If you are planning a vacation to Niagara Falls, you might have a ton of travel-related questions. ‘What is the best time to visit Niagara Falls?’ might be one of the topmost questions on your mind. Well, any time is a good time as Niagara Falls is spectacular in every season and there are several attractions that you can enjoy all year round. The city has plenty of events and activities lined up in each season so you can have a really good time in winter, fall, spring and summer.
Best Time to Visit Niagara Falls
Winter in Niagara Falls
A stunning landscape covered in snow welcomes you in winter. The waterfalls continue to gush down amidst the icy blanket making for a fantastic sight. Frozen trees, plants and ice sculptures make the setting very dramatic. At night, illumination and fireworks over the falls result in fabulous views.
Niagara Falls is also a great place to celebrate Christmas, and New Year, and enjoy the dazzling Winter Festival of Lights from November till January. It is one of Canada’s largest illumination festivals. There are tons of wonderful lighting displays on the 5 km route along the Niagara Parkway as well as Fallsview district, Dufferin Islands and other tourist places. Trees covered in shimmering colourful lights, illuminated fountains, Christmas displays of Santas, sleighs, snowmen and more as well as hotel lobbies with their gorgeous Christmas trees, lend a festival feel to the city. You can do your holiday shopping and enjoy the festive events across the city as well.
Spring in Niagara Falls
It is a beautiful time to be in Niagara Falls with nature revealing its full glory. The waters cascade down without the ice holding them back, and the landscape around the falls brim with new life. Pretty blossoms, green carpets of grass, chirping birds and buzzing bees bring a joyous feel. Flowers sporting lovely hues dot the landscape, and places such as the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens looks superb during this time. You can see ornamental plants, shrubs, trees and over 2000 varieties of roses at the gardens. Daffodils and tulips in bright colours at the Queen Victoria Park are another attraction. You can also admire the springtime flowers at the Floral Showcase and the Floral Clock.
Spring is the season for the annual Shaw Festival with wonderful productions staged in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Brilliant plays are held at various theatres in the town showcasing the works of George Bernard Shaw and other playwrights.
Besides this, you can savour Niagara’s fantastic wines at the Sip & Sizzle festival held on May weekends with your family and friends. Several wineries participate in this festival and you can have a good time with some amazing food and wine pairings.
Summer in Niagara Falls
This is undoubtedly a great season to watch the incredible Falls as large volumes of water rush down with a thundering sound. During summer, the city buzzes with a vibrant energy that is infectious. Bright sunny days, blue skies and great weather are the ideal time to head outdoors and enjoy the various attractions in the city that are open for longer hours. You can take a Hornblower Niagara Cruises ride to the Falls or enjoy a diverse range of activities during the season.
Outdoor concerts and festivals liven the atmosphere. Wine lovers can go to the Niagara New Vintage Festival and movie buffs can check out some amazing films at the Niagara Integrated Film Festival. Summer is also the time to appreciate Niagara’s natural bounty of local fruits and vegetables. The annual Peach Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake offers fruity fun as it is the harvest time for peaches, and lively music adds to the festive ambience.
After sunset in Niagara Falls, you can check out the brilliant fireworks displays above the Falls. The night sky comes alive with spectacular bursts of light and colour against the backdrop of the falls. During summer, the frequency of fireworks increases and you can watch them from various vantage points in the city. The shows are held at 10 p.m. every Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and holiday.
Fall in Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls looks like a beautiful painting with the fall foliage in striking colours spread across the city. Take a drive along the Niagara Parkway hailed by Sir Winston Churchill as the ‘’prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world”. Indeed, the colours of the trees in lovely hues of red, gold and orange along the green landscape are very pretty indeed especially near Queenston and Niagara-on-the-Lake.
You can also celebrate the Niagara Wine Festival that usually takes place in September over three weekends. With hundreds of events, wine tasting sessions and live entertainment, this festival should be on your must-do list every fall. You can visit picturesque vineyards and wineries to savour amazing food and wine pairings, listen to local bands and simply have a good time. During the fest, you can also head to the historic Montebello Park for food, wine and music. Another intrinsic part of the festival is the Grande Parade, one of North America’s topmost street parades. Here, you can watch the procession of marching bands, community groups, drum corps, majorettes, floats, and incredible displays.
Fall time also brings some wonderful entertainment to the Fallsview Casino. Of course, you can indulge in gaming at the slot machines in the gaming zones. But that’s not all. The casino is also a place for live entertainment that includes concerts, Broadway style shows and dance performances.
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