A couple of weeks ago I received an email newsletter from the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa
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Although this was just posted recently, it is about a visit to Niagara Falls last winter.
… the highlight of our visit to Ontario was the trip to Niagara Falls, which is about 80 miles on Queen Elizabeth Way, or 90 minutes away.
The bus ride by City Sightseeing Toronto was comfortable and filled with places to see before and after the trip to Niagara Falls with friendly tourists from several countries.
But the anticipation of seeing the 180-foot Falls was all we could think about. Even the cold — about 15-20 degrees most days during our February trip – was not on our minds. We thought we were prepared for what we’d see, knowing the Falls area gets about 56 inches of snow a year and it doesn’t melt until spring.
Everything was white. Snow and ice covered everything we saw. The walkway from the bus parking lot to the lodge near the Falls was covered in snow, but it was not slippery. It’s well-tended and appears to be frequently salted or plowed.
The roar of the Falls is loud, with a tremendous amount of water flowing from Lake Ontario onto the Niagara River, but during the winter, portions of the Falls freeze, reducing the flow.
Last week I received this email newsletter from Niagara Falls Tourism:
A guest of mine says every year she stays at the Comfort Inn on Clifton Hill and the front desk told her they will be closing after Thanksgiving and will be torn down. I checked the website and notice they are not taking any room reservations after Oct 11. I wonder what they are planning for the large plot of land. Maybe that amusement park idea is moving forward?
Also I heard a rumour that the nightclub Rumour’s (no pun) will be renovated and turned into an extended patio for Kelsey’s.
“A new zip-line attraction and aerial adventure course is coming to Niagara Falls.
The Niagara Parks Commission announced Tuesday it received provincial approval to enter into an agreement with Niagara Adventure Excursions Inc., to develop and operate the new attractions at the Grand View Marketplace and Thompson Point locations along the Niagara Pkwy., starting in 2016.”
Niagara Adventure Excursions
Niagara Falls Review Article
A quick update on Paramount, it looks to me they are open. They took over the Falls n Firkin location. Here is a photo of the outside of the restaurant I grabbed from their website.
Here is some more in-depth information from the local paper about the new brewery on Clifton Hill. Sounds like it will be quite large. Also, it’s nice to see they are finally removing the Pile Driver, which has been sitting idle for too long.
Niagara Falls Review Article
Paramount Fine Foods, a Middle Eastern franchise restaurant, will be opening soon in Niagara Falls. Based on the address, it looks like it will be taking over the space in the Fallsview Casino where the Falls and Firkin is/was.
Has anyone tried their food?
Paramount Fine Foods
From The Ledger (in Lakeland, FL):
The water thunders down — 700,000 gallons per second, in fact — as we stand underneath Niagara Falls on the famous Hurricane Deck, part of the Cave of the Winds tour. We’re totally soaked, but we don’t care.
The sheer power of the water is mesmerizing. So are the rainbows over the falls. Did you know that 20 percent of the fresh drinking water in the United States goes over the falls and that Niagara Falls (www.niagara-usa.com) is the second largest power producer in the country? From the falls, the water travels to Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Atlantic Ocean.