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Best of Access Niagara – My visits to Canyon Creek Chophouse

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This is a continuation of my “Best of Access Niagara” series. This series looks back on popular posts, highly commented posts, my favourite places, etc.

It looks like my first mention of Canyon Creek Chophouse was in April 2007 as a result of a newsletter from the city talking about how they had opened. To tell you the truth, I had never set foot in either Casino before, and had no idea there was a big shopping area inside the Fallsview Casino. I had heard about the buffet, but I assumed everything was connected to the gaming floor somehow.

Anyway, at some point I was contacted by someone who worked there and they offered me a complimentary meal in exchange for writing about the restaurant. I took my family there (5 of us) and had an amazing dinner. It was so good, that my wife and I continued to go for many years (and we paid our own way!). Whenever someone would ask me about a good restaurant in the area, I would always tell them about Canyon Creek Chophouse.

The restaurant is situated right up against the windows on the back side of the Fallsview Casino building, so you get a great view of the Falls.

The menu has changed quite a bit. We went a year or two ago, and they didn’t have the same items, and we were both really disappointed. We tried a couple of other things, and just didn’t care for them. I’m sure it is still a popular restaurant, but it’s not really one that we’ll go back to again.

Here is a post I put up about an anniversary dinner I had there with my wife.

My anniversary dinner at Canyon Creek Chophouse

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Niagara Parks unveils Canada 150 projects

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Canada’s 150th birthday will have Niagara Parks Commission gardeners busy this spring.

Interactive gardens, a revitalized Niagara Glen and 30,000 red and white tulips will greet tourists this summer for the NPC’s commemorative programming for the country’s year-long celebration.

Backed with $563,000 from the province’s Ontario150 Funding Program, the NPC has undertaken five legacy projects with the theme of Rooted.’

During a media conference Tuesday, parks commission chairwoman Janice Thomson said the projects “speak to our mission and the ‘roots’ we have established over our rich 132-year history.” They also touch upon NPC’s anniversary campaign theme of Begin Here, “signifying Niagara Parks’ importance as a natural, cultural and heritage gateway.”

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HIGGS: Before Niagara Falls was a city

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From the Niagara Gazette:

What was life like in the early days of the Niagara area — even before it was a fully fledged city? I hope you are somewhat interested as I am part of the planning committee for the Niagara Falls 125th celebration and will be writing about the early days in Niagara Falls each week.

Mayor Paul Dyster will be holding a press conference this Wednesday to announce some of the plans. We have a long and colorful history and we can always learn from it. There will be various events which will highlight our history throughout the year and I hope you will be a part of them…

Old newspapers are the main source of my research and the Niagara Falls Gazette was publishing during these times and I have online sources to refer to also. Of course, the Local History Department at the Main Street library is also a great source for information. So let’s begin “before” we were a “city.”

Marineland: The story so far

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From the Toronto Star (includes a video):

On the one-year anniversary of the Star’s Marineland investigation, reporter Linda Diebel discusses the story so far — from the whistleblowers, to the government response, to the lawsuits.

Nik Wallenda on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me

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Speaking of Nik Wallenda

Every week I download the podcast for NPR‘s Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! It is a news quiz that is usually quite funny. Each week there is some kind of famous person on to play part of the game. A couple of weeks ago Nik Wallenda was on to talk about his walk across the Grand Canyon. Obviously his walk over Niagara Falls came up. You can listen to Nik Wallenda’s segment at http://www.npr.org/2013/06/08/189534198/high-wire-artist-nik-wallenda-plays-a-game-called-whoops

A year after walk, Falls officials balance expectations, realities of Wallenda’s walk

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From the Niagara Gazette:

…Saturday was the one year anniversary of Wallenda’s historic walk over this city’s giant waterfalls, and an informal Gazette survey showed that while the impact of the media storm of publicity last year is still unclear, the good news is that the city is now able to take advantage of additional publicity expected to follow Wallenda’s canyon walk…

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Convention Centre finds its groove

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From Niagara This Week:

Employees at the Scotiabank Convention Centre could be excused for wanting to have their cake and eat it, too.

Staff were marking the centre’s second anniversary, and a brief cake cutting ceremony was held to celebrate. Mayor Jim Diodati joined board chair Wayne Thomson and SCCN president and general manager Kerry Painter to help divvy up the cake.

“The Scotiabank Convention Centre continues to prove its worth to our city,” Diodati said.

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