From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:
While Western New Yorkers are still enjoying the warmth of summer, the City of Niagara Falls is looking for some fun new outdoor activities to offer to residents and visitors this winter — especially those that involve ice skating.
On Monday, the Niagara Falls Community Development Department released a news release requesting winter outdoor activity providers to come forward with ideas for three downtown lots. They would like each idea submitted via a Request for Proposal (RFP), which can be accessed here: www.nf-cd.org/rfp
Last week I received the latest Clifton Hill Update email newsletter.
To get your own copy of the newsletter, fill out the Clifton Hill Newsletter form at the bottom of every page of the Clifton Hill web site.
From the Buffalo News (including several beautiful pictures):
Even Tesla was freezing.
That is one image that sticks with me after the overwhelming experience of seeing Niagara Falls in winter. You know that oversized, Soviet-style statue of Nikola Tesla that sits on Stedman’s Bluff, overlooking the American Falls? The great scientist sat hunkered down, the blueprints in his lap covered in snow and ice, and you could swear he was shivering.
Not to sound like your mother, Nikola, but you shouldn’t go anywhere near Niagara Falls in winter without the proper attire.
I learned that the hard way.
From Le Parisien:
Découvrir les Chutes du Niagara sous un autre angle.
On connaît l’image des Chutes du Niagara, ces impressionnants murs d’eau en forme de fer à cheval où la rivière Niagara effectue un saut de 51 mètres dans le vide. C’est en été que le spectacle est le plus impressionnant. Mais on oublie souvent que le site est tout aussi magique en hiver. Au plus fort de l’hiver, les chutes deviennent des sculptures de glace que l’on peut admirer jusqu’au dégel.
Translation courtesy of Google Translate:
Discover the Niagara Falls from a different angle.
We know the image of Niagara Falls, the impressive horseshoe-shaped water walls where the Niagara River jumps 51 meters in a vacuum. It is in summer that the show is most impressive. But we often forget that the site is just as magical in winter. At the height of winter, the falls become sculptures of ice that can be admired until the thaw.
Let’s finish the week with a nice photo courtesy of Earthsky.org. Click the screenshot to the the full-size image.
Earlier this week I received the latest email newsletter from the Falls Avenue Resort.
One of the simple little things that gets done around Christmas time, is the windows of several of the attractions and restaurants on Clifton Hill get painted with a winter and/or Christmas scene. I love them. The people who do them are very talented! Here are some of windows at Boston Pizza, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Tim Hortons, Canada Trading Company, Strike, and Fudge Factory
You’ve probably seen this, but if not, this video showing Niagara Falls in winter is pretty excellent!
From the Niagara Gazette:
As Western New York weather starts trending toward the chilly, and the hours of sunlight get shorter and shorter, the puzzle of what to do with squirrelly small children over the long months of winter looms large in the minds of many parents.
And let’s be honest: Many adults would like a warm place to relax that doesn’t involve pricey airfare, as well.
So, it’s no surprise that a number of indoor waterparks (with temperatures generally kept in the 80-degree range) have popped up in the region in the past 10 years or so. In fact, in August, plans for a new “Wonder Falls” indoor waterpark and hotel complex were announced for the former Rainbow Mall in Niagara Falls.