The winter works its magic on the Falls
It is officially February, and here in Niagara Falls, tourists may think it is already spring. The weather has been frequenting temperatures much above freezing and the snow is non existent. For locals in this region, myself included, we are excited that this winter has been much warmer than normal due to the frigid winters we have experienced the last couple of years. Though to tourists visiting the Falls, this may be a little disheartening, as many come from southern warm areas and are excited to, maybe not experience the sub zero temperatures, but to play in the multiple feet of snow that we are used to clearing from our driveways. As a tour guide, it is exciting to experience reactions of those who have not seen, or rarely see, snow. It brings back some of the feelings one may have had as a child when you see the first snow fall and cannot wait to get outside to roll around. The few times this year that there has been snow, the groups I have had really enjoyed it; including a group from Miami with young children who were able to build their first snow man, or another young couple who were in love with the snow enough to lie down and create their first snow angel.
The Falls in the winter is magical. The build up of ice and snow in front of the waterfall creates a scene so picture perfect that people come from all around to photograph its beauty. The mist from the horseshoe falls layered on top of trees and bushes, coating them with over 2 – 3 inches of thick ice. For those who have never ventured north to experience these sights or never considered coming to such a place in the winter, it is a must for future travel plans. Although, you may want to wait until next year when mother nature is laughing again and everything has returned back to normal.