Winter Wonderland

In winter, the Niagara landscape is transformed by the ice and snow.  A description of Niagara in winter can be found in Cutter's Guide to Niagara Falls (1905):


Wind blown icicles, Luna Island

The winter scenes at Niagara are extremely beautiful, and can hardly be surpassed outside of the Arctics.  The mist and spray from the Falls drift with the cold winds of winter and freeze upon every thing they come in contact with, the trees upon the islands, the parks, and upon houses adjacent to the cataract on each side of the river.

...winter illustrations only tamely convey the real beauty of the views they represent; the sparkling gems of frost and ice are absent; these impart to the scenes a dazzling grandeur that cannot be reproduced.  The great ice mountain, formed by the ice which flows down the river from Lake Erie, thence over the Falls where it soon forms a gorge, rises often to a height of 100 feet.  When it first accumulates, it is clear and sparkling, but after a heavy fall of snow the open places are filled in and the rough edges smoothed over, giving the appearance of a mountain of snow rather than one of ice. 


Frost fringe on the ice mountain

View between the ice mountain and the American Falls

Scenery near Street's Island, Niagara

Terrapin Tower in winter

Ice Mountain

Bridge near Terrapin Tower

Tree coated in ice

Ice cave behind Horseshoe Falls

Long crystal icicles hang from different points, usually near the upper edges of the Falls, some reaching the ice below while others remain suspended without support except from above.  These resemble in appearance the beautiful stalactites which are only found in large caves, but of course these icicles are more numerous and usually very much larger.

View from below Table Rock

Great icicle below Table Rock

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