Category: Niagara Falls News

    Rescue seal at Aquarium of Niagara gets new name, fresh start

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    He’s feisty, playful, and a bit of flirt.

    You’d never guess by looking at 1-year-old Stryker that the Harbor Seal pup almost lost his life.

    He was hit by a boat in New Jersey earlier this year and needed one of his back flippers amputated.

    Because he’s no longer able to survive on his own in the wild, he was brought to the Aquarium of Niagara.

    New attraction at Cave of the Winds highlights larger redevelopment of Niagara Falls park

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    From 88.7 WBFO:

    A new attraction has opened at the Cave of the Winds in Niagara Falls, offering guests a year-round facility to learn about the natural wonder’s history. It’s also the latest completed project in an overall $70 million investment to update Niagara Falls State Park.

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    Niagara Falls shouldn’t build new convention center for at least 6 years, consultant says

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A Minneapolis consulting firm says Niagara Falls shouldn’t bother erecting a new multi-use facility for sports, conventions and concerts until it beefs up its off-season tourist attractions.

    The draft report, obtained by The Buffalo News, says the city and Niagara County should wait at least six years to wait for investments in new attractions to bear fruit before considering such a facility.

    Festival of Lights goes bigger, brighter for 35th year

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Winter Festival of Lights turns 35 this year, but for organizers the challenge is making it feel born again every year.

    So expect more new wrinkles, displays and events when the two-month festival kicks off Nov. 18, says executive director Tina Myers.

    “The ideas are flowing,” she said after a media conference Wednesday. “We have a lot of things that we want to do, but it costs money. Each year, between January and March, we go out and really hit it hard to try to get the funding to make this happen.

    “We have some strong supporters, but each year that we grow, our expenses grow.”

    New attraction at Niagara Falls part of $900m NY Parks 2020 plan

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    From Blooloop.com:

    A new $7m pre-show at Cave of the Winds is one of a series of new public and privately funded attractions coming to Niagara Falls.

    The pre-show facility has a number of displays and a film screen room where a video highlights the history of Niagara Falls, a valuable source of hydroelectric power.

    The ceremonial opening of the centre on 30 October drew attention to the scenic location’s importance – from its early beginnings to the day when architect Frederick Law Olmstead voiced concerns over the river’s waning flow, and founded the Free Niagara movement.

    The movement believed that the natural beauty of the Falls needed protection from commercial interests and exploitation, and remain free to the public.

    20171030 Letters to the Editor

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    The other day the Letters to the Editor section of the Niagara Falls Review had a couple of letters related to the 3 hotels approved for Canadian Niagara Hotels.

    I read with interest the decision of Niagara Falls city council to approve applications to build three new hotel complexes on Robinson Street.

    It’s interesting to point out that not one comment was made on how the City of Niagara Falls will handle all the new traffic chaos that will ensue with these three hotels in the busiest, most traffic-congested areas of the Falls…

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    iagara Falls city council has again pushed past another existing zoning bylaw. They gave the green light to three hotel ‘developments’ on Robinson Street — one eight storeys above the height limit and the other an excessive 26 storeys higher…

    This 8-km Trail Of Lights Will Transform Niagara Falls Into A Dreamy Winter Wonderland

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    From Narcity.com:

    Three enchanting places, two million lights and one legendary waterfall. That’s what’s involved in Niagara Falls’ annual Winter Festival of Lights, the most dazzling holiday tradition in Ontario.

    Spearheaded by the Ontario Power Generation, the event is Canada’s largest illumination festival, attraction over 1.5 million visitors and 750 motor coaches each year. Beautiful coloured lights and animated installations are set up throughout the Falls, the Niagara Parkway and the Dufferin Islands, making up an epic 8-km trail of glowing lights.

    Leaders weigh in on Falls convention center study

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    Niagara County and Niagara Falls leaders have received the results of a study about the feasibility of building a new multi-use convention center in the city.

    Its takeaways: Downtown development needs to grow to sustain a bigger convention center, and the best option would be to expand and modify the existing one.

    “The county wanted to see if this was feasible for Niagara Falls, and it looks like at this point that wouldn’t be the way to go,” said Jason Zona, a Niagara County Legislator.

    City’s investment in tourism marketing paying off

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    City council’s investment in marketing efforts “continues to drive results” for tourism businesses in Niagara Falls, says Jon Jackson, executive director for Niagara Falls Tourism.

    Jackson addressed councillors this week about the summer marketing campaign the agency recently concluded.

    In January, council approved $300,000 in matching funds towards the campaign. The $300,000 came from the municipality’s casino-hosting reserve fund, and helped promote activities to attract more visitors to the city.

    CORE: Niagara Falls area has $1.82 Billion in development in the works

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    Niagara Falls and surroundings are defined worldwide by just two words: Niagara Falls. But there’s more to the western region of Niagara County, from Artpark in Lewiston to the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls. Municipalities include Lewiston, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda and Wilson.

    The article then goes on to list them all and their value.

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