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On paper at least, mid-August probably charts as a brilliant time to hold a beer festival, like the National Capital Craft Beer Festival, taking place in Ottawa this weekend – like, right now! Regrettably, as I wrote this the projected high...
Sometimes we’re just fish in water, oblivious to our own surroundings. That was part of the message two tourists from Europe shared recently, in an “Open letter to the people who hold power and responsibility in Canada.” In it,...
Special artists attain enough fame to draw crowds on their reputation alone. You know, ones like Picasso, Rembrandt, da Vinci or Monet. Others are also important, but just don’t have the right name recognition. Take Gustave Doré. Sure,...
I’m not sure how often big structures get blown up in this region, or if that’s the sort of thing you’ll go out of your way to watch. But if explosive change strikes you as a marvel of ingenuity, than Ottawa’s Central...
I’ve been writing a lot recently about tourism in the Adirondacks and the North Country region more broadly. What I’m finding is kind of a tale of two cities, or rather two very different types of small town. Some...
News stories tagged with "tourism"
Oct 01, 2004 — Before arriving in Lake Placid yesterday, Governor George Pataki promised a major announcement on tourism development. His new proposal is a directive that urges state agencies to help bring convention business to New York. As Brian Mann reports, the Governor says talks are still underway to fund a modern convention center in Lake Placid. Go to full article
Sep 14, 2004 — It's been a soggy summer. Through July and August the National Weather service in Burlington recorded more than fifteen inches of rain. That's three times the amount that fell during the same period last year. The clouds had a dampening affect on farmers. But as Brian Mann reports, the weather also hurt hundreds of small businesses that rely on summer tourism. Go to full article
Sep 14, 2004 — Several environmental and sporting groups are criticizing the Bush administration's plan to reduce mercury from power plants. They say it protects utilities at the expense of public health and the tourism industry. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill reports. Go to full article
Sep 13, 2004 — Economic developers, entrepreneurs, and anyone who's just plain curious about the North Country now have a powerful new tool. The Northern New York Travel and Tourism Research Center, based at SUNY Potsdam, has compiled data profiles for the 10 counties of northern New York and published them online. The profiles have data on hotel rooms, traffic counts, employment, campgrounds, marinas, fishing and hunting licenses, and snowmobile trails. Laurie Marr is the center's director. She told David Sommerstein she saw a need for a central source for tourism-related statistics. Go to full article
Aug 31, 2004 — You can find challenging whitewater rapids on rivers all over this country. But the U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Association chose one wave on the Black River in Watertown to test its best kayakers. The winners will compete at the freestyle kayaking world championships this winter in Australia. Organizers of last weekend's Blackwater Challenge hope the event will show Watertown is ready for global competition in the future. David Sommerstein visited the tournament and has our story. Go to full article
Aug 27, 2004 — Long-awaited sun and high waters have greeted competitors in a national freestyle kayaking competition on the Black River in Watertown. As David Sommerstein reports, the tournament was delayed due to the summer's heavy rainfall. Go to full article
Aug 25, 2004 — Farmers aren't the only ones who've struggled with this year's wet, chilly summer. Tourist businesses across the north country are suffering through a tough season. So are parents with kids who like to go swimming. Brian Mann spoke with Brooke Taber, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service In Burlington, who says we will get a last gasp of real summer. Go to full article
Aug 16, 2004 — On Friday, the Adirondack Park Agency approved a controversial plan to build a new bridge across the east branch of the Ausable River. The structure - in the town of Jay -- will sit just downstream from the old covered bridge, which will now serve as a foot and bicycle crossing. As Brian Mann reports, the 7-million dollar project is still dividing locals after years of debate. Go to full article
Aug 04, 2004 — State officials have dropped a plan to build private ski huts on Whiteface Mountain. The proposal drew fire from pro-environment groups. As Brian Mann reports, the Olympic Regional Development Agency still hopes to move forward with a major expansion of the mountain. Go to full article
Jun 24, 2004 — The 47 locks and 18 dams of the Rideau Canal are a giant draw for boaters and tourists in the summer months. The system connects Montreal with Kingston, Ontario via Ottawa. The British built the canal after the War of 1812 to allow boats to travel inland rather than risking a potentially dangerous transit along the border waters of the St. Lawrence River. The project was the largest of its kind in the British Empire at the time, and mostly Irish immigrants worked on it. Hundreds died. On Sunday in Ottawa, Canadian officials will unveil a Celtic Cross memorial in honor of the fallen canal workers. David Sommerstein spoke with Ken Clavette, a member of the Rideau Canal Celtic Cross Committee. He says it's hard to pin down how many people died building the canal system. Go to full article