Blog posts by Toni Williams

by George Bailey   

Niagara Spray or Spar..What is It? Niagara Spar, some folks called it spray or even petrified mist was found usually behind the falls in the late 1800 hundreds and early 1900’s.It is a white or grey crystalline, quartzite stone with... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

Marilyn Attempts to Leave Niagara Falls Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada June 1952 You can see Marilyn Monroe trying to catch a cab to travel into the United States. She is on the Canadian side of the Rainbow Bridge directly in front of the General Brock H... Read more...

by George Bailey   

It seems that Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls Street of Fun has been around as long as the falls has been flowing ( a bit of an exaggeration).It’s hard to imagine another street anywhere in the world that offers as many attractions, restaurants, shopping and... Read more...

by George Bailey   

My wife and I and a group of friends plan to be amongst the crowd of revellers on December 31st for this years New Years Eve’s outdoor celebrations near the falls. The free annual outdoor event will be broadcast live by Entertainment Tonight Canada hosted... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

When I went into a few souvenir stores near the falls on one of my regular walks I noticed there was one particular Niagara Souvenir no longer to be found. It was anything that had to do with the Maid of the Mist. When I asked a clerk about it she told m... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Winter and the Lamppost 1998   This is a photograph I took with negative film in December of 1998 near the edge of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. You can see in the distance Terrapin Point on Goat Island in Niagara Falls N.Y. I remember the day clearly.... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Niagara’s Winter Ice Storm On the official first day of winter, December 21st (known as Winter Solstice) a vicious ice storm hit the Niagara area over night turning Niagara into a winter wonderland. When the sun came up in the early morning I grabbed my... Read more...

by George Bailey   

The Niagara Parks Commission once again has their Christmas exhibition in place in the Floral Showhouse (many of us still think of it as the NPC Greenhouse) along the upper Parkway just above the falls. The focal... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Demi Lovato Headlines Free New Year's Eve Show The Niagara Parks Commission hosts this year’s free New Years Eve show at Niagara Falls Canada.  Demi Lovato has been announced as the major headliner for this year's event.  Demo Lovator is a singer, actres... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Hats Off to Deborah Pratt The Tourism Industry of Ontario recently announced that Inniskillin Wines Deborah Pratt, a veteran of Canada’s wine industry was awarded the winner of Ontario’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Debi started her career in... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Two Million Passengers The First Year I just read that the new transportation system called WEGO in its first year of operation (it began August 2012) carried more than two million passengers around the park and city. The new system which consists of 27... Read more...

by George Bailey   

Busy Weekend Planned for Niagara Falls   Both locals and visitors always seem to have things to do in Niagara Falls.   This Saturday, November 16th we’ll see lots of activity in our historic downtown area. Starting at 9:30 am the annual CYTEC Candy Ca... Read more...

by Toni Williams   

BE THE ONE who names thier boats!  Be part of the game changing event in #NiagaraFalls for 2014!  Here are the details of Hornblower's Niagara Cruises 'Name Our Boat' contest!    ... 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   

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   

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   

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   

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   

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...