Niagara Falls is visually breathtaking under any circumstance. In the warmer months, visitors flock to the region to enjoy the views, rich foliage, outdoor activities, vineyards, and exceptional food. Temperatures dropped to sub-zero levels over the past week (December 2017/January 2018), and the world was left in awe as Niagara Falls transformed into a frosted winter wonderland. Check out the waterfalls in all of their beautifully frozen glory!
It goes without saying that Niagara Falls has its own majestic splendor during winter when the temperatures get cold enough and parts of the falls freeze over. These incredible waterfalls span the international border between Canada and the United States, and both sides are presently abuzz with visitors hankering to see the glistening white trees, dripping icicles, and terrain glittering with snow.
Undeterred by the freezing cold weather, for the past few days people have made their way to Niagara Falls to witness what some visitors are describing as Narnia. The last time Niagara Falls froze over in this way was 2014.
The incredible volume of water never actually stops flowing. About 3,160 tons of water flow over Niagara Falls every second, and even though a few days of cold weather could not completely shut off the three falls that make up this natural wonder, the sub-zero temperatures have turned them into a frozen spectacle. Currently, the gallons of water plunging over Niagara Falls are plummeting into clouds of icy mist and have created the most stunning ice formations along the banks of the falls and river.
These formations can result in ice masses as thick as 50 feet (15 meters). If the temperature stays cold for long enough, the ice can eventually spread across the entire river and create an ice bridge. There was a period when people were actually allowed to walk along the ice bridges, but after three tourists lost their lives in 1912 when a frozen bridge broke up, this practice came to an end.
Temperatures are expected to stay way below zero throughout the week, so the falls won’t be thawing out anytime soon. There’s no better time to experience the natural crystal palace that has formed around Niagara Falls.