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    Experiencing natural wonder and quintessential kitsch in Niagara Falls

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    From the Toronto Star:

    I tried to do it all — the mazes and minigolf and midway and magic. I rode on a zip line, a ferris wheel, a cable car and a helicopter. I lunched at a rotating restaurant, looking down at tumbling tumultuous water, then out at the distant towers of downtown Toronto. I pet a parrot. I played “Hercules,” the world’s largest pinball machine. I stared into the waxy eyes of Hollywood heroes and my own long face in funhouse mirrors. I lost five dollars to a one-cent slot machine called “Treasure Tempest.” I even ate a beavertail. I saw illuminations and fireworks. I got soaked on the Hornblower, and I soaked in my retro hotel room’s heart-shaped Jacuzzi. For a very fleeting moment, I was actually spooked in a haunted house. Then, on a hike deep in the Niagara Gorge, I felt awe.

    Welcome to Niagara Falls, Ont. — the most Instagrammed place in Canada, home of the most voluminous waterfall in North America and (still unofficially) the Honeymoon Capital of the World.

    Skywheel re-opens on Clifton Hill

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Canada’s largest observation wheel is back in business.

    The 53-metre-tall Niagara Skywheel re-opened to the public on Thursday after being closed since mid-March due to maintenance work. The court yard kiosk has also been redesigned.

    Plans are now underway to install independent LED lighting systems in the hub domes of the Ferris Wheel which opened on Clifton Hill in 2006.

    Niagara SkyWheel is being re-assembled

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    I’m sure you all know that the Niagara SkyWheel has been out of service for about two months. Well, it is finally being put back together. The centre piece (hub/axel) is in place and they have the spokes and rim laid out ready to go.

    SkyWheel closed for maintenance (including photos)

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    I know this is kind of old news, but I still wanted to post about it, along with some photos:

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara SkyWheel on Clifton Hill will be closed until May 1 for maintenance.

    The attraction closed last Friday. Read More…

    “Disney-style amusement parks open in Canada” – June 25, 1979

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    The other day I came across a Google News archived/scanned story from the Star-Phoenix out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It was from 1979, when Maple Leaf Village was opening.

    The move to large amusement parks took visible form in the last week when Maple Leaf Village – Canada’s newest – opened in Niagara Falls, Ont., better known as the honeymoon capital of the world.

    Owned by York Hannover Developments Ltd. and Wost Holdings Ltd., it cost $26 million and will have an annual payroll of $3 million. A feature is the $2 million giant wheel observation tower, tallest in North America, from which visitors may get a breathtaking view of the Falls.

    Cool stuff!

    13 Incredible Ferris Wheels You Have to See to Believe


    From WHIO News Talk Radio:

    Talk about seeing the world from a different angle! Get a bird’s-eye view of New York, London, and other must-see spots around the globe on these thrilling—and beautiful!—rides.

    Most people traveling to a new place will find themselves seeking out the highest point in the city at some point during their trip, whether it’s the observation deck at the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) when visiting Chicago, or the top of the Empire State Building when they’re in New York City. But there are other, fun, family-friendly ways to get great views around town: Ferris wheels! Climb onboard any of these 13 and you’ll be treated to a different view and in some cases, a unique and memorable ride you can write home about. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy. And don’t forget your camera!

    One of the Ferris wheels mentioned is the Niagara SkyWheel:

    The Niagara Sky Wheel
    Clifton Hill, Canada
    What’s the best way to catch a glimpse of majestic Niagara Falls? By Ferris wheel of course! Take a ride on the Niagara SkyWheel, located just across the Canadian border in Clifton Hill, for a rare look at the famous Falls from 175 feet above in a comfortable, climate-controlled gondola. American citizens will need a U.S. Passport or Passport Card to clear the border, but it’s well worth it for an 8-12 minute ride on Canada’s largest observation wheel.
    How to ride: Visitors age 12 and above pay $10.99 while children ages 3-12 pay $6.99 to ride the Niagara SkyWheel.

    NPC buying Cullen Miniature Village for $100k

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    First a carousel, now a miniature Ferris wheel.

    The Niagara Parks Commission will be the proud new owner of a three-foot-tall wooden Ferris wheel, part of a 180-piece miniature village collection it is buying for $113,000. The Cullen Miniature Village, once a popular tourist destination in Whitby, will be restored and set up on parks commission land, now that the NPC’s offer to buy the collection has been accepted.

    The City of Oshawa, which bought the collection in a controversial $239,000 deal from the Cullen family in 2007, unanimously voted to accept the commission’s offer during a special committee meeting Thursday. That decision is expected to be approved by the full council Monday night.

    “These councillors just wanted this done with,” Oshawa director of finance services Chris Brown said Thursday. “They would have loved to get (the full purchase price) back, but the market is what it is, so I think they’ll endorse this Monday night.”

    Jamie Kennedy cooking up something different

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    As iconic Canadian chef Jamie Kennedy speaks, a gigantic ferris wheel rotates outside the window behind him.

    Down the street is a bonanza of pretzels and candy apples.

    Keep walking, and there’s a huge Frankenstein bursting through the roof of Burger King munching on a Whopper.

    Is this really the place for fine cuisine? As far as Kennedy is concerned, it’s overdue.

    “The key thing is to connect Niagara Falls to the region, gastronomically,” says Kennedy, in town Monday to announce a new restaurant in the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel.

    The renowned chef, awarded the Order of Canada last year, will open Jamie Kennedy on the Falls on the hotel’s 14th floor in late November. There will be some surprises, he hints, but anyone who has been to either of his two Toronto restaurants will know what to expect: Local cuisine paired with local wines, served in unconventional ways.

    The James Gang: Niagara Falls

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

    Well we arrived in Niagara Falls on the 25th of July. We took the first day to relax and enjoy all the activities of the campground. We are at another KOA and they always have lots to do.

    Today we caught the bus down to all the attractions. We went on the Maid of the Mist first. It is well worth the money. AWESOME!!! It is really beyond words. After the boat ride, we walked up Clifton Hill. That is where all the roadside attractions are. It is a little Las Vegasey. There was the Guiness Museum of World Records, Haunted Houses, MGM studios, WWF Pile Drive ride, the large ferris wheel (SkyWheel), Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and countless other carnival like places. We went to Wendy’s and had lunch and then caught the bus to Table Rock where you can go the the Journey Behind the Falls and see the 4D show called The Fury.

    Trip to Niagara Falls << Ehssan's Weblog

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    Someone with a WordPress blog posted about a recent trip to Niagara Falls:

    The past weekend, my family and I along with friends visited Niagara falls for a one night stay. We got a fun pass and went  to Clifton Hill, where we went to the Midway, the Haunted House, a Ferris Wheel, Ripley’s moving theater,  Ripley’s Believe it or not Museum, etc.

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