Frozen Niagara Falls Connect New York and Canada

Recently I wrote a travel article on the top ten waterfalls in the U.S. for the attractions blog. A few days later I received an email from Jesse Baier, who is employed by Delaware North Companies, the company that provides food, concessions and guest services for Niagara Falls State Park. Jesse had read my waterfall article and wanted to pass on some interesting historical information about frozen Niagara Falls:

“When winters are cold enough for Lake Erie waters to freeze, ice flows down the Niagara River and over the falls, jamming and growing constantly until an ice bridge, spreading from the Canadian to American sides of the falls, is created. At 30 to 100 feet thick, the size and duration of the ice bridge vary from year to year. It has been illegal for almost a century for anyone to set foot on the ice bridge. Tragically, in 1912, the ice abruptly broke apart and fell down river, taking the lives of three people. Before this accident, in the winters of the late 1800s and early 1900s, thousands of people from across the world visited Niagara Falls State Park daily to skate and play on the naturally formed wonder of the Ice Bridge. Brave concessionaires even pulled huts and shanties made of wood onto the bridge to sell tea, coffee, food, souvenirs and liquor.”

I was really amazed. I’d never heard that Niagara froze over and had to go hunt down proof. I found two pretty amazing images, one a historical photo of people walking on the iced over falls in 1911 and a second taken in 2007:

Historical 1911 photo of people hiking on a frozen over Niagara Falls
Taken in 2007, this photo shows the falls partially frozen. Photo courtesy of

Since we’ve had an extremely cold winter all across the country, it makes me wonder if the falls have frozen completely over this year. Something I would definitely love to see someday!


17 thoughts on “Frozen Niagara Falls Connect New York and Canada”

  1. “Brave concessionaires even pulled huts and shanties made of wood onto the bridge to sell tea, coffee, food, souvenirs and liquor.”
    This is surely a risky business…

  2. This is really historical! I never thought that Niagara can be freeze for many days. The photos reveals it all. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I was really surprised too when I found out those GIANT falls freeze. I found out because one of the gift shops had a book for sale full of photos of the falls frozen over throughout the years. Really marvellous shots. Thanks for the post 🙂

  4. I used to work in Niagara Falls – my favourite time was always the winter.  I love how the mist freezes on the trees and glitters in the sunlight.  It has been years since I have been back in the winter – that shot from 2007 is awesome!  I had never seen it so frozen over.

  5. I’ve seen that photo from 1911 (I think)but have always wondered what would it look like recently … thanks for sharing that Barbara

  6. That photo from 2007 is awesome. I remember seeing it in December, but nothing was frozen… it was just cold. I did love seeing the rainbows that were created by the falls though.

    ~ Kristi


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