Category: Niagara Falls News

Kicking off tourism season Friday

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Tourism officials in Niagara are expecting another solid tourism season as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Jackie Phillip, manager of the two Ontario travel information centres in Niagara, said she has talked to a few tourism officials who expect to see business increase between 10 and 20 per cent.

“If we get a 10 per cent increase across the board I’d be thrilled and I think with Canada’s and Ontario’s 150th, and with the US dollar the way it is and with the internationals that are travelling, I think we can do it,” she said.

Niagara Falls visitors may have been exposed to measles, state warns

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From the Buffalo News:

State health officials have issued an advisory that some people may have been exposed to measles May 11-12 at four locations, including Niagara Falls.

A tourist from India with measles visited the locations, according to the Health Department.

People lacking immunity or who are not sure if they have been vaccinated should contact their physician if they develop measles symptoms, which include fever and rash 10 to 12 days after exposure. Measles is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions.

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Fox 5 NY – Tourist with measles rode Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls; measles exposure warning

The King reigns supreme at Niagara Falls Elvis Festival

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Real estate agent Sylvain Leduc travelled to Niagara over the weekend but it wasn’t to check out the region’s hot real estate market.

The Quebec resident was a competitor in the Niagara Falls Elvis Festival at Greg Frewin Theatre.

Leduc began entertaining family and friends with his Elvis Presley skills when he was just 15.

“I grew up with his music,” he said Saturday as he prepared to take to the stage for the second round of the competition. “It’s almost the only music I’ve listened to all my life.”

While he has performed as an Elvis tribute artist — referred to as an ETA — for decades, he didn’t enter the competition circuit until a few years ago.

Tourism operator credits casino patrol unit

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

An incident that occurred during the long weekend at an attraction on Clifton Hill is just another example of how important the Niagara Regional Police’s casino patrol unit is to the Niagara Falls tourism core, says Niagara Clifton Group president Charlie Burland.

Burland, whose family has owned property on the north side of Clifton Hill for about 90 years, said fire alarms at his haunted house attraction went off around 1:40 a.m. Saturday.

Burland said he has hundreds of security cameras throughout his properties and footage showed one male in a group of young men grabbed a fire extinguisher in the middle of the haunted house and shot it off.

Niagara Falls fireworks

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From CHCH (includes video of the fireworks):

The May long weekend is one of the biggest days for fireworks. Down in Niagara, one man is responsible for creating Canada’s longest running series which kicks off Friday, the first of 70 shows.

For the past 18 years, David Whysall has been the mastermind behind the fireworks series at Niagara Falls. Whysall is a chemist by trade and worked with the British space program early in his career. He moved to Canada in the early 80’s and worked with Hands Fireworks, Canada’s oldest manufacturer of commercial fireworks.

Niagara Falls trolley service starts today (this past Friday)

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

The Niagara Falls Trolley will begin service to guests staying in participating Niagara Falls hotels and motels starting today.

Metro’s Niagara Falls Trolley buses serve Niagara Falls Boulevard, Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls International Airport and downtown Niagara Falls, USA.

Trolley stop signs along the route indicate where riders can board a Metro trolley. Trolley stops in downtown Niagara Falls are located at the Aquarium of Niagara Falls, Seneca Niagara Casino, and Tony Roma’s Restaurant. Service will also be provided to hotels and shops along Third Street, Rainbow Boulevard, and Buffalo Avenue.

Wallenda’s wife plans to hang by her teeth from helicopter over Niagara Falls

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From the Buffalo News:

Five years after her husband walked a tightrope over Niagara Falls, his wife is planning her own teeth-clenching stunt there.

To be precise, Erendira Wallenda, a trapeze aerialist, plans to hang by her teeth from a tether connected to a helicopter flying over the Falls, Niagara County officials announced Tuesday night.

By a 14-0 vote Tuesday, the County Legislature earmarked $35,000 to help pay any costs connected with the spectacle, which local officials hope will draw thousands of tourists like Nik Wallenda’s nationally televised 1,800-feet tightrope walk did on June 15, 2012.

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Skywheel re-opens on Clifton Hill

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Canada’s largest observation wheel is back in business.

The 53-metre-tall Niagara Skywheel re-opened to the public on Thursday after being closed since mid-March due to maintenance work. The court yard kiosk has also been redesigned.

Plans are now underway to install independent LED lighting systems in the hub domes of the Ferris Wheel which opened on Clifton Hill in 2006.

More funding means brighter Niagara Falls event

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From Niagara This Week:

Organizers of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights say extra funding from the city will allow for the festival to expand its programming for the 2017-18 event.

On May 9, city politicians approved a request for $300,000 in additional funding so organizers could expand programming to mark a number of milestones — the festival’s 35th anniversary, along with the sesquicentennial of both Ontario and Canada.

“Not only will this funding allow us to draw more visitors to Niagara Falls but at the same time we can expand our programming which provides locals with a world-class festival right here in Niagara,” said Tina Myers, executive director of the festival.

A Sportsman’s Tale: Did this bass take the fall?

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A fun little story from the Buffalo News:

As a charter captain, I fish the Niagara River a lot – both above and below Niagara Falls.

One thought that goes through everyone’s mind who fishes this mighty river is: How many fish go over the falls … and survive?…

He fought the fish for a few minutes and as I netted it, we could see there was a green tag attached to the back of the fish… I…found out that the bass had been tagged during the Canadian Tire Lake Erie Classic Bass Tournament from October of 2015. According to the tournament director, they tagged and released it in Chippewa Creek – off the Upper Niagara River.

So what accounts for the fish ending up in the lower Niagara? There are two options. It either swam upriver into Lake Erie, took a right and made another right at the Welland Canal, then proceeded to swim the canal to Lake Ontario, take a right and then take another right into the Niagara River, again swimming upriver, or …

It took a short cut and dropped over the falls and ended up just north of Lewiston. I believe it’s the latter.

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