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Canada at 150: Thanks, America, for keeping us sane

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This isn’t specifically Niagara Falls related, but the Washington Post had an article the other day about Canada. There was nothing in it that mentioned Niagara Falls at all, but the feature image is of the Canada 150 sign in Niagara Falls.

‘It was a never-ending sea of people’

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From Niagara This Week (includes photo and video):

The city needs to do better after an estimated 80,000 people choked off travel in the city on Canada Day, Mayor Jim Diodati says.

“We never had a transportation plan like we do for New Year’s Eve or did for the Wallenda walk,” he said after the large crowds made movement throughout the city impossible. “We had a lot of opportunity to be prepared for this.”

Facebook was lit up with stories from residents and visitors complaining of trips normally measured in minutes instead being measured in hours. Other complaints included those from residents living near the tourist areas being unable to leave their homes or welcome guests.

80K people celebrate Canada in tourism district

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

About 80,000 people packed the heart of the tourism area of Niagara Falls on Canada Day, the largest gathering of people in the city since an estimated 100,000 watched Nik Wallenda’s historic wirewalk over the Horseshoe Falls in 2012.

“It was tremendous,” said Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson.

“That was the number that our Niagara Parks Police recorded in the immediate area of the falls, and around Murray Hill, Clifton Hill, on the (Niagara) Parkway.”

Thomson said she believes the crowd reflects the “fact that we’ve been enjoying an uptick in tourism.”

“We’ve seen more visitors in general, and now for this to be a very special holiday, coupled with the American 4th of July holiday, we just saw an amazing amount of visitors.”

NPC unveils Canada 150 night-time Falls experience

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Beginning Canada Day, and continuing throughout the summer months, Night Lights: Journey Behind the Falls After Dark will allow visitors to enjoy Niagara Parks’ 128-year-old experience after hours, during the nightly illumination of Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls celebrates Canada 150

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From the Niagara Falls Review (includes photos):

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.

Canada Day on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls

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Saturday was Canada Day and we celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday. Normally Canada Day is a huge draw, but this year it definitely did seem to be bigger. I was in the Falls until around 5 pm, and took these pictures late in the afternoon. There were lots of people around, but there were still more to come. I wasn’t there at night, but I’ve been told that after the fireworks on Saturday night that Clifton Hill (no cars allowed, pedestrian traffic only) was literally shoulder to shoulder filled with people. It must have been quite a sight.

Update: Apparently Clifton Hill was NOT officially closed on Saturday night. It is just that there were so many people they just swarmed the street and the cars couldn’t move anywhere. You can see a couple of crazy picture of it on the Clifton Hill Facebook page.

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