From the Niagara Falls Review:
Some were fearful and skeptical.
Others excited and optimistic.
Wayne Thomson, mayor at the time, was caught in the middle, trying to convince the former group to join the latter.
“I was a little nervous about running again for mayor,” says the current Niagara Falls city councillor.
“But I came out extremely strong (reelected mayor by acclamation). In fact, I still remember one ad. I was full length, standing along the one side of the Review, talking about getting a casino and voting for the referendum.”
In November 1994, 64 per cent of Niagara Falls residents who voted in a referendum said yes to casino gaming.
A year later, Ontario Casino Corporation announced a commercial casino would be built in the Honeymoon Capital.
Casino Niagara opened Dec. 9, 1996 — 20 years ago, Friday, on the site of the former Maple Leaf Village near Clifton Hill.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
People from around the world visit Canada because of Niagara Falls, so it’s important the Ontario government continues to support the Honeymoon Capital, says Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Michael Coteau.
“We have a $28-billion tourism sector here in Ontario, (which) represents four per cent of the GDP of the province. There’s no question that (Niagara Falls) is probably one of the most recognizable, if not the most recognizable, tourism attraction in this country,” he said during a visit to the city on Thursday.
From TribLive (western PA):
It’s a body of water that flows and amazes unlike no other.
Niagara Falls is an enormously popular tourist destination — from both the American side in New York and the Canadian vantage point in Ontario. Known as the honeymoon capital of the world, the Falls at Niagara are about 12,000 years old. They were formed when melting glaciers formed massive fresh-water lakes. The length of the brink is an astounding 1,060 feet and the height reaches 176 feet.
I have to admit that I’ve never heard of this show, but apparently the W Network in Canada has a show called “Come Dine With Me Canada”. A few weeks ago I saw an ad in Niagara This Week with information about how to apply to be on an episode that will be based in Niagara Falls.
Come Dine With Me Canada – Are you the host with the most? (NIAGARA FALLS)
“Come Dine With Me Canada”, W Networks number one dinner party competition series is currently looking for cooking enthusiasts from the honeymoon capital of the world, Niagara Falls to participate in the fourth season of the show. It’s a really exciting experience and an amazing fit for anyone looking to show off their cooking skills.
The show puts 5 strangers together for a series of 5 dinner parties. Each host has a chance to cook, wine and dine the others. It’s a week-long shoot and the participant that comes out on top walks away with the title of “Host With The Most” and a $1000 cash prize.
To apply please go to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416.598.2500 x 303 for details
Follow the link below to go directly to application:
Speaking of Nik Wallenda, apparently he won’t be walking over the Falls again…
From the St Catharines Standard:
Don’t expect to see Nik Wallenda back in Niagara Falls for Round 2: Untethered.
“I’d say no, not at all,” Niagara Parks Commission chairwoman Janice Thomson said when asked if there’s a chance the tightrope walker will return to the Honeymoon Capital for a no-harness sequel to his June 2012 performance.
Thomson said following Wallenda’s June 15 walk between Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Niagara Falls, Ont., the aerialist told her: “I’ve done Niagara Falls, I won’t do it again.
“He told me … he will go on and do something else,” said Thomson, adding she’s interested to see if the Florida native will walk between skyscrapers in New York City, which Wallenda has set as his next target.
From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:
The Honeymoon Capital is trying to seduce the Buffalo Bills.
The Niagara County Legislature is asking the team to consider downtown Niagara Falls for the site of a new stadium. County lawmakers say a stadium in Niagara Falls would make it easier for Canadian fans to attend Bills home games.