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    Boom Days gets fired up in the Falls

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    The cannon will fire again for LaSalle, Hennepin & Company at the 12th annual Niagara Falls Boom Days set for 7 p.m. on Saturday.

    This date will mark the 125th anniversary of the formation of the City of Niagara Falls, completed when the Town of LaSalle incorporated itself to the city in 1927, but Boom Days has an older tradition in which it honors Cavalier LaSalle and Father Hennepin who opened the fur trade up for the France and crossed the Great Lakes to Wisconsin in 1679 from Griffin Park Boat Locks.

    In full costume, Kenneth Sherman will play the explorer LaSalle while Walter Kendzia plays Father Hennepin, and both will paddle from Griffon Park Boat Locks to the LaSalle Yacht Club with any would-be companions.

    Escape: Niagara Falls, Canada

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    From the Norwich (Connecticut) Bulletin:

    With the economy making the U.S. dollar worth almost a third more across our northern border, now is a great time to grab your passport and escape to Canada’s Niagara Region for a chance to view the beauty and power of Niagara Falls, the collective name for the three waterfalls on the Niagara River that drain Lake Erie into Lake Ontario.

    Straddling the international border between New York State and the province of Ontario, the Niagara Falls were formed during the last ice age as water from the newly formed Great Lakes made its way to the Atlantic Ocean approximately 25,000 to 21,000 years ago. Renowned for both their beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power, Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls are a true wonder to see and well worth the time spent getting there.

    Swiss Chalet kids colouring booklet

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    Swiss Chalet is a popular family restaurant in Canada. My family has a tradition of going there on New Year’s Day. It started with my grandmother (she loves it), and has been continued by my father.

    When we were there a couple of months ago, my sister took a couple of pictures of the kids colouring booklet that they have. Niagara Falls is mentioned twice:

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    The Niagara Falls were created by glaciers about 10,000 years ago.

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    Niagara Falls is the connecting channel between 2 great lakes (Ontario and Erie)

    Niagara, beyond the falls

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    From the New York Post:

    Fame can be a real pain. Take Niagara Falls, for instance. The stuff of legend. Even if you’ve never set foot on the Rainbow Bridge and gazed down on the majesty with your own eyes, you’ve probably got an opinion about the place. You probably think you know it. The tourist traps, the heart-shaped Jacuzzi tubs, a place trading on the faded glory of a time when people couldn’t get further away from home, faster.

    Never mind, of course, that we are talking about one of the most impressive natural wonders of the West. Never mind that the falls themselves are merely the famous cherry sitting atop the tasty, tasty sundae that is the Niagara region.

    Never mind that this region is one of the most desirable destinations in the Northeast. Really, it is: Sitting between two Great Lakes (Ontario and Erie), the Niagara boasts not one, but two great wine-producing regions (one among Canada’s best; the other a hidden New York State gem), world-class theater and music for months out of the year, plus outstanding little towns like Niagara-on-the-Lake, Lewiston, Youngstown, Queenston, with their great restaurants and cool places to stay.

    Even still, to many people, the entire region remains some sort of retro-kitsch joke. Ha ha ha. Niagara Falls.

    One one hand, that’s insane. On the other, who cares? Maybe it’s good that too many people’s minds won’t be changed. More room for the rest of us.

    Take a cruise in Niagara Falls

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    From Travelbite (out of the UK):

    The world-famous Niagara Falls are a must-see attraction for anyone on a visit to New York state or the Canadian province of Ontario.

    Straddling the international border between Canada and the United States, the waterfalls are renowned for their great natural beauty and have long been recognised as one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world.

    Water from the falls, which were formed 12,000 years ago, comes from four of the five Great Lakes and the natural wonder is the largest single producer of hydroelectric power in the world.

    If you’re on an adventure holiday in either of these North American countries, Niagara Falls is well worth a visit.

    9 Wondrous Waterfalls from Around the World

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    From the Ethiopian Review:

    Mother Nature never ceases to amaze us. If, at times, we forget the awesome power she wields, all it takes to remind us is a glance at one of the earth’s most magnificent works of art: the waterfall. Monstrous in size, a fall’s power—and, most often, surreal setting—keeps visitors mesmerized year after year. Whether taken in from above, while looking down at the plunging water, or from afar for a pure panoramic effect, the nine waterfalls below are loved for their soaring heights, peaceful sounds and remarkable histories…

    Niagara Falls in North America

    This massive waterfall, which partially resides in Ontario, Canada, is located in America’s oldest state park—the Niagara Reservation State Park. Classified as a segmented waterfall because the water flow splits into two side-by-side falls, Niagara Falls is one of the most powerful waterfalls in North America. Four of the five Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie) drain into the Niagara River before spewing into Lake Ontario—which makes up one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply.

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