A Nighttime Stroll along the Niagara Falls

The illumination of the Niagara Falls at night creates a unique view of the natural wonder. I don’t know of any other falls with such easy access to such a beautiful nighttime show, and it’s free. So, after the Niagara Falls sunset, walk down to river’s edge and view the waterfall after (daylight) hours. I recommend it.

And on my visit I left my room located in Niagara Falls, (on the Canadian side) with camera and tripod to attempt to capture some of the first nighttime photographs since my adventure to see the Northern Lights in Canada. I had much friendlier weather.

The American Falls at Night

the american falls at niagara falls at night from the canadian side of the natural wonder

the multi-color view of the American Falls

The American Falls are straight and distinct because there is a spot between the falls where no water actually falls (you can stand there in the day time on the American side of the border). The falls often showed multiple colors demarcating the division between the falls, but I did capture a complete “rainbow” of colors too. Enjoy.

the american falls at niagara falls at night from the canadian side of the natural wonder

Red and Blue... just missing the White... American Falls

The Horseshoe Falls at Night

the Horseshow Falls (Canadian Falls) at Niagara Falls at night from the Canadian side of the natural wonder

very purply...

The more popular of the two major waterfalls at Niagara Falls, the Horseshoe Falls (also known as the Canadian Falls) are the waterfalls shaped like a horseshoe. At night, although they changed the colors, the display illuminated the falls in a single color (as when I arrived and photographed it).

Additionally, the heavy mist, although blocking the view at times, allows visitors to witness the rainbow in the water at Niagara Falls. The rainbow, easily visible in the daytime view of the falls, was also possible under the artificial white light, if only slightly.

the Horseshow Falls (Canadian Falls) at Niagara Falls at night from the Canadian side of the natural wonder

see the small rainbow in the mist...


Lights Out at Niagara Falls

As much as I enjoyed the views at night with the lights, I was glad I went when the lights were off (time depends on the season, but lights shine all year round – see “Niagara at Night” schedule here). I just walked alongside side and listened as the sound, and lack of people, provided a special moment. A peaceful and powerful moment before heading back to my hotel.

Yes, Niagara Falls during a daytime stroll, when enjoying the adventure that awaits at the falls, at night with the lights, and then alone at midnight, all provide different view of this natural and impressive world wonder.

Stay adventurous, Craig


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  • http://www.maryjdresselbooks.com/ Mary J. McCoy-Dressel

    A man after my own heart. Niagara Falls at night. Fabulous. Great shots. Love the description from your point of view.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Thanks Mary, always happy to impressive an author with description and POV, stay writing, Craig

  • http://mariafalvey.net/ Maria

    Wow! Incredible shots of the falls at night Craig. I’ve never been there and now I really want to. What a great weekend trip that could be.

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Maria, it really is a perfect weekend get-away. Hope you make it there someday. Stay adventurous, Craig

  • http://www.butterflydiary.com/ Charu

    Loved my time there, although the neighboring areas seemed a bit tacky, the falls were not

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      I heard all about how tacky it was or has become, but I really enjoyed my time right by the falls too. My only complaint, if I had one was the food, I believe there is room for improvement there… But still definitely a great weekend trip. Stay adventurous, Craig

  • Mohan Babu

    It is great to see views at night but I would have wished to see this natural beauty without the artificial lights as you had an opportunity once. I hope to be able to travel to this place once soon.

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