I get Google Alerts for things that pertain to Niagara Falls. Neither of these stories are particularly tourism-related, but were still interesting, so I figured I’d share them…
Niagara Gazette – A daughter’s journey: Minnesota woman’s trek to Niagara Falls turns up gift of family she never knew
Pam Edwards, a native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, found answers she was seeking about her dead father when a friend used Ancestry.com to help her find uncles and extended family in the Niagara Region.
Toronto Star – What I learned on my long, lovely limp along the Trans Canada Trail
I walked the paved path through Queenston Heights along the edge of the gorge that drops to the frothing Niagara River. On this side was the Canada that Brock and his troops helped preserve; on the other was our leviathan neighbour.
This isn’t directly in Niagara Falls, but Niagara Parks Commission does take care of the place, and it is just a short drive up the road, so I figured I’d include it.
On Saturday my family went up to Queenston Heights for a picnic. It is a huge park overlooking the Niagara River. It is also the park where Brock’s Monument is. We had a nice picnic, and the kids played around on the playground and got a bit wet on the (pathetic) splash pad. One of my sisters wanted to go up the tower, and asked me to go along. The last time I had gone up (many years ago), it was free, but they asked for a donation. It is now $4.50 for an adult. What? $4.50 just to walk up some stairs? It seems pricey to me. Needless to say, we didn’t go up.
As you can see by the pictures, it was a beautiful day!
I was talking to my neighhbour the other day. He had originally told me he was going to Safari Niagara on Father’s Day. I asked him how the trip was, and he said that he hadn’t gone as he went to the Niagara Falls Motorcycle Rally (he’s got a Harley and loves to ride). I asked him how it was, and these were his thoughts:
- He had originally hear that it would have more than the big rally in Port Dover (I read one estimate of 50,000 bikers). He estimates there were 300-500 bikers (I can’t say how accurate that is). This is surprising given the publicity, and promotion on Facebook and Twitter
- He felt the ride was too short. He’s used to rides that could be 30km-50km. This one was only around 10-20 km. They started at Rapidsview Park (across from Marineland), went up to the roundabout by Queenston Heights, and then ended at Table Rock Place.
- He said there were very few vendors at Rapidsview Park (he commented specifically that there were no t-shirts available), and very little food or drink available.
- He said he wouldn’t go again. I’ve looked at some of the comments on Facebook, and he may be in the minority. It seems that although many people feel there is lots of room for improvement, they still enjoyed themselves. I’m sure my neighbour will go again.
I realize that these are the comments of only one person, but I still thought they were worth sharing.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
The last time bikers invaded Niagara Falls, tensions were high between police and Hells Angels members from across Canada.
Eight years later, the roar of Harleys won’t be quite as ominous as bikers gather for Father’s Day weekend in June. The first annual Niagara Biker Rally aims to bring motorcycle enthusiasts from across Canada to town to raise money for charity.
“It’s common knowledge that there are an awful lot doctors and lawyers and business people who enjoy riding,” says Niagara Falls Tourism board of directors president Wayne Thomson.
“Are we suggesting people wearing colours are coming here for a wild time? Absolutely not.”
After approval from the Niagara Parks Commission, the rally is scheduled for June 18 to 20. The main event is a mass biker gathering June 20 at 11 a.m. at the Rapidsview parking lot, where riders will begin a cruise along the Niagara Parkway to Queenston Heights, then back to the parking lot near Table Rock.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
An historic Canadian landmark is getting a spruce-up thanks to $500,000 in federal infrastructure spending announced Monday.
Queenston Heights in Niagara-on-the-Lake will see its worn interpretive signs and deteriorated wood stairways and railings replaced.
A series of interpretive plaques will also be installed along the Niagara Parkway exploring themes from the War of 1812 to the Underground Railroad.
The work will help prepare for War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations planned at Queenston Heights.