Niagara Falls Freezes Over as Winter Sweeps North America

Freezing Temperatures Turn Niagara Falls Into a Winter Wonderland  

Travellers capture the stunning moment a rainbow appears over the famous Niagara Falls, which is partially frozen.

As winter sweeps across North America and temperatures drop below zero, travellers were treated to the sight of a rainbow appearing over a partially frozen Niagara Falls, which has transformed into a winter wonderland. Visitors dropped by on Sunday, 21 Feb 2021 to witness this popular attraction blanketed in ice and snow. Here are a few feel-good photographs from the lucky travellers who happened to be in the area, captured from both the Canadian and American sides of Niagara Falls. 

Niagara Falls Partially Freezes Over

Travellers capture the majestic sight of the partially frozen Niagara Falls, taken from the Cave of the Winds in Ontario, Canada. | Image credit: cailincschneider 

While temperatures dropped to 6°F (–14°C) in Ontario, visitors spotted large snow and ice formations surrounding the Horseshoe Falls, also known as Canada Falls and the largest of the three waterfalls that comprise Niagara Falls. 

To capture this spectacular moment, some travellers took photographs from the Cave of the Winds observation decks, gaining an even closer view of the waters in Niagara Falls. 

Making their way across the snowy landscape, a traveller takes photos of the American Falls in New York. | Image credit:  erickdurick

Travellers visiting the New York side of Niagara Falls also observed ice sitting at the base of the American Falls, where a rainbow arcs over the ice formations and partially frozen falls. 

Also read: 12 of the Most Awe-Inspiring Waterfalls Around the World

Feel-good moment: a rainbow shines over the Niagara Falls as water flows around a base of ice, taken from the American side in New York. | Image credit: explore_the_journey

Despite the sub-zero temperatures in winter, visitors can still see water flowing around the ice. According to Niagara Falls State Park, there are 3,160 tonnes of water pouring over the waterfalls every second, which means the strength of the water prevents the thundering waterfalls from freezing over completely. 

For a stunning glimpse of this natural phenomenon in motion, check out the video below.


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Tiffany Conde
Tiffany Conde

Tiffany wrote articles on travel, food, and pop culture for TripZilla. As she plans her next adventure, she enjoys writing about the coolest places to stay around the world and where to find them.


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