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Daredevilry, Rescue And The Family That Couldn’t Escape The Niagara Falls

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The NPR show (from WBUR in Boston), Only a Game, had a repeat of this segment this past Saturday. I didn’t hear it the first time, but heard it on Saturday. It is a neat history of Red Hill and his family.

William “Red” Hill Sr. was born on Oct. 27, 1887 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. His career saving lives began when he carried his 4-year-old sister, Cora, out of their family’s burning home. For his bravery, he was awarded a medal from the Royal Canadian Humane Society. He was just 9 years old. But it was in the perilous waters of the Niagara River, not fire, where he saved the most lives.

Near Niagara Falls, a ‘secret’ bouldering spot grows in popularity

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From the Globe and Mail:

Not far from one of Ontario’s most famous sights – Niagara Falls, attracting 14 million visitors a year – is one of the province’s best-kept secrets: a hidden playground of large rock formations spread throughout the wooded trails of the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve, just above the rapid, cool water of the Niagara River.

The Glen is known as a relaxing hideaway from the touristy crowds. What many people don’t know: It’s also the best outdoor bouldering spot Southern Ontario has to offer.

If you haven’t heard of bouldering, it’s like rock climbing but without a rope. You climb up four or five metres instead of 20. You need a lot of body strength to do it, but it also picks your brain.

Tourism minister addresses summit

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Ontario Tourism Minister Eleanor McMahon celebrated the success of the sector in the province, while acknowledging it faces challenges as a result of her government’s policies.

“This sesquicentennial year has been nothing short of extraordinary, with so many special events and visitor experiences,” she told a room full of delegates during the second of a two-day Ontario Tourism Summit at Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls Tuesday.

“While there is much to celebrate, I am — we are — cognizant that there are some challenges on the horizon, and despite our significant assets and opportunities, you have been grappling with some challenges.”

Niagara Falls planning unreal holiday lights festival this year

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From blogTO:

Canada’s largest lights festival is celebrating its 35th anniversary in Niagara Falls this year – and organizers say it’ll be their “brightest season yet.”

More than a million people from around the world come each year to see more than two million lights displayed throughout Niagara Falls during the city’s annual Winter Festival of Lights.

“Tour our 8km long illumination route that travels through the beautiful landscapes of the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding tourist districts,” reads the Niagara Falls Tourism website.

New attraction at Cave of the Winds highlights larger redevelopment of Niagara Falls park

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From 88.7 WBFO:

A new attraction has opened at the Cave of the Winds in Niagara Falls, offering guests a year-round facility to learn about the natural wonder’s history. It’s also the latest completed project in an overall $70 million investment to update Niagara Falls State Park.

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WonderFalls Pass on sale for Niagara residents

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara residents were able to start purchasing their WonderFalls Pass Wednesday, which allows them to visit 10 Niagara Falls attractions for $10 per person or $30 per family.

Family passes are good for up to six people.

The initiative, now in its third year, was created by Coun. Victor Pietrangelo, and complements the annual Sleep Cheap Charities Reap fundraiser.

Niagara Falls shouldn’t build new convention center for at least 6 years, consultant says

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From the Buffalo News:

A Minneapolis consulting firm says Niagara Falls shouldn’t bother erecting a new multi-use facility for sports, conventions and concerts until it beefs up its off-season tourist attractions.

The draft report, obtained by The Buffalo News, says the city and Niagara County should wait at least six years to wait for investments in new attractions to bear fruit before considering such a facility.

Construction Watch: Niagara Falls Hyatt Place

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From BuffaloRising.com:

The Hyatt Place hotel at 310 Rainbow Boulevard in Niagara Falls is speeding towards an early 2018 opening. The $35 million project by Hamister Group, LLC broke ground in July 2016. The six-story, 128-room hotel will feature up to 6,600 sq.ft. of meeting and banquet space (including an outdoor patio) on the top floor and 7,000 sq.ft. of retail space along Old Falls Street.

New attraction at Niagara Falls part of $900m NY Parks 2020 plan

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From Blooloop.com:

A new $7m pre-show at Cave of the Winds is one of a series of new public and privately funded attractions coming to Niagara Falls.

The pre-show facility has a number of displays and a film screen room where a video highlights the history of Niagara Falls, a valuable source of hydroelectric power.

The ceremonial opening of the centre on 30 October drew attention to the scenic location’s importance – from its early beginnings to the day when architect Frederick Law Olmstead voiced concerns over the river’s waning flow, and founded the Free Niagara movement.

The movement believed that the natural beauty of the Falls needed protection from commercial interests and exploitation, and remain free to the public.

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