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    Niagara tourism bonanza for first-time visitor

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    From the Welland Tribune:

    Karl-Heinz Holzwarth was wrapping up his inaugural trip to Canada, and mining for future destination possibilities.

    On Wednesday, he found gold at Niagara’s Ontario Travel Information Centre.

    “My wife Rosa and I were in our car heading to Niagara Falls, took the wrong road, and I saw this visitor centre on York Rd.,” said Holzwarth who was inside the raucous facility as it celebrated “tourism week” in Ontario.

    “We came in, we suddenly saw all these people,” said the visitor from Munich, Germany.

    The Holzwarth couple was greeted by a sea of area tourism stakeholders — from hoteliers to adventure tours and wineries. All were providing one-stop shopping for visitors, in displays set up in and around the Niagara-on-the-Lake centre.

    Zip line project enters next phase

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    From the Welland Tribune:

    Thrill seekers will soon be able to get strapped onto one of four high-speed zip lines and descend 670 metres into the Niagara Gorge.

    The Niagara Parks Commission announced this week it has received provincial approval to enter into an agreement with Niagara Adventure Excursions Inc., to bring a zip line and aerial adventure course to Niagara Falls.

    The zip line attraction will be at the Grand View Marketplace, located along the Niagara Prkwy. near the base of Clifton Hill.

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    Niagara Falls invaded by cheerleaders and dancers

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    From the Welland Tribune:

    There was plenty to cheer about in Niagara Falls on the weekend – not only inside the Scotiabank Convention Centre during the Canadian National Cheer & Dance Championships – but across the city where restaurants and hotels were booked to capacity.

    “We had over 86 athletes with our five teams and they all came along with parents, grandparents and other spectators who came to watch and most of them stayed overnight or a full weekend,” said Jasmine Tessier, a coach with Thunder Cheerleading from Mississauga.

    “Niagara Falls is always lots of fun for the girls. Many of them hit Clifton Hill and some were going to the Butterfly Conservatory,” said Tessier. “Not only is it a good event, we like the way things are run and the kids really get the full experience because they have the theatre, the arena and the ballroom.”

    Overnight fire guts four Niagara Falls businesses

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    I’m a little late in posting this, but here are some articles regarding the fire on Victoria Ave that I posted about last week

    From Niagara This Week:

    A major fire early Wednesday morning destroyed four businesses on Victoria Avenue, not far from Clifton Hill.

    When firefighters arrived on the scene just after midnight, they found smoke coming from a portion of the building at 5815 Victoria Ave. which houses The Capish Hip Hop store, Phat Cat Tattoos, a palm and tarot card reader and a sand art store.

    Niagara Falls Fire Department Deputy Chief Phil Ross said firefighters began to attack the blaze, but it spread quickly, and flames broke through the roof.

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    Marineland: Environment ministry launches probe into mass animal graves

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    The Marineland story keeps going on and on. Over the holidays, the Ministry of the Environment investigated the mass animal graves that Marineland has on their property. I’ve heard about these before, but this is the first time I’ve seen mention of them in mainstream media.

    From the Toronto Star:

    The provincial Environment Ministry is poised this week for a sweeping inspection of Marineland’s mass graves of animals — graves it had no idea existed because the park has no permits.

    The Niagara Falls tourist attraction has dug pits for decades to dispose of its animals, using heavy machinery to cover them up, according to former staffers.

    There are four mass graves, two of them containing “more than 1,000 animals,” said Marineland’s former land animal supervisor Jim Hammond.

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    CAA Winter Festival of Lights kicks off Nov. 3

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    The Welland Tribune reports that November 3rd marks the 30th Season For the CAA Winter Festival of Lights in Queen Victoria Park and The Niagara Parks are not the only ones pulling out all the stops.  One attraction pulling all the stops will be the Skylon Tower.

    The Skylon Tower will be lighted up  using 12 special projectors along with three image projectors that will project images on the underside pod of the tower.

    The opening ceremonies on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 5:45 p.m., will include a one-hour stage show, a musical salute to the holidays, that concludes with an appearance from Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, who will help flip the giant light switch that will illuminate all of the displays.

    World tunes in to Fear Factory faces

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    From the Welland Tribune:

    When Frank LaPenna received a text message saying the website for his business was seeing some unusually high numbers, he didn’t think too much of it. One of his employees wanted to let him know that the Nightmares Fear Factory website, which was typically getting 600 hits per day, had received 750 by mid-morning.

    By the time LaPenna got into the office of the Victoria Ave. haunted house 15 minutes later, however, that number had skyrocketed. “We said, ‘I think something is going on here.’ And then the analytics just went crazy,” he said.

    What LaPenna didn’t know at the time was that he and his director of sales and marketing, Vee Popat, had just hit the social media lottery.

    I saw these sorts of articles from many sites around the world. Here is one from the UK:

    • UK Daily Mail – The moment haunted house visitors encounter the scariest sight of all… their own faces (caught on hidden cameras)

    I also saw links from other places including Texas and Arizona.

    It even made it on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno!

    Canadian park sues SeaWorld to keep killer whale

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    From the Orlando Sentinel:

    The Canadian theme park Marineland has sued SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment in U.S. court, in the latest chapter of an international custody battle over a killer whale.

    In its lawsuit, filed last week in Orlando, Marineland asks a federal court judge to issue an injunction that would prevent SeaWorld from retaking possession of an 8-year-old killer whale that SeaWorld loaned to Marineland five years ago.

    Marineland says SeaWorld executives repeatedly assured it that the loan would extend for so long as Marineland was able to care for the whale, which is named “Ikaika” but nicknamed “Ike.” The park, located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, also says the purpose of the loan was to allow Ikaika to breed with Marineland’s only other killer whale, a female named Kiska, and that Ikaika became capable of mating only late last year.

    Marineland suggests that SeaWorld wants to end the agreement now because one of its few other breeding-age males — a 12-year-old killer whale named Sumar — died last year at SeaWorld San Diego.

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    First-ever Car-Free Sunday on Niagara Pkwy

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    From the Welland Tribune:

    It’s going to be a Car-Free Sunday on Niagara Parkway.

    For the first time in recent history, pedestrians and cyclists will have a chance to enjoy a stretch of the parkway without having to worry about traffic.

    The route along the river between Clifton Hill and Murray St. will be closed to all vehicles except the Niagara Parks Commission’s people movers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

    Maid of Mist soon to set sail

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    From the Welland Tribune:

    The Maid of the Mist will open on May 4.

    Because this year’s winter has been so long, the popular tourist attraction will start running trips to the falls three-and-a-half weeks later than last year’s opening.

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