I've got pictures somewhere of when the Niagara Falls froze over with people actually walking and climbing on the falls. Now that must have been cold. I wonder what the temperature was then? It was about a hundred years ago I think.
. . . when it was relatively unknown - since then it's been featured on holiday, cookery (James Martin and other programmes) and has got a bit more popular/commercialised/touristy.
We 'holiday cottage' there for a week off peak every year and enjoy the peaceful, uncrowded atmosphere along with the bracing weather, cold snaps, snow, frost etc. We only just managed to 'escape' over the North Yorks Moors this year on the 27th Nov. Beautiful scenery in snow.
We're not disabled, so manage the steep hills, ginnels, long, stepped alleyways and don't really notice how "disabled unfriendly" it is. The famous Magpie fish restaurant has 8 stone steps up to the door, but many other fish restaurants are available in Whitby.
It must cost a fortune for all these businesses to create disabled access for the relative minority of disabled people.