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‘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.

Celebrate the Canada Day Weekend with Ontario’s Niagara Parks

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From a Niagara Parks Commission press release seen at Niagara at Large:

Niagara Parks is set to mark Canada’s 150th birthday with a full lineup of events over the July 1st weekend.

Celebrate this momentous occasion at one of the country’s most iconic destinations with two days of entertainment featuring a free performance by Hollerado on Saturday, July 1; the launch of a brand-new Niagara Parks experience: Night Lights: Journey Behind the Falls After Dark; complimentary admission to Old Fort Erie and Laura Secord Homestead on Saturday, July 1; and bonus extended Falls Fireworks displays on Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2.

One day not enough to celebrate Canada’s 150th in Niagara Falls

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From Niagara This Week:

There will be no shortage of things to do to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in the city on July 1.

Festivities will centre on Queen Street and will include everything from the country’s newest citizens being sworn in to a parade, music, games, live entertainment, fireworks and, of course, birthday cake.

Following are the activities going on June 30 and Canada Day, July 1:

Niagara Falls ready for Canada Day

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It’s not going to be your typical Canada Day in Niagara Falls.

In fact, it’s going to be a three-day celebration.

“People are expecting a bigger and better celebration,” said Lori Albanese, community development co-ordinator for the City of Niagara Falls.

“It’s going to be a lot more fun. We’re getting a lot of people calling from out of town, asking what’s going on? Where can we get a hotel room? They’re looking forward to coming to Niagara Falls and enjoying our celebration.”

How should Falls celebrate Canada’s 150th b-day?

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It’s still 11 months until Canada’s 150th birthday, but Niagara Falls officials are not wasting any time when it comes to preparing for next year’s grand celebration.

A survey is up on the city’s website (www.niagarafalls.ca/) asking the public to help them plan for the big bash in 2017. The survey is expected to remain on the website until Aug. 26.

Lori Albanese, the city’s community development co-ordinator, said once a Canada Day event concludes, officials immediately begin planning for the next one, trying to secure sponsorships, entertainment and volunteers.

And with the next Canada Day being the country’s sesquicentennial, Albanese said her committee wants the public to have even a bigger say on how the city’s celebration will unfold.

Buying partially used Clifton Hill Fun Pass

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If you live close to Clarington, Ontario and you will be making your way to Niagara Falls, it may be worth your while to buy some partially used Clifton Hill Fun Passes. Even though the SkyWheel has been used, the remaining items still make it a great deal.

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