The Niagara Falls are one of the world’s greatest wonders. These three waterfalls that fall right at the international border between Canada and the US are a sight that needs to be seen before it’s believed. The falls are both famous for their beauty as well as being a great source of hydroelectric power. At any time of the year, they are a spectacular place to visit.
However, in winter, as it gets pretty cold, the breathtaking view acquires a completely new context, and that’s what happened this year. The bitter temperatures brought chaos in some parts of the United States and Canada but created incredibly mesmerizing sights around the Falls who have frozen over in many areas, creating a true winter wonderland.
Check out some gorgeous pictures of the frozen Niagara Falls, courtesy of BoredPanda.
Feels like Narnia!
Niagara Falls is the common term used for three waterfalls at the end of the Niagara Gorge, separating the states of Ontario in Canada and New York in the US
Located on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the Canadian side offers a better view and is more visited
The Falls have iced up in 1885, 1906, 1902, 1911, 1932, 1936 and 2014
This winter’s partial freezing-over has seen a further increase of visitors
Nothing compares to the sun shining on these beautiful ice formations!
Interestingly, Niagara Falls have only stopped once, the Niagara Parks Commission says
They were frozen for 30 hours on the 29th of March 1848
Millions of tons of ice formed in the Niagara River
That must have been a real sight to remember!
Even though the falls themselves aren’t truly frozen, the effect is stunning
The same mist that freezes over the falls has formed an icy casing over every tree branch, railing and lamppost, as well
There is an “ice-bridge” that is caused by this phenomenon, also
“It’s amazing,” said Australian Maya Oxley, who is in Canada visiting relatives and made a trip to the falls recently.
Oxley said she saw the falls in winter 14 years ago, but had to come back to experience it once again
“It’s beautiful in winter, and not many crowds,” she added.
For Ariana Durgadeen, visiting with her mom from Trinidad, the ice was an introduction to Niagara Falls and to a real Canadian winter
“I’m really enjoying it so far, except the wind,” Durgadeen said.
“It’s a bit cold but really nice and beautiful.”
Here are some animals who were preserved frozen.