From the Niagara Falls Review:
Water near the base of Niagara Falls turned an alarming shade of black before tourists’ eyes Saturday afternoon following a foul-smelling discharge from a wastewater treatment plant on the U.S. side.
The Niagara Falls Water Board, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., said Saturday’s discharge was part of routine maintenance of one of its wastewater sedimentation basins.
Both the Maid of the Mist and Rainbow Air took to social media Saturday to express their concerns, posting a video and photograph of the dark, sludgy-looking water.
“Why the smelly black discharge into Niagara River on very busy tourist weekend?” the Maid of the Mist posted on Twitter and asking the Niagara Falls, N.Y. mayor for answers.
From the Buffalo News:
State health officials have issued an advisory that some people may have been exposed to measles May 11-12 at four locations, including Niagara Falls.
A tourist from India with measles visited the locations, according to the Health Department.
People lacking immunity or who are not sure if they have been vaccinated should contact their physician if they develop measles symptoms, which include fever and rash 10 to 12 days after exposure. Measles is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions.
Fox 5 NY – Tourist with measles rode Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls; measles exposure warning
This is a continuation of my “Best of Access Niagara” series. This series looks back on popular posts, highly commented posts, my favourite places, etc.
The other day I told my kids about the series I was putting together about the best of Niagara Falls, and asked what attraction we’ve been to that I should highlight. Without hesitation my daughter said, “Hornblower!”.
One of the biggest news stories in Niagara Falls in the last decade was the renewal of the Maid of the Mist contract with the Niagara Parks Commission, and then the subsequent uproar about how it was done. The end result was that the contract was opened to other companies, and it was ultimately award to Hornblower. They already had experience providing tours to Alcatraz, Statue of Liberty, and more.
Well, it seems to have been a great decision. Hornblower improved the platform at the river’s edge, brought in new boats, and is setting sales records each year. They are now going to improve the incline railway that goes down the hill.
I’ve been on the Hornblower tour a couple of times, but it appears I’ve never written about it (or at least I can’t find the blog postings). I’ll have to take another trip and write about it. For now, just trust me… if you haven’t had a chance to try them yet, you should. It really is the best way to see the Falls!
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I know I’m a couple of days late…
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Hornblower Niagara Cruises is set to sail for a fourth season, starting Saturday.
The relatively mild winter meant there was no ice buildup in the Niagara River, so the boat tour operator set the April 1 start date and also began accepting bookings last month.
“We have some weather and ice-modelling programs that we’ve created over the last couple of years and, about a month ago, we knew there were not going to be any significant ice concerns so we livened up our ticket sales,” said general manager Mory DiMaurizio.
The popular tourist attraction also opened April 1 last year.
“It was a great early start to the season and a great indicator of what was a landmark year,” he said.
By comparison, the 2015 season didn’t start until April 30, following one of the coldest, longest winters on record. It’s inaugural season in 2014 started May 15.
Boats are equipped with radiant heaters and visitors have the option of viewing the cataracts from “dry zone” areas.
Whenever I’m in second hand stores or antique shops, I’m always on the lookout for things related to Niagara Falls. Recently I came across an old Drive North America book. The book is from 1983 by Readers Digest. There was a small blurb about Niagara Falls:
Museums, parks and historical sites in the Niagara region attract millions of visitors each year – but such works of man are dwarfed by Niagara Falls. The 54-metre-high Horseshoe Falls and the 56-metre-high American Falls have inspired centuries of wonder, and such death-defying theatrics as Blondin’s 1859 tightrope crossing. The Maid of the Mist cruises to the foot of Horseshoe Falls, and an aero car glides 37 metres above the whirlpools of Niagara Gorge.
As I was moving the AccessNiagara.com web site, I came across this old newspaper scan. I can’t remember at all where I got it from, but it highlights the historical event of when a couple of the Maid of the Mist boats had a fire. It happened in 1955, and the photo/article mentions it was the 50th anniversary, so I assume this is from 2005.
From the Niagara Falls Reporter:
Niagara Falls has done it again, coming in at Number One on another list. And this list has nothing to do with the nation’s most dangerous cities, overtaxed municipalities or unwanted teen pregnancies, either!
Last week the readers of USA Today voted the Cataract City as the “Best Kid-Friendly Destination” in the country. The newspaper’s reasoning of the choice was scant, as is typical of USA Today.
“Only a handful of votes separated our winner from the runner up, but in the end, Niagara Falls, N.Y. came out on top,” the entry read. “Families flock to this northeastern city to experience the awe-inducing grandeur of this natural wonder, whether aboard the Maid of the Mist or from the Cave of the Winds. Aside from the cascades, Niagara is packed with other family-centric attractions.”