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    Artificial rink at Fort George ‘coolest place in town’

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    This isn’t about Niagara Falls specifically, but a lot of people to visit Niagara Falls do end up travelling over to Niagara-on-the-lake.

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Parks Canada thinks the outdoor skating rink at Fort George is the coolest place in town.

    It certainly boasts lots to back up the claim, offering free skating seven days a week, a building with a concession stand where skates can be rented, hot chocolate and other treats to enjoy around the fire pits, chairs and bales of straw providing seating, and twinkling lights and decorated trees to contribute ambience to a great outdoors experience.

    Thanks to Vintage Hotels, the skating rink has been built with chillers, so the ice will stay frozen in temperatures up to 15 degrees Celsius – it’s expected to last into March.

    Thank you from Travelodge At the Falls

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    Earlier this week I received the latest newsletter from the Niagara Clifton  Group (the Travelodge, Fun House, Brick City, etc).

    To sign up for the newsletter, click on the Join our FREE Email Mailing List link on the side of any of the pages at Falls.com

    Skating on an exhilarating edge in Niagara

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Okay, you’re up and moving gingerly on the new skates Santa brought, but can you stop?

    That question may arise in your mind this winter as you glide toward the brink of the Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls.

    The Rink at the Brink returned last month, but skaters this year are getting a true sense that they are skating near the edge of the roaring falls.

    Free skating at Rink at the Brink on Tuesday (today)

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Rink at the Brink will offer a free skate event Tuesday in support of Niagara food banks.

    Residents of Niagara can enjoy a complimentary skate rental and parking on Tuesday with proof of residency and a food or cash donation to Project SHARE, Community Care or the Hope Centre.

    A few “Rink at the Brink” pictures

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    On Saturday I walked down to the “Rink at the Brink” to take a few pictures. It was around 1 pm, and there were about 15 people skating. I had read the article in the Review about the fences, and they’re right! It is very difficult to actually get in.

    This first picture shows the fences, and that they run along the road separating the rink from the public. It also shows all of the empty land that people have to walk across in order to get to the rink.
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    This picture shows the side of the rink, with the “windows”. Apparently they open/roll them up sometimes.
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    Here you can see inside the rink.
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    Here is the entire rink enclosure, as seen from across the street.
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    Here is a panorama of the area from the Falls to the rink.
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    The ice is nice: Rink at the Brink is ready for skaters

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The unmistakable sound of winter in Canada -metal cutting into ice -will blend with the roar of Niagara Falls when the Rink at the Brink opens today.

    After two weeks of getting it ready, the Winter Festival of Lights attraction will open on Niagara Parks Commission land, creating a new winter attraction festival officials say they hope catches on like skating in New York’s Central Park or in front of Rockefeller Center.

    Outdoor skating rink to open Nov. 23 at ‘brink’ of Horseshoe Falls

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    From a Canadian Press article found at Yahoo! Canada News:

    A new public skating rink will open next month “a stone’s throw from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls,” say organizers of the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights.

    The outdoor Rink at the Brink, two-thirds the size of an NHL rink, will be located across from the newly renovated Table Rock Centre and offer excellent views of the Falls, says a release.

    It will be open daily between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. from Nov. 23 to Feb. 28. Skates and helmets will be available for rent, and skating lessons will also be offered.

    Admission without skate rental is $8 for adults, $5.75 for children.

    “We think it’s going to be a huge hit with both local residents and visitors to Niagara Falls,” said festival chair Joe Miszk.

    ‘Rink at the Brink’ gets the thumbs up

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Outdoor skating is on its way to Table Rock.

    The Niagara Parks Commission has approved a plan by the Winter Festival of Lights for the ‘Rink at the Brink,’ putting a 20- by-40-metre sheet of ice next to the Horseshoe Falls.

    Festival of Lights manager Dino Fazio envisions a family attraction similar to the world-famous rink at New York City’s Rockefeller Center.

    “It has been quite a challenge for us this year with this project,” he says. “The timelines have been tight since Day 1.”

    Planning began in February, and Fazio says the “logistics” were overwhelming.

    But once it’s up and running in November, he expects it to become an “iconic” winter attraction for the city.

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