From the Niagara Falls Review:
This past season provided a “perfect recipe” for the Winter Festival of Lights to “really shine,” says program director Tina Myers.
“Fabulous” weather, a favourable U.S. currency exchange and the investment of $2 million into lighting, infrastructure and new technology ensured the festival “kicked butt” in 2015-16, she said.
The festival saw a 43 per cent increase in the number of vehicles that drove through Dufferin Islands this past season between Nov. 21 and Jan. 31.
That means 61,551 vehicles passed through Dufferin Islands, which saw a large lighting expansion and is the festival’s primary point of interaction with visitors, compared to 43,189 in 2014-15.
“We broke a record,” said Myers, adding the previous record at Dufferin Islands was 59,000 vehicles in 2006.
“We are extremely happy about that.”
From the Niagara Gazette:
This weekend the prime tourist season started with most visitors likely arriving from the Canadian side of the river.
Over there, the long Victoria Day weekend celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria of England. Banks, schools and government offices will be closed in Ontario on Monday.
Traffic should be backed up at the international bridges as Canadians hop across to shop with their higher-valued currency. On Friday, that dollar was worth $1.03 (U.S.).
That hurts, if you happened to be stuck in Canada with your American buck. Chances are an Ontario merchant smugly told you that your Yankee dollar was worth 90 cents. (It’s called payback time.)
Next weekend, many of us will be off Monday to observe our Memorial Day holiday.