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The unofficial start of Summer 2017

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As you are probably aware, the two May holiday weekends (Victoria Day weekend in Canada, Memorial Day weekend in the US) marks the unofficial start of the summer tourists season here in Niagara Falls. I haven’t heard or read anything specific about what sort of business levels people are expecting this year, but I would definitely assume that people will continue to flock to Niagara Falls.

  • The zipline will have a full summer in operation
  • The Big Top attraction on Clifton Hill will open
  • The new developments by Kelsey’s will open (Niagara Speedway, Funnel Cakes, etc)
  • The Canadian dollar is weaker, so more Americans should be coming

Here’s hoping it is a great year for everyone!

Niagara SkyWheel almost ready to go again.

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UPDATE: I wrote this post yesterday (Thursday) and scheduled it to go up this morning. It turns out that the SkyWheel actually opened yesterday at dinner time.

The Niagara SkyWheel took a couple of weeks to come down, and was down for about 6 weeks. I was wondering if it would get open for this coming Victoria Day weekend. It appears the answer is Yes!
It has gone up rather quickly, and seems like it is almost ready.

These pictures were taken over the last week, but it now appears to be entirely ready.

As a side note, I’m not really afraid of heights, but I’m not sure I’d want that job standing in the middle of the wheel working on it!

Falls tourism set to flourish this summer

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

All signs point to a perfect summer tourism season in Niagara Falls.

Redeveloped and new attractions, a favourable U.S. currency exchange and weather forecasts, and the first good indicator: One of the best Victoria Day long weekends in recent memory.

“I heard at least one person say that he felt he was 30 per cent up from last year on the holiday weekend,” said Niagara Falls Tourism chairman Wayne Thomson.

“That is unheard of. It was probably one of the best ones we’ve had.”

Bands sought for Niagara Parks summer concerts

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From Niagara This Week:

Calling all music makers.

The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is looking for local bands to perform during its annual Coca-Cola Concert series that takes place over the tourist season from the Victoria Day long weekend through to Labour Day.

Set times are from 8 to 10 p.m., Friday, Sunday and on holidays.

Busy holiday weekend in Niagara Falls

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This St Catharines Standard article is about the holiday weekend in May. Based on my observations from Wednesday, July 1 (Canada Day), it should have been another successful day for the tourism industry.

The tourists are back in town.

Many visitors took advantage of the great weather during the Victoria Day holiday weekend to have a picnic, barbecue or just catch a bit of sunshine along the parkway, at Dufferin Islands or at Kingsbridge Park in Chippawa.

At peak hours during the day, parking spaces were hard to find, and Niagara Parks Police were kept busy directing traffic and keeping vehicles moving, especially in the area across from the falls, where drivers are frequently stopping to drop off or pick up passengers.

‘It’s amazing’: Man survives plunge over Niagara Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Experienced rescuers said it’s “amazing” a man survived going over Niagara Falls Monday morning — only the fourth time someone has taken the 54-metre plunge and lived.

An unidentified man went over the Horseshoe Falls in what police say was an unsuccessful suicide attempt that unfolded in front of hundreds of Victoria Day tourists in Niagara Falls.

Rescuers found him at the bottom of the Horseshoe Falls, on the rocks near the Journey Behind the Falls attraction.

Niagara Parks Police and firefighters were called to the area at 10:20 a.m., after receiving unconfirmed reports from tourists that a man had gone over the falls.

After interviewing witnesses and checking surveillance tape, police confirmed the man had gone into the water about six to 10 metres upriver from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

The tourists are coming! Unofficial start of the tourism season

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The holiday honours Queen Victoria’s birthday, but for the thousands of tourists who come to Niagara Falls for the Victoria Day weekend it’s a time to relax, have fun and kick off the beginning of the summer season.

No trip to Niagara Falls would be complete without a stop on Clifton Hill, which is often quite busy, regardless of the hour.

“Getting to see the Falls is just amazing,” said Karisa Burt, a first-time visitor, who is visiting with her family from Newfoundland. “I’m taking a lot of pictures because I want to remember everything.”

Vikki Ash, also from Newfoundland, has been to Niagara Falls before, but she made Clifton Hill her first stop of the day.

“We’ve been on the Skywheel and really enjoyed that and later we will be doing some shopping. We are here to enjoy some family time together.”

Unofficial start of Summer 2011

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Yes, Summer doesn’t start until June 21, but this weekend and next weekend are the unofficial start of Summer in the tourist area of Niagara Falls. I would think that generally the industry likes it when Memorial Day and Victoria Day fall on different weekends, like this year.

It doesn’t seem like much was done over the winter that will be noticeable. There are some hotels and restaurants that changed names, but very little construction. Probably the one big one is Dinosaur Adventure Golf. It sure looks like it will open soon. The dinosaurs look amazing. The only drawback is that it will take a couple of years for the plants and trees to mature and give it a nicer “jungle” sort of look.

Based on the people I’ve seen around on the weekends in the last month or so, it seems like this summer could be strong. Let’s hope so!

GO to Niagara Falls

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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)
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