will be a year of transition, new illuminations are on the way, and Crow is excited for what the future holds for the festival.

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Graham Wing on October 23rd, 2014

From Yahoo! Canada Celebrity:

Deadmau5 may have sold his Purrari, but he has some new animals on his mind. The Niagara Falls native has come out in protest of his hometown’s theme park and aquarium, Marineland, for keeping animals captive.

On Monday, the 33-year-old music producer wrote a blog on his website entitled “Deer Marineland,” urging the park’s owner, John Holer, to remove the park animals and keep the rides.

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Graham Wing on October 23rd, 2014

The website Gizmodo recently had an interesting article about the history of buildings that spin. Many buildings were specifically talked about along with a photo. The Skylon Tower was only briefly mentioned.

Have you ever eaten at their revolving dining room? I haven’t, but would love to give it a try…

Graham Wing on October 22nd, 2014

From the St Thomas Times Journal:

Halloween doesn’t have to be a spooky, scary time. These 10 Halloween events and destinations are family-friendly so even the youngest member of your group can enjoy this fun time of year.

This article is actually a couple of years old, although it just showed up in my news feeds. It is a slideshow of the 10 locations, an includes the Great Wolf Lodge.

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Graham Wing on October 22nd, 2014

From a CNW press release seen on Yahoo! Canada Finance:

On Friday, October 10, 2014 Marineland welcomed the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Zoo Inspection team for another of its regular and thorough inspections of all of our land animals, marine mammals and facilities. We are pleased to report that no issues of concern were identified and the inspection was successful.

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Graham Wing on October 22nd, 2014

if you build it they will come infographic

The Man on the Lam blog has a blog post called If You Build it, They Will Come which has an infographic that is “a look at the biggest proposed construction projects in Canada that never happened”. It has an Expedia logo at the top of the infographic. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but there is an item mentioning “Disney Niagara”

As far back as 1963 Walt Disney considered building a Disney attraction on the Niagara Falls site…

You can click through to the site to read the rest of the blurb.

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