7 Waterfalls to See in Niagara This Winter

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Explore the allure of hiking and waterfalls with our specially curated list of seven captivating Niagara waterfalls designed for avid adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Niagara Falls, Canada unveils a seasonal spectacle—the polar vortex—triggering awe-inspiring ice formations near our local waterfalls. Marvel at the captivating process as cascading water transforms into massive ice pillars, forming rock shelters adorned with stalagmites and stalactites. This mesmerizing metamorphosis unfolds through the interplay of water seeping, freezing, melting, and freezing again within the natural crevices.

For an optimal viewing experience, await the warmth of weather to initiate ice melting. The result is a picturesque exhibition of pristine, clear ice formations, accompanied by substantial water flows cascading over each rock face. It’s a scene that charms with its natural beauty. However, exercising caution is essential when hiking around these areas in winter due to potential slippery conditions caused by moisture and ice. Additionally, be vigilant about falling icicles and heightened river volumes during thaw periods. Prioritize safety while immersing yourself in the enchanting winter landscapes, ensuring a secure and enjoyable exploration of these natural wonders.

1. Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Description: See this wonder no matter where you are with the Niagara Falls Live Cam. You can view the falls year round from observation points on both the American and Canadian sides of the Niagara River. Be sure to visit to Niagara Falls on an illuminated night in order to reveal a dazzling display. The height of Falls is approximately 170 feet, with 150,000 gallons of water crashing down every second!

2. Beamer Falls, Grimsby, Ontario

Description: This an 8 meter-wide ribbon cascading falls, where Forty Mile Creek flows 12 meters down into the gorge below. A smaller lower falls is located downstream.

The waterfalls are located within the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area.

3. Ball’s Falls, Jordan, Ontario

Description: Water from the Twenty Mile Creek drops 27 meters from the crest of the main Lower Falls into the gorge below. The Upper Falls has a drop of 11 meters.
The area was once active due to the saw mills and wool mills, and it’s a beautiful area to check out and go hiking. 

4. Rockway Falls, Rockway, Ontario (near St. Catharines)

Description: It is 18.3 meters high, with a plunge basin over 3 meters deep at the bottom of the falls. It is located just east of Ball’s Falls, and is very steep with a ramp formation.

The water flows over sloping rock into the basin. Park at the Rockway Community Centre and the falls are located beside there.

5. Swayze Falls, Pelham, Ontario

Description: At fifty feet high, the waterfall is dry for most of the year. However, in early spring or after heavy rains, visitors can witness the waterfall in all its glory.

This is the largest waterfall in the Shorthills Provincial Park. It has a drop of 14 meters, and its best to visit in Spring or after a rainfall.

6. Terrace Creek Falls, Pelham, Ontario

Description: Also found in the Shorthills Provincial Park, This is a wide plunge waterfall. It isn’t as tall or as easy to find as Swayze Falls on the west side of the park, but picturesque anyhow and worth viewing.
It is 6 meters in height and 17 meters in depth.

7. Decew Falls, St.Catharines, Ontario

Description: This is a 22 metre plunge waterfall surrounding the Morningstar Mill (a restored water-powered mill) and the Bruce Trail.
It’s gorgeous and well worth the visit!

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