From the Niagara Gazette:
New York state has launched a new campaign aimed at boosting tourism in the Lake Ontario region in response to recent flooding that has impacted communities along the shoreline.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new initiative on Wednesday, saying it includes free fishing on Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River and Lower Niagara River through Labor Day as well as 50 percent off state campgrounds and vehicle entrance fees along the lake and river.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Hovercraft rides across Lake Ontario are a step closer to becoming a reality.
St. Catharines city councillors gave the plan their approval in principle Monday night.
Beamsville resident Bruno Caciagli, who has spent the past two years developing the plan as an alternative to spending hours in traffic gridlock, hopes the first trip will set sail next June.
The plan, proposed by Caciagli’s company Lake Ontario Express — a consortium of several businesses — would start with a fleet of two hovercraft, each making seven round trips per day carrying commuters between Port Dalhousie and Toronto at a cost of about $25 per trip.
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Although this was just posted recently, it is about a visit to Niagara Falls last winter.
… the highlight of our visit to Ontario was the trip to Niagara Falls, which is about 80 miles on Queen Elizabeth Way, or 90 minutes away.
The bus ride by City Sightseeing Toronto was comfortable and filled with places to see before and after the trip to Niagara Falls with friendly tourists from several countries.
But the anticipation of seeing the 180-foot Falls was all we could think about. Even the cold — about 15-20 degrees most days during our February trip – was not on our minds. We thought we were prepared for what we’d see, knowing the Falls area gets about 56 inches of snow a year and it doesn’t melt until spring.
Everything was white. Snow and ice covered everything we saw. The walkway from the bus parking lot to the lodge near the Falls was covered in snow, but it was not slippery. It’s well-tended and appears to be frequently salted or plowed.
The roar of the Falls is loud, with a tremendous amount of water flowing from Lake Ontario onto the Niagara River, but during the winter, portions of the Falls freeze, reducing the flow.
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.
From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:
“We’re going to make this place a better place,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said while visiting Niagara Falls Thursday.
Cuomo, and those who spoke before him, touched on a number of topics involving the improvement of the city through his $1 billion NY Parks 2020 program.
The most significant change coming though, is the renaming of a much-used highway — Robert Moses Parkway.
The extensive road reaches from the Grand Island Bridge, all the way into the town of Porter, and will soon feature a name more characteristic of it’s location near the Niagara River and Lake Ontario. The route will soon be known as “Niagara Scenic Parkway.”
From The Ledger (in Lakeland, FL):
The water thunders down — 700,000 gallons per second, in fact — as we stand underneath Niagara Falls on the famous Hurricane Deck, part of the Cave of the Winds tour. We’re totally soaked, but we don’t care.
The sheer power of the water is mesmerizing. So are the rainbows over the falls. Did you know that 20 percent of the fresh drinking water in the United States goes over the falls and that Niagara Falls (www.niagara-usa.com) is the second largest power producer in the country? From the falls, the water travels to Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Atlantic Ocean.