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    This Natural Wonder Is One of Many Places Your Family Will Want to See

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    From The Ledger (in Lakeland, FL):

    Wow!

    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.

    Niagara Webcams

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    Not all of us are lucky enough to live in the Niagara Region.  That’s why we follow the AccessNiagara Blog. We also rely on webcams to get our daily dose of Niagara. The first webcam I found was on top of the Sheraton Fallsview (which is now one of the many Marriotts in the area). It was a treat to see what was going on at any particular moment at my favorite spot on Earth. Is it sunny?  Have the leaves peaked?  Is there an ice bridge?  Why is there a crane along the rail?

    That particular cam is no longer in operation, but let me share a few that help get us Non-Niagarans through the time between visits…

    NIAGARA FALLS LIVE

    Niagara Falls Webcam


    Two views available.  A link below the image takes you between the two.  This one actually has the sound of the roar of the Falls. Live I suppose, but let’s face it – how would we ever know?

    Niagara falls live views

     

    FALLSVIEW CAM

    http://www.fallsviewcam.com
    Hosted by the Embassy Suties. Not the prettiest of pages – lots of ads and links, but a nice big picture – also with sound.

    Embassy

     

    EARTHCAM

    http://www.earthcam.com/canada/niagarafalls/?cam=niagarafalls
    Look familiar? Looks like the same feed as the Embassy Suites. I include it here if only because different streams might work better on different computers. Sound on this one, too.

    earth cam

     

    CROWNE PLAZA

    http://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/information/niagara-falls-webcam/
    Another full river view. this one from the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

    Crowne plaza

     

    CAMVISTA

    http://www.camvista.com/watch-live-video/america/canada/niagara_falls_live_webcam.html
    This one is a bit different than the rest. Not a true stream, it states that the webcam feeds “updates every hour, 24 hours a day. The new webcam feed updates for 60 seconds. Then shows previous webcam feeds”. But what I like about this is that it pans.

    EARTH TV

    SOTHEBY’S

    http://sothebysrealtyniagara.com/live/
    This is the latest in my collection. Found by my Mom, this is a Niagara-on-the-Lake cam provided by Sotheby’s International Realty! Odd combination for a webcam and business, but I love it!  Sorry I couldn’t get a screen shot on a prettier day!   I also enjoy browsing the properties. Let’s call it scouting for my vacation home so I’m ready when the Lottery finally comes my way.

     

    NOTL

     

    One interesting thing….NONE of these work on my iPad except the Niagara-on-the-Lake cam! Disappointing, because I don’t know why the other cams can’t figure out what Sotheby’s did. Maybe your tablet will have more luck.

    Well, there it is. If you’re like me and can’t be there – this is the way to go. If there are any that you know of that I missed, please leave them in the comments!

    Niagara Falls has something for everyone

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    From the Toronto Sun:

    The days when people visited Niagara strictly to watch 5.8 million litres of fast-flowing water cascade over the mighty Falls are gone.

    Not to diminish the power and majesty of Mother Nature but, today, Niagara Falls is a year-round destination with family attractions, a thriving wine-and-dine scene, glitzy casinos and sophisticated hotels and resorts.

    Many people take a “Falls” getaway several times per year. And, with a little planning help from niagarafallshotels.com — the Niagara Falls Tourism Authority — no two visits have to be the same. Here are some suggestions:

    Moses still on meandering detour

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The Robert Moses State Parkway, hailed a half-century ago as a marvel of modern highway engineering that would give millions of motorists a new perspective of the Niagara River and its famous falls, may have become a road to oblivion.

    The objective was to provide a fast, efficient and safe way for people to drive rapidly along the river’s edge and enjoy its spectacular views without having to dodge pedestrians or worry about cross-street traffic.

    It was a way to open the river’s vistas to drivers and passengers who otherwise may never have been able to find a place to park, and it was free of charge.

    The idea of a limited-access, scenic parkway with wide, sweeping curves that wound right through the state park at the brink of the American Falls seemed like an idea whose time had come in the mid-20th century. And it was named in honor of the state’s master builder of the time: Robert Moses.

    But a growing chorus of detractors has formed over the last few decades calling for change — and in some cases demolition — of all or some of the parkway, and state officials again are considering what to do about it.

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