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    Invictus Games athletes take in the falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    As Romania’s Doru Hamza stepped off the Via Rail train in Niagara Falls Wednesday, it felt like “fate” he was here.

    Before he was an athlete with the Invictus Games, he was a sergeant with his country’s 300th Infantry Battalion. In 2008, while patrolling the Qalet-Kandahar highway in Afghanistan, his vehicle crossed over an improvised explosive device. His injuries required surgery, performed by a Canadian doctor.

    “He treated me very well,” he said. “I’m grateful to him and the entire medical staff from Canada.”

    Hamza is now one of 550 competitors from 17 nations taking part in the third annual Invictus Games…

    Shortly after arrival, athletes boarded WEGO buses for Table Rock. For many, it was their first glimpse of Niagara Falls up close.

    Falls ready to welcome Invictus athletes

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara tourism partners will host hundreds of international athletes and their families next week as part of the upcoming Invictus Games in Toronto.

    Up to 500 athletes, family members and coaching staff will take a specially chartered Via Rail train to Niagara Falls on Wednesday for a day-long outing to enjoy the destination’s attractions and activities.

    The participants are scheduled to arrive at the Niagara Falls train station on Bridge Street at 11 a.m.

    From there, they will board WEGO buses for Table Rock and will have free time to enjoy attractions.

    They will depart for the train at 2:30 p.m. for their return to Toronto.

    ‘One of the best years’ for tourism

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A co-ordinated marketing campaign and hosting a live American talk show helped make for another great tourism season in Niagara Falls.

    “I just talked to one of the major players the other day, and he said he was up 10 per cent last year, and he’s up 10 per cent this year, so that gives you a very good idea,” said Niagara Falls Tourism chairman Wayne Thomson.

    He said the heart of the tourism sector — Fallsview, Victoria Centre and Clifton Hill — was regularly jammed with people during the traditional busy season May 24 to Labour Day.

    “People right from Clifton Hill, right down to Table Rock — people walking up Murray Hill — it was just constantly loaded,” said Thomson.

    Canadian parks police pull man from waters above Horseshoe Falls

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    An apparent suicidal man was grabbed by Canadian emergency personnel Sunday night as he stood in the waters above the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

    Niagara Parks Police Service officials report that about 6:30 p.m Sunday they were alerted to a man standing waist-high in the waters of the upper Niagara River about 150 to 200 feet from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. He was holding on to a fallen tree branch.

    Members of the Niagara Parks Police Service, Niagara Regional Police Service, Niagara Falls, Ont., Fire Department and Niagara Emergency Medical Services responded to the bus parking lot adjacent to Table Rock Complex, at 6650 Niagara Parkway, to begin rescue efforts.

    Niagara Parks partners with Metrolinx for new Go Train travel package

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Metrolinx and Niagara Parks are teaming up to make it easier for people to experience one of the country’s top tourism destinations.

    The provincial transit agency’s seasonal Go Train service from downtown Toronto to Niagara resumes June 23 and, with the new partnership with Niagara Parks, visitors will be able to purchase travel packages that combine a round-trip GO Train ticket with access to the Wego transportation system.

    “We are truly excited to be working with Metrolinx on this project as we invite visitors to immerse themselves in the rich history, world-renowned gardens, trails and pathways and breathtaking natural beauty that characterize Niagara Parks and the entire Niagara region,” Janice Thomson, chairwoman of the Niagara Parks Commission, said Monday at Table Rock.

    Incline railway idled to spring

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A watermain break last month has left the Niagara Parks Commission’s incline railway out of commission until spring.

    The 48-year-old attraction, which ferries riders up and down between the Table Rock and Fallsview tourist districts, underwent a $7-million renovation in 2013 and NPC general manager John Lohuis, said that without the improvements, the damage could have been worse.

    “In many ways, the hardening on the side of the embankment prevented further damage.”

    Break in water main closes Falls Incline Railway

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    Again, old news, but I still wanted to post it…

    From the Buffalo News:

    The Falls Incline Railway, which connects the Table Rock tourist area next to the Horseshoe Falls and the hilltop hotels, has been closed indefinitely because of a major water main break at Main Street and Stanley Avenue, the Niagara Parks Commission reported Wednesday.

    Sudbury native to walk between buildings in Niagara Falls daily for 12 weeks

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    From the Sudbury Star:

    It’s the summer of skywalks.

    Hot off the heels of Nik Wallenda’s historic wirewalk across the Horseshoe Falls, Jay Cochrane is getting ready to perform the greatest building-to-building skywalk in North American history – every day for 12 weeks.

    “It will be a continuation of a blockbuster summer of what this particular region was famous for ever since 100 years ago,” said Cochrane. “This is what put Niagara Falls on the map. You go anywhere else in the world, they all talk about the wirewalkers walking over Niagara Falls.”

    The 68-year-old Sudbury native believes Wallenda’s tightrope performance from Goat Island, N.Y. to Table Rock last Friday will lead to more interest in his once-a-day wirewalk between the top of the Hilton Hotel to the top of the Skylon Tower.

    Wallenda still working on wire logistics

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    From the London Free Press:

    Nik Wallenda is set to walk across the Niagara Gorge on a wire in eight days, but first he has to figure out how he’s going to get the wire from one side of the Niagara River to the other.

    The logistics of stringing the 550-metre wire from Goat Island in the U.S. to Table Rock in Canada are proving to be more difficult than Wallenda first thought.

    To get the 18-tonne wire across the gorge, a guide line first has to be moved from one side to the other. The plan was originally to use a helicopter for the task.

    But Niagara Helicopters has had to bow out because it wasn’t given enough time to get the paperwork it needed, said Anna Pierce, the company’s vice-president.

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    • WGRZ Channel 2in Buffalo – Wallenda Walk: With Nine Days Left, New Questions Surface
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