Last week I received this email newsletter from Niagara Falls Tourism:
From Niagara This Week:
The region’s crucial tourism industry is salivating at what officials are confident will be a massive year after years of struggles.
At the kickoff of Tourism Week at the Ontario Travel Information Centre next to the QEW in St. Catharines on Tuesday, optimism for a boon year for tourism practically oozed from the crowded centre.
The terrorist attacks of 9-11 that rocked tourism way back in 2001, the deadly SARS outbreak in Toronto in 2003 that kept visitors away, the Canadian dollar soaring to be at par with the U.S. greenback and a new policy in the U.S. requiring Americans to obtain passports to get back across the border hit Niagara’s tourism industry with a series of devastating blows.
“There were so many challenges at the border at one time that we were saying the only thing that hasn’t happened is the (plague of) locusts,” said Niagara Falls Jim Diodati.
The St Catharines Museum is right by one of the big Welland Canal locks, so many of you may have been there at one point or another. It is a nice little museum that has a fair amount of artifacts on display. This is a photo of one of the displays that is specifically related to Niagara Falls:
The small sign in the upper left corner has the following:
When its wooden cars were converted from horse power to electric power in 1887, the Niagara, St. Catharines and Toronto Railway became one of the first electric inter-urban railway lines in Canada. And when the final run left Thorold on March 28, 1959, it was the last such service still in operation.
During the seven decades in between, the NS&T carried as many as 8 million passengers a year, providing a vital link between Niagara communities
You can probably read this, but the big sign has the following:
Cars leave here every hour at 35 minutes after the hour
Adults return 65¢
Children return 35¢
Purchase tickets at office
I had never heard of the NS&T Railway before. I’m not sure when the “See! Niagara Falls” sign is from, but it’s neat that how ever many years later there are still people selling tours. They just cost a lot more than 65¢!
From the Toronto Star:
Marineland served a $1.25 million lawsuit against former trainer Christine Santos on Thursday for telling the Star a killer whale was sporadically bleeding from its tail.
The suit says whale’s cuts were minor and that Santos knew that.
“Ms. Santos’ communication of the (allegations) to the Star was calculated to disparage Marineland in its business,” said the 20-page statement of claim filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in St. Catharines.
From Niagara This Week:
Watching a video of Luke and Emma Jasnich, it’s clear they two kids have an unbridled enthusiasm about all things Niagara.
And that enthusiasm resulted in Luke, 9, and Emma, 7, playing host to singer/dancer Jordan Francis for a one-day tour of the region’s fun spots, including stops at the Butterfly Conservatory, The Niagara Skywheel and Journey Behind the Falls in Niagara Falls as well as Lock 1 of the Welland Canal in and the beach at Port Dalhousie St. Catharines and the a family cottage at Pleasant Beach on Lake Erie.
“I really, really enjoyed it. I liked it all,” Luke said.
Those same sentiments were echoed by Emma.
“All of it,” she said when asked about what she enjoyed about her day showing Francis the sights.
The experience for the St. Catharines kids and their family was all being filmed for television for a show dubbed Cross Country Fun Hunt
Another great article about the Marinlenad/SeaWorld court case, this time from the Toronto Star:
Ikaika, an eight-year-old male killer whale at Marineland in Niagara Falls, is the equivalent of a troubled teenager. He is full of sexual energy, has a violent family tree and a pattern of aggressive behaviour that often leaves him swimming alone. Even so, two marine parks are waging a cross-border court battle for custody of the valuable orca.
A St. Catharines judge recently ruled he be returned to SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., where he was born in August 2002. The judge’s ruling focused on legal technicalities surrounding the “breeding loan agreement” between the two parks.
Neither side is speaking on the matter publicly — both declined interviews with the Toronto Star — due to the pending appeal. Marineland repeatedly declined to comment on advice of their lawyers.
“We stand by our filings in the court record,” said Fred Jacobs, vice-president of communications for SeaWorld, in an email.
The court files, however, provide a rare glimpse into the dealings of the marine park community, which is notoriously private.
From GO Transit:
Our seasonal excursion train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto is starting up again!
In addition to our year-round bus service, passengers can take the train between Toronto and Niagara Falls starting Victoria Day weekend. The trains will be stopping at Union, Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls stations.
For 2011, this service will run on the following weekends:
- Victoria Day weekend (May 20–23, 2011)
- June 24 – September 5, 2011
- Thanksgiving weekend (October 7–10, 2011)
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Niagara’s latest attempt at a local TV station has faded to black — at least for now.
Niagara News TV president Frank Thibault said the St. Catharines-based station suspended operations Monday, putting 17 people out of work.
“We’re trying to figure out a way to come back,” said Thibault, who added investors will meet Saturday to discuss a possible fall relaunch. “But we had to let the staff go … we don’t know for sure how this is going to play out.”
Bullet Media also had a story called Fade to black: Niagara television station can’t overcome shaky start; future to be determined at weekend meeting
From Niagara This Week:
The weekend GO trains which ran into St. Catharines and Niagara Falls during the past two summers will become a regular occurance.
Earlier this month, GO Transit announced the summer service, which saw four trains a weekend coming to the region from Toronto, will become a part of its regular network.
This means the trains will once again begin arriving next May.