Hilton parking decision creates uneven playing field, hotelier says

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A city council decision allowing the Hilton hotel to park guests’ cars on leased land could be headed to the Ontario Municipal Board after a competitor expressed his disappointment in the move.

“This certainly would be taken further,” said Michael DiCienzo, a vice-president with Canadian Niagara Hotels.

It’s another twist in the city’s contentious issue about ensuring enough parking in the expanding Fallsview tourist area.

The Great Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope

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On June 30 I posted about one of Blondin’s trips across the gorge. The Nashua Telegraph has some more detailed information (more than the blurb I put below):

Dressed in pink tights and a yellow tunic, world-class funambulist Jean-Francois Gravelet (better known as The Great Blondin due to his fair hair) became the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope today in 1859. This extraordinary feat took him all of five minutes.

Top Ten Observations and Ramblings From My Vacation

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Someone with a Blogger blog posted about a recent trip to Niagara Falls:

1) Niagara Falls is an interesting contrast:
I can’t help but marvel at the commercialization of Niagara Falls. I mean, as I posted yesterday about the awesome NATURAL beauty of Niagara Falls. So, take a natural wonder, a gift to mankind from G-d, and what do we do? Of course! We milk it for all it’s worth. Let’s approach it from every direction. The first approach is from in the water, on the Maid of the Mist boat ride. Then, you can view Niagara Falls from above, in one of two towers or a giant Ferris wheel. You can walk right up to it, in the cave of the winds, and you can walk behind it, in the journey behind the falls. There are also helicopter rides, for the rich and daring. And that’s only the attractions that center around the actual falls.

Kids Eat Free @ The Americana Waterpark Resort!

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More than a week ago I received the latest newsletter from the Americana Waterpark Resort. I’m not sure if this is a permanent name change (from Americana Conference Resort & Spa) or if they use differnet names depending on the target audience.

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To subscribe to the newsletter, click on the “Stay Informed with the Americana Newsletter” link on the left of the every page of the Americana Conference Resort & Spa web site.

Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview Celebrates 80th Birthday this July

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From a PR Web press release:

The historic Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview will be celebrating its 80th birthday on July 1, 2009.

The Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, previously named the Brock Plaza Hotel, has maintained its reputation as a hotel that is able to flawlessly combine its historic charm with modern amenities. As the first luxury hotel in Niagara Falls the Crowne Plaza hotel has had many famous visitors including Marilyn Monroe, Walt Disney, Queen Elizabeth, and Jackie Chan to name just a few.

It might seem like I’m late with this, but the date on the press release was July 2, 2009, a day after the birthday.

Oh Canada our Home and Native Land, True Patriot Love! At least we love you on one day a year!

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Someone with a WordPress blog posted about visiting Niagara Falls on Canada Day:

So onto my trip to Niagara Falls for Canada Day. First we stopped in Stoney Creek and had lunch in Mustang’s Big Ol’ Grill. You should check it out it is on Fruitland just on the corner of Barton! Love it. Then we went on down…. Walked up and down Clifton Hill. streetBought stuff at the Hershey Store. Went on the Maid of the Mist. Got SOAKED! I almost pee’d myself there was a time I was sure that the captain was not going to turn that boat and we were going directly under the falls but sure enough turn he did. It was an experience.

Nearly 4,000 got on the GO

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Mayor Ted Salci said he’s impressed with the response to GO Transit’s new weekend and holiday train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto. More than 3,800 passengers travelled on the train on its first three days, which included last weekend and Canada Day, according to numbers GO provided the mayor’s office Friday.

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