Temp Averages, How to Pack & More
It’s no secret that we think Niagara Falls is a great spot to visit year-round. From stunning summer skies to winter icewine festivals, Niagara has something for everyone, no matter what time of year you choose to visit. Located in southern Ontario, Niagara has balmy summers and beautiful, snowy winters. With four distinct seasons whose average temperatures vary greatly, the climate here is comparable to that of Montreal and New York City. In short, there is no “typical Niagara falls weather”: it depends entirely on when you’re in town.
Looking for advice on what to expect during your trip? Here’s a quick rundown of season-by-season average temperatures and packing essentials.
The biggest time of year for tourists at Niagara is the summer. While you might associate the Falls with cooling water, It’s hot and humid here: expect temperatures around the 24ºC / 80ºF range, with a rainy season of about ten days in July. This a gorgeous time of year when you can experience everything the area has to offer; no wonder it’s a popular time to visit!
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Average Summer Temperatures
- Average July temperature: 21ºC / 68ºF
- July average high: 24ºC / 80ºF
- July average low: 16ºC / 60ºF
How to Pack For a Summer Trip to Niagara?
- Summers are hot, so you can’t go wrong with shorts and a t-shirt. Breathable, organic fabrics work best and dry the quickest if you’re around the Falls.
- The sun can be scorching and damaging in the summer, so sunscreen and sunglasses are a necessity if you’d like to avoid a sunburn.
- A rain jacket or poncho will serve you well during your visit to the Falls themselves. Most places here offer souvenir ponchos that can be purchased if you’d prefer to save a bit of room in your bag.
- Kids benefit from a pair of water shoes for wet attractions like the Falls tours and Maid of the Mist, which can get your feet pretty wet.
- Finally, don’t forget a light jacket for any evening activities, especially if you’re visiting in early summer.
One of the most beautiful times of year to visit Niagara is in the autumn, when cooler temperatures and stunning fall colors grace the landscape. As the summer rush fades, the Falls are calmer and even more beautiful than ever. Though temperatures don’t often dip below -17ºC / 0ºF, the temperature usually hovers just above freezing, so expect some colder weather.
Weather at this time of year can also be unpredictable, so check the forecast close to your departure date to get the most accurate picture of what to expect. For autumn leaf-peeping, peak foliage is usually three weeks later than the surrounding areas due to the warm waters in Lake Erie.
- Average October temperature: 9ºC / 48ºF
- October average high: 14ºC / 57ºF
- October average low: 4ºC / 39ºF
How to Pack For a Fall Trip to Niagara?
- Layering is crucial amid the changeable fall weather. Morning temperatures might be nearly freezing, but by midday it can be downright hot, especially in the early part of the autumn. Check the forecast and wear layers of clothes that you can take off or put back on to adapt to changing temperatures.
- Mist around the falls can make things feel cooler, so bring warmer garments along on your tours near the Falls themselves.
- Warm footwear protects your feet from freezing, so packing a good pair of hiking boots is a good idea. Pair with a thick pair of socks and enjoy well-insulated feet that can stand up to plenty of hiking and strolling.
Winter in Canada is nothing to sneeze at, but the Niagara region enjoys milder weather than the rest of the country. Though they do get the chill and the beautiful snow, the large bodies of water in the Niagara region raise average temperatures. Though the wind chill might keep many visitors away, the natural ice formations formed by the Falls are truly incredible to witness. Twisting and organic, the ice offers a poetic sight you won’t soon forget. Plus, you can visit the area’s many icewine vineyards, including the yearly icewine festivals that draw an international crowd. As we advise elsewhere, consider getting the Niagara Falls Wonder Pass to make the most of this magical time in the region– and save money!
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A few cautions: Winter isn’t a good time to bring elderly visitors to Niagara, as slippery ice is common around the Falls. Good footwear is a must, and sufficient outerwear is critical to staying comfortable and warm. Make time for outdoor excursions to the area’s many parks, or take a day trip to the stunning Dufferin Islands for a quiet winter wonderland. If you love snow, the most snowfall occurs from December through March, with an annual average of 133cm/52in.
- Average temperature: -5ºC / 21ºF
- Average high: -2ºC / 28ºF
- Average low: -10ºC / 14ºF
How to Pack For a Winter Trip to Niagara?
- If you’re new to winters in Canada, go to a qualified outdoor retailer and get a professional’s advice. Good winter gear is well worth the money, and a high-quality jacket and boots can last you years with proper care.
- Good boots and heavy wool socks will keep your toes from getting too cold, while mittens and scarves can be used to protect your face in the wind. These items will keep you much more comfortable than you’d otherwise likely feel– so they’re well worth the investment!
- Because temperatures hover around the freezing point, you don’t need an arctic-ready winter coat! Bring something rated for cold weather– but you don’t have to look like you’re ready for the North Pole.
- Wool garments may be scratchy, but the material is one of the best, most lightweight insulators on the market. Dig up a wool sweater and bring it along!
Spring weather is unpredictable but gorgeous. With large temperature differences throughout the day, you might have a balmy morning and a snowstorm in the afternoon! There are generally plenty of rainstorms as well, with rainfall registered on about 11 out of 30 days in April.
Despite the erratic weather, the gorgeous spring blooms and landscapes make it all worthwhile! The natural beauty of the area really shines through as the sun comes out, and the melting ice on the river is truly breathtaking. Most of the attractions re-open in the spring, so you can be some of the first visitors of the season to enjoy the attractions!
- Average temperature: 6ºC / 43ºF
- Average high: 11ºC / 52ºF
- Average low: 1ºC / 34ºF
How to Pack For a Spring Trip to Niagara?
- Spring weather is changeable, so bring a lot of clothing options. Pack for cool weather, but also bring lighter items along for warmer days. Check the forecast close to your trip for the closest idea of the conditions you can expect, but bring plenty of options just in case they change suddenly.
- Raincoats, rainboots, and umbrellas are must-haves during the spring.
- Layer your clothes to make adapting to changing temperatures and precipitation easy and quick.
For Even More Inspiration
Read our guide to the top 10 things to do in and around Niagara Falls for tons of inspiring tips and advice on how to make the most of your next visit to the area. From popular attractions to more secretive spots and activities, it’s the go-to guide to Niagara.