Category: Niagara Falls Attractions

    Marineland attributes deaths of two deer to activist-triggered stampede

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Marineland has temporarily closed its deer park after officials say two people intentionally caused the animals to stampede Saturday, resulting in the deaths of two deer.

    In a news release issued Sunday, the tourist attraction said “we are deeply disturbed by the shocking incident.”

    “This has never happened before and our guests have always, as a general rule, behaved responsibly in the deer park,” the statement read. “We are all upset by this terrible act against innocent animals. In order to protect our animals, we are closing the deer park to make modifications to prevent this type of incident from ever happening again.”

    Opening day brings addition to fence for Marineland

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A familiar sight will be awaiting Marineland when it opens for its 58th season Saturday: Protestors.

    But those protestors will be seeing something different: A long, blacked-out section of the fence dividing the property from Portage Road. It spans the grounds where protestors are legally allowed to gather, in the area across from the Rapidsview parking lot.

    Maid of the Mist to launch battery-powered, zero-emission vessels

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The Maid of the Mist is going green.

    The U.S. company which has been navigating the water of the lower Niagara River for the past 134 years has announced it plans to launch two battery-powered, zero-emission passenger vehicles later this season.

    New support ropes installed for Whirlpool Aero Car

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    From Niagara This Week:

    When you’re 103-years-old, a little surgery is inevitable.

    In the case of the Whirlpool Aero Car, one of the oldest tourist attractions in Niagara Falls, it’ll be a major upgrade to the support ropes that have brought millions of people across the Niagara Gorge.

    Though just one of the six support ropes needed to be replaced, work has been going on since January to replace all of them.

    Massive Mario Kart-style go-kart track now open in Niagara Falls

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    From CBC News:

    Drivers, start your engines — a massive, roller coaster-like go-kart racetrack is now open in Niagara Falls, Ont.

    Tourism company HOCO Limited unveiled its new “Niagara Speedway” attraction on the Clifton Hill entertainment strip this week.

    “It’s like go-karts on steroids,” said Harry Oakes, HOCO’s president, in a statement. “You drive on a road course for a portion of the race and then spiral up … to about 40 feet, and then come down a long hill … kind of like the way a wooden coaster would be.”

    A quarter century of Oh Canada Eh?

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    From Niagara This Week:

    In the 25 years since Oh Canada Eh? has been offering dinner theatre patrons homegrown songs celebrating the Great White North, Eric Hitchcock has had a front seat through a good deal of them.

    Now general manager of the Niagara Falls-based theatre, Hitchcock was there for the first show on May 17, 1994 — though just as a member of the audience. With a friend in the show, which features performers singing songs either created or made famous by Canadians, Hitchcock wanted to show his support. By the second performance, however, he was put to work, first at the bar of the venue, then located near Clifton Hill and now on Lundy’s Lane, and eventually all manner of duties.

    “Whatever they needed,” he said, “wherever they needed help.”

    Raptor shows coming to Niagara Glen

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A variety of birds of prey will be on display later this month as the Canadian Raptor Conservancy celebrates Father’s Day at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre.

    Free live raptor shows will be held June 16 and 17 outside the Niagara Parkway facility.

    Angels pitching in $3M for Titanic project

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    From Niagara This Week:

    More than a year after first floating the idea, plans to build a Titanic museum in Niagara Falls are steaming ahead with no icebergs in site.

    Fuelled with a $3-million commitment from the Niagara Angel Network, proponents of the attraction hope to welcome aboard their first passengers by the middle of next year.

    While celebrating investments made in the past three years totalling just more than $12 million to help establish 29 businesses including several in Niagara, Angel Network executive director Terry Kadwell also announced plans to pitch in for the Experience Titanic interactive museum planned for Niagara Falls.

    OSPCA threatened Marineland’s ‘extinction’: Lawsuit

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Marineland’s $21-million lawsuit against the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is the result of “injuries and damages, including special damages” suffered as a result of the animal welfare organization’s animal cruelty charges laid against the park.

    In a statement of claim obtained by Niagara Falls Review this week, Marineland accuses the OSPCA of “malice” towards the park, bowing to pressure from the “animal activist community” to lay animal cruelty charges in January and last November in order to please its donors.

    “In addition, through its press releases and public statements … the OSPCA has threatened Marineland with effective extinction,” says the 34-page statement of claim, filed on Oct. 24 in St. Catharines.

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