An estimated 800 million gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater have flowed into the Niagara River from the American and Canadian sides so far this year, eight times more than last year.
It’s enough to pour over the Horseshoe Falls for 20 minutes.
The American side accounts for about three-quarters of the sewage and overflow, according to discharge data The Buffalo News reviewed. But most of the time, neither side’s wastewater system can handle an inch of daily rainfall without overflows into the river.
Why does the Canadian-side of Niagara Falls develop so much better than the American-side?…
Suddenly, even though neither one of us had made a single step, we both had found ourselves instead of a simple mile away from the Canadian border, we were now may have well been out on the Mexican desert, so far away from yet another reason why the Canadian side looks like it looks in development, and why the American side is little more than the butt of a bad joke.
Marching bands, giant inflatables, colourful floats, jugglers, dancers and community groups helped Niagara Falls celebrate a special Canada Day with its annual downtown parade Saturday.
Residents and visitors, most decked out in red and white, lined the streets and waved Canadian flags as the country celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
Tanya Wright, a Canadian citizen who is now a permanent resident in the United States living in Grand Island, N.Y., felt it was important to bring her five-year-old daughter, Hadley, to the OPG Niagara Falls Canada Day Parade.
“She’s inundated with American culture, so I felt it was very important to me that she understands her Canadian roots as well,” said Wright.
Wright’s American husband, Jerod Dahlgren, was impressed by the parade and the people.
“The national pride is a lot less partisan here,” he said.
Quite a few years ago I posted about finding a penny souvenir. I’ve seen lots of these Penny Press/Elongated Coin machines when visiting Florida, but I don’t see too many of them around here. Add to that the fact that Canada no longer uses pennies, and these machines just aren’t that popular around here any more. When I have seen them, they have copper blanks that look like pennies that are used for the souvenirs.
Anyway, I don’t know where this coin came from (most likely Canada), but it is clear that it was an American penny.
We’re happy to see that Nik Wallenda is returning to this area, even if it’s not back to Niagara Falls, where the wire walker gained fame.
Wallenda has kept a special place in his heart for Niagara Falls since his walk across the Horseshoe Falls in June 2012. Live television allowed 13 million people to watch the feat that tied the Wallenda name to Niagara Falls.
But his desire to return to the American side of the Falls in a deal that would bring his skills permanently to the Cataract City has failed to get off the ground. Blame it on politics. Blame it on inertia. Whatever the reason and finger-pointing, Darien Lake theme park has emerged the winner.
This is a neat little video I came across that highlights some of the quirky things about the Canadian/US border. I’ve watched the whole video, and even though there is nothing that is specifically related to Niagara Falls, I figured it was still worth sharing.
After his first meeting with officials on the Canadian side of the Niagara River on Thursday, Nik Wallenda was careful to walk a fine line of cautious optimism despite the fact the Niagara Parks Commission outright opposes his idea to cross the Horseshoe Falls on a wire.
“I’m very positive no matter what,” Wallenda said after meeting with NPC general manager Fay Booker. “My great-grandfather (Karl Wallenda) told us to never give up and I would never give up.”
A day after holding a similar gathering on the American side, Wallenda was in Niagara Falls, Ont., to sell his bid to local officials who will decide whether to allow him to cross the Horseshoe Falls on a steel wire next year.
Niagara Falls is one of those places where you can forget its beauty because the falls are surrounded by cheesy attractions in Canada and by rather squalid urban areas on the American side. But the falls are still impressive.
We recently took a summer family vacation to Canada. Did you know it’s a different country? It is! You even need passports. We had a great time in Toronto and Niagara Falls, so I’m giving our readers the full itinerary with brief comments about each item. That should make planning your next summer vacation easier (unless you don’t want to go to Canada, in which case it might make your planning more difficult).