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Marineland mourning death of walrus

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland has announced the death of one of its walruses.

The Niagara Falls theme park says its marine-mammal care team is mourning the passing of Sonja, who died suddenly late Thursday when the park closed.

In a news release, Marineland said Sonja was under veterinary care for symptoms of an unknown illness, but her death came as a surprise.

Marineland bows out of CAZA

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland is voluntarily withdrawing its membership with the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) a month before its re-accreditation process.

A statement released this week by the Niagara Falls park says “extensive work” to be done this summer in a previously undeveloped area will “materially impact” its re-accreditation.

The process “will not accomplish the mutual goals of Marineland and CAZA at this time period.”

When asked for clarification, CAZA spokeswoman Ashley McArthur Street suggested all follow-up questions be deferred to Marineland, and provided a link to a current list of accredited facilities.

Marineland’s statement stressed the park “remains firmly committed to CAZA,” and is withdrawing its membership “to permit the expansion work to be completed and new operations harmonized with CAZA.”

Details of the expansion were not provided.

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Niagara Falls Tourism March 2017 newsletter

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I’m not sure if they do one every month, but Niagara Falls Tourism has a Travel Trade newsletter that they put out. The March 2017 issue is available online (as is a PDF of the newsletter) and there are lots of interesting tidbits in it, including:

  • NIAGARA FALLS CRAFT DISTILLERS
  • COMING SOON TO CLIFTON HILL – NIAGARA SPEEDWAY
  • EXCITING RENOVATIONS AT ELEMENTS ON THE FALLS RESTAURANT
  • THERE’S A NEW SHOW IN TOWN AT GFT!
  • NIAGARA FALLS FIREWORKS SCHEDULE CHANGE
  • “ALL NEW” NIGHTLY ILLUMINATION OF THE FALLS
  • NIAGARA FALLS MUSEUMS
  • A NEW ANNUAL HOLIDAY TRADITION AT SHAW FESTIVAL
  • FOUR BROTHERS CUCINA – TRULY AUTHENTIC ITALIAN
  • BEHIND THE SCENES AT IMAX NIAGARA
  • REVISIT THE RENOVATED BUCHANANS
  • MARINELAND – NEW SHOW FOR 2017
  • POPPING THE BUBBLES AT CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES
  • WHAT’S NEW – NIAGARA SUNSET CRUISES
  • LOOKING TO EXPLORE NIAGARA IN STYLE?
  • A TRUE MUSICAL CANADIAN EXPERIENCE
  • ROCKWAY VINEYARDS

Best of Access Niagara – Doubletree Marineland package

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This is the first of my “Best of Access Niagara“. This series looks back on popular posts, highly commented posts, my favourite places, etc.

The DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton – Niagara Falls open in 2004, and it looks like my first post about them was in 2005. I had never heard of Doubletree before they came to Niagara Falls, but now see them all over the place. I’ve had the opportunity to stay there a couple of times, and it has always been a nice stay.

Strangely, one of my most popular posts ever was one I did back in 2008 that was about a Marineland package that they were offering. For the summer of 2008 it was by far the most visited page, and all of the traffic was coming from Google. I guess if you searched for Marineland package back then, my site was right up near the top. The Doubletree themselves told me that the hits to their website about the package “was [their] best result ever!”

Anyway, I’ve been hit hard by changes that Google has made over the years and I don’t get the traffic I got before. I still look back on those days in 2008 and wish that I could get such a high listing again. Maybe then I could actually make some money off this site 🙂

As a side note, the Doubletree does not have a Marineland package anymore. Apparently very few hotels do. However, the Doubletree does have a Summer Family Package that contains meals and Niagara Adventure Passes. You can read more about it here.

Here is the original page that I had about the Doubletree Marineland package

Doubletree Resort Lodge & Spa Fallsview Marineland package

Marineland takes issue with animal rights group

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From Niagara This Week:

Marineland has taken aim at a provincial animal rights group, accusing it of “exploitive effort to use children” in a campaign that is meant to sway the opinion of senate committee currently holding hearings on a bill that would ban the breeding and importation of whales and dolphins in Canada. Read More…

‘No issues of concern’ after Marineland inspection

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Facing 11 counts of animal cruelty from the OSPCA (Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Marineland is touting the results of a recent inspection by its own Animal Care Committee. Read More…

Marineland cruelty case deferred to Feb.

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Marineland will return to court Feb. 23 to answer to 11 charges of animal cruelty.

Lawyers for the Niagara Falls tourist attraction requested and received a deferral during a brief appearance Thursday morning at Provincial Offences Court.

Marineland owner John Holer did not attend.

Marineland faces animal cruelty charges:OSPCA

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From Niagara This Week:

Marineland was charged Monday with six counts of animal cruelty, but the company dismissed the allegations, accusing Ontario’s animal welfare agency of acting on behalf of “a band of discredited activists.”

The latest charges, filed by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, relate to a number of land animals kept at the tourist attraction in Niagara Falls, Ont.

They include one count each of permitting elk, red deer and fallow deer to be in distress, and one count each of failing to provide the standards of care for those animals.

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Marineland charged with five counts of animal cruelty

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From the Globe and Mail:

Ontario’s animal welfare agency laid five animal cruelty charges against Marineland on Friday, levelling allegations of mistreatment that were swiftly rejected by the amusement park.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the charges against the Niagara Falls, Ont., tourist attraction relate to peacocks, guinea hens and black bears — and noted that further charges are pending.

The OSPCA said inspection officers and a veterinarian went to Marineland on Nov. 10 after receiving a complaint about alleged animal cruelty.

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Marineland demonstrations won’t go away, activist says

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From Niagara This Week:

“We’re never, ever leaving.”

So said local activist Mike Garrett as hundreds gathered outside Marineland in a bid to draw attention to what they see as mistreatment of the park’s animal charges.

And it was a case of going back to the future as demonstrators gathered on Labour Day for the first time since the 1990s.

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