- Even with the beautiful weather, I haven’t seen any restaurant patios open yet. #
- There is a helicopter hovering near the American Falls. It is surprisingly low #
- Tonight I’m going to the Scotiabank Convention Centre for the first time. We’re taking the kids to see Busytown Busy. Should be fun! #
- The crocuses are up along the Niagara Parkway in Queen Victoria Park http://t.co/RAWitV1f #
- What a beautiful day. It’s a great way to start the weekend in Niagara Falls #
- I just saw a man chasing his hat down Murray St hill. Yes, it is quite windy today… #
A lot of the local hotels have packages that include local attractions. A common package includes passes to Marineland. I received an email recently from the Doubletree Resort Lodge & Spa Fallsview with information about a new Marineland package they have:
This summer create long lasting family memories at Marineland, in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Doubletree Resort Lodge & Spa Fallsview offers a Marineland Family Package which includes; one night stay in selected room type, one $50 voucher for Buchanans Chophouse (on-site), two adult and one child (5-9 years of age) one day admission to Marineland Canada (2 miles away, transportation not included) Child 0-4 free admission. No refund on unused portion(s).
The package is live on the Doubletree Resort Lodge & Spa Fallsview web site, under Hotel Specials.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
It’s no secret that given the economic uncertainty in 2008, this year is expected to be a soft – read lousy – year for tourism.
Gasoline prices are through the roof and they are expected to go even higher this summer. Food prices are also increasing, thanks in large part to the higher costs associated with gasoline and oil.
When people spend more on the essentials, they have less to spend on their holiday. One U.S. study has concluded that American families planning to take a summer vacation is at a 30-year low. It’s no wonder.
U.S. soldiers are dying in Iraq. The economy is in the tank.
Yet, despite the doom and gloom, there is still reason to be optimistic about the future of the tourism industry in Niagara Falls.
It’s nice to have an optimistic article every once in a while…
Since the arrival of Casino Niagara, Niagara Falls has changed immensely. Perhaps the quickest change was in the food & beverage industry in the city. Almost right away “brand-name” restaurants came into the city. It started with Planet Hollywood and the Hard Rock Cafe and continues today. One of the more recent ones has been the Rainforest Cafe. You can’t miss the entrance to it… there is a giant volcano near the bottom of Clifton Hill! They often will have someone out in the plaza area with a snake, and there is a small shark exhibit in the souvenir shop.
I’ve scanned their promotional leaflet and included the text below:
Front of leaflet:
Free Shark Exhibit
Under the Volcano
On Clifton Hill
with a merchandise purchase of $15 or more.
Back of leaflet:
Your advenure begins here…
An adventure in casual dining
80 foot erupting volcano
Live shark (FREE) exhibit
Animatronic elephants & gorillas
Daily live animal encounters
From the Rainbo Bridge:
Take the first right immediately after customs. Turn left on Hiram, and left again on Ontario.
From QEW/Hwy 420:
Take QEW to 420 toards the Rainbow Bridge and “The Falls” to Falls Avenue.
Located at Clifton Hill & Falls Ave.
5875 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls,
Ontario, Canada L2E 6W7
One per customer. No cash value.
I have also created a PDF file of the leaflet if you’d like to download it and see it in full size/colour. You can download it here:
Rainforest Cafe leaflet
This was almost exactly the same as the last version. The back is exactly the same. The front used to have a picture of 2 kids with a snake wrapped around them. Now there is a picture of the volcano. You can see the older leaflet here.
You can see pictures of the Rainforest Cafe in the AccessNiagara Rainforest Cafe Image Gallery (remember, the pictures never look as good as the real thing).
The Canada Trading Company store that was in developement on Clifton Hill over the past few months is now open. It looks like they are still working on getting the store 100%, but they are open for business.
It looks like the Niagara Skywheel opened sometime last night and is now taking passengers!
Niagara Falls was featured in today’s Ripley’s Believe it or Not!:
“Hyrdroelectric plants in the Welland River, near Niagara Falls, Ontario, cause the direction of the river to temporarily reverse during electric generation.”