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    For the first time since 1969, U.S. may shut down and ‘dewater’ its side of Niagara Falls

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    I know I posted about this yesterday, but this article has more details.

    From the National Post:

    New York officials are considering temporarily turning some of Niagara Falls into a trickle.

    Plans to replace two 115-year-old pedestrian bridges could involve shutting down the water flowing over one section of the falls by building a temporary structure to redirect it to another.

    It was done once before, for a 1969 study of erosion.

    The result then, as now, would be a rare look at the rock formations that lie beneath the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls on the United States side of the tourist draw, and perhaps an even more robust Canadian Horseshoe Falls, where 85 per cent of the water flows over normally.

    Fall brings rising tourism expectations

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Continued, targeted marketing — and an influx of visiting seniors — should help Niagara Falls get through tourism’s typical off season, Wayne Thomson says.

    The chairman of Niagara Falls Tourism said his agency, Tourism Partnership of Niagara and Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation are ramping up their fall marketing campaign, particularly in the United States.

    And while tourism usually slows down after Labour Day, Thomson said he’s noticed popular spots such as Queen Victoria Park and Clifton Hill are still packed with people.

    Former Niagara Falls, Ont. mayor offers advice to NY side

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    Wayne Thomson can remember exactly where he was when he heard the province of Ontario was considering a law to allow casino gambling at two border towns.

    “At first I was skeptical,” the former mayor and current councillor of Niagara Falls, Ont. said.

    The Canadian resort city was eventually chosen to get one of those two casinos, and Thomson says that has made all the difference between the two cities along the gorge.

    World’s most amazing waterfalls

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    From FoxNews.com:

    Waterfalls are one of nature’s most beautiful creations, and come in all shapes in sizes. Here are some of the most incredible waterfalls on Earth.

    Niagara Falls come in at number 7 on their list:

    Arguably the most famous falls, Niagara Falls is comprised of three waterfalls: the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. This popular tourist destination offers double the fun, as both the Canadian and American sides are home to additional attractions. You can see the falls any time during the year, but you will have the best weather if you visit between mid-May and mid-September.

    The battle of Niagara: The US plans that could tempt tourists away from Canada

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    From the Daily Mail:

    Every year millions of visitors flock to see the dramatic Niagara Falls that separate New York state from Ontario.

    But while 12million people head to the Canadian side, just six million choose to view the spectacular waterfall from the American side.

    However, all that is set to change as the US ramps up a campaign to develop tourism on the south side of the Falls and tempt some of those 12million away from Canada.

    Life in the fast lane: Should I get a NEXUS card?

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    From the Globe and Mail:

    I’ve been travelling a lot lately. Is the NEXUS card worth it for driving between the United States and Canada? – Jane in Niagara Falls, Ont.

    Many of us have sat, in the bumper-to-bumper exhaust haze at a backed-up border crossing, watching other vehicles zip through the NEXUS lane.

    However, for $50, relief could be yours. Any citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States can apply for a NEXUS pass. The process takes about six weeks and, if you’re approved (after risk assessment and interviews by border protection officials of both countries), the pass is valid for five years.

    This Natural Wonder Is One of Many Places Your Family Will Want to See

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    From The Ledger (in Lakeland, FL):

    Wow!

    The water thunders down — 700,000 gallons per second, in fact — as we stand underneath Niagara Falls on the famous Hurricane Deck, part of the Cave of the Winds tour. We’re totally soaked, but we don’t care.

    The sheer power of the water is mesmerizing. So are the rainbows over the falls. Did you know that 20 percent of the fresh drinking water in the United States goes over the falls and that Niagara Falls (www.niagara-usa.com) is the second largest power producer in the country? From the falls, the water travels to Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Atlantic Ocean.

    Maid of the Mist opens Friday

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    From Buffalo.com:

    Get up close and personal with the Horseshoe Falls on Friday when the Maid of the Mist boats open to the public for the 2013 season.

    The boats will launch at 10 a.m. Friday from both the U.S. and Canadian sides of the border.

    E Tours LLC Launches New Tours to Niagara Falls

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    From a PRWeb press release:

    Currently featured on Tripedition.com are tours to Niagara Falls from various cities throughout the East Coast, including Boston, New York, and others. Tripedition.com plans, arranges, and provides bus tours of numerous sightseeing locations throughout the United States and Canada.

    Trips to Niagara Falls include the Thousand Islands Boat tour, American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.

    Aerospace engineer wants to go over Niagara Falls

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    From the Toronto Sun:

    Aerospace engineer Julian Sharpe is so confident in the disaster-proof pod he has invented that he is willing to test it by going over Niagara Falls.

    “I’m aware there are huge restrictions, and it may not even be possible, in which case we would be looking for an alternative waterfall,” said Sharpe, 50, a British inventor who now lives in the United States.

    Niagara Falls is the preferred site for Sharpe’s pod, which is built for people to survive natural disasters.

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