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Frozen Niagara Falls In Black And White Is A Look Into The Pretty Past (PHOTOS)

The winter chill might have most travellers thinking twice about venturing outside to visit Niagara Falls, but it wasn't always like that.

If anything, these vintage photos suggest there might have even been a time when people enjoyed travelling out in the cold to marvel at the three waterfalls.

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This typical Christmas card setting shows the Falls beginning to freeze. Dec. 21, 1937.

Like many outdoors attractions, the crowds tend to go into hibernation once the mercury begins to dip below freezing.

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1859: Niagara Falls during the winter as seen from Goat Island. Luna Island stands in the middle of the cascade, known as the American or Rainbow Falls, and Prospect Point can be seen in the background.

But there seems to be some renewed interest as of late. January's sub-zero temperatures were apparently enough to freeze parts of the Falls, making for pretty photos and renewed interest among potential tourists, according to the Toronto Sun.

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Niagara Falls taken over by freezing weather during the winter of 1936. The temperatures were exceptional cold, enough to stop the torrential falls seen near Lewiston, N.Y. The pressure of the ice demolished some nearby cabins. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

While certainly cold, the temperatures weren't low enough to encase all three waterfalls in ice, NBC reports.

Nevertheless, the attention has pushed the Niagara region into the spotlight -- which, conveniently, is in the middle of a lights festival featuring 125 animated lighting displays and three million tree and ground lights, according to the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Light's website.

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A panoramic view of the frozen Niagara Falls by the Canada-U.S. border.(Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

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CIRCA 1903: A lone adventurer stand on an ice dome beneath the frozen Niagara Falls. (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

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UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1936: Niagara Falls frozen during the winter of 1936 (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)

And here's a more recent photo for comparison:
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ONTARIO, CANADA - JANUARY 9: A view of the Niagara Falls frozen over due to the extreme cold weather, Ontario, Canada, January 9, 2014. The Polar Vortex brought record cold temperatures to United States and Canada. (Photo by Seyit Aydogan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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  • 10. -61.1 C | Fort Vermilion, Alberta, Canada

    On Jan. 11, 1911, the temperature <a href="http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/en/article/cold-places-in-canada/" target="_blank">dipped down to -61.1 C</a> in Fort Vermilion. The area is also known as <a href="http://www.discoverthepeacecountry.com/htmlpages/fortvermilion.html" target="_blank">the oldest settlement in Alberta,</a> located on the banks of the Mighty Peace River.

  • 9. -61.7 C | Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories, Canada

    On Dec. 31, 1910, the people of Fort Good Hope endured a low of <a href="http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/en/article/cold-places-in-canada/" target="_blank">-61.7 C on New Year’s Eve</a>. This community is located on a peninsula between <a href="http://fortgoodhope.lgant.ca/" target="_blank">Jackfish Creek and the east bank of the Mackenzie River.</a>

  • 8. -62 C | Prospect Creek, Alaska, USA

    On Jan. 23, 1971, Prospect Creek set the record for the <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/top-10-coldest-us-states-20121002?pageno=12" target="_blank">lowest temperature recorded in the USA at -62 C</a>. This settlement is best known for its gold and quartz mining and lies near Alaska’s Gates of the Arctic National Park.

  • 7. -63 C | Snag, Yukon, Canada

    Holding the record for the lowest recorded temperature in Canada is Snag, Yukon with a low of <a href="http://www.currentresults.com/Weather-Extremes/Canada/coldest.php" target="_blank">-63 C recorded on Feb. 3, 1947</a>. Snag is located in southwest Yukon near the Alaska Highway and is not far from the Alaska-Yukon border. Pictured here is the Alaska Highway, which runs through Snag, Yukon.

  • 6. -64.4 C | Yakutsk, Russia

    In the month of February in 1891, the people of Yakutsk, Russia experienced temperatures that <a href="http://www.pogodaiklimat.ru/climate/24959.htm" target="_blank">dipped to as low as -64.4 C</a>. Yakutsk is also the<a href="http://ecolocalizer.com/2008/12/14/the-coldest-inhabited-places-on-earth/" target="_blank"> largest city built on continuous permafrost</a>.

  • 5. -66.1 C | North Ice Research Station, Greenland

    At the North Ice research station of the British North Greenland Expedition on the inland ice of Greenland, the station recorded a temperature of<a href="http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/globalextremes.html" target="_blank"> -66.1 C on Jan. 9, 1954.</a> Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/" target="_blank">NASA Goddard Photo and Video </a>

  • 4. -67.7 C | Verkhoyansk, Russia

    On Feb. 5. and Feb. 7, 1892, Verkhoyansk, Russia<a href="http://wmo.asu.edu/northern-hemisphere-lowest-temperature" target="_blank"> recorded a temperature of -67.7 C</a>. However, there has been some controversy about this record low temperature as spirit thermometers were used then, and they are less accurate than the mercury thermometers used now.

  • 3. -67.7 C | Oymyakon, Russia

    Oymyakon, Russia recorded the same low temperature as Verkhoyansk, <a href="http://wmo.asu.edu/northern-hemisphere-lowest-temperature" target="_blank">-67.7C, on Feb. 6, 1933</a> when a mercury thermometer was used. Regardless of which thermometer was used, both of these places make our top ten list because they've recorded the type of cold temperatures we never want to experience.

  • 2. -89.4 C | Vostok, Antarctica

    Currently holding the world record for the lowest temperature ever recorded is the Vostok Research Station in Antarctica where a temperature of<a href="http://wmo.asu.edu/world-lowest-temperature" target="_blank"> -89.4 C was recorded on July 21, 1983</a>.

  • 1. -94.7 C | East Antarctica

    According to newly analyzed NASA satellite data, there was a new record set for the lowest temperature ever recorded at <a href="http://nsidc.org/news/press/2013_ColdestPlace_PR.html" target="_blank">-94.7 C in Aug. 2010 in East Antarctica</a>. However, because the temperature was recorded by a satellite, it will not be included in the Guinness Book of World Records. Therefore on paper, Vostok, Antarctica will still hold the top spot.



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