Some sections, which can reach heights of 176 feet, are frozen solid. Many tourists have posted to social media stunning photos. It is however common for ice to form on the river every winter. “Something moving as fast as the falls is extremely difficult to freeze,” explained Stuart M. Evans, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo, to media. The surface water and mist in the air turns to ice, but there is still plenty of water flowing, Sections of the falls are still flowing like usual.
Extremely cold temperatures can cause certain areas of the falls to have a buildup of ice that can reach more than 40 feet in thickness, as water can freeze as it goes over the falls, according to Niagara Falls USA. Almost a century ago, people were allowed to walk on the ice bridge and it became a regular part of the attraction in winter, but that changed when three lives were lost due to breakage in the ice. Tourists have amazing opportunities from lunch and follow-up activities to dinner, drinks and where to spend the night.