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    Falls ready to welcome Invictus athletes

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara tourism partners will host hundreds of international athletes and their families next week as part of the upcoming Invictus Games in Toronto.

    Up to 500 athletes, family members and coaching staff will take a specially chartered Via Rail train to Niagara Falls on Wednesday for a day-long outing to enjoy the destination’s attractions and activities.

    The participants are scheduled to arrive at the Niagara Falls train station on Bridge Street at 11 a.m.

    From there, they will board WEGO buses for Table Rock and will have free time to enjoy attractions.

    They will depart for the train at 2:30 p.m. for their return to Toronto.

    Annual rock scaling operations set to begin

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Parks will conduct its annual rock-scaling operations along the Niagara Gorge wall on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls Monday to Thursday, weather permitting.

    The activity removes any loose rocks and debris that built up during the winter months.

    It’s intended to ensure the safe operation and opening of the lower observation deck of the Journey Behind the Falls attraction, scheduled to open Friday.

    Zipping through the air in Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Friday was the beginning of a new adventure at Niagara Falls.

    The new Wildplay MistRider Zipline attraction had a soft opening Friday in advance of their Wednesday grand opening.

    I headed down to Clifton Hill to have my own turn on the zipline, located near Hornblower cruises. I electronically paid $56.49 and signed my waiver on my smart phone while I waited in line. The line was long and, according to Lindsay DiCosimo, marketing manager for WildPlay Niagara Falls, they sold out early in the day.

    Some people in line were excited at the prospect of being among the first to take flight.

    “I thought that made it seem more like I wanted to do it when I found out it was just opening,” said Emily Parker, from Liverpool. She was riding the zipline with her brother, Max, while their mother Paula stayed closer to the ground.

    “I wouldn’t go on it,” said Paula, “I’m scared of heights.”

    Passengers stranded in Skylon elevator

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A group of 18 passengers were stuck in an elevator for about two hours after it malfunctioned at the Skylon Tower Wednesday night.

    Niagara Falls Fire Chief Jim Boutilier said firefighters were called to the Robinson Street business at around 8:30 p.m.

    Working with elevator technicians and the Skylon’s maintenance staff, about 10 firefighters helped to manually lower the glass-enclosed elevator to the ground. It had stalled near the top of the 775-foot tower.

    Wondering about Wallenda costs

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    They’re close but not quite there yet.

    Officials from the state office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation continued talks Wednesday with representatives from Nik Wallenda’s team on a formal deal to cover security, maintenance and other expenses related to his upcoming tightrope walk across Niagara Falls.

    A state parks official said Wednesday evening no such deal had been signed. The talks also did not produce a formal announcement on an official date for the event, which has been widely speculated as June 15.

    “We haven’t signed anything yet,” state parks spokesperson Angela Berti said.

    Wallenda taking his case to tourism minister

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Niagara Parks Commission slammed the door on Nik Wallenda Wednesday, but a day later Minister of Tourism Michael Chan opened it up just a bit.

    Speaking with the Niagara Falls Review Thursday, the Ontario tourism minister invited Wallenda, a seventh-generation aerialist who wants to walk across the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope, to come and speak with him.

    “My door is always open. I welcome the opportunity to meet Mr. Wallenda,” said Chan, who confirmed he had nothing to do with the NPC’s decision to reject Wallenda’s proposal. “This particular project is under the watch of many, many people. It has huge interest around the world.”

    Asked if he would stand behind the NPC’s ruling, Chan seemed to leave the door open, saying there are big issues at play.

    “One of the major factors is economics. These are uncertain economic times. Jobs are important, the economy is important. That’s why, my door is open to listen to people,” he said.

    Daredevil still dreams of tightrope walk across Niagara Falls

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    From CTV.ca:

    Canadian officials may have turned him down, but an American man says he’s not ready to give up his dream of walking a tightrope suspended across Niagara Falls.

    Nik Wallenda, a stunt artist hailing from seven generations of circus performers, was told by the Niagara Parks Commission late Wednesday that he wouldn’t be allowed to go ahead with his stunt even though U.S. officials provided their permission weeks earlier.

    “I’m a little bit disheartened,” Wallenda told The Canadian Press from his house in Saratosa, Fla. “But it’s another page in the book and I’ll continue to pursue it.”

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