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HIGGS: Early tourism took visitors below and behind the falls

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From the Niagara Gazette:

Since Franciscan monk and explorer Louis Hennepin became the first European to encounter the “Falls at Niagara” in 1658 we could call him the first “tourist,” but let’s start in the early 19th century. We will begin around the time of the construction of the Erie Canal on July 4, 1817 in Rome, New York, which opened the door to travel (and commerce) across the state of New York. Read More…

Statement from Senator Ortt regarding Goat Island Lodge Proposal

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From WBTA 1490:

…Last week, Senator Ortt sent a letter to the governor voicing his opposition and concerns with the plan. Read More…

Weekend Getaways: Niagara Falls

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From Dose.ca (including pictures):

Having grown up in a small town near Niagara Falls, it seemed like the perfect choice for a quick weekend trip away from Toronto. I was already somewhat familiar with the city, but had never really indulged in all its great touristy adventures.

Niagara Falls is lovely in the off-season

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From Canada.com:

We were looking for a winter trip that would feel like a touristy getaway without having to fly. We had visited Niagara Falls in the summer five years ago and enjoyed its quirky allure, a fun-spirited mix combining nature’s grandeur, blocks of tourism kitsch and legions of lovestruck couples and happy families from the world over.

We heard it was especially beautiful in winter, with the falls’ mist blanketing all in a sheath of icy whiteness, and a less-crowded time at a spot that draws close to 25 million visitors a year. Only 90 minutes from Toronto, we decided to try it out again with our boys, age 8 and 10.

Oct. 24, 1901: First barrel ride over Niagara Falls

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From Yahoo! Malaysia News:

Niagara Falls had been a tourist destination for decades before 1901, but it wasn’t until Oct. 24 of that year that the first person decided to ride a barrel over the falls.
Former schoolteacher Annie Edson Taylor made the plunge on her 63rd birthday, hoping for fame and fortune. Taylor, whose husband had died in the Civil War, had traveled around the country taking various jobs before eventually settling on the barrel scheme as a way to avoid poverty in her old age.

An Eventful Niagara Visit

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I have been gone for a little while – wait until you hear why.  I actually managed a trip to the Falls.  I traveled alone in mid-April.  My husband couldn’t get away from work and I didn’t want to bore anyone while I fiddled with my camera settings and lenses.

So, I get to the Falls and make a run to Niagara-on-the-Lake, then head to Queen Victoria Park. At around 3:00, I get out of the car in front of Victoria House. That’s when my back seizes up a bit.  Let me remind you – I’m alone!  Determined to get the shots I came for, I grab a hefty backpack of equipment and head into the park.

Here’s a couple of shots I managed to get before…..

smooth falls

… needless to say, the more I pushed the issue, the more my back pushed back.  I went back to the hotel and took some pain relievers and hoped for some relief by morning. I was having trouble getting up from chairs at this point. By morning, I knew I had to leave a day earlier than planned or find out what a Canadian ER was like.

I managed to pack my bags but lifting them was out of the question. This is where I have to give a shout out to the staff of the Courtyard by Marriott!  After explaining my situation, some of the staff helped me pack my car. I settled in for the 4 hour drive to Pittsburgh… and was pulled over at the border for a random check. Just what I needed. Of course, I had nothing to hide, but it was pretty inconvenient to have to get out of the car in my condition.  They could have decided to detain the nut-job using her time in the waiting room to do back stretches …. but I was free to go.

After that, I decided to head over onto Goat Island and park at Three Sisters Islands (my favorite spot) to check that my luggage and equipment hadn’t been disturbed too badly. I saw that there were some areas under construction on the island, but none so extensive as Three Sisters. I had heard that there was a plan for renovation there. From some comments I’ve seen on the web, a lot of people are concerned about this idea.

Here are some pics:

THREE SISTERS

In the middle shot, you can see the first bridge on the right.  They formed a dirt bridge over the upper rapids to get equipment to the next island!  I read a PDF online outlining the plans.  I am trying to stay positive on it and trust that the changes won’t be too intrusive. I like the natural state of the place – especially that last rocky island. But even I have to admit that it needed some tidying up. Those invasive purple flowers needed to be taken care of, too.

Here is my favorite shot at Three Sisters from a few years back…. taken approximately where they now have that temporary dirt bridge…..

Ducks horiz copy

It was late evening and the sun was just perfect – I was just about to turn away when I saw this Mom and her baby ducks.    I’m just so disappointed in that blunt-cut log. I guess that is some of the clean up I was talking about.

So, while I’ve been off the radar, I’ve been rehabbing my back.  I am finally feeling even better than before this whole thing happened!  I’m looking forward to scheduling my next trip… with a traveling companion this time.

But back to the Falls… I know we normally talk Canadian affairs, but what do you think about the construction going on across the creek?  Do you have concerns that it will be overdone or do you think it’s long overdue?

The Falls in the Fall

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My Mom and Dad were in Niagara this week and out of sheer jealousy I was inspired to write about my favorite time of year in my favorite place.  Er…favourite.

The crowds are down and so is the temperature. The sky seems bluer and the trees make everything that much prettier. Walking through Victoria Park just doesn’t get much better for me. Head to areas around the Falls and you’re met by migrating birds at Dufferin islands. The drive out to Niagara-on-the-Lake is stunning with grape-heavy vines and fabulous color.  Er… colour.

I won’t be able to make it this October, though I usually can. I did send someone from Texas to Niagara this weekend. You’re welcome American side. He didn’t have his Passport… Sorry Canadian side. But I have to admit…. One of my favorite American spots is Three Sisters Islands.  You’ve gotta love that last rocky island!

Yes – I have taken all of the pictures shown above on various trips.  Except the horseshoe – that is a screenshot from a couple of days ago.  Those colours were popping even on a cloudy day!  Anyway – here’s to falling for the Falls in the Fall!   Where is your favorite – or favourite – leaf-peeping spot?

Niagara Falls draws Indian tourists and businesses

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From WBEZ.org:

Niagara Falls, like most Rust Belt cities, has fallen on hard times. Even its tourist attraction, which once made it America’s honeymoon capital, has not saved it from economic woes. But there seems to be hope in Niagara Falls, thanks to a rising current of East Indian tourists. East Indians are visiting the falls by the bus load—many after flying thousands of miles—and new businesses are opening up on nearly every street corner.

Ripley’s owner still believes in the Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

So what does the billionaire owner of Ripley Entertainment Inc. do when he’s in Niagara Falls?

Believe it or not, Jim Pattison Jr. is just a regular tourist. He’ll visit Marineland, hit a winery, maybe check out the museums (he owns three of them, after all).

But most of all, he takes in the falls themselves. It’s the one thing none of the other tourist destinations can offer.

“Las Vegas is man-made, Orlando is man-made,” he says. “Niagara Falls is God-made. That’s what makes it different.”

What Was I Thinking?: Fashion Tips From Tourists

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Someone with a Blogger blog posted about living near Niagara Falls:

I live in the small city of St. Catharines (Google it, nothing interesting will come up.) which is just outside of the more well known city of Niagara Falls. This Canadian/American border plays host to millions of tourists a year who come to see the gigantic crescent-shaped water feature otherwise known as the Horseshoe Falls. We can all recognize a typical touristy type by their cargo pants, fanny pack and questionable footwear.

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