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    Caution needed at the falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    This newspaper is not in favor of stunts that put both the daredevil and rescuers in danger. So we hope that the governor and State Legislature thought it through thoroughly before giving the green light to Nik Wallenda’s plan to walk a wire across Niagara Falls.

    The legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. George D. Maziarz of Newfane directs the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to allow Wallenda to anchor one end of his wire on Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park. He still needs Canadian approval for the other end of the wire.

    While Wallenda may have the “unconditional support” of Niagara Falls, Ont., Mayor Jim Diodati and Ontario Parliament member Kim Craitor, he still needs the approval of the Niagara Parks Commission.

    The argument for allowing this stunt is simple: It would boost tourism to the falls. The stunt itself would draw thou-sands to the falls, and news coverage of the event would provide free publicity around the world.

    Wallenda proposes to be a a modern-day version of the “Great Blondin” a century and a half after that daredevil’s tightrope walks across the gorge. In this age of 24-hour news channels and viral YouTube videos, the images would be projected worldwide.

    In addition, Wallenda’s inevitable tour of the morning and late-night talk shows would add to the hype.

    The arguments against Wallenda are many, starting with the question of whether such a publicity stunt diminishes the grandeur of one of the wonders of the world.

    The ultimate guide to Niagara Falls, Canada — Part 1– Falls attractions

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    From the Cleveland Travel Examiner:

    Niagara Falls is one of the great natural wonders of the world with millions of visitors from all over the globe. While some tourists have to travel thousands of miles to see the wondrous sight, Clevelanders are lucky that it is only approximately a four hour drive for them to witness the glory of Niagara Falls, thus making it a popular vacation destination for Northeast Ohioans. This multi-part series will serve as an ultimate guide to attractions and activities in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. First up — attractions directly related to the Falls.

    Maid vessels are an icon of Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The narrow road takes a hairpin turn down the gorge — and your heart stops.

    It’s one of the natural wonders of the world and even on a damp January day, with the Falls a thousand shades of white and grey, the sight of all that water churning over the edge is still breathtaking.

    It’s awesome and exhilarating and the most beautiful place on Earth to do business.

    This is the headquarters of the world-renowned Maid of the Mist, that spectacular boat tour whose name is synonymous with Niagara.

    Niagara Falls: Canadian side overflows with kitsch kitsch

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    From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

    Niagara Falls spills 750,000 gallons of water per second down a 167-foot drop in a roar that began when glaciers melted 10,000 years ago.

    Tourists come by the millions, stare into the white mist, and marvel at one of the wonders of the world. Then they have wonders of their own: What to do next?

    As Nick Ramunno, who oversees a hall full of wax rock stars there for the staring at, puts it: “You need something else besides the Falls. You can only look at the Falls so long.”

    That’s when it’s time to climb Clifton Hill.

    Technicality keeps Niagara’s landmark off world list

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Falls will not be among the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

    And because of a technicality, it’s not even in the top 77.

    For months, organizers of the Swiss-based group New7Wonders have been asking officials on both sides of the Niagara River to form a supporting committee for Niagara Falls to be eligible for the worldwide vote.

    Each nominee requires a committee to facilitate judges and other special events leading up to the announcement of the final seven wonders in 2011.

    Because Niagara Falls is a binational attraction, supporting committees on both the Canadian and the U. S. sides were necessary for it to be eligible.

    Niagara Falls Tourism agreed to be the committee for Canada. But in the U. S., no committee was ever formed and Niagara Falls was ruled ineligible after voting for the final list of nominees ended July 7.

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