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The unofficial start of Summer 2017

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As you are probably aware, the two May holiday weekends (Victoria Day weekend in Canada, Memorial Day weekend in the US) marks the unofficial start of the summer tourists season here in Niagara Falls. I haven’t heard or read anything specific about what sort of business levels people are expecting this year, but I would definitely assume that people will continue to flock to Niagara Falls.

  • The zipline will have a full summer in operation
  • The Big Top attraction on Clifton Hill will open
  • The new developments by Kelsey’s will open (Niagara Speedway, Funnel Cakes, etc)
  • The Canadian dollar is weaker, so more Americans should be coming

Here’s hoping it is a great year for everyone!

ZAVITZ: Descending the gorge — without a zipline

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It’s a genuine hit!

As a new and much anticipated Niagara Falls attraction, Wildplay’s MistRider Zipline, which debuted last month, has attracted a massive amount of interest.

Four high-speed parallel lines descend 670 metres into the Niagara River Gorge from Niagara Parks’ Grand View Marketplace near the foot of Clifton Hill.

I haven’t tried it yet — but I hope to.

The idea of going down into the gorge near the falls has appealed to many people over many years. This includes some of Niagara’s earliest visitors.

One of those was Elizabeth Simcoe, wife of John Graves Simcoe, Upper Canada’s (Ontario’s) first lieutenant-governor. The Simcoes were living in what is now Niagara-on-the-Lake at the time.

In her diary entry for Aug. 24, 1795, Elizabeth notes…

Adventure course ‘few weeks away’ from opening

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It may not be getting the same hype as the new zipline, but WildPlay’s Whirlpool Adventure Course could end up being equally impressive for thrill seekers.

The course is still under construction and is expected to open in about a month along the Niagara Parkway across from the Whirlpool Golf Course at Thompson Point, said WildPlay Niagara Falls spokeswoman Lindsay DiCosimo.

“We’re a few weeks away from opening up,” she said.

It will complement WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls, which opened earlier this month at the base of Clifton Hill.

‘It’s just captured people’s imagination’

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It’s just been open six days, but the new zipline attraction in Niagara Falls has become quite an international hit.

Attraction operators and the Niagara Parks Commission have been flooded with interview requests from media across the world since last Friday, when riders were first able to descend 670 metres on four high-speed, side-by-side wires from the Niagara Parks Commission’s Grand View Marketplace into the Niagara Gorge below.

Prior to Wednesday afternoon’s official opening, where dignitaries attended a press conference, cut a ribbon and some even zipped down, Janice Thomson, chairwoman of the commission, told the Niagara Falls Review the attraction has already received “spectacular international coverage.”

In addition to coverage from the Review, including a video shot about two weeks ago that garnered more than three-million views, the zipline has received much love on social media.

Commission spokesman Tony Baldinelli said articles have appeared in international travel magazines, print and digital media from around the world, as well as extensive television coverage.

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