Generally, each year my family purchases a daily calendar for us to read at dinner. We’ve done jokes, trivia about certain TV shows, etc. Last year we had a daily Family Feud calendar. On December 4, the survey question was “Tell me something you associate with Canada”. The number 2 answer was about Niagara Falls.
Drivers, start your engines — a massive, roller coaster-like go-kart racetrack is now open in Niagara Falls, Ont.
Tourism company HOCO Limited unveiled its new “Niagara Speedway” attraction on the Clifton Hill entertainment strip this week.
“It’s like go-karts on steroids,” said Harry Oakes, HOCO’s president, in a statement. “You drive on a road course for a portion of the race and then spiral up … to about 40 feet, and then come down a long hill … kind of like the way a wooden coaster would be.”
In the 25 years since Oh Canada Eh? has been offering dinner theatre patrons homegrown songs celebrating the Great White North, Eric Hitchcock has had a front seat through a good deal of them.
Now general manager of the Niagara Falls-based theatre, Hitchcock was there for the first show on May 17, 1994 — though just as a member of the audience. With a friend in the show, which features performers singing songs either created or made famous by Canadians, Hitchcock wanted to show his support. By the second performance, however, he was put to work, first at the bar of the venue, then located near Clifton Hill and now on Lundy’s Lane, and eventually all manner of duties.
“Whatever they needed,” he said, “wherever they needed help.”
Visitors to Niagara Falls may have noticed a crane dangling workers over the ledge above the lower observation deck of Journey Behind the Falls on Monday.
The workers were chipping away at loose rock in a process called ice-jacking on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls, 13 storeys above the falls basin.
Throughout the winter, water can creep into the crevices of the rock and through the freezing process slowly loosen pieces of rock as the frozen water expands, which then poses a danger to people standing on the observation deck below.
Niagara Falls is the backdrop for an award-winning Canadian drama opening at the Niagara Square Cinemas Friday.
“Mary Goes Round,” the debut feature from Toronto director Molly McGlynn, stars Aya Cash (“You’re the Worst”) as a substance abuse counselor named Mary who loses her job and driver’s license because of a drinking problem. She’s then asked to meet her estranged father in her hometown of Niagara Falls, who is dying and hopes to see her connect with her teenaged half-sister who she has never met.