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More funding means brighter Niagara Falls event

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From Niagara This Week:

Organizers of the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights say extra funding from the city will allow for the festival to expand its programming for the 2017-18 event.

On May 9, city politicians approved a request for $300,000 in additional funding so organizers could expand programming to mark a number of milestones — the festival’s 35th anniversary, along with the sesquicentennial of both Ontario and Canada.

“Not only will this funding allow us to draw more visitors to Niagara Falls but at the same time we can expand our programming which provides locals with a world-class festival right here in Niagara,” said Tina Myers, executive director of the festival.

Record year for Winter Festival of Lights

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A record number of people checked out the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights last season. Read More…

Vandals strike WFOL display

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From Niagara This Week:

One of the more recent illuminations added to the Ontario Power Generation Festival of Lights is now dark.

It’s all thanks to an act of vandalism which occurred sometime between midnight on Jan. 15 and 5 p.m. Jan. 16. That’s when an individual or a group caused substantial damage to the Sylma display at Dufferin Islands. The arched lighting display came from France, according to Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL) executive director Tina Myers.

Winter Festival of Lights photos from last year

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I’ve been out a couple of times this year to look at some of the lights, but haven’t taken many pictures. The other day in my Google Photos timeline, a notification came up telling me to “remember this day”. It was the photos from last year’s Winter Festival of Lights.

So, I may not have this year’s photos, but here are last year’s (very much the same).

 

Winter Festival of Lights “Make It Your Winter Tradition” booklet

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I recently posted a few pictures along Queen Victoria Park from the Winter Festival of Lights. Last week we also drove through Dufferin Islands, but I didn’t take any pictures. I did however get a copy of the “Make It Your Winter Tradition” booklet. I’ve scanned it, and you can view it here if you are interested.

Falls council to consider $600K to support WFOL

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Not even half way through what’s looking to be another successful season, officials with the Winter Festival of Lights are already looking forward to a bigger and brighter future.

With a 10 per cent increase in vehicle traffic and a 12 per cent spike in donations at Dufferin Islands through the first three weeks of the 2016 season, event organizers are planning to expand in 2017 — the festival’s 35th anniversary — and introduce augmented reality features in 2018.

“We want to have something bigger for our opening ceremony (in 2017),” said festival executive director Tina Myers…

Myers requested council approve $300,000 for each of the next two seasons to help the festival continue to grow.

A few pictures of lights in Queen Victoria Park

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I’ll be posting some more about the Winter Festival of Lights, but here’s a start. On the night that my wife and I went to Sparks Steakhouse, we went for a walk afterwards. Here are a few pictures of some of the lights. Make sure you also check out the animated gif I created of the Zimmerman Fountain that I posted to twitter.

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WFOL grows in illuminations, visitors in 2015-16

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

This past season provided a “perfect recipe” for the Winter Festival of Lights to “really shine,” says program director Tina Myers.

“Fabulous” weather, a favourable U.S. currency exchange and the investment of $2 million into lighting, infrastructure and new technology ensured the festival “kicked butt” in 2015-16, she said.

The festival saw a 43 per cent increase in the number of vehicles that drove through Dufferin Islands this past season between Nov. 21 and Jan. 31.

That means 61,551 vehicles passed through Dufferin Islands, which saw a large lighting expansion and is the festival’s primary point of interaction with visitors, compared to 43,189 in 2014-15.

“We broke a record,” said Myers, adding the previous record at Dufferin Islands was 59,000 vehicles in 2006.

“We are extremely happy about that.”

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