Once you’ve planned your vacation — from the hotel to the activities — it seems all that’s left before your trip is the packing. For some reason, this is often the hardest part of the whole journey. How can you possibly pare down your wardrobe into a handful of outfits? What if you forget something absolutely crucial or you just don’t want to wear the shirts you’ve chosen? What is going to be climate-appropriate for your trip? We can’t make the packing process go completely smoothly, but we can help you on that last point. Here are some packing tips for the different climates you might experience, so you can get the most out of your Niagara vacation.
There’s still some snow on the ground in the spring months, but the temperatures are still entirely bearable with the right layering of jackets. Snowfall usually ends before April, but you really shouldn’t plan to do any outdoor camping before May.
You can expect daytime temps between 40 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temps in the 30s, and the weather can be a bit unpredictable. Make sure to bring cold weather clothes, including light jackets, heavy jackets and warm socks.
Summer is high tourist season in Niagara, and it’s no surprise why. Temperatures remain comfortable all day and night, with highs hovering in the 80s and lows only dipping into the 60s Fahrenheit. It probably depends on what kind of weather you’re used to, but most folks feel most comfortable in shorts and T-shirts, especially if they have a bunch of activities planned.
Some kind of rain gear might come in handy if you plan on getting close to the falls. Though popular tour groups often provide plastic ponchos to save the majority of your outfit from the moist onslaught of water, you should still weigh the durability of your bottoms and shoes when choosing your outfits. You don’t want to find yourself sliding around the deck of the Maid of the Mist while your Manolo Blahniks get drenched.
The temperatures do dip a little in the fall, but the weather is still manageable for most vacationers; plus, the magnificence of the trees’ flaming leaves makes a couple more layers totally worth it. The climate is comparable to that of the spring, but it can get a bit wetter. Your suitcase should contain layer-able clothing plus some rain jackets and boots in case you get a little wetter than you expected away from the falls.
If you are looking to see true and unique beauty, you really must see Niagara Falls in the dead of winter. Though you might miss out on some of the features of the high season, you will get to experience the lakes and rivers when they are completely covered in ice, which is a quiet beauty unlike anything you’ve seen.
If your interest is piqued in a Niagara winter vacation, you’ll need to pack extremely warm. During the day, you’ll be lucky to see highs in the upper 30s, but at night you’ll want to be bundled up warm for temperatures in the negatives.