Author: Graham

GO trains roll into Niagara Saturday


From the Niagara Falls Review:

After years of clamouring to get on the GO train, Niagara finally gets on board Saturday morning, though with 36 hours before the first train’s arrival there aren’t many signs of the debut of a much-anticipated service.

On Thursday, there weren’t many signs at the Bridge Street station indicating the debut of a new, much-anticipated rail service between Niagara Falls and Toronto. There’s no green-and-white GO logo anywhere to be seen.

“What you see is what you get, honey,” said a woman working in Via Rail’s ticket counter when asked if there have been many modifications.

Save the Date and Ring in the New Year Marriott Style!

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On Wednesday I received the latest newsletter from the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa.


You can subscribe to the newsletter by clicking on the Special Email Offers link on the side of the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa main page.

PHI Properties Inc. Completes Conversion of the Travelodge Niagara Falls to the Baymont Brand’s First Property Outside the U.S.

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From a press release seen on

At a time when news reports are focused on the challenging economic climate, the Baymont brand, one of North America’s fastest growing hotel chains known for its hometown hospitality, continues to grow to meet consumer demand with the opening of its first hotel outside of the U.S.: the 59-room Baymont Inn & Suites® by the Falls hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Owned and operated by PHI Properties Inc., the recently renovated hotel marks a significant achievement in the growth of the Baymont brand, which, since joining the Wyndham Hotel Group family in 2006, has almost doubled the size of its portfolio to more than 225 hotels.

Hypnotist Dave Curran live at the Niagara Falls Hard Rock Club

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From a press release I saw on

Niagara Falls Hard Rock Club is pleased to announce that Dave Curran, the Bad Boy of Hypnosis, will be performing every Friday from July 3, 2009 until September 11, 2009.

Dave Curran is a comedian and hypnotist that use his comedic improv background into a hilarious hypnotic event that utilizes the audience in this entertaining act.

Kool Katts Caribbean Restaurant & Juice Bar


Last year in the lot at the corner of Fallsview Blvd and Robinson St there was a carnival truck that sold cotton candy and other treats. I haven’t seen that one yet, but yesterday there was another food truck there. It was from Kool Katts Caribbean Restaurant and Juice Bar (their storefront is at 6383 Drummond Rd, 905-358-0258).
Note: Even though the web site was on the truck, it doesn’t seem to work.


Daredevils get new digs

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

In a city full of museums, it’s one that’s often overlooked.

But you’ll be hard pressed to find one more fascinating.

This weekend, the Daredevil Gallery inside the Niagara Falls IMAX Theatre gets a long overdue makeover. For weeks, Toronto company BaAM Productions has been souping up the historic collection, adding more video, more stories and more pizzazz.

General Manager Gil Perez feels it will shed new light on one of the city’s claims to fame.

“We’ve got the world’s largest collection of barrels that have actually gone over the falls, (but) we were displaying them in a low key way throughout the lobby,” he says.

“We’ve decided to take these barrels, put them in their own separate space, and really do some good interpretive research to provide a much better experience to people visiting our theatre.”

I had no idea they were doing this. I will definitely go next week and take some pictures!

Jury Duty Tour: Vaughn & Niagara Falls

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From a blog on the Much Music web site:

Jeah! Darrin Rose here, alongside Eddie Della Siepe. Our Video On Trial Jury Duty stand-up tour brought us to Niagara Falls last week. Niagara Falls is awesome. It’s like a mini-Vegas, minus the Cirque De Soleil and the hookers. But I’ve been assured they’re working on it.

The big attraction in the Falls – besides, y’know, the Falls – is Clifton Hill, a street filled with tourist attractions, wonderment, and drunk teenagers from New York state. Since the drinking age in Ontario is 19, and the drinking age in New York is 21, you can’t swing your arms on Clifton Hill without hitting an American high school cheerleader stumbling in her high heels, or a 20-year-old dude in an Abercrombie and Fitch t-shirt high fiving his buddies while laughing at their buddy puking. It’s pretty classy.

But sliding though the drunken fracas to the attractions is worth it!

Not a very fair depiction of Clifton Hill, but it would probably still be appealing to the MM crowd.

Niagara Fallsview Boulevard Welcomes the Tallest Hotel Tower in Canada at Hilton Fallsview

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From a press release seen on Hospitality Net:

Niagara Fallsview Boulevard adds yet another upscale offering to its ranks with the opening of the new tower at the Hilton Hotel & Suites Fallsview. With the addition of the new tower, Fallsview Boulevard now boasts the tallest hotel tower in Canada with 53 stories.

Twitter updates for 2009-06-24

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  • I've contacted the new Baymont Inn & Suites (former Lodge Inn & Suites) and hope to post an interview later this week or early next week #
  • I mentioned yesterday about Best Western Fallsview and the new pixel board on one side. Well, they also have one on Fallsview Blvd side, too #
  • Dave &Buster's whitewash is off windows; woman was vacuuming; & music playing outside (Britney Spears' If U Seek Amy). Must be opening soon! #
  • There seems to be a lot of people around today of all ages speaking French. I wonder if there was some big trip special… #
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