Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend the day exploring a few of Niagara Parks’ attractions that run year-round, rain or shine. A full blog post will be coming early next week, but I just couldn’t wait to share a few photos from my last stop of the day, the Butterfly Conservatory!
Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, which were established in 1936. This public garden also serves as the unique outdoor classroom for students attending the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture. With over 2,000 tropical butterflies fluttering freely in a climate-controlled environment from over 60 different species, it’s a perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon while in Niagara Falls!
You’ll be dazzled with their beautiful colours, and you may even be a little started by a few! Be sure to check out the cocoons as they slowly hatch into the next wave of butterflies!
One thing to note is that butterflies have no sense of personal space. As a result, you need to be very careful as to where they are – especially keeping an eye on where you step!
Sometimes it’s tricky to snag a photo of the butterflies as their fluttering about, so be sure to bring a big cup of patience. Trust me though, it’ll be worth it! It’s so satisfying to snag an awesome photo after following them around for so long! If you’re not one for waiting, use the feeders to your advantage for photo ops!
Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory isn’t huge, but you’ll be mesmerized by the butterflies flying about. If you’re still (and careful!), they may even land on you!
Right now, they also have a temporary exhibit – We Are The Insects – on until March 28th, so I’d hurry on in and visit! You’ll hear more about this with my next post, but until then enjoy my photos of these beautiful creatures!
A huge thanks to Niagara Parks for supplying me with the complimentary tickets. All of the opinions and experiences expressed are my own, Niagara Parks just made the trip happen!