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Falls featured in new film opening Friday

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From the St Catharines Standard:

Niagara Falls is the backdrop for an award-winning Canadian drama opening at the Niagara Square Cinemas Friday.

“Mary Goes Round,” the debut feature from Toronto director Molly McGlynn, stars Aya Cash (“You’re the Worst”) as a substance abuse counselor named Mary who loses her job and driver’s license because of a drinking problem. She’s then asked to meet her estranged father in her hometown of Niagara Falls, who is dying and hopes to see her connect with her teenaged half-sister who she has never met.

Biz crowd flying high over air service

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From the St Catharines Standard:

Bookings have begun rolling in for upcoming flights connecting Niagara and Toronto — and it comes as no surprise to Mishka Balsom.

The president and CEO of Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce believes the air service offered by Greater Toronto Airways announced Tuesday will be a “great benefit” to the local business community.

Flights, which officially take off Sept. 15, will depart Niagara District Airport in Niagara-on-the-Lake each weekday at 8:30 a.m. and land at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, also known as Toronto Island airport, less than 15 minutes later. Return flights will leave Toronto at 4:30 p.m.

The service — on a plane with six-to-eight seats — can also be used for day trips to Niagara, departing Toronto at 7:15 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m.

Shining the light on Niagara

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From the St Catharines Standard:

For 54 years, Peter Gordon played to an audience of millions.

The Niagara Falls resident estimates thousands of people a night – between 90,000 to 150,000 on a summer night – have been entertained by his rainbow of lights on both the Horseshoe and American Falls.

“It made you feel kind of powerful some days to see all those people out there and they’re looking at my work,” the 83-year-old said.

On April 30, Gordon spent his last shift as a lights operator at the Niagara Falls Illumination building.

“It was time to go,” he said with a smile.

Marriott earns TripAdvisor honour

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From the St Catharines Standard:

The Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel has earned Hall of Fame honours from travel review site TripAdvisor.

The Marriott recently earned the site’s Certificate of Excellence for the fifth year in a row, which qualified it for the lofty status.

Busy holiday weekend in Niagara Falls

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This St Catharines Standard article is about the holiday weekend in May. Based on my observations from Wednesday, July 1 (Canada Day), it should have been another successful day for the tourism industry.

The tourists are back in town.

Many visitors took advantage of the great weather during the Victoria Day holiday weekend to have a picnic, barbecue or just catch a bit of sunshine along the parkway, at Dufferin Islands or at Kingsbridge Park in Chippawa.

At peak hours during the day, parking spaces were hard to find, and Niagara Parks Police were kept busy directing traffic and keeping vehicles moving, especially in the area across from the falls, where drivers are frequently stopping to drop off or pick up passengers.

Zip line project enters next phase

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From the Welland Tribune:

Thrill seekers will soon be able to get strapped onto one of four high-speed zip lines and descend 670 metres into the Niagara Gorge.

The Niagara Parks Commission announced this week it has received provincial approval to enter into an agreement with Niagara Adventure Excursions Inc., to bring a zip line and aerial adventure course to Niagara Falls.

The zip line attraction will be at the Grand View Marketplace, located along the Niagara Prkwy. near the base of Clifton Hill.

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Incline Railway Improvements

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The Niagara Parks Commission is redeveloping the lower level plaza at its Incline Railway.

NPC plans $600K railway plaza redevelopment

From the St Catharines Standard:

The Niagara Parks Commission is redeveloping the lower level plaza at its Incline Railway.

The $600,000 worth of improvements are intended to create a more welcoming environment for the thousands of visitors entering Niagara Parks each day, according to the commission.

“It will continue to build on NPC’s efforts to improve the overall accessibility of its sites and attractions, while enhancing the overall experience for all those visiting Niagara Parks,” reads a press release issued by the commission.

Falls motels ‘getting killed,’ seek help from council

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From the St Catharines Standard:

A group of Niagara Falls motel owners will be fighting for their survival at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The Niagara Innkeepers Association, representing 40 motels and about 1,900 rooms, is requesting more time to pay its February tax bill in instalments to weather the industry’s slowest time of year.

Without this concession, group president Devanshu Narang is worried several ‘mom and pop’ motels – properties with 100 rooms or fewer – will not last another year.

Hello ‘Street of Fun,’ it’s been awhile

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From the St Catharines Standard:

Most times, Bob and Kevin meet up at a bar. Over a beer with a hockey game on. But there they were Sunday, fist-bumping next to a Statue of Liberty made out of toothpicks.

For one day a year it’s the place where locals meet. The one place they avoid all year: Clifton Hill.

There were a few tourists, sure. But once a year every January, the Street of Fun is packed with thousands of Niagara Falls residents flashing their ID and getting into museums, attractions and funhouses for just $1, with all funds going to cystic fibrosis research.

With kids in tow, it was their chance to play tourist. And virtually every conversation was the same: They rarely ever come here, but couldn’t resist the cheap admission.

Looking to improve traffic congestion near Rainbow Bridge

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From the St Catharines Standard:

It can be a driver’s traffic nightmare – getting to or from the Rainbow Bridge and having to use Falls Ave, Roberts St. or Bender Hill.

There’s no easy way in or out, and when combined with tourists who might not be sure where they are going, it compounds the problem.

Niagara Region has looked at this issue and conducted an environmental assessment study to assess alternative ways of improving access from the Rainbow Bridge to the Niagara Falls tourist area.

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