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A mindful run along Niagara Falls

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From Running Magazine:

Recently I was in Niagara Falls, Ont. for several days and reveled in the opportunity to run alongside the iconic waterfall. It’s truly an invigorating experience to be in the presence of such a natural wonder. Read More…

Canadians call for Niagara to be recognized as 8th wonder of the world

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Last week I received the official press release about the #claimthe8th campaign

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Canadians call for niagara to be recognized as 8th wonder of the world
78 per cent of Canadians support local Tourism Partnership of Niagara initiative to claim elusive title

NIAGARA, CANADA (August 9, 2016) A recent national poll by Ipsos Reid gauged Canadians’ support for the idea of designating Niagara Canada the 8th Wonder of the World, and eight in ten (78%) Canadians across the country support the idea.  According to the results, three in four Canadians (75%) say they already consider Niagara Canada a Wonder of the World and Niagara’s Regional Tourism Organization, the Tourism Partnership of Niagara (TPN) is setting out to make it official with a grassroots campaign that recently launched to rally support for the initiative.

“As the conversation goes, people are familiar with the “7 Wonders of the World.” Be it modern, natural or man-made, there are recognized icons of nature and culture that are associated with this list,” said Jody Larose, Executive Director of the Tourism Partnership of Niagara.  “However, there has never been an official recognition or title given to a new, globally known icon of the world.  Through this initiative we aim to change that and are calling on local residents and Canadians to show their support by joining the conversation and sharing why they too want to make Niagara Canada the 8th Wonder of the World.”

Driven by local and national support the #Claimthe8th campaign aims to prove why Niagara Falls and the surrounding regions of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Twenty Valley, St. Catharines and Niagara’s South Coast (that collectively make up Niagara Canada) should stake the claim as the 8th Wonder of the World.  With support from local government officials, businesses and residents, the campaign aims to officially recognize Niagara Canada as the 8th Wonder of the World, a title that the majority of Canadians already believe it to own.  Out of a list of eight globally recognized sites, Niagara Canada came in second with (75%), tied with the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon.  Topping the list with (84%), was the pyramids.

With more than 80 award-winning wineries, the Welland Canal – one of the greatest engineering feats of the twentieth-century, the historically rich sites dedicated to the war of 1812, beautiful beaches, a buzzing foodie scene and of course Niagara Canada’s waterfall wonder – the Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Canada is ready to claim the title as the 8th Wonder of the World.  The campaign continues to gain momentum and Canadians are invited to show their support by voting online at VISIT NIAGARA and by joining the conversation; sharing stories, memories and photos using #Claimthe8th. 

The campaign which is currently running, continues through to the end of August and will consist of online discussions, social media and digital media support.

About the survey

Ipsos Reid surveyed 1001 Canadians from across Canada in an online poll in August 2016.  The sample was balanced to represent current population census data and is accurate within +/- 10% margin of error at a 95% confidence level.  The survey was commissioned by Tourism Partnership of Niagara.

About Tourism Partnership of Niagara

The Tourism Partnership of Niagara (TPN) is a non-profit industry led organization funded by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS). We are one of thirteen Regional Tourism Organizations in the Province of Ontario, Canada (RTO2). Our sub-regional partners Niagara Falls Tourism, Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake, City of St. Catharines Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Twenty Valley Tourism Association and Niagara’s South Coast Tourism Association share our vision to become the #1 international tourism destination in North America. Tourism Partnership of Niagara will enhance and grow a highly competitive tourism region through visitor-centric strategies and by developing a compelling leisure destination brand that strengthens Niagara’s reputation as a world-renowned travel destination.

For additional Information and/or interviews, please contact:

Caroline Murphy
Director of Communications, McCann Canada
caroline.murphy@mccann.com
416.846.8829

Jillian Nero
Marketing Manager
Tourism Partnership of Niagara
jillian.nero@niagarasrto.com
289.477.5344 x: 223
Cell: 905-351-7880

Lesson from Falls: Casinos are a gamble

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From the Buffalo News:

Cha-ching! That was the jubilant sound from across the state last week as politicians began counting up casino cash they hope will soon roll in. The Catskills rejoiced at hitting the jackpot. The Southern Tier was shocked to lose out, and struggling Atlantic City breathed a sigh of relief that New York’s three newest casinos won’t be nearer.

But here’s a hard-luck tale that might make newly anointed casino towns think twice before counting their winnings. It begins with the same hopes for new jobs, boatloads of cash and an opportunity to rewrite the future. It ends, at least for now, with a city still struggling to pay its bills and more reliant on gambling dollars than ever.

It was December 2002, and the doors of the Seneca Niagara Casino were just about to open. The City of Niagara Falls was a tattered tourist destination with a world-class waterfall, a place with as many vacant storefronts as memories of the way things once were. The casino, residents were told, would bring the jobs, construction and city revenue they had been chasing in failed development deals for years.

But there were already signs the fine print wasn’t as good a deal as it could have been for the Falls.

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.

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.

Are We There Yet? – Top 10 Canadian Destinations

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I don’t know if they are in any particular order, but Crave Online has Niagara Falls at #1 in their list of top 10 Canadian destinations:

Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls is an awe-inspiring vacation destination like no other. From the top of Skylon Tower to the base of Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls boosts beauty beyond your imagination.And it’s not just the waterfall itself that ignites this area – Niagara Falls is bursting with activities making it one of top 10 places to visit in Canada. From vineyards, golf, casinos, dining and trails to fun on the Clifton Hill main street, Niagara Falls is an experience you’ll never forget.

Falls can’t fumble chance to cash in on Wallenda’s wire walk

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From the Buffalo News:

So, now Niagara Falls is on its own high-wire act: Can it do what is necessary to bring a Wallenda family entertainment center to the city or will it stumble, allowing the other Niagara Falls – the thriving one that knows how to make the most of a good thing – to pilfer this golden opportunity?

Nik Wallenda, good as his word, returned to Niagara Falls last week for the first time since his thrilling high-wire walk over the waterfall on June 15.

At a press conference on Goat Island, he discussed his hope to open a “semi-permanent” entertainment center in Niagara Falls as early as next summer, perhaps in a circus-style tent.

My fantastic visit to the Bird Kingdom

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There are a lot of things to do in Niagara Falls. You really can’t do everything in a day, or maybe even two or three days. But there are a few things that are definitely worth the trip. Bird Kingdom (formerly Niagara Falls Aviary) is one of those places you should definitely check out.

Along River Rd, just to the north of the Rainbow Bridge is the old Niagara Falls Museum. After being closed for many years, the property was bought and turned into the Bird Kingdom (Niagara Falls Aviary) in 2000.

You enter at street level into a beautiful gift shop. You get your tickets and then head upstairs to the first floor. That is where you enter the Encounter Room. There are birds, snakes, lizards and more out on display. Depending on the time of day, you can see them being fed, and at almost any time you can hold one of the creatures. The girl that was working the encounter room when we were there was incredibly nice, and was very helpful. She got the Kookaburra to make noise (the first part of the video below) and helped my two sons hold on exotic bird. They were thrilled.

You then head up another level where you go into the Small Aviary. This is a small room (about the same size as the encounter room) where small birds are flying free. The room is setup with dirt, trees, water, and other food for the birds. It is beautiful. As the little birds zip through the room you almost worry that you are going to get hit!

Next comes the Nocturnal Room. You can see some insects, lizards, reptiles, and bats in this room. There is also a small sand area where kids can “dig” for artifacts.

Lastly is the Main (large) Aviary. This is the main part of the Bird Kingdom, and it really does look like a kingdom! There is a 40-ft working waterfall, an authentic Javanese Tea House, and a Lorikeet feeding area. The walkways and decor make you think you are walking through some tropical ruins. I’ve been a few times over the years, but every time I walk into the Main Aviary I always comment how gorgeous it is!

While we were in the Main Aviary, we stopped and fed the Lorikeets. If you’ve never done this before, you should give it a try. It only costs a couple of dollars, and you are given a sweet nectar in a small cup. The birds flock around you and sit on your arms, hands, shoulders, and sometimes even your head in order to get the nectar. It’s a lot of fun.

Even though the place is filled with birds, it is remarkably clean. You do need to be careful though. My 9-year-old son got dropped on twice by birds, and then put his hand in some another time. We all thought it was pretty funny. At first he was annoyed, but by the time he put his hand in it, he just grinned and laughed.

I took a lot of pictures while we were there. As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below, and you can see the rest of the thumbnails and the larger images in the Bird Kingdom in Summer 2012 gallery.

As a side note, the Niagara Falls Image Gallery now has 3,498 images in 268 categories.

I also took a few videos. I’ve put them all together into one 2-minute video. You can see a the birds, lizards, and scenery in HD in the Bird Kingdom (Niagara Falls Aviary) in Summer 2012 video, or you can see it below.

Saving Niagara Falls, One (Tightrope) Step At A Time

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From WNYC Public Radio (you can listen to the 5-minute audio segment):

Niagara Falls has long been a magnet for daredevils, but strict laws have kept them away for more than a century. That’s expected to change Friday, when circus performer Nik Wallenda will walk a two-inch-thick wire above the giant waterfall. It’s an exception officials hope will rescue tourism — and the city’s economy.

At the Haunted House of Wax in Niagara Falls, tourists are greeted by two signs: one that beckons visitors to meet ghoulish wax figurines and another advertising that the building is for sale. It’s a common sight in a downtown that’s also dotted with empty lots and tacky gift shops.

Paul Gromosiak has lived here for 70 years, and he still remembers the glory days. He keeps a homemade model of Niagara Falls on his kitchen table with little flags on toothpicks to mark stunts from the past 200 years. He’s already added one for Nik Wallenda.

Kieser: The fabulous Niagara River

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From the Leavenworth Times:

Niagara Falls is world famous for romantic escapes and dare devil feats. Several people have gone over the falls in barrels surviving “certain death” while a few perished.

Nik Wallenda will walk across the falls in June 2012, the first to attempt this feat since “The Great Blondin” 150 years ago.

Wallenda, of the famous Flying Wallenda Family, will walk over this incredibly power waterfall on a two-inch steel cable. There are many who have fell over the falls without a barrel, only a couple survived.

The danger of this stretch is millions of gallons of water falling down a big cliff to create immense pressure that crashes bodies into large rocks and boulders. This dangerous fact is exactly what makes the Niagara River a fisherman’s paradise. The conditions are rough, but rewards are great in big lake trout and trophy small-mouth bass.

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