Category: Niagara Falls Travel

    GO trains roll into Niagara Saturday


    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After years of clamouring to get on the GO train, Niagara finally gets on board Saturday morning, though with 36 hours before the first train’s arrival there aren’t many signs of the debut of a much-anticipated service.

    On Thursday, there weren’t many signs at the Bridge Street station indicating the debut of a new, much-anticipated rail service between Niagara Falls and Toronto. There’s no green-and-white GO logo anywhere to be seen.

    “What you see is what you get, honey,” said a woman working in Via Rail’s ticket counter when asked if there have been many modifications.

    Tourism minister pushes ‘stay-cations’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The provincial government is doing its part to help Ontario’s tourism industry, and the roughly 300,000 people who depend on it for all or part of their living, through challenging times.

    That’s the message Tourism Minister Monique Smith delivered during a luncheon meeting sponsored by the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce Monday.

    “Today, the tourism industry is facing challenges beyond its control,” said Smith. “This means we as a government are being challenged to bring forth solutions.”

    Vacation hits home on U.S. side of falls

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    From Pittsburgh Live:

    Vacations, it’s said, will be a casualty of the recession, a luxury easy to put off. But summer is a powerful incentive. People want to get somewhere else, if only for a day or two.

    As it happens, Pittsburgh is well-situated for the economy getaway.

    Within a half-day’s drive are destinations recreational, historical and marvelous, including one on everybody’s list of earthly wonders. Niagara Falls, of course.

    Haven’t all the famous travelers of the past 200 years made it their business to get to the falls at least once in their lives?

    Visiting Niagara Falls on a budget

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    From World Village:

    With the price of gas going up again this summer and the need to keep expenses down, you can create a vacation itinerary that ends up being a lot more fun than you might have imagined. Even if you did have more money to spend on a vacation it wouldn’t necessarily translate into having a better time, it’s how you spend each dime and dollar, stretching your dollars and putting them towards the priorities you and your travel companions want you won’t feel guilty for “cheaping” out on the other stuff, while still maintaining a quality vacation.

    TRAVEL: No delays blamed on new border rules

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    From the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal:

    If you’re a U.S. citizen lacking the proper documentation for that return trip from Canada, don’t panic.

    After all those warnings that you needed to be in full compliance by June 1 — when the new rules took effect — the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reminded motorists that they will be cut some slack at this point.

    On Monday, when some drivers showed up at the border crossings to re-enter without the proper documents, they were issued small leaflets carrying the headline “NONCOMPLIANT.”

    ‘Flexible’ U.S. guards ease border flow

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    From the Toronto Star:

    As cars and trucks breezed across the Peace Bridge to Buffalo this morning, it was shaping up to be a typical Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border despite new documentation requirements coming into effect today.

    Under the new requirements, Canadians will still be allowed across the U.S. border without a passport or enhanced driver’s licence during this summer travel season.

    They’ll just be scolded a little.

    Passport required

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Canadians travelling to the U. S. by car need to add one more thing to their checklist starting today as new rules requiring passports kick in.

    Showing up at a crossing with your birth certificate or citizenship card and photo ID won’t guarantee entry anymore. The United States now requires Canadians and Americans entering the U. S. by land or water to present passports or other types of specified documentation.

    This is the last phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative — America’s post 9-11 effort to toughen up border security.

    The policy was developed by the Bush administration, but the former president told a Toronto crowd Friday he didn’t know about the passport requirement.

    Niagara Falls tourism industry braces for impact of new passport rules

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    From Travel:

    Just beneath the cheery din of slot-machine sirens, the sound of blissed-out tourist traffic and the crash of Niagara Falls, an undercurrent of anxiety is flowing among merchants and attraction operators as they brace for what some fear could be a summer of discontent.

    As of June 1, those who make their livelihoods serving visitors on the Canadian side of the border will be contending with strict new rules that require anyone entering the United States to carry a passport – including returning American tourists.

    The fear is that incoming U.S. traffic will dwindle and the southern Ontario city’s tourism industry will take a beating as a result.

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