Last weekend we ticked off our first 2015 bucket list item, and went to visit the wintry Niagara Falls.
We also decided to try something new, so below you can see our first ever vlog (or you can view it here too)!
Thanks to winning a Via Rail Facebook competition, our trip was entirely free! All it cost us was a couple of hours of sleep on our Sunday morning as we had to get up at 6am to get to Union Station in time to catch the only train of the day. The train, which in reality was actually an Amtrak train bound for New York City, took just under 2 hours to get to Niagara, and it was then a 30-40 minute walk to the falls themselves. There is a bus which takes you down to the falls but we preferred to get some exercise and save some money.
When we arrived we were surprised to find that we weren’t the only ones braving the cold, and by lunchtime it was almost as busy as when we visited back in September. This could be due to a couple of reasons – it was significantly warmer than it has been recently (only -2 at one point!) and there had been TV coverage on CNN over the week about the falls being frozen.
In reality the falls hadn’t frozen completely, partially maybe in places, but the Niagara River and surrounding area was covered in a very thick layer of ice and snow making for some stunning views. The sun even made an appearance briefly in the morning!
At this time of year, most of the additional attractions at the falls are closed for the season, including the boat trips to the base of the falls and the White Water Walk. You can still go on the Journey Behind the Falls attraction, but the first component of this, the viewing platform down near the base of the falls, is closed due to ice and snow, so we decided not to bother with it this time.
So we spent most of our time staring at the American and Horseshoe Falls, whilst also going for short walks up the river and around the town of Niagara Falls. We dived indoors into the ‘Welcome Centre’ on occasions too, so that we could thaw out!
We had been putting off this trip for a while, hoping for a nice, sunny but not freezing day and I’m glad we finally made the trip. We’d definitely recommend visiting in the winter, but just make sure you wear lots of warm clothes!
Stewart and Emma