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    Country star Quayle lights up campground

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    I’ve never heard of her, but what a cool experience if you were a camper there…

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    When blossoming country star Stephanie Quayle recorded her catchy road trip tune Winnebago, she had no idea it would lead to her first-ever visit to Niagara Falls.

    But it was all part of a week of firsts for her, including a performance on top of the Empire State Building and at Cooperstown. All because she decided to take her own song’s advice.

    “It represents that feel good, take to the open road kind of song,” said the Montana-born singer shortly after rolling into the Falls Saturday. “I get these wild ideas, so I went to the label and said, ‘Man we’ve got to go live this song.’”

    In this case, it meant visiting all six places name-dropped in the song, which includes Buffalo. And she wasn’t about to visit Buffalo without a side trip to Niagara Falls.

    Partnering with KOA (Kampgrounds of America), whose head office is in Montana, Quayle performed a mini-set at the Niagara Falls location on Lundy’s Lane to surprised campers Saturday at 7 p.m., before doing another impromptu set on Hornblower Cruises Sunday morning.

    Top 10 Canadian places featured on Instagram: From Vancouver International Airport to Niagara Falls

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    From the National Post:

    Instagram recently revealed its list of the top places in Canada featured in Instagram photos this year. Given the size of the population (and some of the events going on this year), it’s not surprising that southern Ontario holds down seven of the top spots. You’ll also find British Columbia and Montreal. Here’s the list.

    1. Niagara Falls. One of the most photographed places in the world, Niagara Falls has been attracting tourists for centuries. You’ll get great shots from the boat rides below the falls with Hornblower Cruises, or you can try something in winter or at night with the floodlights on. Also worth trying is the Journey Behind the Falls, where you can take an elevator deep inside the rock behind the falls and also clamber out onto a platform for nice viewing.

    Zipping through the air in Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Friday was the beginning of a new adventure at Niagara Falls.

    The new Wildplay MistRider Zipline attraction had a soft opening Friday in advance of their Wednesday grand opening.

    I headed down to Clifton Hill to have my own turn on the zipline, located near Hornblower cruises. I electronically paid $56.49 and signed my waiver on my smart phone while I waited in line. The line was long and, according to Lindsay DiCosimo, marketing manager for WildPlay Niagara Falls, they sold out early in the day.

    Some people in line were excited at the prospect of being among the first to take flight.

    “I thought that made it seem more like I wanted to do it when I found out it was just opening,” said Emily Parker, from Liverpool. She was riding the zipline with her brother, Max, while their mother Paula stayed closer to the ground.

    “I wouldn’t go on it,” said Paula, “I’m scared of heights.”

    Hornblower to offer expanded tours

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    From Niagara This Week:

    When Hornblower Cruises Niagara takes over boat tours to the base of the Horseshoe Falls, passengers will be have more choices when it comes to the type of trip they can take.

    Choices will include early morning nighttime excursions as well as a trip timed with Niagara Parks weekly fireworks displays on Friday and Sunday nights.

    “The boat tour to Niagara Falls is truly one of Canada’s iconic experiences, said Madalena Phillips, senior marketing manager for Hornblower Niagara. “We feel, that by expanding our operating hours, we now have the ability to offer visitors a variety cruises well into the evening — also providing visitors to Niagara a reason expand their stay in Niagara — hopefully overnight.”

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    Parks official resigns post in Canada

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Fay Booker, general manager of the Niagara Parks Commission, has resigned from the Canadian park agency.

    The reasons for Booker’s resignation are unclear, though a source familiar with the situation said tensions between the agency and the Niagara Falls, Ont., city government likely played a role.

    Before her hiring as general manager last summer, Booker served as chairwoman for the commission, which has garnered increased attention in recent months because of its decision to allow stuntman Nik Wallenda to walk on a tightrope above the falls and awarding a 30-year contract allowing Hornblower Cruises to run boat tours around the falls.

    “We will build on the foundation Ms. Booker helped to establish and continue moving in a new strategic direction to ensure a strong, sustainable future for the Niagara Parks Commission,” interim Parks Commission Chairwoman Janice Thomson said in a statement.

    Hornblower Cruises hopes to persuade Maid of the Mist operator to exit

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    From the Buffalo News:

    When a San Francisco company begins operating boat tours in Niagara Falls, Ont., in 2014, it won’t be with the iconic Maid of the Mist name.

    And if Hornblower Cruises & Events gets its way, it will be the only tour boat operator in the Niagara Gorge.

    “We’re not anxious to share space,” Hornblower chief executive Terry MacRae said Monday. “I think when we all meet [with Maid of the Mist officials] and discuss, they’ll find out it’s great timing to exit, and we’ll do our best to help that happen gracefully.”

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