Category: Niagara Falls News

Downtown Wi-Fi program gets a boost from Destination Niagara

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Destination Niagara USA, the renamed tourism bureau of Niagara County, has thrown financial support behind a local push to install wireless Internet equipment on Old Falls Street.

The Wi-Fi pilot program, which would allow up to 4,000 simultaneous users to access the web on their telephones, laptops and tablets, is being driven by the Niagara Global Tourism Institute.

Destination Niagara’s board of directors approved a $50,000 allocation for the initiative over the next two budget years last week, according to Andrea Czopp, the organization’s director of communications.

Niagara leaders pleased with seasonal GO reception

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Metrolinx is on track to hit around 25,000 passenger trips on this year’s seasonal GO train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto.

Spokesman Scott Money said due to a six-to-eight week delay in ridership reporting, Metrolinx is unable to provide 2017 numbers.

However, he said it’s expected the service will see 25,000 passenger trips when the season wraps up on Thanksgiving weekend, just as there were in 2015 and 2016.

“Our Niagara service continues to be very popular with customers,” said Money.

7 Ways To Escape The Everyday In Niagara Falls

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From the Chicagoist:

Niagara Falls is the meeting point of the Canadian and American borders, where two countries collide in the form of a spectacular natural wonder. Almost as spectacular as the thundering water is the excitement, food, and adventure found on the Canadian side of the line.

A trip to Niagara Falls is more than a simple weekend getaway; it’s a way to escape the ordinary and discover Canada’s wild side at its finest. Experience the wonderment of the Falls while embarking on a culinary journey, take a thrilling zipline ride across the river, or simply stand on the Canadian side of the border and wave across the Falls at your American friends while enjoying that sweet, low Canadian dollar.

Niagara Falls is Working with Review Site ‘Yelp’ to Promote City

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From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

Destination Niagara USA recognizes the power of social media and says by connecting with the popular review site ‘Yelp,’ it will help local businesses and tourism in Niagara Falls. Destination Niagara USA is the marketing organization for Niagara Falls and Niagara County that promotes tourism.

OSPCA ‘extremely’ disappointed Marineland charges dropped

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is feeling blindsided after 11 charges of animal cruelty it filed against Marineland were dropped in a Niagara Falls courtroom Thursday.

OSPCA chief inspector Connie Mallory said recent talks with the provincial prosecutor, including an e-mail Wednesday night, showed no indication the charges would soon evaporate.

“It wasn’t what we had anticipated,” she said. “It is extremely disappointing. It takes a lot of resources to do this.”

Soggy weather delays completion of Niagara Falls go-kart coaster

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From Niagara This Week:

While it looks like a new go-kart coaster attraction at the top of Clifton Hill is nearing completion, Mother Nature has played havoc with getting site race ready.

The base of the track, including its ascending corkscrew, have been in place for weeks, but wet weather has delayed the pouring of concrete to finish the job, HOCO director of marketing Joel Noden said.

“There’s been many days where it’s rained or there’s been the threat of rain. There are a lot of slope and curves to the track, so we’ve put off pour days.”

While it was initially thought the attraction, officially named Niagara Speedway, would open this year, Noden said that probably won’t happen.

“Realistically, we’re looking at next spring for a launch date.”

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Marineland Canada Mournfully Reports The Passing Of Our Beloved Beluga Whale Gia

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From the Marineland Blog:

Marineland Canada has received preliminary necropsy results on, Gia, a beluga whale who has called Marineland home since birth.

Gia passed away suddenly at Marineland. Up until her passing, Gia appeared happy, healthy and a well-adjusted member of her pod. Gia was taken care of by a dedicated marine mammal care team that have given hours of care to her each day of her life.

Complete necropsy results will be provided when received.

Fallsview Casino Resort recognized by TripAdvisor

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From Niagara This Week:

Fallsview Casino Resort is flush with positivity thanks to being recognized with five Certificates of Excellence from the travel website TripAdvisor.

Certificates were awarded for the casino’s hotel; its R5, Ponte Vecchio, and 21 Club Steak and Seafood restaurants; and for the casino itself as an attraction.

Certificates of Excellence are awarded to hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. They are based on quality, quantity, and timeliness of customer reviews submitted on the site over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews, and have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Animal cruelty charges dropped against Marineland

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Eleven counts of animal cruelty against Marineland have been withdrawn.

The charges, filed in November and January by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA), were dropped by the Crown Thursday morning at Provincial Offences Court in Niagara Falls.

The charges related to the care of the park’s black bears, elk, deer, peacocks and guinea hens.

The Crown dropped eight of the charges because there was no “reasonable prospect” of conviction. The remaining three were dropped because they were deemed “not in the public’s interest” to pursue.

When contacted afterwards, an OSPCA spokeswoman was unaware of the withdrawal, saying “the decision to drop all the charges was one made by the Crown.

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Turning Off Niagara Falls Could Reveal Geological Secrets

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This is kind of old news, but it has a nice perspective of what might be found if the water stops flowing at Niagara Falls.

From LiveScience.com:

or the first time in nearly 50 years, officials are debating turning off the tap for part of Niagara Falls.

Officials have proposed drying out two of the three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls — American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls — so that workers can repair the aging pedestrian bridges that span the rapids along the river that feeds the falls. (Horseshoe Falls is the third waterfall that makes up Niagara.) The proposed “dewatering” would do more than provide the curious with a rare chance to see the landscape transformed. It could also yield unprecedented insights into the rock-cutting process that is hidden beneath the flow of millions of gallons of water.

Niagara Falls are “very spectacular aesthetically, but they’re not studied a lot geologically,” said Marcus Bursik, a geologist with the University at Buffalo, who is proposing to measure some of the changes in the falls if the water is cut off. The new plan could provide a one-time chance to do some of that geological research, he added.

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