Let’s be honest. How many of us really love to bundle up in the winter? I know it’s a nice expression but the actual action behind the words is so much more intensive.
To properly get dressed for the Winter, you need your:
- winter coat
- hat or earmuffs
- boots (preferably waterproof)
That’s a lot to put on! Dan would argue that I don’t wear half of those things above, and he’s right but that doesn’t mean that I don’t recognize that I should.
It’s just a lot of work.
So when I do bundle up for Winter, the activity I’m about to participate in had better be worth it!
With that in mind, Dan and I decided to go out and grab some of the Niagara Falls Winter festivities before they disappeared. With special events, fireworks, Falls illumination, ice-skating and the Festival of Lights it is the perfect spot for a Winter evening out.
The TD Rink at the Brink is an open-air, outdoor ice skating rink located right at the “brink” of Horseshoe Falls. It’s a really unique rink and well-worth checking out when you are in the area. As a refrigerated rink, it isn’t dependent on cold weather.
A little tip for Niagara residents: There is an amazing deal for Niagara residents to park at the Falls Parking Lot near the TD Rink at the Brink. If parking after 5pm (with proof of residency) parking is FREE! Please visit this link for details. Sometimes it can be expensive to play “tourist” in our own town so these savings really help!
Even though the evening was chilly and the area was starting to freeze over, salt trucks would ramble by making sure everywhere was safe to walk. Dan and I took a stroll from the TD rink all the way over to Clifton Hill. As we walked, we took in the magic that is the CAA Winter Festival of Lights. We wound our way through the Enchantment of Disney® experience and other light displays offered. Keep in mind, each of these light displays is more than a story high!
Since it was evening, we were able to enjoy Niagara Falls at night which can be a very spectacular thing. From November to February, each evening at dusk the Falls are illuminated in the colours of the rainbow. This majestic spot really is beautiful 365 days out of the year!
We wrapped up the evening with a short drive to the Dufferin Islands to see what other Festival of Lights displays were being offered. It’s a pleasant trip through the different illuminations with candy cane trees lining the perimeter. At the end of the winding lane there is an opportunity to provide a donation to contribute to this great experience if you are able.
As Winter ushers in, it can be a challenge to find outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. Trust me that taking in Niagara Falls is well worth the effort!
JUST THE FACTS
CAA Winter Festival of Lights (Website)
November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013
TD Rink at the Brink (Website)
November 28 to February 28, 2013