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    “Why it’s better to be Canadian”

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    Macleans is a Canadian magazine (similar to Time or Newsweek). I’m not sure if this is a yearly feature, but at least twice now they’ve had a feature around Canada Day celebrating what is great about Canada.

    99 Reasons Why It's Better to be Canadian

    99 Reasons Why It’s Better to be Canadian

    I was browsing through the magazine yesterday and #59 relates directly to Niagara Falls:

    Canada's Horseshoe Falls vs The American Side. Enough Said

    Canada’s Horseshoe Falls vs The American Side. Enough Said

    Six spectacular Canadian moments

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    From the Sunday Times (UK):

    Niagara Falls, Ontario

    Go here: The king of Canadian spectacles, Niagara is a terrifying spectacle. (It’s actually not one but three falls, clustered around the Niagara Gorge; the two smaller cataracts are in the US, but the biggest, Horseshoe, is in Canada, and a roaring giant, 900m wide.)

    Niagara Parkway moving west along section above falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The plan has been talked about for years. The goal is to reduce congestion in the area of the Horseshoe Falls.

    The plan calls for the relocation of the Niagara Parkway to the west just south of Table Rock.

    Residents had an opportunity to view the plan, along with two others, when the Niagara Parks Commission held a public information session Wednesday at the Whirlpool Public Golf Course on the Niagara Parkway.

    The other two plans related to the year-round, fully accessible Falls Incline Railway and repairs at Oakes Garden Theatre.

    The relocation of the Niagara Parkway would begin just past what is known as the Bridge Of Flowers at Table Rock and would involve changes to the current parking lot behind the old Canadian Niagara Power building and the area near the Niagara Floral Showhouse.

    “This is a proposal. Right now, we are getting feedback from the public and stakeholders so that then we can make some changes based on some of that feedback and hopefully finalize a plan that we can move forward with,” said Marcelo Gruosso, executive director of engineering and planning for the NPC.

    Wallenda ready to walk across brink of falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The organizers of Nik Wallenda’s proposed tightrope walk across the Horseshoe Falls say they’ll spend any amount of money needed to make it happen.

    Site preparation, rigging setup, rescue personnel, helicopters and security will all be paid by Wallenda Inc., the corporation that oversees the performances of the famed Wallenda family.

    “Certainly I would think when all is said and done, it would be at least $1 million,” said Wallenda’s manager Winston Simone. That money would be recouped by a television deal with the Discovery Channel, as event sponsors. “We would like to believe we would be able to find corporate sponsors who would help us. With what a sponsor will get for this, we believe it’s a good bet.”

    Niagara Falls is walking its own wire

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The Niagara Falls publicity stunt was born like this: It was September 1827.A group of hoteliers wanted to make a quick buck. So they sent an old lake schooner, filled with terrified animals, over the brink. The spectacle, as planned, drew thousands. Many of the animals died in the plunge.

    It’s 184 years later, and we’re still grasping at ghoulish curiosities at Niagara.

    Famed wire walker Nik Wallenda wants to cross the Horseshoe Falls on his tightrope, and debate over the planned escapade has dominated discussion on both sides of the famous falls for months.

    The stunt, already given the go-ahead by Albany, now hinges on a decision by the Canadians. But whether Wallenda walks or not is beside the point.

    Debate over the high-wire act is a distraction to the real problems that plague Niagara Falls. Blight, unemployment and a worn-out reputation for hucksterism overshadow a natural wonder that is still unique to the world.

    Daredevil survived falls, but not orange peel

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After successfully going over the Horseshoe Falls in a barrel on Oct. 24, 1901, Annie Taylor, the first person to try such a stunt, reportedly said: “Nobody ought to ever do that again!”

    For 10 years nobody did.

    Then along came Bobby Leach. A native of Cornwall, England, he was a daredevil full of bravado and bravery who first stepped into the spotlight in Niagara Falls in 1906 when he parachuted into the Niagara River after jumping off the Upper Steel Arch Bridge, which was close to where the Rainbow Bridge is now.

    Leach’s ultimate goal, however, was to become the second person, and the first man, to go over the Horseshoe Falls in a barrel. After many delays, frustrations and considerable expense, he was ready.

    emmakins888 – Niagara Falls and American Life

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    Someone with a LiveJournal blog posted about a recent trip to Niagara Falls (including a few pictures):

    We spent a few days in Albany and road tripped to Niagara Falls. It took six hours so we stayed overnight on the Canadian side.

    The intensity and volume of the Falls cannot be imagined until it’s seen. There are two waterfalls, American Falls and Horseshoe Falls. Both are spectacular and the best vantage point is in Canada.

    What Was I Thinking?: Fashion Tips From Tourists

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    Someone with a Blogger blog posted about living near Niagara Falls:

    I live in the small city of St. Catharines (Google it, nothing interesting will come up.) which is just outside of the more well known city of Niagara Falls. This Canadian/American border plays host to millions of tourists a year who come to see the gigantic crescent-shaped water feature otherwise known as the Horseshoe Falls. We can all recognize a typical touristy type by their cargo pants, fanny pack and questionable footwear.

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