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Party on! Mike Myers shares where to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday

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From USA Today:

Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year, and perhaps there’s no one more excited than Mike Myers. The native son, who played Austin Powers, voiced Shrek and created Wayne’s World, was born north of the border and hasn’t forgotten his roots. He recently published Canada (Doubleday Canada, $39.95), which lovingly explores the nation’s quirks and strengths… He shares some favorite spots with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY…

Sure, you can see if from the American side, but you’re going to want to cross the border. “Not to be shamelessly Canadian, but the Canadian side is better (and there’s a casino, too),” Myers says. And leave time to ride the Maid of the Mist boat at the foot of the falls. “Truly a wonder of the world.”

Pokemon Go helps boost tourism at Niagara Falls to all-time high

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From Syracuse.com:

Everyone who makes their living in the tourism industry in the Niagara Falls area is talking about it.

Summer 2016 was reported as an all-time high, with the Niagara USA Official Visitor Center, assisting over 103,000 people, a 16 percent increase over 2015.

“I watched the old movie ‘Niagara’ with Marilyn Monroe and I said, ‘Hey let’s go,'” said David Sage of Monmouth, Ill. visiting Niagara Falls on Thursday with his wife of 33 years, Jeanette. It was their first vacation in 21 years and they spent two days doing it all, from Cave of the Winds, to the Over the Falls tour, the Aquarium, fireworks, and of course the Maid of the Mist, just like Marilyn.

But there also a more modern twist at Niagara Falls — Pokemon Go.

Justin Devoe and Dean Goranites, both of Kenmore were enjoying the “beautiful new walkways” while they searched for their virtual prey.

“It’s really good down there. There’s a lot of sweet spots,” said Goranites of the Pokemon search. “We found out about it online and came down to check it out.”

“Drive North America” (including Niagara Falls)

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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.

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Maid of the Mist burned in 1955

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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.
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City’s Proximity to Canada Finally Does Us Some Good in New Poll!

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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.”

Google Maps offers dry tour of Niagara Falls, safe view of Buffalo Jump

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From Global News:

Have you ever wanted to experience the Maid of the Mist tour of Niagara Falls without being dampened–sometimes drenched–by actual mist?

How about the Calgary Zoo without the line-ups or odorous animals?

Google Maps unveiled virtual visits of more than 50 new Canadian destinations in its Street View feature Tuesday.

It looks pretty cool!

Appellate court backs Maid of the Mist

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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.

Fireworks and cocktail cruises: A whole new way to see Niagara Falls

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From the Globe and Mail:

For the first time in more than a century, tour boats not named Maid of the Mist are sailing from the Canadian side to the frothy foot of the country’s most famous cascade.

But old habits die hard. Several locals don’t miss a beat when asked for directions to the Maid of the Mist, even though they all know about Hornblower Canada Co.’s new 700-passenger catamarans, Niagara Thunder and Niagara Wonder.

New Niagara Falls tour boat company sets sail

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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.

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Maid of the Mist to launch for 129th consecutive season on May 10th

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From a CNW Group press release seen on Yahoo! Finance:

Celebrities, world leaders and tourists from Canada and around the world will once again have a chance to ride the iconic Maid of the Mist when the boats are launched in Niagara Falls, N.Y., beginning Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. The Maid’s 2014 season marks the 129th consecutive year for one of North America’s longest running tourist attractions, and one that has long been considered a “must do” for Niagara Falls visitors from around the world.

“For 129 years, the Maid of the Mist has been on the bucket-list of the world’s most famous, and not so famous visitors to Niagara Falls, and 2014 continues this genuine tradition,” said Christopher Glynn, president of the Maid of the Mist.

All mothers will ride free on Mother’s Day, in honor of the 80th birthday of James Glynn, Chairman of the Maid of the Mist Corp. 2014 also marks James Glynn’s 64th consecutive season with the Maid of the Mist.

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