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    An Eventful Niagara Visit

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    I have been gone for a little while – wait until you hear why.  I actually managed a trip to the Falls.  I traveled alone in mid-April.  My husband couldn’t get away from work and I didn’t want to bore anyone while I fiddled with my camera settings and lenses.

    So, I get to the Falls and make a run to Niagara-on-the-Lake, then head to Queen Victoria Park. At around 3:00, I get out of the car in front of Victoria House. That’s when my back seizes up a bit.  Let me remind you – I’m alone!  Determined to get the shots I came for, I grab a hefty backpack of equipment and head into the park.

    Here’s a couple of shots I managed to get before…..

    smooth falls

    … needless to say, the more I pushed the issue, the more my back pushed back.  I went back to the hotel and took some pain relievers and hoped for some relief by morning. I was having trouble getting up from chairs at this point. By morning, I knew I had to leave a day earlier than planned or find out what a Canadian ER was like.

    I managed to pack my bags but lifting them was out of the question. This is where I have to give a shout out to the staff of the Courtyard by Marriott!  After explaining my situation, some of the staff helped me pack my car. I settled in for the 4 hour drive to Pittsburgh… and was pulled over at the border for a random check. Just what I needed. Of course, I had nothing to hide, but it was pretty inconvenient to have to get out of the car in my condition.  They could have decided to detain the nut-job using her time in the waiting room to do back stretches …. but I was free to go.

    After that, I decided to head over onto Goat Island and park at Three Sisters Islands (my favorite spot) to check that my luggage and equipment hadn’t been disturbed too badly. I saw that there were some areas under construction on the island, but none so extensive as Three Sisters. I had heard that there was a plan for renovation there. From some comments I’ve seen on the web, a lot of people are concerned about this idea.

    Here are some pics:

    THREE SISTERS

    In the middle shot, you can see the first bridge on the right.  They formed a dirt bridge over the upper rapids to get equipment to the next island!  I read a PDF online outlining the plans.  I am trying to stay positive on it and trust that the changes won’t be too intrusive. I like the natural state of the place – especially that last rocky island. But even I have to admit that it needed some tidying up. Those invasive purple flowers needed to be taken care of, too.

    Here is my favorite shot at Three Sisters from a few years back…. taken approximately where they now have that temporary dirt bridge…..

    Ducks horiz copy

    It was late evening and the sun was just perfect – I was just about to turn away when I saw this Mom and her baby ducks.    I’m just so disappointed in that blunt-cut log. I guess that is some of the clean up I was talking about.

    So, while I’ve been off the radar, I’ve been rehabbing my back.  I am finally feeling even better than before this whole thing happened!  I’m looking forward to scheduling my next trip… with a traveling companion this time.

    But back to the Falls… I know we normally talk Canadian affairs, but what do you think about the construction going on across the creek?  Do you have concerns that it will be overdone or do you think it’s long overdue?

    Sleep Cheap 2010 participating hotels

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    The original information can be found here. As of the time of the original posting, there are 28 hotels participating, along with a special rate for the Bird Kingdom and skating at the new Gale Centre.

    The participating hotels for Sleep Cheap 2010 are:

    1. Americana Conference Resort & Spa
      8444 Lundy’s Lane
      Niagara Falls, ON L2H 1H4
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.sleepcheapamericana.com
      905-356-8444
    2. Comfort Inn Clifton Hill
      4960 Clifton Hill
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S8
      905-358-3293
    3. Days Inn Near the Falls
      5943 Victoria Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L8
      905-374-3333
    4. Days Inn North of the Falls
      4029 River Road
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E5
      905-356-6666
    5. Days Inn and Suites By the Falls Hotel
      5068 Centre Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N9
      905-357-2550
    6. Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton
      6039 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara falls, ON L2G 3V6
      905-358-3817
    7. Embassy Suites Hotel Niagara Falls Fallsview
      6700 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
      905-353-6597
    8. Falls Plaza
      6045 Stanley Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3Y3
      905-353-6597
    9. Fallsview Casino Resort
      6380 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7X5
      905-374-3598
    10. Four Points by Sheraton
      6455 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V9
      905-353-6597
    11. Great Wolf Lodge
      3950 Victoria Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M8
      1-888-878-1818
    12. Hampton Inn North of the Falls
      4357 River Road
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E8
      905-358-5555
    13. Hilton Hotel & Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview
      6361 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V9
      Thursday Night Availability Only
      905-353-7219
    14. Holiday Inn by the Falls
      5339 Murray Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2J3
      905-356-1333
    15. Howard Johnson Hotel
      5905 Victoria Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L8
      905-357-4040
    16. Tower Hotel
      6732 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
      905-356-1501
    17. Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa
      6740 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
      905-357-7300
    18. Michael’s Inn by the Falls
      5599 River Road
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3H3
      905-354-2727
    19. Niagara Falls Baymont Inn & Suites
      5234 Ferry Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1R5
      905-374-7771
    20. Niagara Falls Courtyard by Marriott
      5950 Victoria Ave.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L7
      905-358-3083
    21. Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls
      6546 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W2
      905-356-4514
    22. Old Stone Inn
      5425 Robinson Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7L6
      905-357-1234
    23. Quality Hotel Fireside
      4067 River Road
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E5
      905-374-2027
    24. Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview
      6733 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W7
      905-356-1944
    25. Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Centre
      6755 Fallsview Boulevard
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W7
      905-374-1077
    26. Sheraton on the Falls (Fallsview Waterpark)
      5875 Falls Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.niagarafallssleepcheap.ca
    27. Skyline Inn (Fallsview Waterpark)
      4800 Bender Hill
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.niagarafallssleepcheap.ca
    28. Sterling Inn and Spa
      5195 Magdalen Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3S6
      289-292-0000

    Sleep Cheap 2009 Participating Hotels

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    Here is a list of the 28 hotels that are participating in the Niagara Falls 2009 Sleep Cheap, Charities Reap event. (you can see the official PDF here):

    1. Americana Conference Resort & Spa
      8444 Lundy’s Lane
      Niagara Falls, ON L2H 1H4
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.sleepcheapamericana.com
    2. Best Western Cairn Croft
      6400 Lundy’s Lane
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1T6
      905-356-1161
    3. Comfort Inn Clifton Hill
      4960 Clifton Hill
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S8
      905-358-3293
    4. Country Inn and Suites by Carlson
      5525 Victoria Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L3
      905-374-6040
    5. Crowne Plaza Fallsview
      (Fallsview Waterpark)
      5685 Falls Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.niagarafallssleepcheap.ca
    6. Days Inn Near the Falls
      5943 Victoria Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L8
      905-374-3333
    7. Days Inn North of the Falls
      4029 River Road
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E5
      905-356-6666
    8. Days Inn and Suites By the Falls Hotel
      5068 Centre Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3N9
      905-357-2550
    9. Doubletree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton
      6039 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara falls, ON L2G 3V6
      905-358-3817
    10. Embassy Suites Hotel Niagara Falls Fallsview
      6700 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.sleepcheapfallsviewhotels.com
    11. Falls Plaza
      (formerly Clarion President)
      6045 Stanley Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3Y3
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.sleepcheapfallsviewhotels.com
    12. Fallsview Plaza Hotel
      (formerly Renaissance Fallsview)
      6455 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V9
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.sleepcheapfallsviewhotels.com
    13. Hampton Inn North
      of the Falls
      4357 River Road
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E8
      905-358-5555
    14. Hilton Hotel & Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview
      6361 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
      905-353-7219
    15. Holiday Inn by the Falls
      5339 Murray Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 2J3
      905-356-1333
    16. Konica Minolta Tower Centre
      6732 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
      905-356-1501
    17. Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa
      6740 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W6
      905-357-7300
    18. Michael’s Inn by the Falls
      5599 River Road
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3H3
      905-354-2727
    19. Niagara Falls Courtyard by Marriott
      5950 Victoria Ave.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3L7
      905-358-3083
    20. Niagara Falls Baymont Inn & Suites
      5234 Ferry Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 1R5
      905-374-7771
    21. Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls
      6546 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W2
      905-356-4514
    22. Old Stone Inn
      5425 Robinson Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7L6
      905-357-1234
    23. Quality Hotel Fireside
      4067 River Road
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E5
      905-374-2027
    24. Radisson Hotel & Suites, Fallsview
      6733 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3S7
      905-356-1944
    25. Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Centre
      6755 Fallsview Blvd.
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W7
      905-374-1077
    26. Sheraton on the Falls
      (Fallsview Waterpark)
      5675 Falls Avenue
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3K7
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.niagarafallssleepcheap.ca
    27. Skyline Inn
      (Fallsview Waterpark)
      4800 Bender Hill
      Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7
      To book rooms go to our website at
      www.niagarafallssleepcheap.ca
    28. Sterling Inn and Spa
      5195 Magdalen Street
      Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3S6
      289-292-0000
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