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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.

An ‘exhilarating’ way to view the Falls

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From Niagara This Week:

The natural wonder that is Niagara Falls has been viewed from about just about every angle and every way, but a B.C. company has found one more way to experience the falls.

“The common denominators is that it’s exhilarating,” said WildPlay Niagara general manager Rich Merlino.

The MistRider Zipline to the Falls held a media launch Wednesday, July 20, inviting media from across the globe, politicians and dignitaries to try out the 670-metre-long zipline that takes riders through the Niagara Gorge towards the famous Horseshoe Falls. The zipline gives people another way to view both the Canadian and American falls.

Speaking at the launch MP Wayne Gates called the zipline just one more reason to people will want to come to Niagara Falls and the entire Niagara region.

“Come for the falls, stay for the hospitality,” he said.

Local parks group feels ‘misled’ over zipline

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

After withdrawing its concerns about Niagara Parks Commission’s new zipline last year, Preserve Our Parks is having “second thoughts” now that it’s up and running.

Group spokesman James Bannister says members will meet July 26 to discuss concerns about the attraction, which opened to the public last Friday. Bannister says some members of Preserve Our Parks feel “misled” after a meeting with parks commission members last year.

“Looking at it from River Road, it’s not terribly esthetically pleasing,” he says, referring to the tower at Grand View Marketplace where riders get strapped in for the 660-metre descent into the Niagara Gorge.

“The tower (already) there was not a bad looking building — a structure you could climb up and look out over the falls. Then all of a sudden it gained about another storey in height, which is basically just steel and cables.”

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