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    Celebrate the Canada Day Weekend with Ontario’s Niagara Parks

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    From a Niagara Parks Commission press release seen at Niagara at Large:

    Niagara Parks is set to mark Canada’s 150th birthday with a full lineup of events over the July 1st weekend.

    Celebrate this momentous occasion at one of the country’s most iconic destinations with two days of entertainment featuring a free performance by Hollerado on Saturday, July 1; the launch of a brand-new Niagara Parks experience: Night Lights: Journey Behind the Falls After Dark; complimentary admission to Old Fort Erie and Laura Secord Homestead on Saturday, July 1; and bonus extended Falls Fireworks displays on Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2.

    March Break in Niagara Parks

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    The Niagara Parks Blog recently posted about a lot of activities that they will have running over the March Break. These include:

    • Northern Owls at the Butterfly Conservatory
    • March Break Matinees at Old Fort Erie
    • Print your own tribute for Canada 150
    • Save with the Niagara Falls Wonder Pass

    Check out the blog posting for more details

    ZAVITZ: Amazing 1939 discoveries made at Niagara forts

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    While recently reading some Niagara news from 1939 (yes, 1939), I came across some interesting items that I would like to share with you. All concern some sort of discovery.

    During the spring and summer of that year work was progressing on the restoration of Old Fort Erie which, of course, had played a major role during the War of 1812.

    In late May 1939, a startling find took place when the skeletons of nearly a hundred British soldiers were discovered lying in eight large wooden boxes buried in a shallow trench. The press account of the discovery noted, “In some places the bodies were found lying three deep. Among their bones in some cases were the actual musket balls that had struck them.”

    The story behind this discovery is both dramatic and tragic.

    Screenshots from Breakfast Television live from Niagara Falls

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    I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to get up early to see Breakfast Television in person, and in the end I decided not to. However, I did watch about half an hour of it on TV (from around 6:40 am to 7:10 am).

    It certainly did promote Niagara Falls well. At various times you could see the Falls, Oakes Garden Theatre, parts of Falls Ave, parts of Clifton Hill, Niagara SkyWheel, Niagara Helicopters, and more. There were several prizes given out, including passes for Niagara Helicopters and Maid of the Mist. There were people from Old Fort Erie, and of course the mayor, Ted Salci was there.

    It might seem kind of lame, but I took some pictures of my TV showing some of the scenes. As always, you can see the thumbnails below, and the full pictures in the 20100618 Breakfast Television in Niagara Falls gallery

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