A poster on the SkyscraperPage.com web site has posted a bunch of pictures from a recent visit. They look quite nice. The view from the new Hilton is beautiful.
From the Buffalo News:
It is not so much the danger. It is the scent of desperation.
I strongly suspect that Nik Wallenda, of the famous tightrope-walking family, can tip-toe along a high wire strung over Niagara Falls this summer without toppling into the drink.
What bothers me about the stunt is the eagerness of some public officials to embrace it.
Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston, stepped to the podium at Thursday’s news conference and, like a carnival barker, emitted a single-word exhortation: “Electrifying.” The volume of that debateable declaration may have awakened desk clerks at every dreary drive-up motel along Niagara Falls Boulevard.
I was about to call for decorum, but… well, this is Niagara Falls. Subtlety was crushed beneath a waterfall of crassness and commercialism two centuries ago. The Canadian side is an ode to wax museums, theme restaurants and arcades. All of which can be fun, if you are in the mood. But they do not have much to do with parkland, natural beauty and the quiet contemplation of a hydro-wonder.
From the Toronto Star:
As an aerialist’s bid to tightrope walk across Niagara Falls next summer hangs in the balance, the commission ruling on his proposal is facing pressure to let the event proceed.
Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation member of the famed tightrope-walking Wallenda family, hopes to fulfill his lifelong dream of walking across the falls on a wire.
The proposal has cleared all legal hurdles on the American side, but authority to approve or reject Wallenda’s idea in Canada rests with the Niagara Parks Commission. Chair Janice Thomson has repeatedly said the walk would be a stunt contrary to the commission’s mandate to preserve the falls’ natural beauty.
Wallenda maintains his balancing act is an art form, not a stunt. He made his case before the commission two weeks ago in a 12-minute presentation. The commission is reviewing the proposal and Thomson said she expects a ruling early next week.
Spectacular natural beauty. Gloriously tacky man-made fun. Niagara Falls is overflowing with both.
We experienced the dual sides of the falls on a long family weekend excursion to Canada to see the holiday lights — and then some. And we loved most of it, especially our 4-year-old. So if you decide to head north for a bit of seasonal sightseeing, here are some of our favorites beyond the bright lights and big falls.
From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:
New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey on Tuesday outlined a three-part plan to ensure that Niagara Falls State Park offers a welcoming and attractive visitor experience that matches the natural beauty of the Niagara River falls and gorge.
“Governor Cuomo’s administration is fully committed to revitalizing New York’s economy, and Niagara Falls State Park is a critical part of the economic future of Western New York,” Harvey said. “The facilities at Niagara Falls State Park need to match the expectations of 8 million visitors coming from around the globe each year to see the iconic falls. State Parks staff takes great pride in the park and we will dedicate ourselves to improving and enhancing the facilities that complement the falls.”
From the Tonawanda News:
This is, by far, the shortest distance I have ever trekked to do a travel story.
Yet even though the Ontario portion of the cataract is only about 70 blocks from where I live, it is pretty much another world.
Not to knock the natural beauty of the U.S. side of the falls, but from the States, Canada’s side looks more … well … fun. All those bright lights and tall, shiny buildings just call to onlookers.
So in that spirit, the first installment in the News’ new travel series will take a look at Niagara Falls, Ontario, from a tourist’s point of view. Trying to simulate a family’s budget, we capped ourselves at $80 for the day. So no, that meant that we couldn’t go to the casino.
From Travelbite (out of the UK):
The world-famous Niagara Falls are a must-see attraction for anyone on a visit to New York state or the Canadian province of Ontario.
Straddling the international border between Canada and the United States, the waterfalls are renowned for their great natural beauty and have long been recognised as one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world.
Water from the falls, which were formed 12,000 years ago, comes from four of the five Great Lakes and the natural wonder is the largest single producer of hydroelectric power in the world.
If you’re on an adventure holiday in either of these North American countries, Niagara Falls is well worth a visit.
Someone with their own blog has posted about a recent trip to Niagara Falls (including pictures):
The people who manage the Niagara Falls area do a magnificent job of playing up the natural beauty of the area. This is especially true at night, when the falls are lit up in a dazzling array of colors.
At first, when Holly mentioned that the falls were lit at night, I was a bit skeptical. Again, I’m one who appreciates natural, unspoiled beauty; I suppose you could call me a minimalist. As the sun began to set, and we made our way over to dinner, I saw the first bit of lighting, and realized that, when done properly, a human addition to a natural spectacle could actually work out wel