The winter chill might have most travellers thinking twice about venturing outside to visit Niagara Falls, but it wasn’t always like that.
If anything, these vintage photos suggest there might have even been a time when people enjoyed travelling out in the cold to marvel at the three waterfalls.
This typical Christmas card setting shows the Falls beginning to freeze. Dec. 21, 1937.
Like many outdoors attractions, the crowds tend to go into hibernation once the mercury begins to dip below freezing.
1859: Niagara Falls during the winter as seen from Goat Island. Luna Island stands in the middle of the cascade, known as the American or Rainbow Falls, and Prospect Point can be seen in the background.
But there seems to be some renewed interest as of late. January’s sub-zero temperatures were apparently enough to freeze parts of the Falls, making for pretty photos and renewed interest among potential tourists, according to the Toronto Sun.
Niagara Falls taken over by freezing weather during the winter of 1936. The temperatures were exceptional cold, enough to stop the torrential falls seen near Lewiston, N.Y. The pressure of the ice demolished some nearby cabins. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
While certainly cold, the temperatures weren’t low enough to encase all three waterfalls in ice, NBC reports.
Nevertheless, the attention has pushed the Niagara region into the spotlight — which, conveniently, is in the middle of a lights festival featuring 125 animated lighting displays and three million tree and ground lights, according to the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Light’s website.
A panoramic view of the frozen Niagara Falls by the Canada-U.S. border.(Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
CIRCA 1903: A lone adventurer stand on an ice dome beneath the frozen Niagara Falls. (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1936: Niagara Falls frozen during the winter of 1936 (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)
And here’s a more recent photo for comparison:
ONTARIO, CANADA – JANUARY 9: A view of the Niagara Falls frozen over due to the extreme cold weather, Ontario, Canada, January 9, 2014. The Polar Vortex brought record cold temperatures to United States and Canada. (Photo by Seyit Aydogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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