Niagara Falls is one of the most popular summer destinations in Canada, and the views in the fall are simply breathtaking. But did you know that the resort, the town, and the surrounding area are just as magical in the winter? And what's better, hotel prices usually drop significantly during the snowy months, making it easier to travel on the cheap. From the infamous Clifton Hill to the outskirts of the Niagara Escarpment, you'll find fun and beauty everywhere. Whether it's amazing light displays, birds-eye views, or outdoor skating and hot springs, there's no shortage of things to do in Niagara Falls this winter.
Festival Of Lights
Price: By donation
When: November 16, 2019 to January 12, 2020
Address: Various locations
Why You Need To Go: You can travel through an 8 km stretch of incredible light displays. If you time your adventure right, you'll also get to witness the nightly fireworks display over the falls. Welcome in winter with a bang!
Ice Skating @ Wayne Gretzky Estates
Price: Prices vary
When: Rink open during winter only
Address: 1219 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake
Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy an adorable outdoor winter skate with your BFFs. When you tire out, be sure to head inside Gretzky Estates for some wine, beer, whisky, and food.
100 Fountain Spa
Price: Hot springs day pass $55
When: Hot springs available Sunday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Address: 48 John St. W., Niagara-on-the-Lake
Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a variety of spa services, including a dip in the outdoor hot springs. There's nothing like keeping bikini season alive in the winter months, so be brave!
Beamer Memorial Conservation Area
When: Year-round from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Address: 28 Quarry Rd., Grimsby
Why You Need To Go: If you'd like to go off the beaten path a little, this beautiful conservation area on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment is perfect. Here, you can witness a stunning panoramic view of Niagara and Lake Ontario. You'll also find plenty of lookout points and a birdwatching tower.
Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse
When: Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 7145 Niagara Parkway
Why You Need To Go: You can explore this tropical oasis all year round, admiring the seasonal flowers and succulents. In the winter, the entire showhouse lights up inside and out, transforming the place into a magical winter wonderland.
When: Year-round, hours very
Address: 4960 Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls
Why You Need To Go: This 175 ft. Ferris wheel offers incredibly breathtaking views of the falls all year round. The cars are even heated so you can stay cozy in the winter.
Journey Behind The Falls
When: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends until 6 p.m.
Address: 6650 Niagara Parkway
Why You Need To Go: You can explore 130-year-old tunnels that lead you behind the falls and out to an observation deck. Along the way, you'll notice little cutouts in the tunnel where you can peek out and see the falls in all of their frosty winter glory.