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A visit to Prospect Point: Breathtaking views of Niagara Falls from state park

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From NewYorkUpstate.com (includes many nice photos):

It would be hard to be disappointed at the views from Prospect Point at Niagara Falls State Park, and that’s probably why more than 8 million people visit every year. The stunning view by day and by night can leave a visitor breathless and struggling for superlatives. You can walk out high over the Niagara River Gorge at the Prospect Point Observation Tower, or you can walk down to feel the spray coming off the Falls.

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…

Jet boats driven 100 yard from Falls

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

Marina owners decided to take their jet boats out through Niagara’s treacherous whirlpools and rapids Saturday morning.

Mike Fox and Chris Bohnenkamp, the owners of Fox BoyZ Marina, took two of their 26-foot BWC Gatlin jet boats from their Youngstown business out on the water. They came within just 100 yards of the Niagara Falls cataracts of the Niagara River Gorge.

Journey Behind the Falls to be limited for 2 weeks

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From the Buffalo News:

The Journey Behind the Falls, a tourist attraction that provides views from behind and beside the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, will be closed to visitors or will have limited access during the next two weeks as the Niagara Parks Commission conducts its annual spring maintenance along the rock wall of the Niagara River gorge.

Note: This article is from April 14. The attraction is closed entirely this week.

Maid of the Mist to return in 2012

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From Niagara This Week:

The Maid of the Mist will return to the water for the 2012 season on both sides of the Niagara River Gorge the company that runs the boat tours said Tuesday.

The Maid of the Mist Steamboat Company said it would continue with the service in 2012 after talks with the Niagara Parks Commission regarding operational issues.

The boat tours that ferry visitors to the foot of the Horseshoe falls from docks on both sides of the Niagara River were in jeopardy for 2012 after the NPC awarded a 30-year-lease for the services to Hornblower Canada, the Canadian arm of San Francisco-based Hornblower Cruises and Events.

In a brief news release, Maid of the Mist said tour boats will go into the water on April 12 — three weeks ahead of last year, due to unseasonably warm temperatures and ice-free conditions on Lake Erie and the Niagara River.

Wallenda needs Canadian approval or Falls walk proposal is dead: New York State Parks

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So as the details of the Nik Wallenda/Michael Chan meeting were coming out, there were also reports that if this is going to happen at all, it has to happen as a walk between the two countries. Apparently New York State officials have said a walk solely on the US side is not an option. It would cost too much money. This doesn’t really make sense to me. One of the big things that Mr. Wallenda was promoting to the Niagara Parks was that it wouldn’t cost them anything, as he would cover the costs for everything. If he would do that here, wouldn’t he do that in the US?

From the Niagara Falls Review:

It’s America to Canada — or bust — for Nik Wallenda, according to New York State Parks.

In a statement sent to The Niagara Falls Review Friday evening, New York State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said she has reached out to the tightrope walker to inform him the agency can’t support a high-wire act limited to the American Falls.

Wallenda has not been able to secure approval for an international crossing from Canadian authorities.

“A walk limited to the American Falls is not what New York approved or envisioned in legislation authorizing Nik Wallenda to traverse the Niagara River Gorge from the United States to Canada,” Harvey said in the statement.

“The costs to New York State of managing a walk only across the American Falls would exceed $1 million in direct state expenses, while, because of the physical topography of Niagara Falls and crowd-safety concerns, the number of people who could watch such a walk would be extremely limited.

“As a result, despite the costs to New York State, the vast majority of people on the U.S. side would be turned away from the park and never see the walk.”

How much do you think you know about Niagara Falls? Take the quiz

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This quiz was in the Niagara Falls Review last week, but it is still worth trying. Here are some of the questions, and click through to read them all and see all of the options and answers…

  1. Rounded to the nearest thousand, what is the population of Niagara Falls?
  2. What anniversary is the Niagara Parks Commission’s School of Horticulture celebrating this year?
  3. What is Niagara Falls’ official flower?
  4. Which of these parks is the oldest?
  5. How many lights illuminate the falls each night?
  6. The first person to perform on a tightrope stretched across the Niagara River Gorge was
  7.  Which one of these carmakers once had a glass plant in Niagara Falls?

Should experienced high-wire walker be allowed to cross the falls?

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Since he was a boy Nik Wallenda has dreamed of walking over Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

“It’s just something I’ve wanted to do my entire life,” said Wallenda, 32, a U.S.-based highwire walker who hopes to do a 2,200-foot crossing of the Niagara River Gorge and Horseshoe Falls next summer.

That lifelong dream got a boost from lawmakers on the American side of the Niagara River on Wednesday when the New York State Assembly voted overwhelmingly, with just one dissenting member, to permit Wallenda to do the walk. Before that, the state Senate voted 62-0 to give him the OK.

But Wallenda needs more than just the support from Albany if he is to realize his dream. To cross into Canada, he would need the approval of the Niagara Parks Commission, an agency that has long been opposed to such endeavours.

The Niagara Power Project turns 50

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From the Buffalo News:

A small army of men and machines moved into Niagara Falls and Lewiston half a century ago to build the $720 million Niagara Power Project that forever changed the face of the lower Niagara River gorge and ignited unending debate over the project itself, the allocation of electricity and the project’s legacy.

As remembered in today’s Buffalo News Niagara Weekend section, Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller flipped a symbolic red-handled switch at 11:35 a.m. on Feb. 10, 1961, that formally put into service the largest water-driven power complex in the free world.

Moses Parkway poll supports compromise

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From the Buffalo News:

A significant majority of partisans on both sides of the issue agreed Tuesday that there is hope for a compromise on the future of the Robert Moses Parkway that would please some people but would anger others.

An unscientific poll among 180 people at a meeting in the Earl W. Brydges Public Library showed that 62 percent of them felt a reasonable compromise could be reached somewhere between the extremes of removing the parkway altogether or restoring it to its original concept of a four-lane divided highway along the upper rim of the Niagara River gorge between Niagara Falls and Lewiston.

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