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Sue Dec 3rd, 2002 12:23 AM

Niagara in January ... closed?
My family was planning to visit Niagara falls in the first week of Jan. to see the 'frozen' Niagara until a friend of my husband came in and said Niagara will be closed during the winter. Is that true?

are Dec 3rd, 2002 12:30 AM

Closed?<BR><BR>No<BR><BR>Frozen?<BR><BR>Depends on the weather

John K Dec 3rd, 2002 03:25 AM

Hi Sue,<BR>The friend of your husband might have meant that the Maid of the Mist, the boat that takes you to see the falls &quot;up close&quot; doesn't run during the winter. But you certainly can go the the falls and see them from both the US and Canadian sides. Have fun.

rachel Dec 3rd, 2002 07:19 AM

Conrary to popular belief, the Falls do not close during the winter; however, certain attractions connected to the Falls do (any of the boat rides). The Falls are actually beautiful in the winter when there is snow and ice around. And don't believe all the horror stories about snow in buffalo. Although Buffalo is only about 15 miles from Niagara Falls, the area that receives all that snow you hear about lies south of buffalo. Niagara Falls is north of Buffalo and generally receives considerably less snow. If it's not too cold, a really great view can be had by walking, rather than driving, across the rainbow Bridge which connects the US/Canadian border at Niagara Falls. If you like gambling, a new casino is scheduled to open on the US side of the Falls on Dec. 31. There is already one on the Canadian side. Enjoy your trip to Niagara Falls.

dumass Dec 3rd, 2002 07:28 AM

Sometimes if the weather is really bad and there are no tourists around they shut off the falls for a few day for maintainence so check ahead of time to make sure they are running.

and.... Dec 3rd, 2002 08:28 AM

I also heard that the cities of Niagara Falls are facing budget deficits. There is rumor that they might turn the Falls off during the entire month of January. Tourists should beware and call ahead before driving to the area.

rachel Dec 3rd, 2002 09:59 AM

Beleive it or not, there was a year when they did &quot;turn off&quot; the falls. It was in the late 60s or early 70s. The water was diverted from one section to another for geological studies and the rock ledge forming the falls was visible. It was pretty impressive. As I remember though, it was in the summertime and lasted for many weeks.

A Dec 3rd, 2002 03:53 PM

former native here. No the Falls doesn't close EVER! The Red Coach Inn is a great place for dinner directly across from the rapids..on the american side of the FAlls. Excellent food. Kind of like the 18th century type atmosphere.. Maid of the Mist is closed down until May I believe..As for a festival of lights they put on during xmas season..u may wanna check this out...

Mikey Dec 3rd, 2002 04:02 PM

Most of the above posters are from the tourist bureau of Canada.<BR><BR>The truth is that because of the heavy deficits in Canada, the government is turning the falls off for the months of Jan - April. <BR><BR>This is simply in response to the increasing burdon of socialist programs in Canada, which can no longer be sustained. After all taxes are well beyond 50% now, then you have the PST/GST, luxury tax, breath tax, and pet tax. <BR><BR>Though the falls will be turned off, they are setting up a projection television near the falls to play a video tape of it for tourists.<BR><BR>Hope this helps.<BR><BR>

Sam Dec 3rd, 2002 04:08 PM

Also, the Grand Canyon will be filled in with dirt from April thru June this year.

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