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    Glowing review for 36th Winter Festival of Lights

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    From Niagara This Week:

    It was another successful season for the Winter Festival of Lights, with increased visitor traffic and donations.

    The 90-day festival, which ran Nov. 3 to Jan. 31, saw 89,350 vehicles and 464 tour buses go through Dufferin Islands, up from the roughly 76,000 vehicles and 400 buses the previous season.

    Small motels enjoying tourism boom

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s not just the traditional tourism powerhouses in Niagara Falls that are experiencing a banner summer season.

    The smaller mom and pop motels along Lundy’s Lane are also reaping the benefits of a strong U.S. dollar and a weaker Canadian loonie.

    “This year we’re seeing at least a 15 to 20 per cent increase in business,” said Max Patel, general manager of the Westlodge Inn & Suites.

    “I think it’s the dollar. Canadians are staying on this side because of the price.”

    Brief Marineland 2014 season recap

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    Occasionally I have a regular reader send me in his thoughts/observations about Marineland. Like a lot of people, he is conflicted about the park. He has great memories and see so much potential, but the current situation just doesn’t seem right.

    Here are some of his comments:

    I still check the park periodically via social media and such as I haven’t been to the park in ages… I’m hoping to go for the 2015 season!

    But here’s a recap of the 2014 season:

    • In March 2014 there was a bulldozer spotted behind Friendship Cove’s area

    • Peanut and her calf from 2013 passed away during the winter 2013-2014

    • Kelowna’s 2nd calf passed away in the winter 2013-2014

    • Kiska began play sessions with toys since May-June

    • Isis, Acadia, Aurora, Skyla, Rose and Talia were pregnant this year; all have given birth to healthy calves but Talia whom is still expecting or a stillbirth occurred (unconfirmed)

    • Belyi, the park’s first beluga passed away in August

    • Rain and Charmin are the only wild caught females who haven’t gotten pregnant yet.

    • Deadmau5 letter to the park… I personally want to take over MLC in a heartbeat but I can’t 🙁

    Note: These are just his observations and I have presented them as is. I do not know how accurate they are, and have not tried to confirm anything.

    Maid of the Mist may not run again

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    Apparently there is concern now about whether the existing Maid of the Mist will run this season. I’m sure something will get resolved.

    Here are some articles about it:

    Summer 2010 is “over”… was it good?

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    I know that summer doesn’t officially end in this part of the world until September 21, but in this tourist area it might as well be over. The beginning of September and the passing of Labour Day makrs the beginning of school. That means that family vacations are no more. The weekends might still be busy here, but things are significantly slower during the week.

    So, how as Summer 2010? It’s hard to get a good read on this. Admittedly, I haven’t contacted anyone who their input (I don’t think they’d give me an honest answer anyway), but my impression was that it was a better year that they’ve had the last couple. Here are a few of my own observations (including some comments I’ve made before):

    • There often seemed to be a lot of people around
    • There were more US license plates seen
    • The weather was fantastic
    • Apparently the motorcycle get-together, and the Elvis festival were not big hits
    • The new Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville opened and always seems to have a decent number of people in it
    • I didn’t go, but it sounds like the party for the opening of the Hart & Huntington tattoo shop was the place to be

    Hopefully the last couple of years were the bottom, and with improved business will come even more growth. I assume that the new convention centre will only help…

    Karl’s Canada Blog: Marineland & Niagara Falls

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    Someone with a Blogger blog posted about a recent trip to Niagara Falls (with pictures):

    Monday was thanksgiving holiday so we decided to take the opportunity to go to Marineland and Niagara. We thought that we would have heaps of time to do everything we wanted but of course ran out of time. What we did do though was have an amazing time. The first thing we did was go to Marineland. It was the last weekend of the season and it was cold. You will see by our clothing and the look on our faces that it was cold.

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