by George Bailey   

With the weather turning colder and snow soon to arrive, look for an announcement in the next week or so that the annual Ice Boom that is placed across the mouth of the Niagara River at Lake Erie will soon be installed. The boom is installed by Ontario Po... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Lest We Forget.   Today at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month to pay tribute to all of those who lost  their lives in World Wars 1 and 11 and successive conflicts. Here's a photograph of the monument at the foot of Clifton Hill... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

The big day is tomorrow for the Opening Ceremonies for the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights.  Here's a sneak peek of what's being installed.  Here's my 'Coles Notes' version: Opening Ceremonies Sat November 9th When:  2 pm Performance... Read more...

by George Bailey   

In 1998 I published a small book called, “Marilyn Monroe and the Making of Niagara”. It had to do with the filming of the technicolour movie, “Niagara” in June of 1952.The book is no longer in print but I still get regular requests for copies of the book.... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Jay Cochrane “Prince of the Air” Dies Many of us who live in Niagara Falls, including myself were saddened to hear of the passing of 69 year old Jay Cochrane on October 31st   of pancreatic cancer. Jay, who was living in Niagara Falls at the time of his... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

Niagara Symphony Orchestra Performs! at the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights ‘Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ as the Niagara Symphony Orchestra performs live.  The opening festivities fireworks will be synchronized to the live orchestr... Read more...

by George Bailey   

At the foot of Burning Spring Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario is a small little house made of boulder stone. Most people are unaware that this building was built in the early 1800’s of stone taken from the upper Niagara River during the building of the nea... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Perfect Time to Hike and Explore Niagara This past week I rode my bike to the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens located along the Niagara Parkway 15 minutes north of the Falls. I knew about the nature trail at the back of the gardens but hadn’t been on it... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Samuel Zimmerman-The Founder of Niagara Falls, Ontario   I’ve just finished reading a new book titled, “End of the Line” by Don McIver. This interesting book talks about a major train wreck in nearby Hamilton, Ontario. It also contains lots of facts abo... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Niagara’s Last,” Daredevil” Celebrates an Anniversary   It was ten years ago on October 20th, 2003 that Kirk Jones, a 40 year-year-old from Canton, Ohio jumped into the Niagara River and went over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls at 12:45 pm wearing only hi... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Thursday, October 24th is a Historic Day in  Niagara Falls Canada   This is the very last day that historic Maid of the Mist Boats has launched below the Niagara Gorge in Niagara Falls, Canada. October 24th has been traditionally the day the operation c... Read more...

by George Bailey   

An Interesting Looking Tree Have you ever seen a Willow tree like the one attached to this blog? Len Ruegg Manager of Central Parks, Niagara Parks Commission tells me it’s probably a “salix babylonica” or we would know... Read more...

by George Bailey   

I learned at today’s Winter Festival of Lights Media Conference that Ontario Power Generation is the new three year sponsor of this spectacular winter light display. The festival now in its 31st year is now known as Ontario Power Generation Winter Festiva... Read more...

by George Bailey   

In 1901 a health food enthusiast, Henry D. Perky in 1901 opened a plant like no other to be found in North America in nearby Niagara Falls, New York. Perky’s National Food Company produced in a five story, building referred to be the locals as “A Palace o... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Many Niagarans may not be aware that a building that now occupies part of Niagara Falls Marineland at one time was the location of a “temporary” P.O.W. camp following the Second World War. Although you can find out about this in historic records I learne... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Just south of Niagara Falls on the shores of the Welland River (locals call it Chippawa Crick) about a mile above the Falls is the lovely village of Chippawa.   In 1796 there were two hotels located here. There were the Fairbanks House built by John Fairb... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Many years ago I purchased at a garage sale in Niagara Falls a box containing loads of old photos of the falls and other related printed material. This week I was looking at the contents again and came across two small booklets that I had missed seeing. T... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Thanks to the members of the Chippawa District Association I’ve been reminded that the real Laura Secord home is in Chippawa. I drove to this Niagara Falls suburb to take another look at the home that Laura Secord lived in for 27 years before she died her... Read more...

by George Bailey   

One of Niagara’s best fall events began this past weekend and continues until Sept. 29th. The 62nd Annual Niagara Wines Festival is filled with everything grape from wine tastings to parades, to free musical events. One of the highlights is the Grand Par... Read more...