Location: Niagara Falls, New York, US and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Jazmin overlooking Niagara Falls. She is wearing Samuel Hubbard 24 Seven boots in Whiskey.
When you think of Niagara Falls straddling the United States and Canada, an image of blue ponchos embarking on the Maid of the Mist boat tour underneath a rainbow is the first to pop into your head. However, Niagara Falls has so many other spectacular views to offer, especially as it turns into a winter wonderland.
Every winter as the temperatures fall, the raging currents of the falls are no match for the icy conditions. While the falls never stop flowing, many sections of the waterfalls are frozen in time, making for beautiful wintertime photography. Combined with the lower costs and the limited number of tourists, Niagara Falls is a perfect winter getaway.
Winter Weather in Niagara Falls
The weather in Niagara Falls hovers around freezing throughout the winter months. Temperatures can easily swing higher or lower, so make sure to bring along enough layers to keep warm. There is also a high chance of rain or snow and a good chance the mist from the waterfalls reach you.
While all sections of the trails that remain open throughout the winter are treated, proper footwear is a must for any snow, ice or puddle encounters. With the Winter’s Day GORE-TEX Boots your feet will stay dry and comfortable, no matter the weather.
Steven is wearing Samuel Hubbard Winter's Day boots.
Activities to enjoy in Niagara Falls State Park
During the winter, several of the classic Niagara Falls attractions like the Maid of the Mist and the Crow's Nest hike are closed due to the icy conditions of the falls. However, there is still quite a bit to explore and enjoy in the Niagara Falls State Park on the US side.
The Observation Tower, with breathtaking views of both the American Falls and Horseshoe Falls remains open year round, with free access during the winter. This is the best spot on the United States side to get panoramic views of all three falls.
Enjoy the light pedestrian traffic as you walk along the trail up the Niagara River, to the bridge leading to Goat Island. While trails closest to the falls are closed for safety reasons during the winter, you still get amazing views of Niagara Falls.
The State Park remains open until midnight, which means you can take a late night stroll after dinner.
Activities to enjoy in Niagara Falls, Canada
To get between the United States and Canada, walk or drive across the Rainbow Bridge. If you plan on visiting both sides of the falls, make sure you bring your passport and proper visa, if required.
If you drive to the Canadian side, park at the Table Rock Centre, adjacent to the Horseshoe Falls. Take a walk along the Niagara River Recreation Trail of the endless viewpoints over the falls. Make sure to walk all the way.
Every evening, lights are shown from Canada, illuminating all three falls in Niagara Falls. You can see the colorful rainbow that the waterfalls become from either side, but the Canadaian side makes for better photos. At the same time, the city of Niagara Falls in Canada has many more restaurants and additional attractions open throughout the winter to enjoy.
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