Niagara Falls in winter

Niagara Falls in Winter: Tips and Things to Do (2024)

Heading to Niagara Falls in winter?

You’re in the right place. Niagara Falls is a popular place to visit year round, and winter is a unique time to see Ontario’s largest waterfall. With a 188 foot drop and a width of 1078 feet, Niagara Falls is a world wonder that worth seeing any time of the year.

During the summer months, Niagara Falls receives around 8 million tourists. For this reason, you’ll have a much easier time visiting during the winter. It’ll be much easier to get into attractions, hotels will be more affordable, and much fewer crowds, allowing you to get better photos.

While some of the Niagara Falls attractions are shut down during the colder months, there are other ways to experience these majestic falls that can only be done during the winter. Niagara Falls has both indoor and outdoor activities that are available all winter long (on both, the Canadian side and US side and I’ll be providing tips for both.)

I live just a few hours away from Niagara Falls and have been there more times than I can count. I’ve visited in all seasons – summer, fall and winter – and can tell you the best things to do in Niagara Falls. in winter.

Whether you’re heading to Niagara Falls with family, as a romantic getaway weekend or with friends, you’ll soon see why it is one of the best places to visit in Ontario in winter.

So, let’s jump in – Niagara Falls in winter!

2 Things To Keep in Mind About Niagara Falls in Winter

Besides that its cold (obviously), here are two important things to keep in mind about visiting Niagara Falls during the winter months

1. December is the most popular month

In December, Niagara Falls will be a little more popular than other winter months because of the Winter Festival of Lights, and holiday celebrations for Christmas and New Year’s. The cold months from January through March will be a lot less busy .

2. There is much more to do on the Canadian side (especially in winter)

Two of the main attractions on the U.S. side of the border (Maid of the Mist and Whirlpool Jet Boat) are closed in the winter. If you are coming from somewhere in the U.S, it might be worth it to cross over to the Canadian side where more of the attractions are open (and you can get a better view of the falls.)

3. The volume of the water fall will be slightly thinner at night

During winter nights, the water flow of the Niagara Falls is cut in half. During the daytime in the summer, the water flows at over 2,800 cubic meters per second, but this is cut down to a minimum flow of 1,400 cubic metres per second on winter nights.

However, you likely won’t be able to tell the difference from looking at it with the naked eye. The falls are lit up during the night which make for great photos!

Niagara Falls in winter

Average Temperature during Winter in Niagara Falls

Here is the average temperature in Niagara Falls in winter months, from December through March.

Niagara Fall’ is a bit warmer than Toronto during the winter, but it it is still cold and dreary. Here are the average temperatures that you can expect each month:

DecemberLow: -2°C (29°F) High: 3°C (38°F)
JanuaryLow: -8°C (17.5°F) High: -1°C (30.2°F)
February Low: -8° 17.5°F) High: 0°C (32°F)
MarchLow: -3°C (26.6°F) High: 5°C (41°F)

Things to Do in Niagara Falls in Winter

Here are the things to do in and around the actual falls that are even more special and unique during the winter

1. Stand right at the edge of Horseshoe Falls (Canada)

Every visitor, especially first time visitor, regardless of the time of year should make time to do this while they’re in Niagara Falls.

horseshoe falls niagara in winter

Walk directly to where the waters plunge over the cliff at Horseshoe Falls. Stand there, watch and feel the force. The water is thundering over at approximately 2,800 cubic metres per second and at 65 kms (40 miles) per hour.

It is very misty and you will get slightly wet, so be sure to bundle up. If you have a poncho from home, you would want to bring it. However, you will be given a poncho if you decide to do the journey behind the falls tour, which we’ll get into below.

2. Do a wine tour in the Niagara region

The Niagara Peninsula is famous for its wine; there are 50 wineries in the area, and its one of the largest wine making regions in Ontario.

Being bordered by Lake Ontario and the Niagara River allows for a moderate climate with warmer weather, which allows the grapes to ripen well. They also make their famous ice wine in winter, which you can sample on-site most of the wineries.

I’ve been to Niagara many times to visit wineries and there are so many good ones – some of my favourites are Pellar Estates, and Two Sisters. Both have great food on site, excellent wines, helpful staff and scenic views to look onto through large windows.

If you’re vacationing in Niagara Falls, you have the option of driving to the wine region (20-30 minutes by car) or join a tour which brings you to a hand full of wineries in a day. Your transportation, and tastings at each winery are included .

Book your All-Inclusive Wine Tour in Niagara here

3. Walk through the Winter Festival of Lights (Canada)

Unlike most cities who take down their festive winter lights (lets face it, they’re usually just for Christmas) right after the New Year – Niagara Falls keeps theirs up for an extra week!

Visiting before or during the holiday season always makes for a festive activity, but if you have an extra week after Christmas to enjoy the lit up lights -its definitely worth seeing.

This year, the festival lights in Niagara Falls will be held from November 18, 2023 to January 7, 2024. The lights are on from 5pm to midnight each day in that time frame.

Not going to be there between November and January? No worries. The waterfalls themselves are lit up every night of the year. My favourite thing about staying overnight in Niagara Falls is being able to see the waterfalls lit up different colours.

Good to Know: In the winter, there are different falls illumination hours, depending on which month you’re coming. Here are the times that the Niagara Falls will be lit up in the winter:

  • November 1st- December 31st: 4:30pm – 2am
  • January 1st – January 31st: 5pm – 1am
  • February 1st – March 11th: 5:30pm – 1am

4. Ride the SkyWheel (Canada)

The SkyWheel was built in Niagara Falls as a replica of the London Eye. Its a 175-feet tall ferris wheel and consists of weather-controlled gondolas – which keeps you somewhat warm in the winter months.

The SkyWheel is open year-round and its a great way to get a view of the surrounding land (and stay relatively warm in the process.)

Niagara Falls Skywheel

When you ride the SkyWheeel, you do three full rotations and the ride lasts about 10 minutes. Up to 9 people fit in the gondolas, so more than big enough for the whole family or a bachelor party.

The SkyWheel is open from 10am to midnight each day – so you have the option of a daytime wintery lay of the land, or seeing Niagara Falls all lit up from the night sky.

The SkyWheel is located on Clifton Hill, which is the big touristy shopping district in Niagara Falls. Its about a 15 minute walk from the falls. Tickets for the SkyWheel can be bought at the gate, or in advance to save time.

Grab your SkyWheel Admission Ticket here

5. Do the Journey Behind the Falls experience (Canada)

The Journey Behind the Falls experience is the closest you can get to the falls, and even provides a chance to walk behind the falls.

During the journey, you descend 125 ft below the ground in an elevator, and are taken through a tunnel (built in 1903) where you can see look at the waterfalls from right behind them.

To be honest, the behind the falls part wasn’t as miraculous as I thought it would be (its just a small window) but you can definitely see the thickness of the volume of the falls which is a very unique experience.

My favourite part of the experience was going to the lower observation deck (pictured below) and being practically right beside the force of the falls.

The entire Journey Behind the Falls experience takes just under an hour.

Tickets for Journey Behind the Falls can be bought from the Niagara Parks website here. The cost is $24.00 per adult ticket, and includes the tour plus a biodegradable poncho (which you’ll need as it gets very wet at the lower observation deck.)

Good to Know: In the winter, the lower observation deck is sometimes closed because the ground can get so icy that it isn’t safe to walk on. In the event that happens, you will be given a discount on the Journey Behind the Falls experience.

6. Visit the Niagara Falls Power Station (Canada)

The Niagara Falls Power Station has been in use since 1905, but just opened as a tourist attraction in 2022. There’s a museum on top, followed by an elevator that takes you 180 feet underground.

From there, you walk through a 2,200-foot tunnel that takes you out to get a shoreline view of the falls.

Niagara Falls Power Station

I find that tourists are often trying to choose between Journey Behind the Falls or the Power Station experience, because both are very similar. They both involve an elevator, and a long tunnel, plus an up-close view of the falls.

As someone who loves science, the Power Station is one of my favourite attractions in Niagara Falls. You learn about the history of the falls, as well as some of the experiments that have been done, and how they started channeling them for electricity.

Give yourself at least 2 hours for the whole Power Station experience – the museum, elevator, walk through the tunnel, and some picture taking at the base of the falls.

Niagara Falls

Now, I must caution you – if you find it cold above the ground, it will be even colder once you get down the elevator. We did the Power Station in October, and even then we brought layers to wear at the underground part of the exhibit.

So, bundle up with hats, mitts and scarves for the underground part of the exhibit, the same as you would outside.

Good to Know: You have the option of either a guided or self-guided tour of the Niagara Falls Power Station. Guided tours for an adult are $37.00, while self-guided is $20.00. We had toddlers with us, so we decided to do a self-guided tour. If you’re a history or science buff however, spending the bit extra for a guided tour might be worth it. Tickets can be bought at the door, or on their website here.

7. Watch birds fly freely at Bird Kingdom (Canada)

Bird Kingdom is the largest aviary in North America. Visiting there is like stepping into the rainforest in Costa Rica. Seeing the lush vegetation, flowers and birds is a nice break from the cold and dreary winters.

There are three different floors at Bird Kingdom with different exhibits. There’s some history about Niagara Falls, bats, reptiles, and many birds flying around freely. If you’re a bird lover (like me) then you’ll enjoy this place .

One of our favourite parts about Bird Kingdom was the parakeet feeding which is done several times throughout the day. We were able to go inside the enclosure and get pictures of ourselves with the parakeets. They didn’t allow us to take our own photos of the parakeets, but we were able to buy the photos that they took of us.

The Bird Kingdom is great for all ages; families and couples. You will need about 2 hours to explore the whole thing.

Good to Know: You can buy your tickets at the door, but we decided to buy ours on their website online to save time. (You also get a slight discount for buying your ticket online.) The ticket you buy online has no expiry date, so you can buy it now and use it any time.

Getting to Bird Kingdom

You could walk to Bird Kingdom in about 10 minutes from the base of Clifton Hill, or in 20-30 minutes from the edge of the falls.  You can drive there as well, there is designated Birds Kingdom parking on site that only costs $3, which is very affordable for Niagara Falls! (We were so surprised by that price that we went in to check and ask them.)

8. Go shopping in Niagara on the Lake

To be honest with you, Niagara Falls isn’t my shopping scene at all. I’m much more of a Niagara on the Lake person. Niagara on the Lake is a town that is about 30 minute drive from Niagara Falls.

Rather than the flashy Vegas feel, I prefer the small-town boutique shopping. If this is you, then it might be worth a drive out to Niagara on the Lake for some window shopping, wineries and getting a bite to eat.

The main street of Niagara on the Lake is lined with cute shops, cafés, and high end restaurants.

Here are some of the best shops in Niagara on the Lake, which I always make a point of going into while I’m there.

  • The Christmas Store – open all year round, this Christmas store sells charming boutique-like ornaments. My husband and I had our ornament engraved on-site.
  • One Earth Boutique – if you’re a fan of plant based and homemade beauty products. I bought a mask from here and a hand cream, and they worked great and held up over time.
  • The Scottish Loft – artisan products imported from England and Scotland
  • The Little French Shoppe (Serendipity) Parisian-style home essentials

9. See the wintery lay of the land from the Skylon Tower

The Skylon Tower is a 775 foot tower that overlooks Niagara Falls. The elevator to the top takes just under a minute.

The attractions at the top of Skylon Tower are two different restaurants, and an observation deck.

skylon tower niagara falls in winter

If you choose to dine at the top in one of the restaurants, then your admission to the top of the tower is free (it works the same way as the CN Tower in Toronto.)

However, if you’re going to pass on dinner, then you can grab an admission ticket to the Skylon Tower for pretty affordable.

Get your Advance Tickets for the Skylon Tower here

Here’s what you need to know about the two Skylon Tower Restaurants in winter:

Revolving Dining Room Restaurant

  • The pricier option; perfect for upper scale events and celebrations
  • Serves lunch, early dinner, and dinner
  • Gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian and children’s options – see menu here

Summit Suite Buffet

  • More casual and affordable than the revolving restaurant – see menu here
  • there’s a special menu for New Year’s Eve

10. Walk through the Butterfly conservatory (Canada)

The Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls is one of the largest butterfly enclosures in North America. Its great for all ages.

If you’ve ever been to a butterfly conservatory, you know that its peaceful to walk around watching the butterflies fly around freely. You need to be careful walking around, because there are some butterflies on the path in front of you, and many of them land on you.

Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory with a toddler

Your visit to the Butterfly Conservatory is a self-guided tour, and it starts off with a short informational video about the butterflies and how to handle them.

Afterwards, you take a leisurely stroll through the conservatory. You probably only need about 60-90 minutes tops for the whole thing.

Pro Tip: The temperature inside the conservatory has a tropical warmth (27 C or 80.6 F) so be sure to wear short sleeves underneath your winter coat so that you aren’t boiling in a hot sweater.

Getting to the Butterfly Conservatory

The Butterfly Conservatory is not accessible by foot from downtown Niagara Falls – you would need to drive, or take an Uber. Its about a 15 minute drive from downtown, and there is nearby parking for $5. You can buy tickets to the Butterfly Conservatory online here.

11. Sample Ice wine of the Niagara region (Canada)

Ice wine is only produced by a few select countries around the world, because the weather needs to be cold enough for the grapes to freeze on the vine.

Ice wine is a dessert wine that has a fruity, sweet flavour. Canada is one of the few countries that produces it.

We are lucky to have a few wineries in Niagara on the Lake (just 30 minutes from Niagara Falls) that produce ice wine. There is a special Ice Wine Festival every year that you should visit if you’re in Niagara Falls in winter.

Niagara on the Lake

The Ice wine Festival this year will be held from January 12th-28th, 2024.

Not going to be in town during the Ice wine festival? No worries! You can buy Niagara’s ice wine from most LCBO stores in Canada, which is the largest alcoholic beverage retailer.

There are five different LCBOs in Niagara Falls that carry ice wine. Look for the brand made by Pellar Estates, one of the largest wineries in Niagara on the Lake.

12. Splash around at an Indoor waterpark (Canada)

Niagara Falls is great for waterparks. While waterparks may not be the first thing you think of in the winter, but if you want to beat the cold and go swimming, then . This is particularly a great idea if you’re in Niagara Falls with Kids.

Waterpark Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls

There are a few different waterparks to choose from, and here’s the low down on each one:

  • Great Wolf Lodge – 100,000 square feet water park open ONLY to guests. (If you’re in Niagara Falls as a family, consider staying here.) Read out post about our experience staying at Great Wolf Lodge with a toddler
  • Waves, Americana’s Indoor Waterpark  a 25,000 sq. feet of pools and fun. Open to outside visitors daily from 10 am-8 pm. You can buy your pass online in advance here.
  • Fallsview Indoor Water Park, 125,000 square feet. Hours to outside visitors change daily based on the day, so check their website for the days you plan on visiting.

13. Niagara Falls Underground Heritage Center (U.S)

The Niagara Falls Underground Heritage Center is a new attraction that just opened in 2018 on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls. It allows you to learn about first-hand accounts of slaves who fled to Canada for their freedom.

Niagara Falls was the light at the end of the tunnel for slaves who fought to be free. You can learn about their brave stories and see the remnants of the suspension bridge that they used to get across the border to Canada.

If you’re already on the U.S. side, then the Underground Heritage Center is probably only a 10 minute drive out of your way. If you’re on the Canadian side, then it will take about 30 minutes to get over there, not including the time to cross the boarder.

14. Try some comforting Canadian food (Canada)

If you’re crossing the border into Canada to visit Niagara Falls, there are a few different kinds of Canadian dishes and snacks you should try that you can’t get in the U.S.:

Poutine. While it originated in Quebec, it is very popular and commonly found in Ontario too.
Nanaimo Bar – a pastry that you can find at Tim Horton’s, or other bakeries
Ketchup Chips – made by a few different brands; Lays and President’s Choice
Maple Syrup – Canada is the largest exporter of maple syrup. You can find small gift bottles of it in souvenir shops, or larger bottles in grocery stores


Canadian chain restaurants to look for in Niagara Falls:
Montana’s – Backyard barbeque style. My American friend loves Montana’s BBQ sauce, and you can buy the jars to take home; makes a good souvenir or gift
The Keg – steakhouse chain with an upper scale vibe
Boston Pizza -Pizzeria and sportsbar.

*You can find all of these chains on Clifton Hill.

Good to Know: For Canadians, there are some American chain restaurants on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls that are hard to come by in the rest of Canada. Olive Garden and Rainforest Café, Applebees

15. Take a helicopter ride (Canada)

If you want to take the view of Niagara Falls up a notch, helicopter rides are offered in Niagara Falls during the winter season (weather permitting.)

You’re taken up close and over the falls, getting views that few people get to experience. This tour also includes lunch at the revolving Skylon Tower restaurant that overlooks the falls.

This might be a special idea for an anniversary or special occasion, or just an epic thrill.

Book your Niagara Falls helicopter ride here

16. Celebrate Christmas, New Years, and Valentines (Canada and U.S.)

Niagara Falls is a festive place to visit for any holidays, especially the winter ones. There are a fewer tourists and

Christmas -enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights (Canada side) from November 18th to January 7th, and involves a lit up trees and decorations along the Niagara Falls Parkway, and fireworks on select nights. On the U.S side, visit the Jingle Falls Festival which is three day weekend festival in late November with ice sculptures, Santa, bonfires and roasted marshmallows.

New Years – special menus are offered at select restaurants (be sure to reserve in advance). There are fireworks at 8pm and 12am (midnight) on December 31st.

Valentines Day – there are lots of romantic things to do in Niagara Falls for Valentine’s Day; dinner at the Skylon Tower, a wine tour, and the butterfly conservatory to name a few. I recommend staying at the Marriot Fallsview to have the perfect view of Horseshoe Falls from your hotel room.

15. Explore the casino scene (U.S and Canada)

I’ll be honest, casinos aren’t my thing. But I have tagged along with friends a few times in Niagara Falls. The Canadian side of Niagara Falls is the Mini-Vegas. There are two different casinos on the Canadian side, and one on the American side.

They are:

  • The Fallsview Casino (Ontario)
  • Casino Niagara (Ontario)
  • Seneca Niagara Casino (New York)

Keep in mind that on the Canadian side of the border, you need to be 19 years old to gamble, but on the American side the minimum age is 21.

17. Eat at the Rainforest Café (Canada)

If you enjoy the feeling like you’re eating in the middle of a Costa Rican jungle, then you might love the Rainforest Café on Clifton Hill.

The whole environment inside is made to feel like you’re eating in the middle of a rainforest.

Rainforest Cafe Niagara Falls

I’d particularly recommend it if you’re in Niagara Falls with children, as they will love the animatronic animals, the starry night sky, and the aquarium.

If you’re a group of adults only, then I’d say only go if the idea particularly appeals to you. They do have beers, cocktails and spirits on their menu, so its suitable for kids and adults.

In the summertime, the Rainforest Café has a line up out the door (as they don’t take reservations – its first come, first serve.) But in the winter, you’ll likely be able to walk right in.

18. Take a walk along Clifton Hill

Clifton Hill is the big ‘tourist trap’ in Niagara Falls, and is similar to a kid’s mini Vegas. However, you have to see it while you’re here and there are a lot of places to duck inside from the wintery cold for some laughs and fun times.

Clifton Hill is well known for its wax museums, haunted houses, speedway (closed in the winter), as well as restaurants, souvenir shops, and candy stores. This is also near where the Skywheel is located, as well as the Rainforest Cafe.

clifton hill niagara falls

19. See aquatic life at the Aquarium of Niagara (U.S side)

The Aquarium of Niagara is a non for profit organization that is committed to the wellbeing and conservation of the aquatic life under their care.

The Aquarium of Niagara has been open since 1965. It was the first aquarium I ever visited as a little girl in the early 90s. At that time, they still had dolphis. (I’m glad that they don’t have them now.)


However, Im in my 30s now and can still remember the aquarium, seeing the polar bears and penguins. I’d recommend visiting here if you’re on the American side of Niagara Falls with kids.

If you want to visit the Aquarium, then you’ll beed to book a time window in advance. If you’re visiting on a weekend, then prepare for a bit of a wait to get in.

20. Eat somewhere with a great view of the falls

In winter especially, you want to look for places where you can enjoy the view of the falls without having to be outside freezing your butt off.

There are a few restaurants where you can enjoy a great view of the falls. The nice thing about eating there in winter isn’t just the warmth , but its also a bit easier to get into since its low-season for tourism.

View of the fall from the Table Rock House Restaurant

Still, I would recommend making reservations to these places if you plan to eat there:

  • Skylon Tower – two dining rooms, one revolving with a birds-eye view of the falls
  • Table Rock House Restaurant – located near the tip of Horseshoe Falls; this restaurant is located in a large building with souvenir shops and windows with unbeatable views (pictured above)
  • The Sky Fallsview Steakhouse
  • The Keg Steakhouse in the Embassy Suites hotel
  • Massimo’s Italian Fallsview Restaurant
  • The Secret Garden Restaurant (further away, but you can see all three falls including the American side.)

*There are dozens of restaurants with views of the falls, but I’ve listed the ones that I’ve personally ate at, are open in the winter and have decent reviews (minimum of 4/5 on Google ratings.)

Niagara Falls in winter

How to Get to Niagara Falls in Winter

Here’s everything you need to know about getting to Niagara Falls (driving, public transit, tours and parking) during the winter months

1. From Toronto

If you have a car and are coming from the Toronto area, then drive along the Queen Elizabeth Way (called “QEW” by locals) , it will take just under an hour (roughly 1 hour, and 44 minutes without traffic) to get to Niagara Falls from Toronto.

Please keep the weather in mind. You’ll need snow tires if you’re driving in the winter. Parking will be much easier to come by in the winter months.

If you’re coming from Toronto to Niagara Falls, you might want to consider booking a tour where you don’t have to worry about driving or public transit and can sit back and enjoy the ride. Day trips to Niagara Falls from Toronto run all year, even during the winter.

Book your winter day trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto here

2. From anywhere in the U.S.

 The closest airport to Niagara Falls State Park is the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport (BUF), and its only about 30 minutes away.

There are three different bridges to cross into Canada, but the one that will take you directly into Niagara Falls is the Rainbow Bridge.

If you don’t want to have to worry about driving yourself and marking, consider taking a tour that will take you to the key sights across the border.

Book your day tour of Niagara Falls (both sides of the border) from the U.S. here

What to Bring to Niagara Falls in Winter

You’ll want to bring very warm clothing and layers to Niagara Falls in winter.

  • A winter coat
  • Hat, mitts and scarf
  • Neck-warmers like these ones that help shield your face from the cold winds and mist
  • Warm gloves
  • Waterproof footwear. Hiking boots, if they’re waterproof are suitable, even if you’re not doing hiking perse; the ground can still be icy and wet and the extra traction is worth it. I’d recommend this pair for men, or this one for women
  • Long-sleeved shirts, or a hoodie
  • swimsuit (if you are visiting any of the indoor waterparks)

Niagara Falls in Winter: By Month

Here’s what you need to know about each month in winter in Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls in December

December is the most popular of all the winter months to visit Niagara Falls, because of the holiday-themed attractions.

If you’re hoping to see Niagara Falls looking like a winter wonderland, then this will likely not happen in December. Temperatures in December (and southern Ontario in general) are usually too mild to create the icy/snow atmosphere. But you might get lucky and see a bit of snow.

Niagara Falls in January

January is the least popular month to visit Niagara Falls, which means getting into the tourist attractions is a breeze compared to the summer months. January is one of the lowest temperatures of the year, so if you hope to see snow, your chances are higher in January than in December.

The Ice Wine Festival in Niagara on the Lake is held in mid-January (the 2024 dates will be January 12th – 28th, 2024.)

Niagara Falls in Winter

Niagara Falls in February

February is mostly very quiet in terms of tourists in Niagara Falls. Valentines Day will likely draw a lot of couples who are looking for special occasions, such as dinner at the revolving restaurant at the Skylon Tower, casinos, wineries, and things like that.

Be sure to make reservations in advance if you plan to be in Niagara for Valentine’s Day or the closest weekends to do; other than that, it will be pretty quiet (and still cold!)

Niagara Falls in March

March is starting to warm up in Niagara Falls, but it will still be cold and damp some days. St. Patricks Day (March 16th) is a very popular holiday in both U.S. and Canada, and will draw a lot of people to the restaurants, bars and casinos to celebrate.

Also, March Break or Spring Break happen during mid-March, and there are a lot of families that visit Niagara Falls at that time. The waterparks and family-friendly activities will be absolutely packed! Be sure to make whatever reservations you want in advance.

niagara falls in winter

Interesting Facts about Niagara Falls in Winter

  • The volume of the falls is slightly thinner during the winter nights because the current is used for hydroelectric energy
  • When it gets really cold, the mist and spray from the falls can form a crust of ice over top of the rushing water. So, it looks like the water has stopped, but it hasn’t!
  • Niagara Falls don’t ever really ‘freeze over’ in winter, there is always water flowing

Where to Stay in Niagara Falls in Winter

Niagara Falls in Winter FAQs

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about visiting Niagara Falls in the wintertime.

Is it worth going to Niagara Falls in winter?

Niagara Falls is definitely worth a visit in winter. There are less crowds, and its much easier to get in to certain attractions. Some attractions are closed during the winter months, but many of the good ones are still open.

What are winters like in Niagara Falls?

Winters in Niagara Falls are cold. It is also less busy.There are a lot of fun, indoor and outdoor activities to do to keep warm.

Can you walk behind Niagara Falls in winter?

Yes, you can walk behind Niagara Falls in winter. The Journey Behind the Falls experience is the only excursion which takes visitors behind the waterfalls, and its open year-round.

Final Thoughts on Niagara Falls in Winter

Winter is a great time to experience Niagara Falls. The tourist crowds are much thinner and you can get into the attractions much easier and faster than during the summer months.

If you’re lucky enough to be there on a cold enough day, you might be able to experience what the falls look like surrounded by ice and a layer of fresh snow.

If you love waterfalls, then Niagara Falls is a must. I hope that this guide has been helpful in giving you ideas for your trip to Niagara Falls in winter!