Category: Niagara Falls News

Smartphone app offers virtual tour of Niagara Falls State Park

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From the Buffalo News:

A smartphone app called “The Official Niagara Falls State Park Tour” is now available, according to Delaware North, which operates concessions in the park.

The app, available in the Apple App and Google Play stores, can be used as a tour guide while walking in the park, or a way to check out the attractions anywhere. It includes photos and stories about 17 sites in the state park, as well as an interactive map, videos and links to the gift shop.

Man dies in Niagara Falls after surviving 2003 plunge

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Speaking of daredevils and the risks they take…

From Niagara This Week:

A man who survived a plunge over Niagara Falls without protection in 2003 has died after he went over again, this time inside an inflatable ball.

Police tell the Syracuse Post-Standard the body of 53-year-old Kirk R. Jones was found in the Niagara River by the U.S. Coast Guard on June 2.

Detective Sgt. Brian Nisbet of the New York State Park Police says it’s the same man who became the first person to survive an unprotected plunge over the falls in October 2003.

Nisbet says investigators believe Jones attempted to go over the falls inside a three-meter ball on April 19.

‘If a guy can do it, a girl can do it too’: Daredevil hangs by teeth from chopper over Niagara Falls

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From Canada.com (including video):

A trapeze artist from a renowned family of daredevils hung by her teeth from a helicopter over Niagara Falls today.

The stunt by aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda comes on the fifth anniversary of her husband’s tight-rope walk over the falls.

According to organizers, the chopper hovered about 100 metres above the Horseshoe Falls. Wallenda dangled by her teeth for over 20 seconds, breaking her own husband’s world record.

“It felt amazing. It was a little more windy than I expected it to be, but I just had to put myself back to my backyard and my training,” she said.

When asked what she had to say to young women and girls, her message was one of persistence.

“Never give up on your dreams,” said the mother of three, who noted that she had to put her career as an aerialist on hold to raise her kids. “If a guy can do it, a girl can do it too. We just do it with a little more grace.”

‘Shadow Selfies’ bring life to vacant Niagara Falls storefronts

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

Niagara University students spent Wednesday morning decorating windows of vacant buildings in Niagara Falls.

“So we’ve been working with about 4 or 5 people all morning just taping them up, trying to better the community make it more attractive,” said Jake Martineau, Niagara University student.

Several life-size silhouettes or ‘shadow selfies’ can now be seen on vacant storefronts at the corner of Main and Third street.

“I know overtime that a number of these have been shoe stores, restaurants, closed and shuttered since then. But the idea is hopefully it will spur people to say I’m going to take a chance, I’m going to invest in Niagara Falls,” said Michael Beam, Niagara University Castellani Art Museum Special Projects.

Hotels nearly booked as Niagara Falls prepares for Wallenda stunt

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

It’s expected to be one of the biggest events happening at Niagara Falls this year – Erendira Wallenda will be flying, suspended from a helicopter by her teeth, over the falls.

“For whatever reason, every time there’s this sense of wonder,” said Andrea Czopp, the Communications Director for Destination Niagara USA. “People do all kinds of crazy things for crazy reasons and I think there’s something about the power of this water that ignites an intrigue.”

The stunt is taking place at 8:30am Thursday, June 15.

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Niagara Parks partners with Metrolinx for new Go Train travel package

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Metrolinx and Niagara Parks are teaming up to make it easier for people to experience one of the country’s top tourism destinations.

The provincial transit agency’s seasonal Go Train service from downtown Toronto to Niagara resumes June 23 and, with the new partnership with Niagara Parks, visitors will be able to purchase travel packages that combine a round-trip GO Train ticket with access to the Wego transportation system.

“We are truly excited to be working with Metrolinx on this project as we invite visitors to immerse themselves in the rich history, world-renowned gardens, trails and pathways and breathtaking natural beauty that characterize Niagara Parks and the entire Niagara region,” Janice Thomson, chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission, said Monday at Table Rock.

Erendira Wallenda to dangle by her teeth over Niagara Falls

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From Global News (includes video):

The trapeze-artist wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda is planning her own stunt high above Niagara Falls.

Five years after Nik Wallenda walked over the falls on a high wire, aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda plans to dangle by her teeth from a helicopter as it flies over Niagara Falls.

The one comment that was left on that page at the time I posted this had a one word comment… “Why?” 🙂

Picture-perfect vistas: The 13 most quintessential Canadian landscapes

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From CTV News:

With free admission to Canada’s beautiful national parks being offered this year in honour of the country’s 150th anniversary of confederation and the warm weather fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to dust off your camera and start planning a vacation.
From sweeping grasslands to thunderous ocean tides to craggy snow-covered mountains, Canada’s diverse landscapes offer awe-inspiring vistas for every taste.

#8 is Niagara Falls

$7M Casino Niagara project underway

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Casino Niagara has started the next phase of a $7-million investment it says will “deliver an elevated” gaming and entertainment experience for all visitors.

The current phase of the project focuses on a transformation of the second level into a destination for sports fans, food enthusiasts, entertainment seekers and visitors.

Completion is scheduled for this fall.

The project includes a $3.5 million spend on infrastructure and redesign for a fresh entertainment experience that greets visitors as they walk through the doors.

An additional $3.5 million is being invested in technology and gaming, to offer guests the next generation of gaming.

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Fuhr, Barfield coming to Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Grant Fuhr and retired Toronto Blue Jays star outfielder Jesse Barfield will be in Niagara Falls in June to meet fans, take questions and sign autographs.

Fuhr will be at Ruth’s Chris Steak House June 13 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., while Barfield will be at the Fallsview Boulevard restaurant and lounge within the Four Points hotel June 14 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The appearances are part of the Fallsview Group’s Legends of the Game series, which recently brought former Toronto Maple Leafs fan favourite Wendel Clark and former Blue Jays fan favourite and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar to the city.

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