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   

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 it... 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   

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...