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    Outdoor skating rink a hit with community

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    I know this isn’t directly related to Niagara Falls, but I posted about it before, so I figured I’d post this follow-up:

    From Niagara This Week:

    The outdoor skating rink at Fort George is turning out to be a real hot spot.

    Since being opened in partnership by Vintage Hotels and Parks Canada last month the skating rink has welcomed thousands of people as of the end of 2016 — and that was without the hundreds who took the time to hit the ice on New Year’s Day on Sunday. The rink was packed with skaters, some with families, and others, such as Bryon Mikkelson, on their own.

    Mikkelson, of Welland, made an impromptu visit to the rink on Jan. 1, deciding it would be a fun activity to ring in 2017.

    “This is a really neat chance to enjoy a beautiful site and something that is truly a slice of Canadiana,” said Mikkelson. “We need more sites like this.”

    Jet boat reprieve

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Whirlpool Jets Boats could soon find itself again looking for temporary docking space in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    Parks Canada has agreed to rent its dock at Navy Hall to the tour company until only June 15.

    The jet-boat operator has been using the wooden wharf as a passenger pickup point since it was forced from the municipality’s Melville Street dock following a recent court ruling.

    “It’s a temporary fix giving a tour operator some short-term relief, so they don’t have to close down their business immediately and cause disappointment to a lot of people who are coming to Niagara-on-the-Lake specifically for that,” said Bob Andrews, Parks Canada superintendent of Niagara historic sites.

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