Stroll through botanical gardens and wander amid butterflies – this is the perfect way to re-charge your batteries after the thrills and spills of Niagara Falls.
Ontario’s Niagara Parks stretch north along the Canadian shoreline from the Niagara Falls to the steep slopes of the Niagara Escarpment. Located a convenient ten-minute drive north of the falls, the park is home to the beautiful Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory.
Few green spaces can match the tranquillity of the botanical gardens. Spread over 40 hectares, exploring the grounds of this verdant oasis is a pure joy. Visitors can wander on foot, hop on a guided horse and carriage tour – or do both! As you make your way around, inhale the sweet-smelling rhododendrons and azaleas before following the alluring scent of the world-famous rose garden as it wafts across the breeze.
Located within the grounds of the Botanical Gardens, the Butterfly Conservatory is a tropical glasshouse where free-flying butterflies flit amid lush greenery. The climate-controlled space contains a splendid collection of over 2,000 tropical butterflies from 45 different species including the Blue Morpho, Sara Longwing and Small Postman.
Whether you are a budding lepidopterist or just a casual visitor, this is a wonderful space to explore and learn about the life-cycle of the butterfly. Pretty winding paths take visitors though a rainforest setting where tinkling waterfalls add to the overall sense of enchantment. Pause at the Emergence window and watch as wriggling larvae turn into beautiful butterflies. This attraction will delight and fascinate everyone, but children in particular will enjoy the emergence of these lovely creatures as they flutter close enough to touch. The abundance of colour lends itself to great photos so remember to take your camera. If you are very lucky, some of the conservatory's inhabitants might even land on your shoulder and that’s a photo opportunity you won’t want to miss!