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There’s more to Niagara than just the Falls

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From Canada.com:

In the morning you’re on a catamaran a few feet from the base of the world’s best-known waterfall, with green water the colour of a Chinese vase thundering down from above and enveloping you in a mad, swirling mist. At lunch you’re sipping Cabernet Sauvignon in a posh dining room overlooking ripening vineyards.

Later in the day you catch an intense production of Dracula at the world-renowned Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, then stop at the craft brewery in town before finishing things off with dinner.

I’ve probably been to Niagara Falls a dozen times now, and I seem to discover a different version each time.

Wine, whisky and drama: More to Niagara than just the Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

In the morning you’re on a catamaran a few feet from the base of the world’s best-known waterfall, with green water the colour of a Chinese vase thundering down from above and enveloping you in a mad, swirling mist. At lunch you’re sipping Cabernet Sauvignon in a posh dining room overlooking ripening vineyards.

Later in the day you catch an intense production of Dracula at the world-renowned Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, then stop at the craft brewery in town before finishing things off with an authentic Thai dinner.

Jet boats take to Niagara River for early season

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours launched five jet boats into the Niagara River Tuesday to get prepared for the summer season of taking people into the river rapids. Read More…

Artificial rink at Fort George ‘coolest place in town’

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This isn’t about Niagara Falls specifically, but a lot of people to visit Niagara Falls do end up travelling over to Niagara-on-the-lake.

From the Niagara Falls Review:

Parks Canada thinks the outdoor skating rink at Fort George is the coolest place in town.

It certainly boasts lots to back up the claim, offering free skating seven days a week, a building with a concession stand where skates can be rented, hot chocolate and other treats to enjoy around the fire pits, chairs and bales of straw providing seating, and twinkling lights and decorated trees to contribute ambience to a great outdoors experience.

Thanks to Vintage Hotels, the skating rink has been built with chillers, so the ice will stay frozen in temperatures up to 15 degrees Celsius – it’s expected to last into March.

Top 10: the best Niagara Falls hotels

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From The Telegraph:

Spectacular and easy to get to, Niagara Falls have been a honeymoon destination since the 19th century. Nowadays, romance is matched by casinos, spas and family amusements. There are actually three falls, the Canadian Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil Falls, and, as they straddle the US/Canada border, the question is: where to stay? The Ontario bank has the best views and offers much more for visitors, from helicopter rides and nearby vineyards to first-rate theatre in the pretty town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Across in New York is the small, gritty city of Niagara, where the waterfalls and riverbank are protected by a state park.

Pillar and Post plans moving forward

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Expansion plans by the Pillar and Post Inn and Spa that include development of the former C and C Yachts property next door were given the go-ahead by Niagara-on-the-Lake councillors Monday.

Official plan and zoning bylaw amendments would allow for increasing the size of the existing hotel on John Street and a mix of private and public uses for the Regent Street site, including an outdoor event area, conference and administration buildings, a parking garage and an extensively landscaped park.

ZAVITZ: Descending the gorge — without a zipline

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It’s a genuine hit!

As a new and much anticipated Niagara Falls attraction, Wildplay’s MistRider Zipline, which debuted last month, has attracted a massive amount of interest.

Four high-speed parallel lines descend 670 metres into the Niagara River Gorge from Niagara Parks’ Grand View Marketplace near the foot of Clifton Hill.

I haven’t tried it yet — but I hope to.

The idea of going down into the gorge near the falls has appealed to many people over many years. This includes some of Niagara’s earliest visitors.

One of those was Elizabeth Simcoe, wife of John Graves Simcoe, Upper Canada’s (Ontario’s) first lieutenant-governor. The Simcoes were living in what is now Niagara-on-the-Lake at the time.

In her diary entry for Aug. 24, 1795, Elizabeth notes…

Biz crowd flying high over air service

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From the St Catharines Standard:

Bookings have begun rolling in for upcoming flights connecting Niagara and Toronto — and it comes as no surprise to Mishka Balsom.

The president and CEO of Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce believes the air service offered by Greater Toronto Airways announced Tuesday will be a “great benefit” to the local business community.

Flights, which officially take off Sept. 15, will depart Niagara District Airport in Niagara-on-the-Lake each weekday at 8:30 a.m. and land at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, also known as Toronto Island airport, less than 15 minutes later. Return flights will leave Toronto at 4:30 p.m.

The service — on a plane with six-to-eight seats — can also be used for day trips to Niagara, departing Toronto at 7:15 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m.

Should Canada’s Niagara region become the 8th Wonder of the World?

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From Global News:

A social media campaign is underway to add Niagara Falls and Ontario’s nearby wine country, Niagara-on-the-Lake, to the Wonders of the World.

“The public domain has been debating world wonders for a long time and we have decided to stake our claim once and for all,” said Jody Larose, the executive director at Tourism Partnership of Niagara.

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Whirlpool jets into 25th year

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

When Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours opened its doors in 1992, it was a modest affair.

A single boat took passengers through soaking whitewater from the Niagara River mouth in Niagara-on-the-Lake through the Devil’s Hole Rapids to the Niagara Whirlpool.

This year marks the 25th for the business headquartered in the town.

It now boasts a fleet of eight, 50-passenger jet boats that depart from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Ont., (via a shuttle to the Queenston dock) and Lewiston, N.Y.

Its format: approximately one-hour tours that fold in highlights about the famous river’s complex geology and history.

Passengers also choose between two types of trips; wet or dry in a covered “Jet Dome.”

This season is the earliest ever, following one of the mildest winters in recent years. The launch is about three weeks earlier than usual.

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