by George Bailey   

Look for a new Niagara Parks Visitor Guide soon! The folks at the NPC have announced they’ll be distributing a new 40 page visitor’s guide the middle of May. This is the first such guide published since the late 1990’s. Some of the items it will include... Read more...

by George Bailey   

I rode my bike down to the Table Rock Area a few days ago and travelled south towards the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse. To get there I had to cross a newly beautifully reconstructed bridge. At one time water from the Niagara River flowed under this brid... Read more...

by George Bailey   

One famous person to be born in the Region of Niagara is James Lewis Kraft (1874-1953). Kraft was an entrepreneur and inventor, who was born in a small community south of Niagara Falls called Stevensville.   After immigrating in 1903 from Stevensville to... Read more...

by George Bailey   

The folks that place the ice boom at the mouth of Lake Erie to hold back the ice from flooding the lower Niagara River now say it looks like the boom will not be released until early May. This is significant because the sightseeing boats that operate belo... Read more...

by George Bailey   

If the sun is out and the skies are clear Niagara Falls is where you want to be to catch a rainbow. Since the sun rises in the east you want to be on the U.S. side of the border in the morning to see a rainbow. As the sun rises to the west you’ll see that... Read more...

by George Bailey   

This remarkable woman who was totally blind and deaf visited Niagara Falls in March of 1893.She was accompanied by her live-in teacher Anne Sullivan and Alexander Graham Bell (yes, the famous inventor) who had become a good friend of Helen’s. Before inven... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Did you know that one-fifth of the entire surface fresh water on this planet is found in the upper four Great Lakes – Superior, Huron, Michigan, and Erie? All of this water eventually makes its way north and over Niagara Falls. This is not the typical dir... Read more...

by George Bailey   

I’ve blogged about Dickens a number of years ago but I think maybe some new eyes that view this blog might be interested to know this English novelist visited Niagara Falls during a North American tour in 1842 with his wife Kate, and her maid Anne.   Afte... Read more...

by George Bailey   

  The Niagara Parks Commission’s annual Easter Display takes place at the Floral Showhouse between April 12th and 27th.   This always lovely display features a cross display of lilies surrounded by colourful and fragrant spring flowers such as daffodil... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Today 18 xenon gas spotlights, each emitting 250,000 candlepower, shine amber, white, blue and red lights to illuminate the falls every evening year round. A single operator, either Dick Mann or Peter Gordon, change colours by manipulating controls that p... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

HIP-HIP-HOORAY! FOR THEIR RETURN Cheer Evolution: Canadian Cheer & Dance Nationals returns to the Scotiabank Convention Centre, in Niagara Falls, April 11-13, 2014 Thursday, April 3, 2014 (Niagara Falls, ON) --- It has become part of the tell-tale s... Read more...

by George Bailey   

If you like great food and want to support a worthy cause then read on.   The Showcase of Chefs event that has been so popular in the past returns this year on Sunday, April 6 from 11:30 until 3 pm at Edgewaters Restaurant in Queen Victoria Park opposit... Read more...

by George Bailey   

A lot of people don’t realize that Niagara Falls is much more than a magnificent waterfall. It’s also a great source of electricity.   For many years four generating plants have operated on both sides of the border as a result of the water from the Niagar... Read more...

by George Bailey   

As the Director of Public Relations for the Niagara Parks Commission I had an opportunity in the summer of 1987 to escort Prince Andrew of Great Britain and his bride Sarah on a tour of Niagara Falls. After we had taken a ride on the Maid of the Mist (I’v... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Perhaps two of the best known, “paintings of the 19th Century” are two oil landscape paintings of Niagara Falls by American painter, Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). One painting places the spectator on the edge of the precipice at Table Rock where the... Read more...

by George Bailey   

I live about five kilometres from the falls and when the wind is right I can hear the roar of the falls. After a while, it becomes like, “White Noise”. Not to hear it would be unusual. Well that was the case in 1848.   It was near midnight of March 29th... Read more...

by George Bailey   

It’s now official, the new company-Hornblower Niagara Cruises- that will operate two new catamaran tour boats below the falls has selected the names Niagara Thunder and Niagara Wonder for their new vessels.    The names were selected in December from th... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Niagara Falls is always an exciting place to visit at any time of the year. During March break the entire family can be awed by the spectacular formations of ice that surround the falls and nearby trees and buildings.   When you want to warm up visit th... Read more...

by George Bailey   

My hat is raised to two Niagara Falls Historians who have helped keep Niagara Falls history alive. We would know little about Niagara’s colourful past if it were not for historians who have taken the time to record in print our history.   The first person... Read more...

by George Bailey   

I have just finished reading once more Linda Bramble’s excellent book ”Undiscovered Niagara” published in the early 1990’s. There’s a section in the book that tells about a number of Niagara Falls hidden secrets. I’ve listed a few of her choices and add... Read more...