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    Buddhist museum opens in Niagara Falls

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    From CHCH TV (includes video):

    Hundreds of people turned out for the grand opening of the Buddhist museum. The first in North America and located right in the heart of Niagara Falls.

    The 7 storey museum contains relics and artifacts from all over South East Asia and has over two thousand years of Buddhist culture waiting to be shared.

    Letter: Retain natural beauty around Niagara Falls

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    From a letter to the editor in the Buffalo News:

    If Frederick Law Olmsted were around today to learn about plans to improve tourism in Niagara Falls, he would remind people that compared with the Canadian side, Niagara Falls State Park lets walkers enjoy one of the most beautiful natural areas in North America.

    “It has incomparably greater beauty of a kind depending on refinement and delicacy, and subtle qualities of natural elements of scenery, and these largely apart from the actual cataract – incomparably greater beauty of a kind in which the nearness to the eye of illumined spray and mist and fleeting waters, and of the intricate disposition of leaves, with infinitely varied play of light and shadow, refraction and reflections, and much else that is indefinable in conditions of water, air and foliage are important parts.”

    Deals will lure travelers to Niagara Falls, Alaska in 2013

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    I don’t imagine there are too many people choosing between Niagara Falls and Alaska 🙂

    From the Detroit Free Press:

    Where are the best travel deal destinations for 2013? In North America, they will be in Niagara Falls and Alaska, according to a new analysis by Travelzoo.com, a website that tracks deals.

    An increase in cruise ships going to Alaska means prices should come down on cruises and cruise-land packages there. Niagara Falls, meanwhile, has lots of hotels competing on price, pushing down the costs of spa, meal and room packages.

    Towering resort planned for Niagara Falls, Ont.

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A resort that would consist of the tallest buildings in Niagara Falls, Ont., is in the works.

    Developers Ralph Terrio and Hunter Milborne are moving forward on plans for two gleaming towers, one with 61 stories, the other with 60 stories, on River Road near the Rainbow Bridge. The project cleared an important hurdle with the City Council in Niagara Falls, Ont., last week.

    The two towers would be joined by a pedestrian bridge over Hiram Street and a tunnel underneath. At 751 feet in height, the taller of the two would soar past Buffalo’s tallest building, One HSBC Center, which is about 528 feet tall, as well as the Skylon Tower, which is about the same height as the HSBC skyscraper.

    The new resort would also rank among the tallest hotels in North America. The second tower in the project would be 732 feet tall.

    Water park finds magical way to entertain kids

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    Apparently the Niagara Falls Great Wolf Lodge has a new interactive game that is being installed. The Niagara Falls Review Business Beat has a report:

    You have to watch your step walking through the halls of Great Wolf Lodge.

    Even on a weekday winter morning, dozens of kids are running around from floor to floor of the Niagara Falls resort and waterpark.

    In their hands are magic wands (computerized magic, of course) that they use to find hidden treasure, slay dragons and bring characters to life.

    It’s all part of MagiQuest, a new interactive game being installed at Great Wolf Lodge locations across North America, including Niagara Falls.

    Battle Ground Hotel offers taste of early tourism

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Access to mass transportation in the middle 1800s created new industries and introduced destinations such as Niagara Falls to the masses.

    Railroad networks provided easier access to the wonders of North America and Niagara Falls was one of the major must see attractions, just as it is today.

    At this time, people were also seeking out the historical points of interest in the region. Survivors from the War of 1812 could be found throughout the region, providing first hand accounts of the battles.

    In Niagara Falls, competition for these tourists was fierce. The battleground at Lundy’s Lane is the highest point in the city, so it also provided one of the best views away from the Falls. To take advantage of that, inns and taverns opened up in the area based on the proximity to the battlefield and tourism promoters also created towers to overlook the battlefield and the surroundings.

    Built in the 1820s, Adam Fralick modified his home and reopened it as the Battle Ground Hotel — a tavern and early tourist destination.

    Hostels in Lisbon, Montreal, Niagara Falls win 9th annual Hoscar awards

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    From Yahoo! Canada News:

    The best hostels in the world are in Lisbon, according to voters for the annual Hoscar awards, who also singled out hostels in Montreal and Niagara Falls, Ont., as being the best in North America.

    Travellers House, located in the centre of Lisbon, was named best overall — praised in recent reviews posted to Hostelworld.com for its cleanliness, “super friendly staff” and welcoming atmosphere.

    Lisbon Lounge Hostel was in second place and the city’s similarly named Living Lounge Hostel was in third.

    Montreal Central, near the bars and cafes of that city’s Latin Quarter, was ranked the best hostel in North America, followed by ACBB Hostel Niagara in Niagara Falls, Ont., in second and USA Hostels San Francisco in third.

    Mickey set to flip the switch

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The leaves have fallen, the pumpkins are gone and the Christmas decorations are out of storage.

    But around Niagara Falls, the season doesn’t formally start until Mickey Mouse says so.

    The Disney icon will once again flip the switch Saturday night at Queen Victoria Park to get the 28th CAA Winter Festival of Lights underway. In a flash, more than 125 displays and three million lights will dazzle the city, making it one of North America’s largest lights festivals.

    “It kind of officially turns the city into winter mode,” says festival general manager Dino Fazio. “It certainly drives a lot of overnight tourism (this weekend) … that’s when we start to see people showing up.

    “They’ll come on a regular basis. There are those that come now but also want to see (the lights) when the snow falls as well.”

    From Frightening to Fun, Niagara Events Have It All This Halloween

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    From a PRWeb press release seen on Yahoo! News:

    Halloween is not for the faint of heart in Niagara Falls with ghoulish Niagara events all around the popular districts of Clifton Hill, Fallsview Boulevard and Lundy’s Lane.

    Clifton Hill is the destination for family fun on Halloween with attractions such as the House of Frankenstein, Mystery Maze and the Crystal Caves. The district is also the home of Nightmares Fear Factory, the longest running haunted house in North America, built on the site of the once industrious Cataract Coffin Factory where eccentric proprietor Abraham Mortimer was killed and is said to still walk the halls seeking revenge. For over 30 years, the attraction has been scaring, thrilling and challenging guests to survive, with over 100,000 chickening out and heading for the exits.

    Festival stretched an extra three weeks

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The 28th annual CAA Winter Festival of Lights will be brighter, larger and most definitely longer.

    This year’s event will stretch an extra three weeks, running Nov. 6 to Jan. 31 to accommodate holiday-weary visitors who don’t have time to visit during the Christmas rush.

    In addition, the festival’s scenic route along the Niagara Parkway will now extend down to Queen St. with a new district called Santa’s Village. In addition to the 125 light displays and three million individual lights, it makes this Canada’s largest lights festival, and among the largest in North America.

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