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Niagara_falls_parkway_04.07.2012_16-23-14The Niagara Parkway, formerly known as Niagara Boulevard and historically as the Niagara Road, is a scenic road in the province of Ontario that travels on the Canadian side of the Niagara River from the town of Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The Niagara Boulevard was originally the section only from Fort Erie to Chippawa and the northern portion was referred to as the Niagara Parkway.

The Niagara Parkway is a two-lane minor arterial road with a 60 km/h speed limit for the majority of its length, although the section from Hiram Avenue to Upper Rapids Boulevard in Niagara Falls is a four lane divided road signed at 40 km/h .

East of the Mather Circle, the road becomes known as Niagara Parkway and proceeds north through downtown Fort Erie, beneath the International Railway Bridge.

Traffic is diverted west to cross the river at Portage Road, where it then resumes on the Niagara Parkway at Kings Bridge Park.

NFwineryfallAs the Niagara Wine Festival kicks off, marking its 64th year, efforts are being made to ensure the staple St. Catharines event stays fresh and entertaining.

This year’s festival will feature 29 wineries and 12 culinary vendors within Montebello Park, with a total 40 wineries included through the Discovery Pass Experiences program. Winery visits with the passes begin this Saturday, with festivities at the park kicking off the following weekend.

Prior to the Grande Parade, held Sept. 26, a pre-show filled will a variety of entertainers will get underway in front of St. Catharines city hall and at the corner of Ontario and St. Paul Streets. The pre-show will kick off at 9:30 a.m. followed by the parade at 11.

In addition to live entertainment and an abundance of wine to try, the festival includes a variety of wine seminars and a children’s area for families.

Montebello Park festival hours:

Friday, Sept. 18 and 25, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 19 and 26, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 20 and 27, noon to 8 p.m.

For a full schedule and more information, visit www.niagarawinefestival.com.

indexStreet Performances

Shows are Thursday to Monday 1:30, 2:10, 3:30, 4:10, 5:30, 6:10, 7:30, & 8:10 pm ; NO SHOWS Tuesday & Wednesday

Street Performers – a wide range of versatile, professional performing artists who provide engaging, memorable entertainment, whether serving as featured stage entertainers or gathering their own audiences in festival settings – any place you’ll find an assemblage of people or heavy ‘walk-by’ traffic. Variety shows are largely interactive and comedic, and showcase the talent and skill of many colorful and exciting circus disciplines – magic, unicycling, chain saw juggling, clowns, rola bola, escape acts, rope walking – to name only a very few!

Death Defying Thrill Acts

Shows are Thursday to Monday 2:00, 4:00, 6:00 & 8:00 pm; NO SHOWS Tuesday & Wednesday

The Wheel of Fate
Daily Showtimes: 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm; showcased 10 storeys above the Imperial Hotel 5851 Victoria Avenue

NEW FOR 2015: Sky Scraping Sway Pole
Daily Showtime: 4 pm; showcased 70 feet above the Ripley’s Moving Theater rooftop 4960 Clifton Hill

The Motorcycle Highwire Acrobat Act
Daily Showtime: 8 pm; showcased between the Tussaud’s billboard sign and Day s Inn 5657 Victoria Avenue, a 330 foot span; starting at 30 feet high and raising to approximately 100 feet high.

Daredevil Characters

Character Photo Op – Thursday to Monday – 1:30, 2:10, 3:30, 4:10, 5:30, 6:10, 7:30 pm, & 8:10 pm; NO SHOWS Tuesday & Wednesday.

Visit all the Street Performances throughout the Thrill Zone and get your FREE photo op with all the different Daredevil Characters. Share them on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, & Instagram.

10847992_857048184345218_2494836143636577658_nThe 2015 fireworks happen over Niagara Falls on Fridays and Sundays during the summer at 10:00 PM.

They also occur on select holidays as follows:

  • Victoria Day (May 18, 2015)
  • Memorial Day (May 25, 2015)
  • Canada Day (July 1, 2015)
  • Independence Day (July 4, 2015)
  • Civic Holiday (August 3, 2015)0
  • Labour Day (September 7, 2015)

PLEASE NOTE: Fireworks schedule is subject to change. As always, fireworks performances are weather permitting and may be canceled due to poor weather conditions like high winds or rain.

Winter Fireworks Schedule

In the winter, fireworks over the Niagara Falls are more limited but still do occur on select days at 9:00 PM. You can view fireworks shows ongoing as part of the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights Opening Ceremonies, on some Friday evenings in November and December and on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Eve. The Winter Fireworks schedule and exact times and dates will be confirmed later in the year ; check back for up-to-date information.

PanAm-logoThe 2015 Pan American Games, officially the XVII Pan American Games and commonly known as the Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games are a major international multi-sport event celebrated in the tradition of the Pan American Games, as governed by Pan American Sports Organization (PASO). The games are being held from July 10th to 26th, 2015 in Toronto, Canada, with preliminary rounds in certain events having begun on July 7th, 2015. Marking the third Pan-American games hosted by Canada, and the first in the province of Ontario, the Games are being held at venues in Toronto and seventeen other Golden Horseshoe communities. Both the Pan-American Games and 2015 Parapan American Games are being organized by the Toronto Organizing Committee for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games (TO2015).
The Games are hosting 6,135 athletes representing 41 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in the Americas, marking the largest multi-sport event hosted in Canada, in terms of athletes competing. A record of 45% of competitors are expected to be women, the most ever for any multi-sport event.The Games’ program consists of 364 events in 36 sports, which includes the 28 sports that will be contested at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Canoe slalom and golf will make their Pan-American Games debut, as well as women’s competitions in baseball, C-1 canoe and rugby sevens.

A total of 36 sports, 51 disciplines and 364 medal events were contested at the games. Basque pelota is the only sport dropped from the last games. Golf (after being added to the Olympic program for 2016) also made its Pan American Games debut. Canoe slalom, the only Olympic discipline to never have been held at the Games, also made its debut, meaning for the first time ever the entire Olympic sports program was contested.

The 2015 Pan American Games used a mixture of new venues, existing and temporary facilities, some of them in well-known locations such as Exhibition Place. After the Games, some of the new facilities will be reused in their games time form, while others will be resized. Ten of these venues were newly built, while fifteen were renovated to stage the games.

Toronto will become one of the most populous cities in history to hold the Pan American Games. In July, Toronto has an average mean temperature of 22.3 °C (72.1 °F) and afternoon maximum average of 26.6 °C (79.9 °F) The average humidity is 74%, and the city (downtown area) averages five days with the temperature exceeding 30 °C (86 °F) and about 65 millimetres (2.6 in) of precipitation, mostly brief periods of showers and sometimes thunderstorms.

In January 2012, the Toronto Organizing Committee for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games (TO2015) announced that sixty percent of the originally proposed venues would be dropped, in favour of a clustering system seen at other multi-sport events such as the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom.  Exhibition Stadium will stage the rugby sevens competition.

The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at Pan Am Dome, which will be referred to during the Games as the “Pan-Am Ceremonies Venue” due to sponsorship rules. Some of the competition venues in the Toronto area include Exhibition Stadium, the Pan Am / Parapan Am Fields, the Exhibition Centre and the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Competition venues outside the city of Toronto include Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium, Mississauga Sports Centre, Markham Pan Am Centre in Markham, the Oshawa Boxing Centre in Oshawa, and the Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course in St. Catharines. Most of the torchbearers were selected by a random selection, while the others were selected by torch relay communities and games partners. The relay began on May 30th, 2015 in Toronto and finishes on July 10th, the date of the opening ceremony. The Games began July 10th with closing ceremonies July 26th, 2015.

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