Graham on July 21st, 2016

From Niagara This Week:

The natural wonder that is Niagara Falls has been viewed from about just about every angle and every way, but a B.C. company has found one more way to experience the falls.

“The common denominators is that it’s exhilarating,” said WildPlay Niagara general manager Rich Merlino.

The MistRider Zipline to the Falls held a media launch Wednesday, July 20, inviting media from across the globe, politicians and dignitaries to try out the 670-metre-long zipline that takes riders through the Niagara Gorge towards the famous Horseshoe Falls. The zipline gives people another way to view both the Canadian and American falls.

Speaking at the launch MP Wayne Gates called the zipline just one more reason to people will want to come to Niagara Falls and the entire Niagara region.

“Come for the falls, stay for the hospitality,” he said.

Graham on July 21st, 2016

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At another store, I recently saw this book called Visions of Canada. It is a collection of stories and essays about different parts of Canada. The section about Niagara Falls is from novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne‘s visit in 1832 (but not published until 1835).

Oh, that I had never heard of Niagara till I beheld it! Blessed were the wanderers of old, who heard its deep roar, sounding through the woods, as the summons to an unknown wonder, and approached its awful brink, in all the freshness of native feeling. Had its own mysterious voice been the first to warn me of its existence, then, indeed, I might have knelt down and worshipped. But I had come thither, haunted with a vision of foam and fury, and dizzy cliffs, and an ocean tumbling down out of the sky–a scene, in short, which nature had too much good taste and calm simplicity to realize. My mind had struggled to adapt these false conceptions to the reality, and finding the effort vain, a wretched sense of disappointment weighed me down. I climbed the precipice, and threw myself on the earth–feeling that I was unworthy to look at the Great Falls, and careless about beholding them again…

All that night, as there has been and will be, for ages past and to come, a rushing sound was heard, as if a great tempest were sweeping through the air. It mingled with my dreams, and made them full of storm and whirlwind. Whenever I awoke, and heard this dread sound in the air, and the windows rattling as with a mighty blast, I could not rest again, till, looking forth, I saw how bright the stars were, and that every leaf in the garden was motionless. Never was a summer-night more calm to the eye, nor a gale of autumn louder to the ear. The rushing sound proceeds from the rapids, and the rattling of the casements is but an effect of the vibration of the whole house, shaken by the jar of the cataract. The noise of the rapids draws the attention from the true voice of Niagara, which is a dull, muffled thunder, resounding between the cliffs. I spent a wakeful hour at midnight, in distinguishing its reverberations, and rejoiced to find that my former awe and enthusiasm were reviving.

Gradually, and after much contemplation, I came to know, by my own feelings, that Niagara is indeed a wonder of the world, and not the less wonderful, because time and thought must be employed in comprehending it.

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Graham on July 20th, 2016

You may recall that Brick City used to be on Clifton Hill (in the old Adventure Dome). It was operated by Niagara Clifton Group. However, after a fire in 2014, it was closed, and eventually the building was demolished. I hadn’t heard anything about the Brick City attraction, so I assumed that it was gone forever. However, the other day I was walking up Oneida Lane (off of Clifton Hill… the same street where Mystery Maze is) and there was a building beside the Upside Down House called Brick City. What?!

They don’t seem to have a real web page, but they do have a page on Facebook. It looks like the re-opened in April. I’m surprised I never heard about this.

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Earlier this week I received the latest email newsletter from Safari Niagara.

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Graham on July 19th, 2016

First off, let me say that I have no desire to get into this game at all… I just installed the app so I could see what creatures were around Niagara Falls. I really don’t understand the interest people have in this, but I guess we’re all different 🙂

Well, I installed Pokémon Go on my Samsung Galaxy S7 and right away there was a creature nearby. Apparently I found Charmander. This was near the Niagara SkyWheel and Dinosaur Adventure Golf.

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Graham on July 19th, 2016

From the Niagara Falls Review:

After withdrawing its concerns about Niagara Parks Commission’s new zipline last year, Preserve Our Parks is having “second thoughts” now that it’s up and running.

Group spokesman James Bannister says members will meet July 26 to discuss concerns about the attraction, which opened to the public last Friday. Bannister says some members of Preserve Our Parks feel “misled” after a meeting with parks commission members last year.

“Looking at it from River Road, it’s not terribly esthetically pleasing,” he says, referring to the tower at Grand View Marketplace where riders get strapped in for the 660-metre descent into the Niagara Gorge.

“The tower (already) there was not a bad looking building — a structure you could climb up and look out over the falls. Then all of a sudden it gained about another storey in height, which is basically just steel and cables.”

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