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    Near Niagara Falls, a ‘secret’ bouldering spot grows in popularity

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    From the Globe and Mail:

    Not far from one of Ontario’s most famous sights – Niagara Falls, attracting 14 million visitors a year – is one of the province’s best-kept secrets: a hidden playground of large rock formations spread throughout the wooded trails of the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve, just above the rapid, cool water of the Niagara River.

    The Glen is known as a relaxing hideaway from the touristy crowds. What many people don’t know: It’s also the best outdoor bouldering spot Southern Ontario has to offer.

    If you haven’t heard of bouldering, it’s like rock climbing but without a rope. You climb up four or five metres instead of 20. You need a lot of body strength to do it, but it also picks your brain.

    Niagara Falls: A tale of two countries

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    From the Centre Daily Times:

    New York State is one of few places where you don’t necessarily travel north to get to Canada.

    A chunk of Southern Ontario actually lies south and west of the Empire State, making the nickname “True North” more of a quip.

    And if you make it to Niagara Falls, you can find yourself in two places at once — a phrase that may seem like an oxymoron, but something that is, in fact, possible.

    Niagara Falls is a collective name for three waterfalls that intersect the International Boundary Line in New York State and Ontario, Canada.

    It’s also the name of the cities where the falls lie.

    Noel Buckley to head Scotiabank Convention Centre

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    Noel Buckley, a recognized Niagara Falls, Ont. hospitality industry leader, is returning to Southern Ontario to run the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

    Buckley, 55, has been named the convention center’s president and general manager, filling a position that had vacant for nearly 20 months. Buckley was selected for a national headhunting search. He begins his new Niagara Falls tenure next month.

    Terms of his new contract were not disclosed.

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    Biz Beat: Hooters returning to Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The orange short shorts are making a comeback.

    After a three-year absence from Niagara Falls, John Goard, director of operations for Hooters in southern Ontario, said the world-famous restaurant known for its scantily-dressed waitresses is returning.

    “Niagara Falls is a major, worldwide tourist market and we need to be there,” said Goard.

    An application to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario for a liquor licence was recently approved meaning an opening could happen sometime this spring, Goard said. The restaurant will be on the ground floor of the Baymont Inn on Ferry St.

    Hooters to try again in N.F., Ont.

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    Hooters is making a return to the Niagara region of Southern Ontario.

    Niagara Falls, Ont. development officials confirmed Thursday that Hooters has signed a lease to occupy the first floor of the Baymont Inn on Ferry Street, just two blocks from Fallsview Casino & Resort.

    Hooters is slated to open later this spring.

    Wisconsin’s role in Niagara Falls

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    From WXOW in Wisconsin:

    The beauty of Niagara Falls is thanks to the geology of Wisconsin, according to Ray Reser, director of the Natural History Museum at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

    “It’s very cool” he said.

    Reser says geologists attribute Niagara Falls to a massive escarpment, or ridge that runs through Wisconsin, notably at High Cliff State Park near Lake Winnebago.

    “The ledge is one of those amazing little outcrops in Wisconsin that really literally shapes the state” Reser said.

    The escarpment runs nearly 1,000 miles through eastern Wisconsin where it forms the Door County peninsula, Lake Winnebago and the bay of Green Bay. It then moves through Upper Michigan, southern Ontario and enters western New York where is appears as Niagara Falls.

    Sightsmap – How many people are taking pictures?

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    Have you ever looked at Panoramio? It is a site that Google acquired a while ago where users can post pictures of places and tag them with their location. It’s a good site to visit if you are going to travel, as you can see the sights before you go.

    Anyway, the other day I came across a site called Sightsmap. It creates a “heat” map of the world based on the number of pictures are taken at a location. So a place that is popular will be so hot it is yellow. This is what the world looks like:

    Here is a zoomed in view of Southern Ontario. You can see that Niagara Falls is popular.

    Actors Dillon, Russell on set in N.F., Ont.

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    From Buffalo Business First:

    “Healy” and “Snake Plissken” have been spotted along Clifton Hill.

    Actors Matt Dillon and Kurt Russell are filming several scenes around Clifton Hill and other sites in Niagara Falls, Ont., all of which serve as the backdrop for the movie “The Black Mark”, which is being made in the Southern Ontario city during the next few weeks.

    The movie, directed by Jonathan Sobol, is due to be released next year.

    Filming began earlier this week.

    Niagara Falls to Connect to Fun in the Central Florida Sun

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    From a press release seen on Yahoo! Finance:

    Allegiant (Nasdaq:ALGT – News) today announces new, nonstop jet service between Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Orlando, Fla., via Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), will begin Feb. 15, 2012. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service with fares as low as $79.99* one way.

    “We’re pleased to expand our brand of affordable and convenient travel options in Niagara Falls,” Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President, said. “We are confident that the residents of Niagara Falls and southern Ontario will appreciate flying nonstop to Orlando and take advantage of the great deals we offer on hotels, car rentals and theme park tickets.”

    Tightrope walker to learn Falls fate

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    From Canoe.ca:

    Nik Wallenda will learn by Wednesday whether he will be allowed to walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls this summer.

    Wallenda says a crowd of more than 125,000 would watch the walk live and as many as 400 million could watch the television broadcast, but the southern Ontario city is still debating whether it want to take a chance on the stunt.

    The Niagara Parks Commission has indicated it will make a decision this week.

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