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    Niagara Distillery Opens In Niagara Falls

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    From a PR Web press release:

    The newest restaurant and attraction in Niagara Falls, Ontario is now open; Niagara Distillery & Billy Bones BBQ. The innovative restaurant opened its door to the public on Wednesday, and has already grabbed the attention of tourists and locals alike. This unique venue is located at the corner of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue, just steps from Niagara Falls. The new restaurant specializes in hand-crafted spirits and deeply smoked BBQ selections from legendary competition favourite Billy Bones.

    Niagara Falls asked to contribute $100K for Discover Niagara Shuttle operations

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Support from Niagara Falls could keep the Discover Niagara Shuttle service free to riders.

    In coming weeks, city lawmakers will consider giving up to $100,000 to the Discover Niagara Shuttle, which during the 2016 tourist season ferried 33,000 visitors and locals from Youngstown to Niagara Falls.

    It was free for riders last summer, subsidized entirely by public sector partnerships, and will require another $200,000 to support its second year.

    Attractions open doors for a loonie to help charity

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara museums will go loonie later this month with more than a dozen attractions in the Clifton Hill area offering a deep discount on admission prices for local residents.

    Niagara Falls residents can visit 14 attractions for $1 on Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The popular $1 Museum Day event will raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Canada. More than $12,000 was raised last year.

    The event has been entertaining local residents for the past 24 years.

    “It’s become a second-generation event,” said Nancy Clayton, vice-president of the foundation’s Niagara chapter.

    “Now, we get people who grew up with the event who are now bringing their own kids.”

    Sleep Cheap exceeds $1-million mark

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    They made it!

    The annual Sleep Cheap Charities Reap event raised $175,988 this year, which pushes their eight year history total over the $1-million mark.

    Mayor Jim Diodati said when they started this event they had no idea that “it would just grow wings and take off like this. We are very proud of the fact that 100 % of the money goes directly to local Niagara charities.”

    The event added a fifth night this year on Sunday, Nov. 13, and organizers were confident they would break the $1-million mark before it wrapped up on Nov. 17.

    Twenty-seven hotels offered a record 7,800 room nights to only Niagara region residents as a way of letting them know what’s available and hopefully spreading the word when family and friends visit this area.

    “This is one of the benefits we have of living in a tourist town for all the locals,” said Diodati.

    ‘It feels more like a park than a Parkway’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The inaugural Car-Free Day on the Niagara Parkway wasn’t free of suggestions from both tourists and locals who want to see the event evolve from its humble beginnings Sunday.

    “This is awesome,” said Mike Sherman, a cyclist from Montreal who was riding down the empty Parkway toward the Horseshoe Falls with fellow Montrealer Jen Zwarych.

    “I think it’s great,” Zwarych said, adding it was their first time in Niagara Falls. “It’s a little empty though. We’ve never been here with the cars, but if the cars are louder than the falls it would definitely make it less cool.”

    For the first time ever, the Niagara Parks Commission on Sunday shut down the Niagara Parkway to vehicle traffic, except the NPC’s people-mover buses.

    Sleep Cheap underway, rooms still available

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    As families started checking into their hotels Monday for what has become a Niagara fall tradition, organizer Jim Diodati says this will be “an odd year” for Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap.

    “It has been great, especially having the water parks all on board and having a great big inventory. It’s been great,” said Diodati, who will become mayor Dec. 6.

    Some hotels have booked the rooms they set aside, but more than a dozen listed vacancies on the city’s website.

    Yet, the organizing committee and participating hoteliers aren’t sure if some behind-the-scenes changes will affect the number of families walking through the doors of the city’s hotels.

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