Even if it is freaking cold outside! By the lone icy tree above, you might think Niagara Falls is a place to avoid come winter, but people are enamored with the sheer beauty of the season at the Falls. The last few years I, and the world media have been promoting the unique beauty only found in this place thanks to the massive raging waters of Niagara Falls.
So how was your snow storm, Jonas?
Did you hunker down as the world stopped around you?
Did you bond with others by complaining about winter. It is a heck of a lot harder to have a positive winter mindset when griping about winter.
Me, winter is an invitation to go out and explore. I took a walk to the Falls on Friday. Then again on Sunday.
The weather here is just par for the course, a few feet of snow and some road ice, no problem. We got away unscathed by this storm. Power was still chugging away, homes are heated, and as usual, chicken soup aroma wafted through the house. Layers of sweaters and fuzzy blankets to keep us warm. Candles add pleasant fragrance and warm light, complimenting the glow from the fireplace. I should show you that sometimes. I love candles for the only light in the room.
If you want to join crowds for fun, Niagara Falls is not that place. That is a good thing too. Winter the last few seasons had loads of people visiting by the busload due to The Frozen Falls false media blitz, images below from February 2015 in -20°F weather.
It was a cold, snowy, magical year and the Falls kept flowing despite persistent reports to the contrary. The Lower River was crusted with thick ice like might be found in North seas that make polar bears happy. And overjoyed they would be with all the salmon here. The Mighty Niagara just does not stop moving.
This year, the icy scene does not quite measure up, but at least it is about 30° warmer too. I have yet to see any measurable numbers of tourists during any of my recent visits. Usually, I am trekking around by myself.
Sunday, there was a handful of tourists enjoying the birds and one Channel 7 News guy shooting video. I got interviewed for the second time this week. We chatted all about my impression of shutting down the Falls for two years for bridge construction. Niagara Falls economy is in shambles and that will be the nail in the coffin if tourism is disrupted. I have to wonder why camera crews keep corralling me. Click the link above for my other chance to be on TV.
Above is the view on my scenic walking path to the Falls along the steep river gorge. Niagara Falls, Ontario is the skyline. Below is how the trees and vegetation bear the ice affront of the mist that the Falls tosses their way. All the trees and native garden are along my walking path.
The mist screens the view of modern life from one path. You can see more in the gallery below.
You want to take a seat? Probably not. They are ice encased.
Or have a view of the Canadian Falls? Not today. Your nose and eyebrows would freeze.
Or just look though the curtain of ice-covered twig filigree? Now that is a chilly view.
One thing you don’t want to do is dip a toe in the cold Niagara River, then take a ride over the Falls. Definitely not a good idea.