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.”
From Buffalo Business First:
The Maid of the Mist Corp. has won its latest legal battle against Niagara Falls interests who felt the company’s off-season storage and maintenance facilities were given various municipal approval without full reviews.
From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:
For the first time in 129 years the Maid of the Mist has competition on the water under Niagara Falls.
Hornblower Niagara Cruises set sail Wednesday with a preview tour for the media. Public cruises begin May 15. The new tours will include sunrise cruises, cocktails at sunset and even late night fireworks tours.