Graham on May 20th, 2016

The Niagara Falls Review had a decent article about the changes happening on the HOCO Entertainment & Resorts property on Clifton Hill.

At the request of @chuckfromcanada on Twitter, I’ve taken some pictures so you can see what’s been going on. You can click on each photo to get more details about it.

Overall the site is looking good.

  • It is much cleaner than it was. The new parking lot is huge and there is no gravel parking now. It is all paved.
  • Kelsey’s is open and is now called Kelsey’s Roadhouse. I’ve been inside and it is gorgeous! The patio is still being worked on.
  • Ripley’s (I didn’t take any pictures) is open and supposedly is much bigger than it was.

It looks like everyone is ready for a busy summer!

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Graham on May 30th, 2016

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Fonz will be in the house.

So will Mini-Me, the Hulk and Johnny Drama. They’re all part of the city’s biggest pop culture bash, taking over the Scotiabank Convention Centre June 3 to 5. And for Chris Dabrowski, co-organizer and co-founder of the Niagara Falls Comic Con, it never feels like work.

Even when it’s a massive amount of work.

“For the event to be successful, you have to be a fan at heart,” he says. “It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s fun work.

“You get caught up in the moment. I have as much fun seeing a fan meeting their favourite celebrity for the first time at a table…just to see the smile on their face. It’s rewarding.”

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Graham on May 30th, 2016

I recently received the latest email newsletters from the Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls – Fallsview. It seems exactly the same as the one I posted last week.

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Graham on May 30th, 2016

From Niagara Frontier Publications:

One of the greatest attractions on Earth is less than 15 minutes from your backyard.

It’s a wonder of the world, located within America’s oldest state park.

And you’re missing out on it.

“The thing that amazes me every day is that every day there are people here who save money their whole lives to come here – from around the world,” said Angela Berti, APR, marketing and public affairs officer for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Locally, “We get all these people that just – they take it for granted,” Berti said. “And at the same time, people are saving to come from China and India. And we need to respect that, and take more advantage of it.”

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Graham on May 30th, 2016

I can’t remember where I saw this one…

This is a map that was created in 1961 by the Army Corps of Engineers of Niagara Falls.1961_acoe_niagara_falls_map_01

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It doesn’t show any street names, but shows a lot of the hydro power water intakes, as well as a few of the important places in either city.

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From the Globe and Mail:

Oscar Wilde, Richard Nixon, Pierre Trudeau, Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill, Shirley Temple, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Charles Blondin, Wild Bill Hickok, Laura Secord, H.G. Wells, Charles Dickens, Helen Keller, Sir Harry Oakes, Jimmy Stewart, Princess Diana …

Bit characters all – in a story in which the main character has always been and will always be: the Falls.

Those famous names, with one notable exception, were all as impressed in their day by Niagara Falls as will be the millions of visitors who come this year to stare in awe at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Helen Keller, who could not see and could not hear, experienced the falls through her hands. She was so moved by the vibrations she could feel on a hotel windowsill that she told her mother: “One feels helpless and overwhelmed in the presence of such a vast force.”

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From ABC News:

Tourists visiting Niagara Falls will soon have a new way to see the sites.

The new “Discover Niagara” shuttle service will offer transportation from Niagara Falls State Park to 14 destination sites along the 14-mile route to Old Fort Niagara, located where the Niagara River empties in Lake Ontario.

The Discover Niagara fleet of vehicles starts running on Thursday and will be free for the first year. There are two trolleys and two small buses that are equipped with bicycle racks.

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Graham on May 27th, 2016

From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Niagara Falls land where a $1-billion development is proposed to be built could be used as a provincial pilot project for biodiversity offsetting.

The 486 acres of property near Thundering Waters Golf Club includes 13 acres of provincially-significant wetlands that must be addressed before the massive development can proceed.

Niagara Region’s planning and development committee put its support behind the pilot project Wednesday, calling on the province to allow for biodiversity offsetting on the property.

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Graham on May 27th, 2016

At the same store where I saw the old Niagara Falls panorama from 1913, I saw this old map.

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They had a small area of the larger map that was specifically for the Niagara area.

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It’s interesting to see that there were traffic circles on the QEW at that point. What would become Highway 420 was built at that point, but was not called by that name. it wasn’t until into the late 60’s and early 70’s that it became Highway 420. I think Roberts St and Newman Hill are what you are on when you drive through the lights at Stanley Ave and drive down the hill to the Rainbow Bridge.

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Graham on May 27th, 2016

From the Niagara Falls Review:

All signs point to a perfect summer tourism season in Niagara Falls.

Redeveloped and new attractions, a favourable U.S. currency exchange and weather forecasts, and the first good indicator: One of the best Victoria Day long weekends in recent memory.

“I heard at least one person say that he felt he was 30 per cent up from last year on the holiday weekend,” said Niagara Falls Tourism chairman Wayne Thomson.

“That is unheard of. It was probably one of the best ones we’ve had.”

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