Category: Niagara Falls Travel

Experiencing natural wonder and quintessential kitsch in Niagara Falls

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From the Toronto Star:

I tried to do it all — the mazes and minigolf and midway and magic. I rode on a zip line, a ferris wheel, a cable car and a helicopter. I lunched at a rotating restaurant, looking down at tumbling tumultuous water, then out at the distant towers of downtown Toronto. I pet a parrot. I played “Hercules,” the world’s largest pinball machine. I stared into the waxy eyes of Hollywood heroes and my own long face in funhouse mirrors. I lost five dollars to a one-cent slot machine called “Treasure Tempest.” I even ate a beavertail. I saw illuminations and fireworks. I got soaked on the Hornblower, and I soaked in my retro hotel room’s heart-shaped Jacuzzi. For a very fleeting moment, I was actually spooked in a haunted house. Then, on a hike deep in the Niagara Gorge, I felt awe.

Welcome to Niagara Falls, Ont. — the most Instagrammed place in Canada, home of the most voluminous waterfall in North America and (still unofficially) the Honeymoon Capital of the World.

9 things to see and do on a scenic Niagara River Parkway road trip

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From the Plaid Zebra:

Niagara Falls — it’s not a destination that many people associate with peaceful vistas and quiet countryside. Instead, you might be thinking of crowds of tourists and cheesy attractions in the Clifton Hill District. But a road trip to Niagara Falls brings the opportunity to take in breathtaking country scenery, quaint lakeside towns, local wineries and historic sites.

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.

Special events prompt Niagara Falls road closures

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From Niagara This Week:

A half-marathon and television taping will result in a number of road closures along the Niagara Parkway and Clifton Hill over the next week.

Following are closures and lane reductions that are scheduled:…

Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon — Sunday, June 4

Live with Kelly & Ryan Television Broadcast

WEGO Service on Monday, June 5

See also:
Niagara Falls Review – Niagara Parks road closures

Niagara Falls may have more visitors than it thought

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From the Buffalo News:

Niagara Falls tourism officials customarily say that their city draws 8 million visitors a year, but a new study may show the figure may be larger than that.

A consultant estimates 7.3 million Americans visited Niagara Falls last year. Longwoods International is still working on numbers for Canadian and other foreign tourists, said John H. Percy Jr., president of Destination Niagara.

There’s more to Niagara than just the Falls

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From Canada.com:

In the morning you’re on a catamaran a few feet from the base of the world’s best-known waterfall, with green water the colour of a Chinese vase thundering down from above and enveloping you in a mad, swirling mist. At lunch you’re sipping Cabernet Sauvignon in a posh dining room overlooking ripening vineyards.

Later in the day you catch an intense production of Dracula at the world-renowned Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, then stop at the craft brewery in town before finishing things off with dinner.

I’ve probably been to Niagara Falls a dozen times now, and I seem to discover a different version each time.

STUDY REVEALS THE 15 MOST INSTAGRAMMED DESTINATIONS IN THE WORLD

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From D’Marge:

Thousands upon thousands of snap-happy travellers have shared their #beachvibes, #sunsets, and #wanderlust on Instagram. The app is our go-to place for planning holidays and making friends jealous of our jet-setting, and we’re never short of inspiration.

Sometimes we’re in the mood to get away from it all, but when we’re looking for a quick digital ego boost, capturing a selfie in an Insta-famous location is sure to do the trick. These well-trodden spots are immortalised on countless social media accounts across the globe, yet they haven’t lost their charm (or their ability to pull in likes).

The online travel specialists at TravelBird studied the hashtags of 470 popular tourist attractions to reveal the most Instagrammed destinations in the world. According to their ranking, the top 15 are:

Niagara Falls was #11

Niagara Falls: Mother Nature at close range is not just for honeymooners video

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From Stuff (New Zealand):

With all the rules in life – chew with your mouth closed, don’t talk to strangers, look both ways before you cross the street – there’s another that should probably be added to the list: don’t propose to your girlfriend while 170 million litres of water a minute is hurtling over a 52m precipice next to you.

I can see why the young German backpacker thought it might be a good idea: get down on bended knee as the catamaran approaches Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls and his beloved will be so overawed by the majesty of the spectacle, she’ll have to say yes.

But when you get this close to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, it’s a little like being in the spin cycle of a washing machine.

Biometric screening would be a ‘disaster’

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

President Donald Trump’s push to have all visitors entering and exiting the United States subjected to biometric screening – such as finger-printing, retina scans or facial recognition tests – would be a “disaster,” says the general manager of the Peace Bridge Authority. Read More…

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