Visiting The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory
If I could only use one word describe our recent visit to the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, the word would be MAGICAL.
Our morning spent wandering through the lush butterfly environment was even more beautiful than I’d imagined. My daughter wandered and weaved through the walkways, following fluttering butterflies and staring in amazement when they’d land on her red dress. She was in awe the entire time we were there… and it’s all she’s talked about since! Definitely an incredible experience for little ones and parents too.
Watching brightly coloured butterflies (approximately 2000 insects at any given time, representing about 45 species) glide quietly above and around you is, as I said, magical.
The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is the largest glass-enclosed butterfly conservatory in North America. The enclosure measures 1022 square metres (or 11,000 square feet) and houses an incredible tropical environment kept at about 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) and approximately 75% humidity. You certainly feel relaxed and balmy by the time you leave! Be sure to dress in light layers for maximum comfort.
In addition to the abundance of beautiful butterflies to watch and admire at the conservatory, there are also countless plants and flowers to take in. Many I recognized, and even more I’d never seen before. No matter where you turn, you’re never at a loss for something gorgeous to enjoy.
My daughter was wide-eyed and absolutely mesmerized during out entire visit. She was filled with questions and was so excited to learn the names of the insects, to peer into the tank containing poisonous frogs, and to watch butterflies and moths making their way out of their cocoons. We walked around the entire enclosure twice and she still didn’t want to leave when it was time to go!
Our visit to the Butterfly Conservatory was made even more special as we were present for their Monarch Butterfly exhibit. We were able to see monarch caterpillars at each phase of growth — from getting a look at tiny Monarch eggs, watching tiny newly hatched caterpillars crawl all over their favourite milkweed plants, to watching a monarch caterpillar as it prepared to begin its incredible metamorphosis into a butterfly. We watched trained staff tag the Monarchs with tiny stickers for identification before their release and learned all about their migratory paths which lead them to Mexico — a trip which takes the butterflies about 2 1/2 months to complete!
The Butterfly Conservatory is absoulely a place I’d visit again — and a must-see if you’re planning a trip to the Niagara Region. We can’t wait to go back!
Butterfly Conservatory Admission
- Adults (age 13+): $13.50
- Children (ages 6-12): $8.80
- Children (5 & under): FREE
The Butterfly Conservatory is located on the ground of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, just ten minutes north of Niagara Falls. Visit the Niagara Parks website for more information and to plan your visit!
Disclosure: I was invited to visit the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory by the Niagara Parks Commission. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.