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    Tired of Toronto? Why not move to the St. Catharines-Niagara region

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    From the National Post:

    It took Russell Phipps just one day to sell his three-bedroom, 1,800-sq.-ft. house in Ajax, Ont., after a fierce bidding war. With an early closing and no place yet to live, the Toronto native moved into a friend’s 550-sq.-ft. Corktown condo in the city to give downtown living a try. It didn’t take long before he realized he wanted out ? far out… Read More…

    Top 10 Canadian places featured on Instagram: From Vancouver International Airport to Niagara Falls

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    From the National Post:

    Instagram recently revealed its list of the top places in Canada featured in Instagram photos this year. Given the size of the population (and some of the events going on this year), it’s not surprising that southern Ontario holds down seven of the top spots. You’ll also find British Columbia and Montreal. Here’s the list.

    1. Niagara Falls. One of the most photographed places in the world, Niagara Falls has been attracting tourists for centuries. You’ll get great shots from the boat rides below the falls with Hornblower Cruises, or you can try something in winter or at night with the floodlights on. Also worth trying is the Journey Behind the Falls, where you can take an elevator deep inside the rock behind the falls and also clamber out onto a platform for nice viewing.

    Could there possibly be a more dramatic backdrop for golf than Niagara Falls?

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    I don’t know how common this is, but I’ve never seen this before. The National Post has a sponsored article that is supposed to be “Special to the National Post”. It is essentially an ad for golfing at Niagara Parks Commission courses.

    Growing numbers of golfers come every year to gaze in awe at the world’s mightiest waterfalls and play the celebrated trio of courses that helped the Niagara Peninsula blossom into one of North America’s hottest and most unique golf destinations.

    Operated by Niagara Parks Golf, the two championship courses at the $27-million Legends on the Niagara complex, together with the Stanley Thompson-designed Whirlpool Golf Course, have become as essential to life and tourism on the peninsula as the award-winning wineries, War of 1812 battlefields, and theatre offerings of the Shaw Festival.

    Launched to rave reviews in 2002, Legends on the Niagara is one of the showpieces of the Canadian game. Niagara Parks Golf recruited two of the country’s top golf architects, Doug Carrick and Thomas McBroom, to design sister 18-hole courses.

    For the first time since 1969, U.S. may shut down and ‘dewater’ its side of Niagara Falls

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    I know I posted about this yesterday, but this article has more details.

    From the National Post:

    New York officials are considering temporarily turning some of Niagara Falls into a trickle.

    Plans to replace two 115-year-old pedestrian bridges could involve shutting down the water flowing over one section of the falls by building a temporary structure to redirect it to another.

    It was done once before, for a 1969 study of erosion.

    The result then, as now, would be a rare look at the rock formations that lie beneath the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls on the United States side of the tourist draw, and perhaps an even more robust Canadian Horseshoe Falls, where 85 per cent of the water flows over normally.

    Marineland important for Niagara economy: Thomson

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A bill that would prohibit anyone from owning and breeding orcas in Ontario could impact 700 direct jobs in Niagara Falls and 36,000 indirect jobs across the region, says Coun. Wayne Thomson.

    But animal rights activists say Marineland could survive, even thrive, as a theme park without animals.

    “Anybody would put up their hand in a second in the municipality to make sure they protected that, but those 700 jobs precipitate, if you can imagine, 36,000 jobs not only in Niagara Falls but in the entire region,” Thomson recently said to a parliamentary committee at Queen’s Park.

    “The 700 jobs is just Marineland. The 36,000 in the restaurants, in the hotels and motels, that’s what really is the spinoff of Marineland.”

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    News regarding the Maid of the Mist

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    I’ve waited for the “dust to settle” before posting more about the Maid of the Mist. There were lots of articles posted, but as usual, other than the local sites they were mostly Associated Press or Canadian Press articles. Here are a selection of good articles:

    Niagara: It’s no longer wine vs. cheese

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    From the National Post:

    If Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake were to be embodied by two grumpy old men and played in a movie, The Odd Couple would be the perfect film. Niagara Falls, uncouth, out-of-fashion and badly in need of a new coat of paint, would be Oscar; while Niagara-on-the-Lake would be Felix, stuck-up, tony and impossibly austere.

    “They do a good job for the high-end, wealthy Victorian type,” says R.T. (Ted) Salci, 60, mayor of Niagara Falls. “Our neighbours will pay $6 for a hot dog, but we don’t go for that here.”

    However, the lines between Oscar and Felix may be blurring. As Niagara Falls redevelops its downtown and Niagara-on-the-Lake lowers its rents and slashes prices, the twin tourist destinations less than two hours from Toronto are in the midst of a season of change.

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