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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The gateway to Niagara Falls from the Falls Incline and parking lot has been at the same location for more than a quarter of a century.

So what’s different now? Pedestrians are now delivered to the second floor of Table Rock, instead of the first floor.

Why? For public safety and accessibility.

Prior to the renovations, in order to gain access to Table Rock it was necessary to descend a flight of stairs or navigate a ramp that did not meet accessibility standards.

This delivered you to the edge of a road which during the summer months carries as much traffic as any regional arterial road in Niagara and more than most.

Motorists and pedestrians found the traffic signals in the area confusing. The mingling of tens of thousands of pedestrians and vehicles simply wasn’t safe by today’s standards.

Maid of the Mist could migrate if it loses NPC lease, official says

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

For the 65,000 Koreans George Denning’s company brought to Niagara Falls last year, “Maid of the Mist” was what they knew. He predicted it would be “automatic” if they had to choose between the Maid of the Mist operating on the American side of the Niagara River and a new company running boat tours on the Canadian side, he said.

“The whole thing is the Maid of the Mist. They’re not going to know some other company,” said Denning, a New York City tour operator for Dongbu Travel and Tours, the second-largest travel agency in South Korea.

Maid of the Mist is a name Canada’s tourism industry banks on. The thought of it becoming an American-only experience has city councillors wondering if the provincial government is jeopardizing the industry by inviting other companies to vie for the right to run boat tours from the Canadian shore of the Niagara River.

Head over heels

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From the Globe and Mail:

What a wordsmith! What a work of depth and breadth! What a world newcomer Cathy Marie Buchanan brings to propulsively glittering and gorgeous life in The Day the Falls Stood Still.

Few first novels exhibit the mastery, maturity and majesty of Buchanan’s riveting fictional debut, a heart-wrenching, soul-racking, spell-binding tale interwoven with guts, anguish and glory guaranteed to remain in readers’ minds long after they’ve crossed its devastating finish line.

Commencing in 1915, in this gripping storyteller’s hometown of Niagara Falls, against the backdrop of the full-force arrival of hydroelectricity and the First World War, this almost entirely first-person narrative relates the saga of 17-year-old Bess Heath, the youngest daughter of a once well-heeled family down on its luck.

Falls Avenue Hotels launch Winter Campaign with $250 in Niagara Falls Dining & Attractions Passes

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Along with the email newsletter, there was also a PR Web press release:

A Niagara Falls hotel getaway on Falls Avenue now features $250 in dining and attraction passes as part of the Holiday Magic on Falls Avenue Winter campaign. The popular offer features admission passes for attractions, dining and entertainment venues on the 20 acre Falls Avenue Hotel and Waterpark Complex which is located directly across from Niagara Falls in the heart of the tourist district.

Parks commission has learned a thing or two from Clifton Hill


From the Niagara Falls Review:

If you’re checking out the new Rink at the Brink this weekend, you’ll have no trouble finding it. The Niagara Parks Commission’s new fence running the length of its Table Rock parking lot makes it impossible to miss it.

It turns visitors to the falls into cattle, herding them from the parking lot right into the gift shop of the new Niagara’s Fury attraction -and now, to the temporary rink area.

For locals who don’t regularly go into Queen Victoria Park, a visit to the new Winter Festival of Lights skating rink will be their introduction to the parks commission’s black, iron monster.

The new fence runs along the west side of the Niagara Parkway, from the Canadian Niagara Power building north to the new clock tower and walkway addition to the Table Rock building.

You don’t need an MBA in marketing to see what’s going on here. The parks commission appears to be funnelling everybody who parks in its lot right into its own ticket sales counter, gift shop and restaurants.

Rink ready to rock


From the Niagara Falls Review:

It won’t take long for the city’s newest ice rink to heat up.

A three-month battle of the bands competition starts next Thursday at Rink at the Brink, the new outdoor facility that opened near Table Rock Wednesday.

Rock the Ice Nights will run every Thursday until a champion is crowned Feb. 25, with several career-aiding prizes at stake.

“We went to all the schools in Niagara asking the kids, ‘What do you want to do? What would you like to see down at the Rink at the Brink?'” says Tina Myers, assistant manager of events with the Winter Festival of Lights. “The consensus was live music, food and prizes. So, that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Maid of the Mist under siege

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From the Tonawanda News:

An Atlanta businessman with eyes on the boat tour operation in Niagara Falls has filed a lawsuit in Albany in an effort to force state officials to allow his company to compete against the Maid of the Mist Corp.

William Windsor, whose son owns a tour-ticket company known as Alcatraz Media, announced on Wednesday he has taken legal action against New York State Parks, the Office of the state Comptroller, the attorney general, Gov. David Paterson, former state parks commissioner Ed Rutkowski and Maid of the Mist officials James and Christopher Glynn in an attempt to void the state’s boat service license with Maid of the Mist which has been offering trips on the river below Niagara Falls since 1846.

Magician Frewin stars in CBC Christmas special

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Magician Greg Frewin will star in a CBC Christmas special that will climax with a stunt over Niagara Falls.

Greg Frewin Magic Man: Home for the Holidays will focus on Frewin as he balances family and career while running a dinner theatre. The veteran Las Vegas performer will cap the hourlong show suspended upside-down in a strait jacket over Niagara Falls with “blades of fire” hurtling towards him.

This is what I saw being filmed back in January

The ice is nice: Rink at the Brink is ready for skaters


From the Niagara Falls Review:

The unmistakable sound of winter in Canada -metal cutting into ice -will blend with the roar of Niagara Falls when the Rink at the Brink opens today.

After two weeks of getting it ready, the Winter Festival of Lights attraction will open on Niagara Parks Commission land, creating a new winter attraction festival officials say they hope catches on like skating in New York’s Central Park or in front of Rockefeller Center.

Visiting Canada’s tallest hotel tower

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From Canoe Travel:

As my boyfriend Mauricio and I drove along highway 420 to Niagara Falls, Ont., I could see it in the distance: Canada’s tallest hotel tower, rising 500 metres above the ground and now open at the Hilton Hotel & Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview.

It’s impossible to miss the 53-storey tower as you head into the city. The only thing rising higher than the tower is the mist from the Horseshoe Falls and American Falls, the latter of which mesmerized me from our 32nd floor hotel room window. Though I’ve made several visits to Niagara Falls, the natural wonder always awes me.

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