Winter in Niagara Falls

If you can brave the cold, winter is a great time to visit the magnificent Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls is the last leg of our Canada trip. A truly beautiful and relaxing one after a physically demanding snowboarding week in Whistler. We took a domestic flight from Vancouver to Toronto, followed by a 2-hour coach ride from Toronto’s bus terminal to the Falls. While this might seem like quite an effort to get to the Falls, we are glad we made it with a tick on our bucket list.

American Falls winter

Niagara Falls Canada Side

There are two sides to the Falls. The American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls at New York State side. And then the Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls situated at the border of the two countries. It would be perfect to experience the Falls from both countries. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we can’t travel as freely as we wish to. So we only get to see the Canada side. But it was already magnificent so we didn’t feel lacking in anyway.

horseshoe falls close up winter

Apart from the majestic falls, there are other entertainments in the area such as casinos and ferris wheel.

Theme park Niagara Falls

Casino at Niagara Falls

The Pros and the Cons of visiting Niagara Falls during the winter

The partially frozen falls were magical in the snow and tend to draw fewer tourists during the cold season. If you prefer a less crowded holiday, this is a good time to visit the Falls. The upside of visiting the Falls in winter is the drop in hotel prices and vacancy is higher. It’s a lot easier to secure a room of your dream location at reduced pricing. The down side is that some attractions do not operate during winter season.

rainbow on Niagara Falls

Winter can be harsh and I have to admit that we were at the mercy of the weather during our 2 nights stay at Niagara Falls. We were so lucky to get clear sky and some sun on our first day. The temperature was more forgiving and we were blessed with the most magical rainbows right into the falls. It was insanely beautiful.

Niagara Falls with rainbow

Our day 2 however, was freezing cold with temperature dipping to -12 degrees, no sunshine, very foggy. That said, the misty weather was another form of charm itself.

foggy Ferris wheel Niagara Falls

You know I always add in food recommendations in my travel posts but I’m going to exclude it in this post. The reason is, I have absolutely nothing to recommend. Not only the food choices were lacking during our time there because many establishments closed down due to covid-19, we were very hungry most of the time since many eateries adopt very short operating hours. I literally had Starbucks for most of my meals since their operating hours were the longest. We did have a decent meal at Hard Rock Cafe.

Niagara Falls winter

winter Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls at night

Every evening, the falls lit up to life in an array of colours. The special light illumination is grand and magical, you definitely don’t want to miss it.

Why Niagara Falls should be on everyone’s bucket list

Niagara Falls is a true beauty. I tried my best to capture its magic from my humble camera but admittedly, photos don’t do justice. You just have to see it once in your lifetime.

night illumination Niagara Falls

If you like this travel post, be sure to check out these as well:

Vancouver ~ First Vacation After 2 Years!

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