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    Cruisin’ the country in vintage style

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    From Niagara This Week:

    or Rodney and Linda Tritten, a visit to Niagara Falls was always one of those bucket list things.

    Now the Saskatchewan couple can check that one off as the Tritten’s, along with 99 other couples, stopped for an impromptu classic car show on Queen Street on Sunday. They are a part of the Canada Coasters, a classic car group that takes their vehicles across the country once every 10 years. This year, the group is marking the 50th anniversary of the first tour taken in 1967.

    “We’re having a ball,” Linda said, as she and Rodney parked their 1953 Pontiac Chieftain along Queen Street and sought out some nearby shade. “We’re doing this just to see the country.”

    Cochrane display joins Daredevil Alley in Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Daredevil Alley in Niagara Falls has a prominent new tenant.

    Jay Cochrane, the legendary wirewalker who made Niagara Falls his second home, has been memorialized with a large display at the Queen Street attraction. Read More…

    Something sweet on Queen Street

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Here comes the fudge.

    Things just got a little sweeter on Queen Street with the arrival of the Niagara Falls Fudge Company.

    But while the store may be new, there’s a lot of tradition being packed into those near half-pound bricks being sold in 12 different varieties. That’s because co-owners Ross Gigliotti and Bill Koldenhof have enlisted the services of Koldenhof’s father, Hank, who was the long-time operator of Maple Leaf Fudge in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Fudge has been Hank’s life for nearly 50 years.

    Information on WEGO transportation system (People Mover replacement)

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    As a frequent visitor to Niagara Falls, I was lucky enough to take advantage with the People Movers Bus Line operated by the Niagara Parks Commission. On 8-13-12 The WEGO Bus line took over for the People Movers bringing transportation in Niagara Falls to a more current and highly functioning operation not to mention a larger travel area. Please check out a little information about the WEGO Bus line.

    WEGO connects you to Niagara Falls accommodations and the tourist areas. WEGO is part of a partnership between the City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Parks Commission. To provide bus service to visiting tourist. WEGO delivers people’s connections between tourist attractions within the city and Niagara Parks, helping you to experience all that Niagara Falls has to offer. WEGO is fully accessible and will operate year-round, giving easy, convenient service to travelers from around the globe who visit Niagara Falls. At Niagara Parks, WEGO  replaces the familiar fleet of People mover buses which have operated seasonally for over 26 years.

    WEGO features four different bus lines that all meet in Niagara Parks at Table Rock next to the Horseshoe Falls. This is the main transfer hub from the Blue, Red and Purple lines serving the city tourist areas, to the Green line that runs through Niagara Parks.

    The Four Lines are:

    Green Line – Niagara Parks

    Blue Line – Fallsview, Victoria Centre, Clifton Hill

    Red Line – Lundy’s Lane

    Purple Line – Downtown Queen Street

    WEGO operates daily from as early as 9 a.m. to as late as 1 a.m., April through October. A WEGO bus will arrive at most stops every 20 to 30 minutes. Modified service will be offered November through March.

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    2012 Retail Pricing

    Until October 24:

    24-Hour Pass – Adults $7.00 and Kids $4.00

    48-Hour Pass – Adults $11.50 and Kids $8.00

    October 25 to April 14

    Ride the Second Day Free – Adults $7.00 and Kids $4.00

    Adults = 13+ Years

    Kids = 6-12 Years

    Kids under 6 Ride Free

    Purchase your WEGO Pass at the following locations:

    Campark Campground 9387 Lundy’s Lane 905-358-3873

    Comfort Inn Fallsview 6645 Fallsview Boulevard 905-358-9353

    DO Niagara/Nightmares Fear Factory 5631 Victoria Avenue 905-357-3327

    Embassy Suites by Hilton Fallsview 6700 Fallsview Boulevard 1-800-420-6980

    Falls Convenience 5613 Victoria Avenue 905-356-6103

    Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls 5905 Victoria Avenue 905-357-4040

    KOA Campground 8625 Lundy’s Lane 905-354-6472

    Niagara Falls Inter-City Bus Terminal 4555 Erie Avenue 905-357-2133

    Niagara Falls Tourism 5400 Robinson Street 905-356-6061

    Niagara Information Centre 5615 Stanley Avenue 905-941-1970

    Reg’s Candy Kitchen Rainbow Bridge Plaza 905-356-4229

    Scotiabank Convention Centre 6815 Stanley Avenue 905-357-6222

    Souvenir City 4199 River Road 1-866-344-0985

    Super 8 North of the Falls 4009 River Road 905-356-0131

    Tourism Excellence Niagara 424 South Service Road, Grimsby 1-800-263-2988

    Wallenda’s World

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    From the Niagara This Week:

    It’s an interesting time in Niagara Falls.

    The CAA Winter Festival of Lights are in full swing, the songs of the season echo down Queen Street. But the Niagara Parks Commission is not in a Christmas mood.

    Playing the grinch to Nik Wallenda’s bid to walk across the gorge on a high wire, a decision to not allow the event — although understandable under the terms in which the NPC operates and its anti-stunting stance — isn’t necessarily the right one. There are always exceptions, rules are made to be broken and all that.

    Queen Street Retail video

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    Regular visitor Dan let me know about this.

    It isn’t in the main tourist districts of Clifton Hill or Fallsview, but downtown Niagara Falls (Queen Street) is becoming more of a destination for people. I’m not sure exactly who is in charge of what, but a group out of Maryland has created a marketing video for the district to attract developers and tenants. You can see it on YouTube or below:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mOdD5RNQHQ

    FIXING THE FALLS: Inspiration is right across the border

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Credit the idea for this week’s Sunday centerpiece to Frank Croisdale, founder of the group Niagara Rises.

    I was chatting with him about our plans for the ongoing series on economic development when he mentioned Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ont.

    Frank described it as a street not unlike, say, Main Street, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The strip had lost a lot of its luster and had more empty storefronts than filled ones.

    As Frank told it, some people came along with an idea to rebuild Queen Street’s vitality by, well, basically giving away some of the empty space.

    Hudak also abandoned tourism

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s ironic to hear Ontario Conservative Leader Tim Hudak accuse the Liberal government of “abandoning” tourism in Niagara Falls, but that’s politics.

    Hudak and Conservative tourism critic Ted Arnott blasted Liberal Tourism Minster Michael Chan for not visiting Niagara Falls since he became the provincial cabinet minister responsible for the industry in January.

    While Hudak met last week with business leaders from Niagara’s industry, Arnott emailed (for at least the third time) a press release saying “McGuinty Liberals abandon Niagara tourism.”

    But when it comes to abandoning Niagara, Hudak seems to have a short memory. In 1995, he was part of the Mike Harris government that scrapped plans to move the entire Ministry of Tourism headquarters to Queen Street, Niagara Falls from downtown Toronto.

    If the Tories had relocated the ministry office to the Honeymoon Capital from the provincial capital, every tourism minister would have visited Niagara Falls regularly to check in with the bureaucracy staff.

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