From Canada.com (including video):
A trapeze artist from a renowned family of daredevils hung by her teeth from a helicopter over Niagara Falls today.
The stunt by aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda comes on the fifth anniversary of her husband’s tight-rope walk over the falls.
According to organizers, the chopper hovered about 100 metres above the Horseshoe Falls. Wallenda dangled by her teeth for over 20 seconds, breaking her own husband’s world record.
“It felt amazing. It was a little more windy than I expected it to be, but I just had to put myself back to my backyard and my training,” she said.
When asked what she had to say to young women and girls, her message was one of persistence.
“Never give up on your dreams,” said the mother of three, who noted that she had to put her career as an aerialist on hold to raise her kids. “If a guy can do it, a girl can do it too. We just do it with a little more grace.”
From the Tennessean (including photos):
My first impression of Canada is that it’s flashy.”
These were the words of my 12-year-old son crossing the bridge from New York to Niagara Falls, Ontario. This impression will prove short-lived for him and his two brothers, but if you make this journey at night, you can’t miss the urgent neon of the town’s casinos and resorts.
No, guys, those aren’t the Northern Lights.
Just as there are two major waterfalls in Niagara Falls (American Falls on the U.S. side and Canada’s Horseshoe Falls), there are two Niagara Falls communities, one on either side of the border.
From CHCH (includes video of the fireworks):
The May long weekend is one of the biggest days for fireworks. Down in Niagara, one man is responsible for creating Canada’s longest running series which kicks off Friday, the first of 70 shows.
For the past 18 years, David Whysall has been the mastermind behind the fireworks series at Niagara Falls. Whysall is a chemist by trade and worked with the British space program early in his career. He moved to Canada in the early 80’s and worked with Hands Fireworks, Canada’s oldest manufacturer of commercial fireworks.
As you are probably aware, the two May holiday weekends (Victoria Day weekend in Canada, Memorial Day weekend in the US) marks the unofficial start of the summer tourists season here in Niagara Falls. I haven’t heard or read anything specific about what sort of business levels people are expecting this year, but I would definitely assume that people will continue to flock to Niagara Falls.
- The zipline will have a full summer in operation
- The Big Top attraction on Clifton Hill will open
- The new developments by Kelsey’s will open (Niagara Speedway, Funnel Cakes, etc)
- The Canadian dollar is weaker, so more Americans should be coming
Here’s hoping it is a great year for everyone!
The other day I was in Costco and saw a book called DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Canada. It was a very nice book with lots of information and colourful photos. It also included a section on Niagara Falls
From the Stillwater New Press:
Spectacular Niagra Falls is a case study on international cooperation and agreement between two nations.
Of course, those two countries are Canada, and our good ol’ U.S. of A.
As the mighty Niagra River flows from the Great Lakes of Erie to Ontario, the incredible falls are created. The title Niagra Falls is actually a collective name for three separate waterfalls in the same general area. American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are both located in New York state on the U.S. side, while massive Horseshoe Falls is located almost entirely in the Canadian province of Ontario. Even with two huge countries involved, both governments have interacted with each other on excellent terms over many, many years, and there is no reason to believe this mutual cooperation will not continue well into the future.
From the Lockport Journal:
Today is the 152nd anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln. We know that our 16th president visited the Niagara Frontier at least twice, and possibly three times, before he took his first oath of office in March, 1861. Read More…
I recently received the latest newsletter from the Scotiabank Convention Centre Niagara Falls. Read More…