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Niagara River ice boom

The Niagara River Ice Boom is Being Lifted — Spring May ACTUALLY Be Upon Us!

What Does This Mean?

Well, the lifting of the Niagara River Ice Boom means that all signs point to Springtime! The ice boom is a series of 22 steel cables spanned across the Niagara River that are anchored to the river bottom. Each Winter the ice boom has been installed at the eastern end of Lake Erie and extends about 2680 metres from the breakwall at Buffalo Harbor to the Canadian shore. It’s installed in order to reduce ice blockages in the river that can cause flooding and damage to the docks.

If there was no Niagara River ice boom, the probability of ice jams for the region’s hydro-electric projects is high since the ice tends to flow into the Upper Niagara River.

Now that it’s being lifted, it’s an official sign that there is a reduction of ice which means Spring is finally here!!

This is good news for Niagara Falls Tourism and for the Hornblower Niagara Cruises. This means its opening date should be sooner than later, provided Mother Nature doesn’t have any more tricks up her sleeve. You are not alone if you are curious on its opening date, and they are actually holding a contest currently to guess the correct date — their lips are sealed until then!

Want to enter? Click the image below to get started:

Hornblower Niagara contest

Have a look at the Niagara River Ice Boom LIVE by clicking here

We are excited for Spring!

Christine on Niagara Falls Photography

Christine Lynn




Instagram: @cliftonhillfun


— clynn

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