2405 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & School of Horticulture
L2E 6T2 Niagara Falls (ON), Canada
tel: +1 905 358 0025 / +1 905 356 2241(City Park Council)
NileGuide Expert tip:
Don't forget your camera. And be prepared to shed a few layers of clothes. It is very warm in here, just the way the butterflies like it.
This attraction is perhaps better for achieving a state of tranquility than meditating at the Buddhist temple down the road. In a glassed in conservatory, with a damp and warm atmosphere, tropical flowers and dense greenery, there are few sounds - some bird songs, and occasional gasps from visitors who have spied a beautiful butterfly. But otherwise a tranquil silence. The Butterfly Conservatory is paradise for photographers, nature lovers and anyone who loves colour. It's a good activity for kids, and there are child-based activities that will keep them happy and amused. Just spotting the exotic butterfly species in the bushes and trees is exciting - there are more than 2000 butterflies, flying free, from 65 different species. The curing pathways and waterfall take you around the space, and are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Audio tours are available in six languages.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Ramsay Orr