Plan Your Family Day Getaway with Niagara Parks

 

 

Thinking of planning a mid-winter getaway to Niagara Falls this month? Whether you want to bundle up and explore the outdoors or head inside to escape the sub-zero temperatures, there’s no shortage of winter activities in Niagara Parks. With the Family Day long weekend just around the corner, here’s a few ideas to help kick start your trip planning.

 

Niagara Parks: A Four Season Destination

Niagara Parks stretches 56km along the Canadian side of the Niagara River, from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Experience Niagara Parks during the winter by exploring the north end of the Niagara River Recreational Trail in Niagara-on-the-Lake, hike from the Southern Terminus of the Bruce Trail in Queenston Heights Park, or stroll along the parapet wall in Queen Victoria Park to see the Falls transformed with snow and ice.

Extend your day trip to see the new energy-efficient LED Falls Illumination system illuminate Niagara Falls. The new lights are now twice as bright, offer a wider colour spectrum, and have the ability to project different effects. See the nightly illuminations for free from dusk to midnight.

 

Experience Natural Attractions

The Niagara Falls Wonder Pass is a great option for families looking to experience Niagara Parks’ attractions during Family Day weekend. Whether you’re here for just one day or several, the Wonder Pass saves you over 55% on our three top attractions, Journey Behind the Falls, the Butterfly Conservatory and Niagara’s Fury, with the option to add-on admission to the Floral Showhouse. Each pass also includes two-days of WEGO bus transportation, which connects major hotels in Niagara Falls to Niagara Parks, and $75 in bonus coupons for other Niagara Falls experiences.

Use your Wonder Pass to stand beside and behind Horseshoe Falls – even in the winter. At our 127-year-old attraction Journey Behind the Falls, witness one-fifth of the world’s fresh water tumble over the brink of Horseshoe Falls while glistening icicles form along the upper observation deck. Then head upstairs to Niagara’s Fury to discover the ancient story of Niagara Falls in 4D.

 

The Northern Owls have arrived at the Butterfly Conservatory! Specimens are on display daily and free with your Conservatory admission. Live demonstrations will take place each Saturday through April 17! Details: http://ow.ly/XaTK308MxLj

Posted by Niagara Parks on Monday, February 13, 2017

 

Travel north along the Niagara Parkway to escape the cold inside Canada’s largest glass-enclosed Butterfly Conservatory and encounter over 2,000 butterflies floating amongst tropical foliage and trickling waterfalls. Located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory’s 11,000 square foot glass dome allows the winter sun to shine in while keeping interior temperature at a balmy 27℃. While you’re here, don’t miss seeing the Northern Owls exhibit, taking place from February 13 – April 17 at the Conservatory.

To accompany the exhibit, the Butterfly Conservatory will also host live raptor displays featuring birds of prey provided by the Canadian Raptor Conservancy on Family Day weekend. There will be live indoor raptor displays held within the Conservatory, as well as free live outdoor raptor demonstrations to be held in front of the adjacent Legacy Garden within the Niagara Parks’ Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture.

 

Indoor Live Raptor Display

February 25, March 4, March 25, April 1 and April 8

 

Outdoor Live Raptor Display with Demonstration

February 18-20, March 11-12, March 15, March 18, April 15 and April 22

 

 

Interactive Heritage Exhibits

In celebration of Heritage Week, there will be several interactive heritage displays  set up in the Grand Hall of Niagara Parks’ Table Rock Centre from February 18-20. Travel back in time to learn more about the fascinating life of rebel publisher William Lyon Mackenzie and how the power of the printed word has helped change Canada over the past 150 years. Niagara Parks Heritage Staff will be onsite daily over Family Day weekend from 11:00am to 3:00pm to assist with hands-on displays, allowing individuals an opportunity to print their own unique tribute to Canada’s 150th anniversary.

 

 

Feast On with Niagara Parks Culinary

If you are looking for something to eat, enjoy locally-sourced and Feast On certified dining at Elements on the Falls at the brink of Horseshoe Falls. Feast On, a program by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, certifies restaurants that are champions of Ontario food and drink. By dining at Elements on the Falls Restaurant, you help to support the many growers, producers and craftspeople that make up the province’s strong food and agricultural sectors.

Keep Swinging All Winter!

If you were happy with your golf game this year, what can you do during the winter to retain that level of play into next season? And if you weren’t happy with your game, how can you get off to a faster start next year? Unless you spend the winter months in a warm climate, try bringing your game indoors this winter. Many top instructors will tell you that hitting balls indoors can accelerate swing changes, particularly when combined with the latest software in swing analysis. That’s where the new indoor golf academy at Legends on the Niagara can help. It’s complete with the latest technology to help with private and supervised practice and features a state-of-the-art golf simulator with 30 world-renowned courses to play like Pebble Beach and Pinehurst, ideal for league play.

Housed in the main clubhouse at Legends on the Niagara, the Legends Winter Academy is more than a place to hit balls during the winter. Private instruction is also available and each hitting bay features video and Flightscope technology which gives golfers feedback on everything from ball and club speed to launch angles and more. “Hitting balls indoors during the winter months is a great way to master swing changes and stay sharp during the off-season,” according to veteran PGA Instructor Norm Moote. “With Flightscope technology we can assess why the golfer is doing certain things and then prescribe the best way to affect change. Doing this indoors during the winter months is probably the most efficient way to prepare for a new season.” A basic Winter Academy membership is $100.00 per month or $300.00 plus tax which gives members one hour of daily practice time through to the end of March. Video and launch monitor technology is available in each hitting bay. Private lessons with Head Teaching Professional Norm Moote are $50.00 for 30 minutes or $85.00 per hour plus tax.

Another way to add more punch to your game in the offseason is with a golf specific fitness program. If you want a workout program to help you swing with more confidence and improve mobility, the Legends Academy has aligned with Nutrition and Fitness expert Nathane Jackson who offers a number of programs that are sure to improve performance. A golf specific training program with 2 private sessions per week is $640.00 per month. Group sessions are also available.

Finally, the off-season is the time to have your equipment checked by a qualified club fitter. Grant Tayler, a former tour player who has specialized in shaft technology for more than 30 years, is available for consultation at the Legends Winter Academy. While it’s tempting to have the latest equipment every year, there’s no magic cure to posting lower scores. Checking your lie angles, making sure that you have the right shafts, and a new set of grips to start the new season can make all the difference in the world.

For reservations and inquiries call Head Teaching Professional Norm Moote at 289-241-3525 or email nmoote@niagaraparks.com.

Take Our Kids to Work Day at Niagara Parks

On November 2, 2016, The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) hosted 23 Grade 9 students from across Niagara for Take Our Kids to Work Day!

Take our Kids to Work Day is organized by The Learning Partnership, an annual national program in which Grade 9 students are hosted by parents and relatives in workplaces across Canada.

Through experiential learning in a variety of departments and areas at NPC, Grade 9 students embarked on a tour of a variety of different career options and got a true look behind the scenes of NPC’s attractions and facilities.

Students started their day with the Heritage Team, where they learned about the interpretive and curatorial roles at our Heritage sites. They learned of all the different employment opportunities available in Heritage, starting in high school. Students were even treated to a live demonstration of a musket shooting at Table Rock Centre!

Then the students met with NPC’s award winning Culinary team about the Apprentice Cooks and Chef’s Showcase Dinner, which has supported the educational endeavors of numerous aspiring chefs over the last 11 years through the Niagara Parks Apprentice Cooks scholarship. They discussed different education paths students should take to get their foot in the door as a culinary artist and treated students to a really interesting cutting demonstration!

To add a little fun to the day, students visited one of NPC’s most popular attractions, Journey Behind the Falls. While enjoying the breathtaking view, NPC’s High Angle Team dropped in for a quick visit by rappelling down into the Niagara Gorge. It was a highlight of the day!

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NPC’s Engineering team welcomed students to the Maintenance Centre where they got a close look at the many trades employed by staff. From carpentry, plumbing, painting, electrical and mechanics, NPC has it all.

Finally, students were led by the Horticulture team on a walking tour of Niagara Parks’ renowned Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture and spoke to current students at the school about their experience.

“The Botanical Gardens was my favourite part of the day, hands down. Second was visiting the Forestry Department. I am very interested in botany.”  – Dawoud

NPC is very proud to be a part of Take Our Kids to Work Day. The program is a valuable tool to showcase what NPC has to offer while giving students a chance to appreciate the work their family member does.