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Take Our Kids to Work Day at Niagara Parks

On November 2, 2016, The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) hosted 23 Grade 9 students from across Niagara for Take Our Kids to Work Day!

Take our Kids to Work Day is organized by The Learning Partnership, an annual national program in which Grade 9 students are hosted by parents and relatives in workplaces across Canada.

Through experiential learning in a variety of departments and areas at NPC, Grade 9 students embarked on a tour of a variety of different career options and got a true look behind the scenes of NPC’s attractions and facilities.

Students started their day with the Heritage Team, where they learned about the interpretive and curatorial roles at our Heritage sites. They learned of all the different employment opportunities available in Heritage, starting in high school. Students were even treated to a live demonstration of a musket shooting at Table Rock Centre!

Then the students met with NPC’s award winning Culinary team about the Apprentice Cooks and Chef’s Showcase Dinner, which has supported the educational endeavors of numerous aspiring chefs over the last 11 years through the Niagara Parks Apprentice Cooks scholarship. They discussed different education paths students should take to get their foot in the door as a culinary artist and treated students to a really interesting cutting demonstration!

To add a little fun to the day, students visited one of NPC’s most popular attractions, Journey Behind the Falls. While enjoying the breathtaking view, NPC’s High Angle Team dropped in for a quick visit by rappelling down into the Niagara Gorge. It was a highlight of the day!

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NPC’s Engineering team welcomed students to the Maintenance Centre where they got a close look at the many trades employed by staff. From carpentry, plumbing, painting, electrical and mechanics, NPC has it all.

Finally, students were led by the Horticulture team on a walking tour of Niagara Parks’ renowned Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture and spoke to current students at the school about their experience.

“The Botanical Gardens was my favourite part of the day, hands down. Second was visiting the Forestry Department. I am very interested in botany.”  – Dawoud

NPC is very proud to be a part of Take Our Kids to Work Day. The program is a valuable tool to showcase what NPC has to offer while giving students a chance to appreciate the work their family member does.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Niagara Falls

Since 1980, World Tourism Day has been celebrated on September 27 helping to raise awareness of the role of tourism within the international community and demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values globally. As one of the most recognized and visited tourism destinations in the world, Niagara Parks would like to invite you to celebrate World Tourism Day with us!

Whether it’s standing in awe under the roar of Niagara Falls, soaring over the swirling Niagara Whirlpool or savouring a taste of the region with Niagara Parks Culinary, our iconic Canadian experiences always show you something new. Here are the top five reasons to visit Niagara Falls.

1. Stand face to face with Niagara Falls at Journey Behind the Falls. Here, visitors can venture deep below and behind the heart of Niagara and stand at the base of Horseshoe Falls to witness one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down to the basin below. Enjoy this all-season Canadian Signature Experience in the heat of summer or during the winter months when the falls are coated in ice.


2. Niagara begins here, and our encyclopedic Niagara Parks Heritage team can take you back in time to show you just how historically true this is. Relive over 200 years of history at Old Fort Erie, a War of 1812 National Historic Site and Canada’s bloodiest battlefield.


3. Savour a taste of Niagara at our five Feast On certified restaurants on the Niagara Parkway. Enjoy seasonal menu items, Niagara VQA wines and Ontario craft beers at Elements on the Falls, Queen Victoria Place Restaurant, Queenston Heights Restaurant, Legends on the Niagara Restaurant or Whirlpool Restaurant.


4. Escape to our sprawling parkland and cycle between two Great Lakes on the 53 kilometre Niagara River Recreational Trail. The Niagara River Recreational Trail runs along the Niagara River and extends from Niagara-on-the-Lake, through Chippawa, and on to Historic Fort Erie. This mixed-use path passes through many Niagara Parks attractions, historic sites and natural areas.


5. Soar high over the Niagara River on our 100-year-old Whirlpool Aero Car. The Aero Car travels between two different points on the Canadian shore of the Niagara River, offering spectacular views of the Niagara Gorge and the swirling Whirlpool below. This antique cable car has tremendous historic significance and represents both engineering and tourism development in Niagara.

A view of the Whirlpool Aero Car over this natural whirlpool just downstream of Niagara Falls. 😊🚡🏞

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Building Your Golf Library

If you have a golf library, or if you’re just starting one, there are some classics that no serious collector should be without beginning with The Story of American Golf by Herbert Warren Wind, one of the great books of golf first published in 1948. In the second half of the twentieth century, Wind took golf reportage to new heights writing primarily for the New Yorker and The Story of American Golf is just that—a great story. You can’t put it down, even though you know how it ends.

Wind also contributed to one of the very best instructional books of all time. Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf by Ben Hogan and Herbert Warren Wind is a timeless classic that outlines the building blocks of winning golf from one of the all-time masters of the sport. Whatever your skill level it’s a must read for anyone who knows that good fundamentals are where great golf begins.

Not far behind Hogan’s masterpiece is the Little Red Book by Harvey Penick. Penick’s life in golf began as a caddy at the Austin Country Club in Texas and eighty-one years later he was still there, dispensing wisdom to beginners and pros alike. After sixty years of keeping notes on the things he’d seen and learned Penick’s Little Red Book (named for the red notebook he always kept) imparts simple, direct, practical wisdom that strips away all of the hyper-technical jargon to help golfers of every skill level play their best.

If there’s a book on the mental side of golf that belongs in every library its anything written by Dr. Bob Rotella one of the most sought after performance coaches in golf today. Rotella, or “Doc,” as most players refer to him, goes beyond just the usual mental aspects of the game. His book Golf Is Not A Game of Perfect, for example, promotes an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of a golfer’s game, from mental preparation to competition. It can help anyone.
Another must read by Canadian golf writer Lorne Rubenstein is A Season In Dornoch his account of a summer spent in the Scottish Highlands with his wife in a rented flat in the center of town just steps from the Royal Dornoch Golf Club. He writes about the friendly, sometimes oddball people who love their town, their golf, and their single-malt, but most of all he writes about a summer lived around golf, in a community where golf is king. It is wonderful read and a great gift for any golfer.

Another book by Rubenstein is The Natural Golf Swing written with Canadian golf great George Knudson. A disciple of Ben Hogan, with a swing that many contemporaries compared to Hogan’s, Knudson gets at the root of what Hogan was trying to explain when it comes to actually swinging the golf club. While Hogan’s book The Five Lessons remains the benchmark in how to hold the club, Knudson gets to the heart of the swing motion, creating a golf swing that is in balance, physically pleasurable, and with a minimum of effort. It is a book you will want to read over and over again.