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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.

    Toronto and Niagara

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    From the HNBP blog (how now brownpau) which includes some photos:

    We visited Toronto for a long weekend, with a day trip to Niagara Falls on the side. This was our first time to Toronto, my first time to Niagara, and Ezra’s first international trip and plane ride.

    Niagara Falls attractions secure despite Toronto casino plans

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    From Multibriefs.com:

    After years of debate, a casino is coming to Toronto. Great Canadian Gaming Corp. and Brookfield Business Partners recently announced a partnership to upgrade the OLG Slots at Woodbine to a full casino and entertainment/hotel complex.

    With plans for a “city within a city” set to run on a 22-year lease, the development is causing concern among some who worry that it could steal some of Niagara Falls’ thunder. However, Niagara Falls’ tourism initiatives shouldn’t be counted out just yet — they have a few new offerings on the horizon.

    Hovercraft service a year away

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Hovercraft rides across Lake Ontario are a step closer to becoming a reality.

    St. Catharines city councillors gave the plan their approval in principle Monday night.

    Beamsville resident Bruno Caciagli, who has spent the past two years developing the plan as an alternative to spending hours in traffic gridlock, hopes the first trip will set sail next June.

    The plan, proposed by Caciagli’s company Lake Ontario Express — a consortium of several businesses — would start with a fleet of two hovercraft, each making seven round trips per day carrying commuters between Port Dalhousie and Toronto at a cost of about $25 per trip.

    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.

    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.

    Drummond Road gets wet and wild

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It was most fun Rob Flood ever had doing a hit and run.

    Thankfully, his ‘victim’ was laughing too.

    Bodies were everywhere on Drummond Road Saturday, taking the plunge for The Urban Slide – a 1,000-foot-long water slide which put the steep incline between Lundy’s Lane and Prospect Street to good use. Shortly after the slide opened at 10 a.m. – after a quick thunderstorm, no less – thousands of people lined up to take the wet and wild ride.

    “I picked up a lot of speed halfway down,” said Flood, who came from Toronto to do the slide. “I bowled through somebody. I tried slowing down!”

    Flood paid $15 for a single slide, and instantly wished he could go again.

    “Now I dry off, grab lunch and head home. I wish I had a two-run pass.”

    Falls should ‘definitely’ look at hotel tax

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Falls should consider levying a new tax on hotel rooms to fund tourism initiatives and take the burden of local ratepayers, says Mayor Jim Diodati.

    “Niagara Falls, N.Y. charges a bed tax in their hotels, and that’s how they fund their tourism,” said Diodati. “Niagara Falls (Ont.) should definitely have a look at that — if it’s allowed, if it’s to be used to market the destination and fund Niagara Falls Tourism, which is the city’s marketing agency for tourism.”

    Documents obtained exclusively by the Toronto Sun show city officials in Toronto have been working for months to get permission from the Ontario government to levy new local taxes, and Premier Kathleen Wynne has already promised Toronto Mayor John Tory — should council approve — a new tax on hotel rooms.

    “See! Niagara Falls” – NS&T railway information

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    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:

    st_catharines_museum_niagara_streetcar

    The small sign in the upper left corner has the following:

    Niagara’s Streetcar
    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:

    See!
    Niagara Falls
    “Scenic Historic”
    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¢!

    Woodbine theatre a ‘cause for concern’: Diodati

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    From Niagara This Week:

    News that Woodbine Entertainment Group plans to build a 5,000-seat theatre at the Toronto racetrack isn’t sitting well with Mayor Jim Diodati.

    “I’ve go to be honest, it is some cause for concern,” Diodati said after learning that the group that operates the Toronto track and slots facility has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with a developer to build the facility.

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