Frozen Niagara… A once in a lifetime opportunity?


As we all know, the Polar Vortex visited the North East this winter, and decided to stay. We in Niagara Falls are used to cold and snowy winters, even more so is our well-known neighbor, Buffalo. (Remember the Blizzard of 1977?)

While the Falls were not completely frozen, (as many people on the internet were claiming) they were quite close to freezing at one point. We picked a “warmer” sunny day to take these photos to share with you.

If you’re interested, here are some real facts about the how’s and when’s of frozen Niagara.

The pictures are mainly of the American Falls, taken from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we did taking them.


A good example of the freeze.


Notice how the Bridalveil Falls to the right, are more frozen than the rushing water on the left.



This is the Island that separates the American and Horseshoe Falls. Note that even it is affected by the extreme cold, in the form of these magnificent icicles.


An up close view of Bridalveil drama.



Like icing on a cake.


This structure was actually used in the 1958 movie “Niagara”, staring Marilyn Monroe. It was used as part of the set portraying a motel and individual cabins over-looking the Falls. Sorry to disappoint you, there never has been a motel this close, with such a vantage point. Looks good on film though.


This couple seems to be enjoying themselves.


Even the foliage couldn’t escape the ice.


I guess the Christmas lights are there until the thaw?


Frosting on the rails.

The city surrounding the Falls on the Canadian side. Image

As you see in this distant shot of the Horseshoe Falls and Niagara Falls, Ontario, the water is not frozen. But no matter, summer or winter, you have to admit, it’s pretty darn cool!


10 thoughts on “Frozen Niagara… A once in a lifetime opportunity?”

  1. Wow! These pictures are breathtaking! I wanted to get up there to check out the falls earlier this winter so take some photos of my own but somehow I never got around to it. As beautiful as all of this is though I’m ready for it all to melt for good! And I had to go into work the day of the “polar vortex” lucky me! Cheektowaga, where I live, went into a state of emergency while I was at work so they sent me home. Such an interesting winter it’s been. Thanks for sharing your pictures!!!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed these, Jess! It really has been a crazy winter. I don’t think I remember a colder one in years, if at all. Glad you got to go home that day. Perhaps you should have used that time to take pics of the Falls too…”A polar bear in a snowstorm”! HA! Thanks for liking and commenting. You know I love your stuff too!

  2. Absolutely the most stunning frozen beautiful photos ever!!! We are so lucky to have this in our back yard and you for taking such amazing pics!!!! 🙂

    1. Thanks very much, Kristina! We live here and it’s STILL crazy to see them frozen. Like we said, it doesn’t happen too often. Thanks for visiting us here…virtually and in reality…both! 😉

  3. Reblogged this on 2chicks2go and commented:

    Nearly a year ago we posted the Frozen Niagara blog here at 2chicks2go. We posed the question “A once in a lifetime opportunity?” Well, apparently not! Niagara has ‘froze’ up, once again. Not solid, but close enough. When it warms up a bit, we hope to get out there and take new photos, but meanwhile, you can look at March 11, 2014’s blog. Enjoy…and stay warm!

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