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Frozen Niagara… A once in a lifetime opportunity?

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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?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHdnpVDEE8o

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.

http://www.niagarafallslive.com/facts_about_niagara_falls.htm

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.

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A good example of the freeze.

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

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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.

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An up close view of Bridalveil drama.

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Like icing on a cake.

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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.

http://www.ferdyonfilms.com/tag/niagara-falls/

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This couple seems to be enjoying themselves.

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Even the foliage couldn’t escape the ice.

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I guess the Christmas lights are there until the thaw?

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Frosting on the rails.
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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!

Visit Niagara Falls, Canada from Niagara Falls, USA

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Niagara Falls is a wonder in more ways than one. Not only are we the mighty Niagara, but we are actually three water falls; the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls, overlapping our international Canadian and American borders.
So yes, there are two cities named Niagara Falls, either side of the border, and if you come for a visit, you should be sure to see both. We find Niagara USA to be a more natural experience, with up close and personal views of the water and Falls and is less “touristy”. It has open landscaping and well placed trees and plants, offering calm walkways along the river and solitude if you so choose. The Canadian parks are well manicured, the view of the Falls is great, and it is an experience you should take in, given the opportunity.
 
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One of the easiest ways to see both sides, if you are staying in Niagara Falls, New York, is to simply walk over the Rainbow Bridge. Parking prices on the Canadian side are high and you might even have to park at quite a distance and take a bus just to see the sites. Instead of driving, you could walk over the bridge which is an adventure in itself and is only small change. It’s also a great photo opportunity because the bridge crosses over the gorge with beautiful views of the Falls.
I met a friend in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the other day. She used to work for the Parks Police and had one of the best office window views in the world, in my opinion! She knows her city like the back of her hand, and even though I’d lived there previously, offered to take me around, like a tourist.
So after visiting her former office, we  took a cute little path up to the Skylon Tower. It is between the Parks Police building and the rose garden across the street from the American Falls. It slices up the cliff to access the Skylon among other things at the top. Some locals call this path “Jolley cut”, named after James Jolley. Be warned that it is rather a bit of a hike, uphill.
 
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The Skylon Tower has breathtaking views of both falls, and the river, as well as the surrounding cities and countryside and the visuals are well worth the experience.
 
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She also gave me a ride along the gorge to the Spanish Aerocar, which was unfortunately closed for the day, due to high winds.
 
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 We went to Zappi’s Pizzeria for lunch, which is a quaint Italian Eatery. This is a small restaurant with delicious homemade food. I had a large salad and wonderful homemade butternut squash soup. http://www.zappispizza.com/niagara-falls-pizza/ It’s a short cab ride uphill from Journey Behind the Falls. You  might find it accessible by foot, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
 
There are several attractions within walking range from Niagara Falls, NY, including;
Niagara’s Fury –http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/play/falls-experiences/niagara-fury/  an interactive 4-D cinematic experience.
Journey Behind the Falls –http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/play/falls-experiences/journey-behind-the-falls/ a walk underneath the Horseshoe Falls.
The Skylon Tower – http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/play/falls-experiences/skylon-tower/ which has an observation deck with a towering view of the waters below including the Falls, River and gorge and surrounding countryside as well as a buffet dining room and a revolving dining room.
The Table Rock Welcome Centre – http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/play/falls-experiences/table-rock/ which houses the Elements on the Falls Restaurant, overlooking the Horseshoe Falls – http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/eat/fallsview-dining/elements-on-the-falls/ , Table Rock also includes a tourist shop, food court and access to the Journey Behind the Falls and Niagara’s Fury.
Clifton Hill – http://www.cliftonhill.com/ a street on a hill that’s a crazy, touristy  conglomeration of “museums”, restaurants, novelties and nightclubs. The height of its season is definitely summer when the street is jam packed with people and you can be jostled about by nearly anyone from anywhere around the world!
 
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