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A Sportsman’s Tale: Did this bass take the fall?

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A fun little story from the Buffalo News:

As a charter captain, I fish the Niagara River a lot – both above and below Niagara Falls.

One thought that goes through everyone’s mind who fishes this mighty river is: How many fish go over the falls … and survive?…

He fought the fish for a few minutes and as I netted it, we could see there was a green tag attached to the back of the fish… I…found out that the bass had been tagged during the Canadian Tire Lake Erie Classic Bass Tournament from October of 2015. According to the tournament director, they tagged and released it in Chippewa Creek – off the Upper Niagara River.

So what accounts for the fish ending up in the lower Niagara? There are two options. It either swam upriver into Lake Erie, took a right and made another right at the Welland Canal, then proceeded to swim the canal to Lake Ontario, take a right and then take another right into the Niagara River, again swimming upriver, or …

It took a short cut and dropped over the falls and ended up just north of Lewiston. I believe it’s the latter.

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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

“See! Niagara Falls” – NS&T railway information

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The St Catharines Museum is right by one of the big Welland Canal locks, so many of you may have been there at one point or another. It is a nice little museum that has a fair amount of artifacts on display. This is a photo of one of the displays that is specifically related to Niagara Falls:

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The small sign in the upper left corner has the following:

Niagara’s Streetcar
When its wooden cars were converted from horse power to electric power in 1887, the Niagara, St. Catharines and Toronto Railway became one of the first electric inter-urban railway lines in Canada. And when the final run left Thorold on March 28, 1959, it was the last such service still in operation.

During the seven decades in between, the NS&T carried as many as 8 million passengers a year, providing a vital link between Niagara communities

You can probably read this, but the big sign has the following:

See!
Niagara Falls
“Scenic Historic”
Cars leave here every hour at 35 minutes after the hour
Adults return 65¢
Children return 35¢

Purchase tickets at office

I had never heard of the NS&T Railway before. I’m not sure when the “See! Niagara Falls” sign is from, but it’s neat that how ever many years later there are still people selling tours. They just cost a lot more than 65¢!

Young ambassadors for Niagara

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From Niagara This Week:

Watching a video of Luke and Emma Jasnich, it’s clear they two kids have an unbridled enthusiasm about all things Niagara.

And that enthusiasm resulted in Luke, 9, and Emma, 7, playing host to singer/dancer Jordan Francis for a one-day tour of the region’s fun spots, including stops at the Butterfly Conservatory, The Niagara Skywheel and Journey Behind the Falls in Niagara Falls as well as Lock 1 of the Welland Canal in and the beach at Port Dalhousie St. Catharines and the a family cottage at Pleasant Beach on Lake Erie.

“I really, really enjoyed it. I liked it all,” Luke said.

Those same sentiments were echoed by Emma.

“All of it,” she said when asked about what she enjoyed about her day showing Francis the sights.

The experience for the St. Catharines kids and their family was all being filmed for television for a show dubbed Cross Country Fun Hunt

My visit to the St Catharines Museum on Family Day 2012

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Note: This isn’t directly related to Niagara Falls, but if you have come to Niagara Falls for a visit, this is a place you may want to check out.

I’ve lived in St Catharines for a good portion of my life (actually, 3 different times). It is a great place to live. I’m about an hour from Toronto, 15 minutes from Niagara Falls, and half an hour from Buffalo. Through all that time, I’ve never been to the St Catharines Museum. It is located at Lock 3 along the Welland Canals Parkway (1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St Catharines ON L2R 7K6, Tel: 905-984-8880). It is run by the City of St Catharines, and on Family Day this year they had some activities for the children so we went.

There is no admission fee to enter the museum. They have a donation box, and you can donate as much (or as little) as you want.

We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the museum. At that time (and for another month or two), there was an exhibit with old toys. The kids really liked that part. We then walked through the rest of the museum were the permanent exhibits are. There were exhibits about local sports figures, military heroes, the Underground Railroad, and more. Of course there was a rather large space devoted to the Welland Canal.

If you are looking for an inexpensive day trip with the kids, the St Catharines Museum might be just the right place.

As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below, and you can see the all of the images including the larger sized ones in the St Catharines Museum on Family Day 2012. Please note that I took the pictures with my cell phone, so they aren’t as good as they normally would be.

As a side note, the Niagara Falls Image Gallery now has 3421 images in 267 categories.

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