Members of the public will be able to meet famed American aerialist Nik Wallenda at two public events this week, before he walks into the history books by attempting to cross the Niagara Gorge on a high-wire on Friday, June 15th, 2012.
The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is hosting two meet and greet opportunities with Mr. Wallenda on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at its Table Rock Welcome Centre. Visitors will be able to speak to the professional wirewalker during each of the hour-long sessions as he prepares for his much-anticipated crossing. Continue reading
2012 Falls fireworks!!! Every Friday, Sunday and holiday, at the Falls area, May 18 to September 2 at 10:00pm.
Holidays: Vicotoria Day May 21, Memorial Day May 28, Canada Day July 1, Independence Day July 4 and Civic Holiday August 6.
It’s been more than a century since anyone has crossed the Niagara Gorge on a high wire, but a new chapter in the daredevil tradition that put Niagara Falls on the world’s tourism map, is about to be written.
Famed American aerialist Nik Wallenda will attempt a dramatic crossing over the Niagara River between Niagara Falls, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario on a tightrope, suspended approximately 60 metres (200 feet) above the turbulent waters rushing over the brink of Niagara Falls. Wallenda will cross the Niagara Gorge on Friday, June 15, beginning at 9 p.m. This modern-day walk — which will be watched by millions world-wide — will take him approximately 550 metres (1,800 feet) across a narrow wire over the world-renowned Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
In announcing his walk, Wallenda stated, “This has been a dream of mine ever since I saw Niagara Falls for the first time when I was six years old. I fully expect this to be only the beginning of my life long relationship with Niagara Falls.”
Given Niagara’s storied history with stunting and daredevil attempts, the Niagara Parks Commission felt Wallenda’s wire walk was an appropriate way to pay tribute to the daring individuals and performances of long ago, while highlighting Niagara Parks’ ongoing role as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations. Wallenda’s tightrope walk is expected to draw more than 120,000 people between both Parks on either side of the river to witness the event firsthand. American television network ABC will broadcast Wallenda’s historic high wire walk live, enabling millions of viewers to watch his crossing worldwide.
The Niagara Parks Commission is putting together a host of activities and performances for the huge crowd that comes out to watch Wallenda’s amazing tightrope performance. A live concert is being organized at the Illumination Stage at Queen Victoria Park before Wallenda inches across the gorge. The night will be capped off in dramatic fashion with a spectacular fireworks display over the Falls shortly after Wallenda completes the crossing.
The Niagara Parks Commission will host the Niagara Falls International Marathon on Sunday, October 23, 2011. Please be aware of the following road closures and restrictions that will take place on this day.
· The South Niagara Parkway will be closed from Old Fort Erie to Upper Rapids Blvd beginning at 8 a.m. and will reopen as the last participant runs past each cross road. Access to homes and attraction along this section of the Niagara Parkway are available from the closest access points and will be assisted by Niagara Parks Police and Race Marshalls.
· The north bound lanes of the Niagara Parkway from Upper Rapids Blvd. to Table Rock will be closed from 7:00 am to 5 p.m. on this day.
· NEW FOR THIS YEAR: Both south bound lanes of the Niagara Parkway through Queen Victoria Park to Upper Rapids Blvd. will remain uninterrupted as southbound lanes. There will be no northbound lane between Upper Rapids Blvd and Table Rock.
· All access to Table Rock, Falls Parking Lot and the Floral Showhouse Parking Lot will remain open for the day via the southbound lanes.
· NEW FOR THIS YEAR: Buses at Rapidsview Parking Lot will be asked to proceed along Portage Road to Fallsview Blvd and turn right onto Murray Street to reenter the Parkway. Buses will be able to proceed south to Table Rock for pick up.
· All traffic and people movers will operate as normal from Table Rock to the north parkway.
· All races will finish at Table Rock Bus Management on this day. Bus Management will be moved to the People Mover Loop on the south side of Table Rock for the day.
· Tim Hortons at Table Rock Welcome Center will be open at 7:00 am on October 23 for the convenience of guests arriving early for the event.
“A haunting experience awaits you Friday and Saturday nights in October at Journey Behind the Falls. Niagara Parks has called upon its ghosts to greet them during this unique and limited time event. Suitable for all ages. Regular admissions apply.”
Please be advised that the last ticket sold for regular visits will be at 4:45 p.m. on the above dates and then your guests would have to join in with the structured ghost tours that begin at 6 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Niagara Wine Festival is on now!!! From Sep. 16 to Sep. 25, 2011, you can come to Niagara and enjoy wine tours, concerts, Niagara cuisine, wine seminars, live entertainment and one of Canada’s largest street parades during the 60th Niagara Wine Festival.
To learn more, please visit http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/page/winefest_home
Due to a large number of requests from the public, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board has decided to illuminate Niagara Falls in orange on Saturday to commemorate the career and memory of the late Jack Layton. The Falls will be illuminated in orange during the following times:
9:00 – 9:15 p.m.
10:00 – 10:15 p.m.
11:00 – 11:15 p.m.
In keeping with the State Funeral which is being held in honour of Mr. Layton, Flags throughout the Parks will also be flown at half mast until sunset Saturday.
Nik Wallenda planned to tightrope walk across the Canadian Horseshoe Falls next year. Though his porposal is denied by Niagara Parks Commission, but he said he is optimistic to get approved. Nik Wallenda is the great-grandson of Karl Wallenda, founder of the famous The Flying Wallendas.
I’ll keep updated on this news.