Canada gets pretty cold during the winter (which is standard considering how far north they are) but this year has seen a particularly frigid snap. Some people report temperatures as low as -25 degrees Celsius around Ontario, resulting in a breathtaking natural wonder: Niagara Falls has literally frozen over.
Photographers like Inge Groot and Scott Heaney braved the sub-zero temperatures to capture a view of the frozen falls:
Heany wrote in his post:
"I've always wanted a frozen winter shot here, so of course while planning a weekend in Toronto I had to wish for some snow to make a bus ride down there worth it. What I didn't plan on was that my wish would turn into arctic temperatures and a winter storm that even Canadians seemed fazed by. But regardless of the absurd cold, I don't think there's any question that seeing the falls like this was absolutely worth it. I'd say you can make a pretty strong case that winter is the most beautiful time to visit Niagara."
Emma Grafham told CNN the frozen landscape felt strangely familiar:
"There was even this set of stairs that were placed just outside the look-on spot and they had so much ice on them, it looked like Elsa had just cast her arm out and summoned up some stairs like she does in the movie."
Though the -38 degree windchill overnight makes a trip to Niagara somewhat unpleasant, many consider it worth it to see this once-in-a-lifetime sight.
Extreme Temperatures Have Frozen Parts Of Niagara Falls | TIME youtu.be
Twitter was amazed by the views of the waterfall.
@CNN Amazing how the powerful forces of nature interact.— Eye in Inspiration - a Balanceseeker Podcast (@Eye in Inspiration - a Balanceseeker Podcast)1548182340.0
@Reuters @reuterspictures They light them up at night too, so pretty with the ice. https://t.co/b9mGAxfRZ9— ✨Brighantia Libbyana✨ (@✨Brighantia Libbyana✨)1548305171.0
@TIME The Beauty of Niagara Falls at this time of the year its spectacular to see this #1- of the world of wonder! Niagara Falls!— mark coholan (@mark coholan)1548204082.0
These photographers froze their butts off so we could see a natural wonder!
@BuzzFeed Beautiful photos!— Avemariablanco (@Avemariablanco)1548187937.0
There were also some sticklers who reminded the world that the ENTIRE falls hadn't frozen over—only part.
@CNN A more accurate title/headline would be ice covers parts of Niagara Falls, waterfall still there and moving. Y… https://t.co/rgZEWuHVnT— Kev M (@Kev M)1548222035.0
Of course, many Twitter users just saw the frozen falls as an opportunity for jokes.
@CNN Was wondering why my barrel wasn’t going anywhere...— ThirdWave (@ThirdWave)1548154008.0
@CNN Mood: https://t.co/MjnHbUg398— Gamer1🎮🕹 (@Gamer1🎮🕹)1548170602.0
@CNN Only in Canada— Alice Tokas: A LA Girl (@Alice Tokas: A LA Girl)1548152568.0
@CNN Frosted Funnel Cake! https://t.co/81mHiWPGom— B (@B)1548218902.0
If there's any good reason to go out in the cold, it's probably to visit the Niagara national parks:
Or, if it's simply too chilly for you outside, here's a video that may give you a similar experience.
Disney's Frozen "Let It Go" Sequence Performed by Idina Menzel youtu.be