Author: Graham

Niagara Falls attractions that won’t leave you over a barrel

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From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Thomas Barnett opened the first museum in Niagara Falls, a concatenation of “natural and artificial curiosities” that drew in the tourists.

It also attracted the envy and competition of Saul Davis, a ne’er-do-well who entered into a competition that ended in gunfire, a death and Davis ultimately buying up the Barnett property.

We can’t promise you a gunfight when you visit Clifton Hill, but the spirit of the hard-sell and the way-out and the look-at-that is a going thing in the Capital of Kitsch.

Niagara Falls: Canadian side overflows with kitsch kitsch


From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Niagara Falls spills 750,000 gallons of water per second down a 167-foot drop in a roar that began when glaciers melted 10,000 years ago.

Tourists come by the millions, stare into the white mist, and marvel at one of the wonders of the world. Then they have wonders of their own: What to do next?

As Nick Ramunno, who oversees a hall full of wax rock stars there for the staring at, puts it: “You need something else besides the Falls. You can only look at the Falls so long.”

That’s when it’s time to climb Clifton Hill.

Judith: Clifton Hill

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Someone with a Blogger blog posted about a recent trip to Niagara Falls:

The streets near Niagara Falls remind me of the Edmonton Ex. Wall to wall families, lots of weird things to see and buy, but generally a fun atmosphere. It obviously is a family vacation destination.

Twitter updates for 2009-08-01

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  • – This was taken in Oakes Garden Theatre as they were setting up for the Friday night concerts… #
  • – My wife looked up at this and said her palms were getting sweaty just looking at it. She's afraid of heights. #
  • My wife and I came down to Clifton Hill last night to get some CrunchiCreme ice cream. Weather was great. Loads of people around. #

Twitter updates for 2009-07-31

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  • I could smell the chicken wings cooking while walking past Wild Wing at the @BaymontNiagara today #
  • Yesterday I mentioned all of the people around. Going in/out of the city, the traffic is heavier, too. Don't worry, things are moving well. #
  • We're going into the "Civic Holiday" weekend here in Ontario (and other places in Canada). #
  • The Dave & Buster's sign is spinning again. I noticed this morning that the DQ sign spins faster… #

Ticketing the world

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Most drivers hate getting a parking ticket, but the majority of people who receive them in Niagara Falls do pay for their fines.

Even those who live out-of-province or in the United States, which are sometimes much harder to collect.

“Most people are pretty good about it,” said Sue Wheeler, manager of parking operations for the city of Niagara Falls.

In 2008, a total of 26,280 tickets were given out which equals roughly $556,000 in revenue.

Twitter updates for 2009-07-30

  • I'm craving a Chicago-cut Striploin from Canyon Creek Chophouse in the Galleria at Fallsview Casino. Yummy! #
  • I have no idea whether business levels are back up or not, but it sure seems like there are more people around now than a month ago #
  • I've been a little slow in getting some posts up lately. Sorry, but my home was robbed on Tuesday and I've been busy dealing with insurance #
  • I can't believe the number of people who walk around with the Niagara Parks passes around their neck (attached to a lanyard). #

anoobhooti: CANADA

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Someone with a Blogger blog posted about a recent trip to Canada (including Niagara Falls… with pictures):

Another marvellous view of the falls, with the maid of the mist boat right in the middle. The maid of the mist boat is the most popular ride there, which takes you right in the centre of the falls and this experience of being there for few minutes is simply mindblowing.

Twitter updates for 2009-07-29

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  • I've been looking for license plates again this year, but haven't seen any new ones. Check out the hunt at #
  • For the first time that I can remember, Capish Hip Hop was closed today during the day (or at least the lunch hour). #
  • The Dave & Buster's sign on the corner of the building hasn't been spinning all the time like it was when it first was put up #
  • I don't know if this is evidence of "stay-cations", but there are loads of Quebec license plates around! #

Alexissonfire music video

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I first heard about this on the Clifton Hill blog

Apparently Alexissonfire has a new song out called “Young Cardinals”. The video was filmed here in Niagara Falls on Maid of the Mist. They’ve posted a YouTube video of behind the scenes shots. Note: You have to click the HQ button in order to hear the proper audio.

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