May 4

A walk across the Falls!!!

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.

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November 20

NPC adds carousel to winter attractions

http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3373990

The Niagara Parks Commission would like people to do more than just drive past the Festival of Lights exhibits. In an effort to expand their list of winter activities and try to get tourists to spend time outside of their cars, the commission has installed a carnival-type vintage carousel to anchor what it’s calling Victorian Candy Land.

“It allows people to not only stay in their cars, but get out and experience more of the parks up close. It’s about turning the park into a four-seasons destination,” said NPC director of communications Tony Baldinelli.

The vintage carousel, which was installed Thursday and will open to the public Saturday, is located in front of the Edgewater Tap & Grill at the bottom of Murray Hill. Rides on the carousel will be $3, and there will also be an open fire nearby where families can make their own s’mores. The carousel will be open until Jan. 8.

Baldinelli said “it’s all part of expanding the commission’s enhancement of the opportunities in the Winter Festival of Lights.” The NPC was a founding partner in the festival when it started 29 years ago.

The carousel could be somewhat controversial to some who think the commission should be focused on the natural aspect of the falls, but Baldinelli said it’s a family-oriented, winter-only attraction.

“Everything we do is a balance between our commercial operations and what we do as stewards over the lands that we protect. With the Winter Festival of Lights, it’s something we’re doing for families and for children,” he said.

October 27

Niagara’s Fury Closure next week

Niagara’s Fury will be closed next week from Monday, October 31 to Friday, November 4 for maintenance. Will re-open on Saturday, November 5.

During this closure, guests purchasing a Niagara Magic Pass will be able to use the Niagara’s Fury ticket for admission to the Whirlpool Aero Car. The IMAX Theatre that is a coupon partner on the Pass, will also accept the ticket for full admission for Guests not wanting to ride the Aero Car.

October 19

Niagara Falls International Marathon

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.

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