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    Eh!

    by JennysTravels Written Jul 11, 2006

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    A bit of orginal language that seperates us Canadians from the rest. So when you comming to Canada, eh?

    Eh is a spoken interjection in English and Spanish meaning "Huh?", "What?", "Hey", or "Repeat that, please". It is also commonly used as a method for inciting an answer, as in "those trees are red, eh?"

    In addition, "eh" can also be used as an exclamation: "He's all right, eh!" This has its origins in Scotland, where it can still be heard.

    The only usage of eh that is peculiar to Canada, according to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, is for "ascertaining the comprehension, continued interest, agreement, etc., of the person or persons addressed" as in, "It's four kilometres away, eh, so I have to go by bike." Similarly, "It's nine-o'clock, eh?" means "You do know that it's nine o'clock? You are aware that it's nine-o'clock?".

    In that case, eh is used to confirm the attention of the listener and to invite a supportive noise such as "Mm" or "Oh" or "Okay". It essentially is an interjection meaning, "I'm checking to see you're listening so I can continue."

    "Eh" can also be added to the end of a declarative sentence to turn it into a question. For example: "The weather is nice." becomes "The weather is nice, eh?" This same phrase could also be taken as "The weather is nice, don't you agree?".

    Further examples of Canadian usage include: "I know, eh?" (Agreement), "Yeah, eh?" (Agreement; tone of voice changes meaning slightly). "I know. Eh!" (Pause between 'know' and 'eh' and emphasise 'eh'. This is an excited agreement.) Although technically questions, these are also said as statements.

    The usage of "eh" in Canada is often mocked in the United States, where some view its use as a stereotypical Canadianism. Many Canadians dispute its use (for example, singer Don Freed in his song "Saskatchewan" declares "What is this 'Eh?' nonsense? I wouldn't speak like that if I were paid to.").

    Usage of "eh" is more common in Eastern Canada, and less common in the Prairie Provinces and British Columbia.

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    Prepare for winter

    by JennysTravels Written Jul 3, 2006

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    Our winters are cold and tough. Bring gloves, hat, scarf, boots and good warm long jacket if you are planning on visiting Niagara Falls in the winter. It's extrememly beautiful to see The Falls during winter, the snow falling. It's amazing.

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    Gratuties & Tipping

    by JennysTravels Updated Jul 31, 2007

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    I have been in the hospitality industry for over 15 years now. I enjoy my job and all the interesting travelers I get to meet. My beef is, when you are traveling please remember your waitress at the end of your dinner. It is customary to tip 15-20% of your bill. Or you can add up all of Ontario's fine taxes to get 15%. That entire gratutiy does not go soley to the waitress. We must tip out our bartenders/hostess and bus kids and even management. If your service is poor, I can appreciate you wanting to leave little. But please show us some respect with nothing lower then a 15% tip.
    Thank You.

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    Free Postcards!

    by kazander Written Jun 6, 2005

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    Maid of the Mist postcard

    Before you go off and buy a postcard at one of the HUNDREDS of souvenier shops, it's good to know that you can get one for Free. When you purchase your tickets for the maid of the Mist boat ride, they give you a complimentary postcard. It's a great bonus souvenier!

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    Feel the water move you.

    by JennysTravels Written Mar 20, 2006

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    There a great viewpoint of the brink of Niagara Falls right along the pathway. You can see the water rush over the falls. It moving. I make it there at least twice a year. To find it, just look for the huge group of people by Table Rock.

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    CRAZY FELLOW IN THE PAST

    by RafaelTheSecond Written Jul 8, 2005

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    Bobby did it...

    He deserves to be my first tip in my Niagara Page!!!! This was Bobby Leach and his barrel after his trip over Niagara Falls, 1911, two years before my Grandma Carmen born. Anyway, I doubt Bobby would do such a thing during the winter, hahahaha

    Much before, in 1902 a great woman named Annie Taylor, 63-year-old was the first person to go over the Falls in a barrel; she survived virtually unharmed. Since Taylor's historic ride, 14 other people have intentionally gone over the Falls in or on a device. Some have survived unharmed, but others have drowned or been severely injured. Survivors of such stunts face charges and stiff fines, as it is illegal to attempt to go over the Falls.

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    US vs. Canadian

    by Dabs Written Aug 12, 2010

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    A question came up recently from someone who was considering just staying on the US side because they didn't have passports. While the US side is nicer with regard to lack of the "cheese" factor, the Canadian side wins out for overall beauty and view of the Falls which is naturally the highlight of Niagara Falls. The US side is a State Park so you don't have the schlock of the Clifton Hill area that you find on the Canadian side, no Ripley's Believe it or Not or amusement park rides or fudge shops or neon lights. Instead the US side focuses on the natural side of the Falls themselves, you can take the Maid of the Mist from the US side for a better look at both of the Falls, walk out onto a viewing platform for a better view of the American Falls, get an up close look at the Horseshoe Falls before the water tumbles over or stand beneath the Bridal Falls at the Cave of the Winds attraction. But you are still looking at the Falls not head on but from the side.

    Is it the end of the world if you don't see both sides? Of course not, there is plenty to see on the US side and with the Maid of the Mist boat ride you are seeing the same thing as those from the Canadian side. But if it were me, I'd spring for a passport or passport card and see the view from both sides.

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    IF YOU ARE CHINESE YOU....

    by RafaelTheSecond Written Jul 14, 2005

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    A brazilian adventures in the Falls village!;)

    You will be able to feel at home, many things are written in Chinese, even this nutrition centre which has a large collection of herbs. As soon as we got to the little train station it was snowing, and for me it is always a real party when I see snow falling!

    I do not remember the name of this street, but maybe you can guess, it is the same street of the bus station which leads you to the Falls!

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    CRAZY PEOPLE TWO

    by RafaelTheSecond Written Jul 8, 2005

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    Rafael in Niagara Falls by Pierre V.

    Before being burried by the snow, I took this remarkable picture on the cliffs of Niagara. of course I was in the canadian side, overviewing the american edge.

    It was heavingly snowing but I had fun, even though it was crazy to visit the Falls in the Winter.

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    Pick a side, anyside (but go for the Canadian!)

    by feline01 Written May 12, 2003

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    Niagara Falls can be seen from both the USA (Buffalo, NY) or Canada (Niagara Falls Ontario). Buffalo is a rather large city that doesn't seem to take full advantage of the falls. I would definitely recommend staying on the Canadian side and either walking across to the US side or driving just to get the different perspective. I've heard horror stories about the length of the border crossing but I assume those long lines are probably during the summer.

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    Honeymoon Capital of the World

    by Dabs Updated Aug 12, 2010

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    With so many places to go in the world, I don't know why anyone would choose Niagara Falls as their honeymoon destination but apparently thousands of people are lured in by the promise of heart shaped beds and jacuzzis. Call me silly but there's nothing about a giant Frankenstein monster eating a whopper or a wax statue of Indiana Jones that screams romance at me. How Niagara Falls came by this nickname is probably a good piece of marketing over a century ago after a couple of famous people honeymooned here. The 1st recorded honeymoon trip to Niagara Falls was made by US Vice-President Aaron Burr's daughter in 1802 shortly followed by Napoleon Bonaparte's brother and his bride in 1804. The Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania also claims that they are the Honeymoon Capital of the World but I'm betting they don't have a Whopper munching monster

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    Diversity, diversity, and again diversity

    by OlenaKyiv Written May 17, 2007

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    Tourists watching Niagara Falls at night

    Niagara Falls attracts not just tourists, but tourists from all over the world, of all nationalities. You may see sheikhs with numerous wives or daughters (I have seen one), Indian women in their national dresses, African people in colorful clothes, Americans in shorts and in caps .... It is like a small meeting of people from all over the world.

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    Love, betrayal and murder

    by CliffClaven Written Sep 4, 2002

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    'A raging torrent of emotion that even nature can't control!' was the blurb on the posters for the 1953 movie 'Niagara'. It was a pretty routine tale of love, betrayal and murder, but the movie is remembered less for Marilyn Monroe's starring role than for the breathtaking shots of the Falls. Superman and Lois Lane also went to Niagara Falls in Superman II - but old Cliffie wouldn't rate that one a classic of the silver screen.

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    Parking in Niagara Falls (NY & Canada)

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 27, 2007

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    Free parking is rare. Many parking lots vary in prices from day to day and from month to month. The major parking lots are as follows:

    Commercial Parking Lots Ontario Side:

    Table Rock parking - Niagara Parks Commission - a fee is charged
    Rapids View parking - Niagara Parks Commission - a fee is charged
    Greenhouse parking - Niagara Parks Commission - a fee is charged
    Kingsbridge Park parking - Niagara Parks Commission - free seasonal
    Botanical Gardens parking - Niagara Parks Commission - free
    Niagara Glen parking - Niagara Parks Commission - free
    Spanish Aero Car parking - Niagara Parks Commission - free
    Queenston Heights parking - Niagara Parks Commission - free
    Casino Niagara parking - Bender Street - a fee is charged
    Skylon Tower parking - Robinson Street "A" lot - a fee is charged
    Skylon Tower parking - Robinson Street "B" lot - a fee is charged
    Hoco Clifton Hill parking - a fee is charged
    City of Niagara Falls street parking & lot parking - a fee is charged

    In many cases, parking on City of Niagara Falls streets at paid meters are cheaper than most commercial parking lots. Most commercial parking lots charge approximately $7 to $10 CAN. Many city owned and operated lots charge approximately $5 for 8 hours. The choices are endless and it is your choice. You will pay for convenience. Hotels/Motels provide free parking for patrons.

    Many small privately owned lots are available throughout the tourist district. They are relatively small and charge a dollar or two less than the commercial lots however they are often located several blocks away from the primary commercial lots thus much more walking is involved getting to where you want to go.

    Commercial Parking Lots New York Side:

    Niagara Reservation parking - New York State Park - a fee is charged
    Goat Island parking (west lot)- New York State Park - a fee is charged
    Goat Island parking (east lot) - New York State Park - a fee is charged
    Rainbow Plaza Parking Garage - Niagara Falls Blvd. - a fee is charged

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    Tipping in Niagara Falls (NY & Canada Side)

    by machomikemd Written Sep 27, 2007

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    Some hotels include tips or gratuities with group programs to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. In a hotel, bell service should be tipped about $1 per bag, and housekeeping $1 to $5 dollars a day (in proportion to your room rate). Visitors should know that the standard tip in restaurants is 10%-15% (on restaurant bills, an average tip will match the GST & tax for Canada Side), with 20% for very outstanding service. This is especially important for visitors from countries where tipping on meals is not done: here the waitering staff depend on tips for a significant portion of their incomes. Tip taxis about 10%, and a dollar a bag they carry for you (not just unload), or at the very least round fares up to the nearest dollar.

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