Marineland welcomes new beluga whale

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Local News – Thursday, July 07, 2005 @ 02:00

NIAGARA FALLS – The fourth beluga whale born at Marineland’s Arctic Cove arrived in the usual fashion Sunday – in the wee, small hours of the morning.

By noon, the 12-hour-old calf – a “little” girl, tipping the scales at 150 pounds – was feeding heartily from mom Priscilla, and making contact with others in her pod at the popular aquatic attraction.

“This is our fourth successful birth at Marineland,” marketing manager Ann Marie Rondinelli said Wednesday. “A new birth is always good news.”

Be sure to read the rest of the article to learn about the new Beluga whale.

Cochrane Postpones Skylon Wirewalks

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From the July 5, 2005 edition of the Niagara Falls Review:

NIAGARA FALLS – The waiting game continues for famed wirewalker Jay Cochrane’s date with the Skylon Tower.
Cochrane, 61, is still fine-tuning his cable for the highly-anticipated walk, which was originally planned for July 1. It was pushed back to Monday, but over the long weekend Cochrane decided he still wasn’t ready.
A casino spokesman said the delay is due to the complexities of the support cables, which are winding through trees and other obstacles down below.
The 609-metre walk will being on the roof of the Niagara Fallsview Casino hotel and end at the top of the Skylon Tower. Unlike most of Cochrane’s walks, this one is on a steep incline, beginning at 133 meters high and ending at 200 meters. It will be the longest and highest wirewalk ever attempted in Canada.
Cochrane is expected to perform the walk 10 times this summer.
No date has been rescheduled for the first attempt.
The Skylon walk is just part of Cochrane’s heavy workload this summer. He also performs twice daily walks from the Niagara Fallsview Casino to the Hilton Hotel, 133 meters above Fallsview Boulevard.
Cochrane has a reputation as a perfectionist who oversees every detail of his act ever since a poorly-constructed tower in 1965 caused him to fall 90 feet onto a concrete floor.
His 1995 walk across the Qutang Gorge in China is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest at 700 meters.

“Naturally Niagara Falls” video

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Naturally Niagara Falls video cover

Naturally Niagara Falls is another video that you may see in a local souvenir shop. It is a pretty good little movie. There is a good mixture of history and facts. The narrator delivers some of this information in a dramatic way, which is a bit much at times. In between the bits of information are some short musical interludes while beautiful shots of the Niagara River are shown. The pictures are great, but the music is dated.

The video takes you on a tour of the entire Niagara River, from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. There are scenes from all the seasons, as well as pictures of Niagara Falls when they are illuminated.

The video is just over half an hour in length. It is very nice, and I’m sure will help you remember the beauty of the Falls.

Naturally Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls Best Seller
Four Seasons and the Night Lights on the Falls

Naturally Niagara Falls is nature’s story of the Falls and Niagara River. As you journey in summer from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario you will discover:
Views from the air and Maid of the Mist
Ontario Water Park
Goat Island and Three Sisters Islands
The Canadian and American Falls from a variety of spectacular view points
The Whirlpool
Trails into Devil’s Hole
Wildlife along the river
Sunset on Lake Ontario
The Falls under colorful night lights
Observe Niagara’s seasons as summer changes into autumn and autumn transforms into winter.

Featured in this scenic journey is the American and Canadian Falls displayed in a rare combination of beauty and power that only nature could perform in “Naturally Niagara Falls.”

MSNBC Article on US and American sides of Niagara Falls

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Tourism’s border divide
Region’s hospitality tale a story of two nations

To quote Charles Dickens, the first six months of 2005 has been the best of times and the worst of times for the local tourism industry.

To those on the Canadian side of the Niagara River and Lake Erie, it was the best of times as tourism and hospitality initiatives continue to take hold. Private-sector investment continues at a record-breaking pace and, regardless of the season, places like Clifton Hill and Niagara-on-the-Lake are seeing more people walking along the streets and staying overnight.

You can read the rest of the article at MSNBC or at Buffalo Business First.

Summer Skywalks at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort

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Well, no wonder I haven’t seen Jay Cochrane other than on the initial media day. I thought his Skywalks were going to be very day at Noon, but they are going to be every day at 2 PM. Then the big walk is on Saturdays at 3:30 pm.

Summer Skywalks

World’s Foremost Aerialist Performs Summer Skywalks at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
June 17 – September 5
Hilton Walk
2 Performances Daily – 2 PM & 8 PM
Friday, June 17 – Thursday, June 30
Saturday, July 2 & Sunday July 3
Begining July 5
Every Sunday – Friday

Skylon Walk
1 Performance Daily – 3:30 pm
Canada Day/Independence Day
July 1 & 4

Begining July 9
Every Saturday

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