A Visit to Frozen Niagara Falls

08 January, 2018 5 comments Leave a comment

Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, Canada. Photo by Karen Richardson

Usually, if there is enough snow cover at this time of year, my husband and I make time for snowmobiling. But this month, with severe cold warnings for two solid weeks, it was just too darn cold to hit the snowmobile trails. Instead, we took a day trip with friends to visit frozen Niagara Falls, to have lunch and do some photography.

Canada's Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls. Photo by Karen Richardson

It was -27 degrees Celcius when we left home in the morning, and -16 when we arrived in 'The Falls' at lunch time. With the damp atmosphere near the falls, the temperature felt as cold as it had been at home. We were glad we had dressed in layers, including thermal long underwear, flannel-lined pants, and our parkas. Below is a photo of my husband and me, taken at The Falls by our friend Carolyn.

John and Karen Richardson at Niagara Falls.

Being so cold, it was difficult to take photos and keep my hands warm, and intermittent clouds blocked the sun most of the time. But I managed to get a few really good shots and a couple of quick videos of the Falls in action.

I compiled the best views of the afternoon into this two-minute video, which also conveys some interesting facts about this natural wonder. Turn on your speakers and enjoy!

Have you been able to brave the cold and have some outdoor fun? I'd love to hear about it in the comments (click on 'Leave a Comment' at the top of this post). Have a great winter, everyone.

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  1. Vikki MacPherson January 12, 2018

    Thanks for sharing Karen! Niagara Falls is amazing! I haven’t been for a few years, so it’s so great to see pics!

  2. Patricia Mark January 09, 2018

    Love your video! The photos are beautiful! I was there too on the same day only later in the day. The light had changed by then and the changing hues of the frozen cloud above the water were soft pink and lavender. It was very cold but spectacularly beautiful! There were lots of admirers of the Falls that day. A splendid sight to see!

  3. Penny Knapp January 09, 2018

    Wow This is awesome! What a fab presentation!

  4. Sharron MacBride January 09, 2018

    Lovely film of an iconic Canadian Landmark. Even more stunning wrapped in winter’s coat. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Gerrie Heard January 09, 2018

    Lovely photos and video Karen. I remember that our first winter in Canada (1957) my parents took us to see ‘frozen’ Niagara Falls. It was really cold—-my older sister and I only had skirts with our winter coats and I can still picture my younger sister (age 3)in her snow suit crying as Dad held her to see the falls, she wasn’t happy—-cried the whole time. Good memory.