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5 Ways To Experience Niagara Falls This Winter


Winter in Niagara Photo: Niagara Parks

Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most famous landmarks and was even Canada’s top Instagrammed location in 2016. A large majority of visitors travel to Niagara Falls in the summer, yet there is something to be said about the magic of the Falls when they’re coated in thick layers of snow and ice. Whether you want to bundle up and explore the outdoors or head inside to escape the sub-zero temperatures, here’s five reasons why you need to visit Niagara Falls this winter.


1. See Niagara Falls illuminated in a whole new light

On December 1, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board unveiled a brand new energy-efficient LED lighting system at Niagara Falls. The new lights are now twice as bright, offer a wider colour spectrum, and have the ability to project different effects. You can check out the nightly illuminations for free from dusk to midnight, 365 days a year.


2. Walk through a winter wonderland

From November 19 to January 31, visitors can witness Niagara Falls transformed with sparkling lights and animated displays at the annual Winter Festival of Lights. The free festival features over three million twinkling lights strung throughout Niagara Parks and adjacent tourist areas in Niagara Falls.


3. Stand behind the frozen Falls

Winter beauty ❄️

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Don your winter gear and take an elevator down 150 ft. through bedrock at Journey Behind the Falls. This 127-year-old attraction is situated at the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and allows visitors to stand beside and behind the Falls – even in the winter. Thousands of glistening icicles form in the nooks and crannies of the Niagara Gorge while one-fifth of the world’s fresh water tumbles over the brink of Horseshoe Falls into the basin below.


4. Escape winter’s chill


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Warm up inside Canada’s largest Butterfly Conservatory and encounter over 2,000 butterflies floating amongst tropical foliage and trickling waterfalls. Located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory’s 11,000 square foot glass dome allows the winter sun to shine in while keeping interior temperature at a balmy 27℃.


5. Explore Niagara beyond the Falls

Winter has officially arrived ❄ Photo: @bethanyditecco #NiagaraParks

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Niagara Parks stretches 56km along the Canadian side of the Niagara River, from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake. With that much parkland, there’s no shortage of trails to explore. Grab a hot drink and walk along the north end of the Niagara River Recreational Trail in Niagara-on-the-Lake, stroll through the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens (free admission!), or overlook the winding Niagara River that separates Ontario and New York State from Queenston Heights Park.


Everything You Need To Know To Go

When to go

The best time to go for winter sights is from November to April.

Where to eat

If you are looking for food, enjoy locally-sourced and Feast On certified dining at Elements on the Falls. Featuring the freshest ingredients from local farms, Ontario craft beers, and selection of VQA wines from the vineyards of Niagara.

How to get a deal

There is no admission fee to enter Niagara Parks or to view the Falls. The Niagara Falls Wonder Pass can be purchased online for $22.95 + tax and includes admission to Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, the Butterfly Conservatory and two days of WEGO bus transportation.


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