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CLIFTON HILL IS STILL THE STREET OF FUN

BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS OF THE WAR OF 1812-14 BEGINS

GILLETTE AND NIAGARA

CHRISTMAS IN THE GREENHOUSE

TIGHTROPE WALKERS REQUEST DENIED BY NPC

RADIO AND TELEVISION FIRSTS AT NIAGARA FALLS

NIAGARA FALLS PHOTO CONTEST ANNOUNCED

THE RIVERBRINK ART MUSEUM-ONE OF NIAGARA'S HIDDEN GEMS

POWER FAILURE AND BIRTH RATES

NIAGARA’S RAINBOW BRIDGE IS 70 YEARS OLD THIS MONTH

MOUNT CARMEL SPIRITUAL CENTRE

NIAGARA RESIDENTS TO SLEEP CHEAP

NIAGARA TURNS ON CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FOR THE 29TH YEAR

SCARY STUFF

NIAGARA’S 16-TON JADE STONE

PLAQUES ALONG THE NIAGARA RIVER RECREATIONAL TRAIL TELL NIAGARA’S HISTORY

NIAGARA’S GRAPE HARVEST AND FESTIVAL BEGINS

OAKES GARDEN THEATRE..A PLACE OF PEACE AND BEAUTY

NEW PEOPLE MOVER SYSTEM IS ANNOUNCED FOR NIAGARA

THE NIAGARA PARKS SCHOOL OF HORTICULTURE IS 75 YEARS OLD

OLD FORT ERIE IS NOW NEW AGAIN

ANOTHER NIAGARA MIRACLE

FREE FALLS, FIREWORKS AND FAMILY FUN

TIGHT ROPE WALKERS AND THE FALLS

NIAGARA PARKS FLORAL CLOCK A TIMELY ATTRACTION

TWO OFFICERS RESCUED FROM NIAGARA RIVER

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT NIAGARA’S TOWERS

WHERE IS THE NIAGARA RIVER THE DEEPEST?

NIAGARA FALLS - STILL A POPULAR HONEYMOON ATTRACTION

WHY IS THE WATER AT THE EDGE OF THE FALLS A BLUEISH-GREEN COLOUR?

BECKY BREAKS THROUGH

DUFFERIN ISLANDS IS A NATURE LOVERS PARADISE

A FEW OF NIAGARA’S FAMOUS VISITORS

MAID LAUNCHES FOR THE SEASON, MAY 4TH

EASTER AT THE NIAGARA PARKS SHOWHOUSE

SHAW FESTIVAL IS 50 YEARS OLD

NIAGARA FALLS SCOTIABANK CONVENTION CENTRE OPENS APRIL 8TH

NIAGARA AND SHREDDED WHEAT CEREAL

WELLAND CANAL OPENED FOR THE SEASON TUESDAY, MARCH 22ND

NIAGARA ON THE LAKE AND THE MOVIE, “THE DEAD ZONE”

NIAGARA’S ICE BRIDGE AND SHACKS

“BIG BECKY” TO SURFACE THIS SPRING

NIAGARA’S WINTER SCENERY IS SPECTACULAR

NAVY ISLAND –SITE OF THE UNITED NATIONS?

MARILYN MONROE AND NIAGARA MOTELS

HOSNI MUBAREK AND NIAGARA FALLS

THE SONG-NIAGARA FALLS-SONG OF THE YEAR 1841

HOW LUNA ISLAND GOT ITS NAME

JANUARY IS THE PERFECT TIME TO VISIT NIAGARA FALLS

NIAGARA ICEWINE FESTIVAL JANUARY 14 TO 30TH

NIAGARA’S ANNUAL ICE BOOM IS NOW IN PLACE

NEW YEARS EVE LINEUP IS ANNOUNCED

CLIFTON HILL - STILL THE STREET OF FUN BY THE FALLS

TWENTY U.S. PRESIDENTS HAVE VISITED NIAGARA FALLS

DAVID LETTERMAN AND NIAGARA FALLS

SHAW FESTIVAL FILM FESTIVAL NOW UNDERWAY

NEW NIAGARA FALLS CONVENTION CENTRE TO OPEN IN SPRING 2011

NIAGARA’S ROAR IS HEARD WORLDWIDE

NIAGARA AND ALUMINUM

RUN FOR FUN THIS SUNDAY IN NIAGARA FALLS

NIAGARA’S FIRST PHOTOGRAPHS

NIAGARA WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS BEGINS ON NOVEMBER 6,2010

NIAGARA’S DRUMMOND HILL IS A PLACE OF SIGNIFICANCE

THE LEAVES ARE FALLING

PRINCESS DIANA REMEMBERED

THREE OF THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE ON THE PLANET

AN OLD ADVERTISEMENT TELLS A LOT ABOUT NIAGARA’S HISTORY

TABLE ROCK’S ”GREAT FALLING SHEET OF WATER”

AN INVENTION THAT CHANGED THE WORLD HAPPENED IN NIAGARA FALLS

DISCOVER A LUSH OASIS NEAR THE FALLS

THE NIAGARA BOUNDARY

A FEW TRIVIAL FACTS ABOUT THE NIAGARA RIVER

NIAGARA FALLS UNDER LIGHTS

THIS SMELLS GREAT!

MAKE TIME FOR NIAGARA'S FLORAL CLOCK

NIAGARA'S RAINBOW CARILLON - LET THE JOY RING OUT

NIAGARA FALLS IS HOT

A 1678 DESCRIPTION OF THE FALLS

50 YEARS AND ROGER WOODWARD

CHIPPAWA AND WEST POINT

CLIFTON HILL - THE STREET OF FUN!

NIAGARA FALLS HONEYMOON CERTIFICATES ARE AVAILABLE

ONTARIO TRAVEL CENTRES CELEBRATE TOURISM WEEK

NIAGARA IS HOME TO 48 GOLF COURSES

NIAGARA FALLS HOSTEL TAKES TOP NORTH AMERICAN AWARD

NIAGARA’S FIRST DAREDEVIL MAKES A SPLASH

ANOTHER NIAGARA FIRST

THE PRETTIEST SUNDAY AFTERNOON DRIVE IN THE WORLD

CROSS INTO THE U.S. WITHOUT GOING THROUGH CUSTOMS

THE STRAIT CALLED A RIVER

NIAGARA'S GREAT GORGE ROUTE

MAID OF THE MIST OPENS ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10TH

NIAGARA ON-THE-LAKE

HISTORY ALONG THE NIAGARA RIVER RECREATION TRAIL

"WEDDINGMOONS" ARE MOST POPULAR IN NIAGARA FALLS

NIAGARA SOUVENIRS

NIAGARA FALLS ONTARIO HAS A SISTER

NIAGARA FALLS HOTELS

BIRTHPLACE OF THE FALLS

ONE OF THE TINIEST CHAPELS IN THE WORLD

NIAGARA'S ICE-BRIDGE TRAGEDY

NIAGARA FALLS, MANY NAMES

LIQUID GOLD

NIAGARA'S CHEAP FLORIDA VACATION

A FIRST FOR ME

DID CHARLES DICKENS EVER VISIT NIAGARA FALLS?

WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES TORCH ARRIVES IN NIAGARA

NIAGARA AND PHOTOGRAPHY

MORE NIAGARA TRIVIA

STYX AND GLASS TIGER HEADLINE NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY IN QUEEN VICTORIA PARK

A DISCOVERY IN NIAGARA THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

OUR HERO RUEDI HAFEN

BURIED NIAGARA TREASURE

ROLLING THUNDER

NEW RINK AT THE BRINK OPENS IN NIAGARA FALLS ON NOVEMBER 23

SIXTH ANNIVERSARY OF KIRK JONES GOING OVER NIAGARA FALLS

NIAGARA FALLS HISTORIC TORONTO POWER PLANT GETS $850,000 FROM FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

MORE GOVERNMENT MONEY HEADING TO NIAGARA FALLS

HOW MUCH DOES NIAGARA ERODE EACH YEAR?

FALLS HELICOPTER PILOT, RUEDI HAFEN IS UP FOR A PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

DO FISH SURVIVE THE DROP OVER NIAGARA?

WHERE DID THE WORD NIAGARA COME FROM?

PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA VISITS NIAGARA FALLS

THE RAGWEED ARRIVES IN NIAGARA AND SO DO THE FESTIVALS!

SOME MORE FACTS ABOUT THE FALLS

WHEN THE AMERICAN FALLS WAS SHUT-DOWN

SPOTTED A DEER TONIGHT

STRANDED SCOW IN UPPER NIAGARA RIVER IS STILL STRANDED

BIG BECKY IS BORING

FLOWERS, FLOWERS EVERYWHERE

HERE COME THE JUDGES

NIAGARA AND PHOTOGRAPHY

MY FAVOURITE SPOT ALONG THE NIAGARA PARKWAY

BIRTHDAY FACTS

ON YOUR NIAGARA FALLS HONEYMOON

NIAGARA FALLS FUNAMBULISTS

NEW BORDER CROSSING REGULATIONS NOW IN EFFECT

IS IT THE NIAGARA RIVER OR THE NIAGARA STRAIT?

NIAGARA DAREDEVILS

HOW NIAGARA FALLS WAS FORMED

MARILYN MONROE AND THE MAKING OF NIAGARA

SPRING ACTIVITIES IN NIAGARA FALLS

EARLY SPRING IN NIAGARA: OUT OF THE WOODS AND INTO THE (BOTANICAL) GARDENS

A GOOD READ ON NIAGARA HISTORY

MAID OF THE MIST BOATS OPEN THIS WEEK

THE SHAW OPENS 2009 SEASON

SPRING HAS ALMOST SPRUNG AT NIAGARA

WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GO TO NIAGARA FALLS

LOOK AND LISTEN TO NIAGARA FALLS TO LEARN WHAT THE DAY WILL BRING

CAN'T WAIT TO SMELL THE FLOWERS...THEN DON’T

DOES THE NIAGARA RIVER FREEZE?

BLAME THE ROMANCE ON NIAGARA'S NEGATIVE IONS

ICE-BRIDGE PUSHES THE HONEYMOON BRIDGE INTO THE GORGE

NIAGARA'S ICE WINES ARE READY TO BE SERVED

NIAGARA FALLS IS FOR THE BIRDS AND THE BIRDERS

OH CANADA EH

BROCK'S MONUMENT

NIAGARA FIREWORKS

WINTER HAPPENINGS AROUND NIAGARA FALLS

NIAGARA ON A WINTER MORNING

NIAGARA SUNRISE

THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT IN NIAGARA

THE GENERAL BROCK HOTEL AND TWO GREAT SHOWS

PRINCESS DIANA AND ME

LOOK THERE'S A RAINBOW

MR. NIAGARA FALLS




 

OFFICIAL BLOG OF NIAGARA FALLS TOURISM


SPRING HAS ALMOST SPRUNG AT NIAGARA
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2009-03-26 11:03:51

18 comments Latest by george 07/24/09 09:27:10 EDT

One sure sign that Spring is just around the corner is that the Crocus in Queen Victoria Park near the falls are starting to pop there heads through the ground. In a few weeks we should see the Daffodils joining them.

Another sign, the ice-bridge below the falls has almost completely gone. I took this photo at 9:30 in the morning and it appears the American Falls is on fire. That’s because the air is warmer (hallelujah) than the cold water. Check out the large chunk of ice that’s stubbornly hanging around. It will probably be here until early April.

Once all the ice from Lake Erie above the falls has floated down and over the falls and clears the Niagara River into Lake Ontario we can expect to see the Maid of the Mist boats enter the water again for their 163rd season!

I think Old-Man Winter has finally left us. Good riddance to him. He won’t be missed.





Comments

Janie Robbins
Will be flying into Buffalo for a visit to NF. What is the best way to get from airport to Crown Plaza and is this a nice hotel thank you

George
Janie, The Crown Plaza Hotel is one of Niagara's historic hotelsdating back to the mid 1920's It's been completely renovated. It is in a superb location to the falls. Rooms at the front of the hotel offer wonderful views of the Canadian and American Falls.Several other hotels in Niagara Falls also afford the same views. You can take as taxi from the airport across the border or arrange for a Canadian taxi to pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel. One company in Canada that offers this service is Niagara Airbus at www.niagaraairbus.com. Hope this helps.

Suzanne Newman
Mr. Bailey, I really enjoy your blog and photos- awesome talent. We're in Chicago and headed up for Easter weekend. Would love to take the teens to a sunrise Easter service but can't find anything. Are you aware of any? Thanks.

Ted Robinson
We will be coming into NF on the 13th of April. Hoping the Maid will be running. Can you help us feel optimistic?

George
Ted, I wish I could be more positive but because of the ice still in the Niagara River I don't believe you'll see the Maid in the water by April 13th. I have been known to be wrong. The best bet is to check on this is to phone the Maid of the Mist office directly at 905-358-5781 a few days before you arrive. I'll also contact them and when I have a date when their first boat will be in the water I'll post it.

George
Suzanne, There are lots of various churches in the Niagara area and I'm sure all of them will have an Easter service on Easter Sunday, April 12th. The local phone book or the internet have these listings. In year past,some church denominations have gathered at the brink of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls at Sunrise on Easter morning.If the weather is nice this is a beautifulsight. The Niagara Parks Floral Showcase near the falls has its annual Easter display of lilies,Spring bulbs and Schizanthus.The attraction is open daily free of charge. there is a fee for parking. Hope this helps.

karmin
hi i love canada i live in indiana but i went there on vacation and went under the falls and on the maid of the mist plus everything else they had i plan on coming back in 3 years but anyways we spent 600 dollars there by

Renee
I am finally traveling to the falls on Spring Break next week. I am hoping that the Maid will be running (one of my main reasons for coming). Do you think the Maid will open next week or is the ice still in the river?

George
Renee, Sorry, it's doubtful the Maid of the Mist will be open next week. I checked with the folks at the Maid and they tell me they cannot say the opening date until at least nine days before they open. I'm guessing it will be near the first of May. I'll keep an eye out for an opening date. You'll have to come back in the summer!.

diamondhart
this is the most beautiful place i've ever seen we are coming there next summer i cant wait

George
Renee, I'll check this out on Monday and get back with a post.Cheers

Mary
Hi George! Great blog! Since my son was 8 years old or so, he has said he `wants to live in Canada`. The only time he has been is when he was 5. He's now 13 and I thought what a great Spring Break trip for us from Michigan! We are headed your way this weekend. Besides the falls of course, any other great attractions I should be sure they don't miss out on?? p.s. I DID make reservations at the Oh Canada Eh Dinner Theatre!!

George
Mary,There are really SO MANY things to do in Niagara Falls at any time of the year.Just walking near the falls, looking at the lights on the falls at night,walking up and down Clifton Hill, taking in any of the many man-made and natural attractions,Journeying to the top of a tower,taking in an IMAX movie,visiting the nearby Welland Canal(where ships climb the mountain between two lake),walking the quaint main street in Niagara on the Lake,where you can also Fort George ( no relation) or take in a Shaw play are a few of the things to keep you busy.

carolyn
You should update your blog. What is happening in Niagara right now?

George
Carolyn, I'll try and do better

Amy Wagner | Camping
That was a huge chunk of ice, shame Carolyn give the man a break , I think that his blog is just great. Have patience and I am sure that there will be updates. :)

carolyn
I don't understand why you have this blog if it's not kept up to date.

george
Carolyn, I'm not sure what I am `to keep up to date`.The blog is not really intended to be an event calendar(You can get that by going to www.tourismniagara.com)m but a blog of trevia,and interesting facts about Niagara Falls.Hope this helps.



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Photos by George Bailey...
View of Niagara Falls from the Skylon Tower Niagara Falls visitors overlooking the Falls
The Horseshoe falls at Niagara Falls Hennepin Point with a view of the American and Horseshoe Falls



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