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    The good, bad and ugly sides to visiting the Niagara Falls

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    From Post Magazine:

    Iguaçu Falls, in Argentina, may be the largest waterfall system in the world and Angel Falls, in Venezuela, the highest, but, when it comes to attracting crowds, no­where beats Niagara. Each year, 12 million tourists, many of them honey­mooners, peer through the spray as the equivalent of an Olympic size swimming pool of water tumbles over the edge every second.

    Canadian Snowbirds Soar over Niagara Falls

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    The Canadian Aerial Demonstration team, the Snowbirds, visited Niagara Falls Wednesday.

    The Snowbirds did several flyovers at the falls on the sunny summer evening, wowing their audience with their impressive tricks and aerial formations.

    The precision flying team performed aerobatic maneuvers over the Horseshoe Falls for about 20 minutes, while crowds gathered and watched in amazement on both sides of the falls.

    You can also see the Nipawin Journal for some nice pictures

    Chills, thrills at Niagara Falls in winter

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    From CANOE Travel:

    Pack a parka, camera, sense of humour and an adventurous spirit when you head to Canada’s thunderous national treasure in winter.

    But the abundance of patience to battle crowds and traffic, and the big cash layout for accommodation needed in fairer weather are not required.

    Off-season in Niagara Falls has plenty to recommend it as my family discovered on a weekend getaway last month.

    Red Bull Crashed Ice articles

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    As I tweeted on Saturday, I came down on Saturday with my family to try and see some of the Red Bull Crashed Ice competition, but there were no events during the day. I also tried to watch it on RedBull.TV but at the time I checked they still weren’t showing anything.

    I know there are loads of articles about the event, but here are some that I found that I thought were worth sharing:

    Wallenda put Niagara Falls on ‘front burner’, mayor crows

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    From the Toronto Sun:

    Now that Nik Wallenda’s walk across Niagara Falls has come and gone, the city is beginning to digest just how big of an event it was.

    Mayor Jim Diodati said ever since he heard of Wallenda’s proposal he knew the number of eyes on Niagara Falls would be astronomical.

    “We were given a conservative estimate of 410 million (people),” he said.

    On Saturday, Diodati revealed that Enigma Research Corp., the same company hired to track crowds for the Winter Festival of Lights and the Shaw Festival, estimated one billion people witnessed Wallenda’s walk.

    “The potential for this was enormous and we achieved our full potential. The stars aligned perfectly,” Diodati said. “I think what we’ve effectively done is moved the falls from the back burner to the front burner on people’s to-do and bucket lists.”

    Niagara Falls tightrope walk safety plan revealed

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    From CTV News:

    Officials have unveiled the safety plan they have prepared for a risky tightrope walk across Niagara Falls next week.

    The high profile event, scheduled for June 15, will be performed by tightrope walker Nick Wallenda, and is expected to attract unprecedented crowds to the Falls.

    Niagara Parks Police Chief Douglas Kane said visitors to the Falls typically peak on New Year’s Eve, when approximately 50,000 — 60,000 spectators descend on the area.

    By contrast, Wallenda’s staff estimate next week’s high-wire event will attract as many as 120,000 people on the Canadian side alone.

    The King dethroned

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The King was here, but his followers missed the memo.

    The first annual Niagara Falls Elvis Festival was marred by slim crowds and some angry vendors over the weekend.

    Most wondered why the event wasn’t promoted more, and felt sorry for the top notch entertainers gathered at Oakes Garden Theatre.

    “One of the Elvis’ said (on Friday), ‘I’m not sticking around, there’s no one to sing to,’ ” said vendor Sheila Szalai, who paid nearly $600 with her husband Karl to operate a jewelry booth for the three-day event. By Saturday afternoon, they had made just two sales.

    “We won’t be back.”

    The sour mood hung over the venue Saturday as Elvis tribute artists played to barely 150 people by late afternoon. It was a far cry from the thousands organizers expected for the inaugural event.

    “This is stupid, this place should be packed,” said Niagara Falls resident Della Meunier. “I love Elvis, and I am very disappointed for this. Fans just didn’t know it was going on.

    “Why was it kept so secretive?”

    Jenn’s Crafty World: Summer Pleasures

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    Someone with a Blogger blog posted about a recent trip to Niagara Falls (along with some pictures):

    Despite the crowds and all the vendors/shows/shops anxious to have you deposit your Loonies with them, the natural attractions at Niagara Falls are simple awesome.

    FREWIN PART TWO: Magician can make crowds appear

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The whiff of free magic and being on TV has them lining up early.

    The show doesn’t start until 6:30 p. m., but by 5 p. m. the lobby is already starting to fill up at the Greg Frewin Theatre. Before they enter, they’re greeted by a sign telling them they will be filmed tonight: “If you attend this event, your image may appear in the production and you hereby give consent to the use of your image.”

    For many, that’s the reason they’re here. Two kids decked out in Greg Frewin T-shirts have already seen the show. But mention being on TV, and their eyes light up.

    Frewin’s CBC special will take three weeks to film, and this is one of the biggest nights. A good crowd is crucial. A good-looking crowd is equally important. Organizers seat some of the more ‘camera friendly’ patrons near the stage, where they’re more likely to be filmed.

    Hats and shirts with corporate logos are a no-no. A greeter asks everyone to smile. A lot.

    Oh, and don’t look at the cameras.

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