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...

by George Bailey   

I was in Queen Victoria Park this past Saturday to take in the free concert provided by Canadian musician and member of Blue Rodeo, Jim Cuddy and a group of talented musicians. They were performing for many of the 2,000 cyclists who took part in the first... Read more...

by George Bailey   

In Niagara Falls we can do just that every night of the year. Today, 18 exnon gas spotlights shine amber, white, blue and red light up the falls every evening all year long. A single operator, either Dick or Peter, change colours by manipulating controls... Read more...

by George Bailey   

In my last blog I spoke about the hotels found in the park near the falls. It reminded me of another hotel that I read about found near the falls between 1880 and 1933. The Lafayette Hotel was located near the Canadian end of the Upper Steel Arch Bridge.... Read more...

by George Bailey   

It’s hard for me to believe that at one time the area from just north of Murray Street to the Table Rock area at the edge of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls was during the early-1880’s the location of four hotels. They were located along what locals called,... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Hats off to Niagara Bike Patrols At least once a week I take a walk near the falls. On one particular day I came across a Niagara Parks Police Officer on bicycle that was assisting other Emergency Medical Services (EMS) who were also on bicycles. They ha... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

Putting on my BuskerFest Game Face! Tonight I visited with Nathalie Simard, makeup artist and owner of Kromatic face and body painting out of Quebec City.  As you can see from my pictures below, Nathalie is an extraordinarily talented artist who totally... Read more...

by George Bailey   

I’ve been asked recently by a friend of mine in the United States what do they need to enter into Canada at Niagara.   Here’s the simple answer…you need a U.S. Passport. Children under 15 travelling with both parents need to carry a U.S. birth certificate... Read more...

by George Bailey   

I just got off the phone after talking to Jackie Phillip, Regional Manager of Ontario Travel Information Centres. Jackie has been involved with these centres for the past 29 years (she still looks like a kid). I knew her counselors asked visitors where t... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

Just a few miles above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls is the small historic Village of Chippawa. It’s where one of the major battles of the War of 1812-14 took place. There’s more about this battle in an earlier blog. I now want to talk about... Read more...

by George Bailey   

A Walk Like No Other in the World When I look around Niagara Falls I’m always amazed at how lucky I am to live here and be able to enjoy so many natural wonders. Today, I made a visit to one of my favourite attractions –The White Water B... Read more...

by George Bailey   

King Camp Gillette, the inventor of the disposable razor blade was always told by his parents as a young boy to dream big. Well, he sure did. In a 150 page book entitled, “The Human Drift” printed in 1894 and written by Gillette proposed a... Read more...

by George Bailey   

I attended the official opening of the Niagara Parks Commission newly revamped $7 million incline railway that operates from the Table Rock area near the falls to the top of the Fallsview area. These new cars, there are two of them, can carry 40 passen... Read more...