It’s no secret that the weather rules our land and our daily life in Canada. We have to adapt to enormous temperature differences and deal with interesting meteorological phenomenon such as blizzards, ice rain, ice pellets, hail, flash floods, etc.
Niagara Falls. This amazing natural wonder of the world is on the bucket list of most travelers—everyone want to see them at least once.
But how many people come back for a second, a third or a fourth visit?
Well, more than you’d think. The falls are spectacular all year-round but can look very different depending on the season—and yes, depending on the weather.
My first visit to Niagara Falls was in 2005. We were eloping and we had thought we may as well get married in a picturesque location. Not that we actually took any classic wedding pictures by the falls (trust me, it was not your typical wedding—it was just the two of us at the local chapel!), but I had yet to see this Canadian landmark.
Like most first-time visitors, I was in awe. I stood right at the brink, the closest I could get to the famous Horseshoe Falls, and stared at the thundering rush, mesmerized. It was early April, the weather was sunny and the air crisp. Blue sky, a couple of rainbows… Niagara Falls was rolling out the red carpet for me!
The second time I visited was on January 1, 2010. We drove all the way from Toronto—a strange idea, you may think, considering it was bitterly cold that day. The falls have had a history of freezing over in the coldest days and I really wanted to see what they looked like in the dead of the winter. I wasn’t disappointed: the juxtaposition of water and snow was beautiful.
The last time we were in Niagara Falls was with my mother and my brother, when they came to visit in summer 2011. It was nice and sunny that day, barely a cloud in the sky. The view on the falls was amazing and very picturesque.
This time, we discovered how misty Niagara Falls can be. Usually, there is a lot of mist around the end of the Niagara Parkway, right beside the Visitor Centre. This time, the mist hit us much earlier—the sidewalk was flooded and we were soaked by the time we reach the Horseshoe Falls! Oh we soaked up the atmosphere alright! We could barely spot the Maid of the Mist boat down there or the American falls.
It was of course Mark’s first visit to the falls. I’m happy to report that my son, who is terrified of sitting in the bathtub, was mesmerize by the falls (and quite annoyed by the mist after a while!).
You can see the complete Niagara Falls set on Flickr.