Cold to extreme cold temperatures are normally keeping us inside, but sometimes we need to get out to see what magic they can do. Especially with waterfalls.
January and February are great months to go visiting the falls, as they offer astonishing views. The mist rising from the great falls are layering over and over on the surrounding features, creating a magical snowy winter wonderland. Although by the time we got to the Niagara Falls the sun decided to hide, we still had a great time seeing all the frozen features the waterfalls are so famous for.
If you have never seen Niagara Falls during the wintertime, here are some photos. You don’t need to freeze anymore, I did it for you😊
The American Falls are obviously across Niagara River, on the American shore. There flows about 7 to 10% of the total volume of the water, thus there is a much bigger frozen surface than the one on the Canadian shore.
Sometimes, when it is extreme cold, it looks like the Falls have stopped, but in fact, the water continues to flow underneath the sheets of ice.
The Canadian Falls (Horseshoe falls) have the remaining of 90% of the water flow, falling freely into the Maid-of-the-Mist pool. As the name suggests, this is the mist creating surroundings you could only see in a fairy tale.
Sprayed in layers, the mist will form a crust of ice over the nearby features, including the rushing water itself, making unique appearances.
Mounds of snowy ice are built up along the shore, incredible sheets of ice along the waterfalls, coated stairs, platforms and rocks, miniature glaciers or caves, they are all majestically displayed.
More contrast is coming from the greenish water, as an estimated 60 tons of dissolved minerals are swept over Niagara Falls every minute. The colour comes from the dissolved salts and rock flour (shales and dolomitic limestone).
With an average of 2,000, up to 3,000 tonnes of water flowing over Niagara Falls every second, it is almost impossible to see the waterfalls totally frozen. There is only one time known that Niagara Falls has actually got frozen solid for about 30 hours, on March 29th, 1848, when Lake Erie (where Niagara River comes from) froze and created an ice dam, preventing the water reaching the falls.
Tip(s) of the day:
- Wear warm and waterproof cloths, as most of the time the wind and the currents will direct the mist along the shore;
~ visited in February 2021
If you like this post, you might want to see Niagara River in the fall: https://1000placesandmemories.wordpress.com/2020/11/03/ca-ontario-niagara-gorge/
If you want to have an idea about Niagara Falls during fall time, you can watch this little video: