Niagara Falls: The best time to visit
While you most likely won’t see any tightrope walkers or people plunging into Niagara Falls in a barrel, as a lucky few in the past have seen, you will definitely witness pounding torrents of water that will take your breath away. Whether you approach the falls from Ontario, Canada or New York, USA, you will not be disappointed. Timing though is everything so here are some helpful tips so you can enjoy Niagara Falls in a season the suits you.
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Like many popular tourist sights, summer is when people flock to the Falls. June through August has a constant flow of people coming in and out of the park which also means the prices of hotels are at their highest. The weather can range from a muggy and humid 32 Celsius during the day to a pleasant low of 9 Celsius in the evenings. For wine lovers, it is recommended to head over in June during the Niagara New Vintage Festival. Travel the wine route and sip on award winning wines as you venture.
Shoulder seasons are perfect for those who prefer small crowds. September through November is a beautiful time to visit as the temperature starts to come down along with the number of people and hotel prices. Deciduous trees come alive and enhance the beauty of the Falls too as an added bonus. If you missed out on the Vintage Festival, worry not. The Niagara Wine Festival takes place in September offering you another opportunity to check out the vineyards.
Athletes can also time their trip to match the Niagara Falls International Marathon which takes place in October. If you are interested in a winter trip, the park is open 365 days a year so those that want see the Falls in colder days have the option to do so. Photographers will be enamored with the Falls as the place transforms into a winter wonderland offering a unique experience that few other locations can rival.
The other shoulder season runs from March to May. Temperatures start climbing steadily again and tours such as the Maid of the Mist boat ride reopen to get you closer to the waterfalls. This is another beautiful time to visit as the flowers are starting to bloom and the sticky humidity hasn’t arrived yet. Note though, that the weather will vary quite a bit during this period so be prepared for all sorts and pack accordingly for your Niagara Falls.