Niagara Falls encourages residents to experience winter

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The City of Niagara Falls has developed a winter strategy that encourages its residents to enjoy the outdoors.

In early December, Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, confirmed that the city was in the process of coming up with a winter strategy that will prepare city properties and encourage residents to take part in outdoor activities during the pandemic.

The city has dedicated a section of its web page that includes an interactive map highlighting winter activities.

Those activities include 14 maintained trails, seven unmaintained trails, seven natural outdoor skating rinks, three indoor/outdoor walking tracks, eight road hockey play surfaces, two tobogganing hills and two off-leash dog parks.

Diodati said during the COVID-19 pandemic, having events outside is safer than inside.

“We want to make it easier this winter to get out and do things,” he said. “If you can get fresh air, exercise, sunshine — it’s all going to be for a real good cause.”

The city’s website indicates that all outdoor winter activities are weather permitting. Availability and access to amenities may change with any new COVID restrictions.

For more information, residents are encouraged to go to the city’s website:\winter

— With files from Ray Spiteri

Sean Vanderklis is a Niagara-based reporter for the Niagara Falls Review. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him via email:

Sean Vanderklis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Niagara Falls Review