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Frost – The Bothersome Delay Explained

It’s a clear, cool, crisp spring or fall morning and the anticipation, and excitement is growing by the second for the golf round ahead. You set out, and arrive at the golf course on time only to find out your tee time has been delayed due to frost. The pro-shop knows too well that it is inconvenient, and a little irritating for players to arrive at the golf course only to hear the words “we are currently under a frost delay.”

So what is Frost and why the delay…

Frost – is a covering of minute ice needles, formed from the atmosphere at night upon the ground and exposed objects when they have cooled by radiation below the dew point, and when the dew point is at or below the freezing point. It is the cause of much frustration and questions among golfers.

Why the delay – When turf is frosted, there is a layer of ice on both the inside and outside of the cell walls that protect the individual cells of the plant making the plant very brittle, and highly susceptible to injury. Therefore, traffic on frosted turf from either walking or driving will in high probability shatter the frozen cell walls resulting in damage, and potentially death to the grass plant.

The USGA estimates that the average foursome takes roughly 300 footsteps or more on a green while putting out.

As the sun rises, so do the atmospheric, and surface temperatures through radiation, thus the playing surface’s (Greens, Tees, Fairways etc…) begin to warm up, and the frost will eventually melt or sublimate. Frost will melt fastest in areas exposed to full sun, while shaded areas will require a longer timeframe.

Predicting the duration of a frost delay is very difficult because it’s dependent on the surface temperature increasing enough to melt the frost which is dependent on the sun’s rays, and daytime warming.

While the duration of a frost delay is difficult to predict, its occurrence is rather easy. If the conditions overnight are clear with temperatures in the single digits, there is an excellent chance of their being a frost delay.

In the golf shoulder season the best thing you as a player can do is check the overnight temperature and the days forecast via Environment Canada website or from any of the other various weather outlet’s websites – if the forecast is ripe for the onset of frost formation call ahead to the pro-shop to confirm if in fact there will be a delay to the start of play, or arrive to the facility with a smile, grab a hot cup of coffee, and enjoy the sunrise, and comradery of your follow golfers whom are all daydreaming of birdies both on the card, and abound on the course.

March Break in Niagara Parks


Northern Owls at the Butterfly Conservatory 

February 13 – April 17  |  10am – 5pm

Northern Owls, an exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum, is the first of Niagara Parks’ planned Rooted initiatives, developed under the provincial government’s Ontario 150 Funding Program. Included with regular admission and designed to celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of both Niagara and the province, the exhibit focuses on the fascinating and less well-known aspects of owl behaviour, biology and lifestyle. Visitors will have the chance to see 10 different owl specimens as part of the regular exhibit and view live raptor displays and demonstrations during March Break with representatives from the Canadian Raptor Conservancy.

Outdoor Live Raptor Display with Demonstration
March 11-12, March 15, March 18  |  11am, 1pm, 3pm



March Break Matinees at Old Fort Erie

March 13 – 17  |  1pm & 4 pm

Over 200 years of living history resides within Old Fort Erie. This War of 1812 National Historic Site has been occupied by British, American and Fenian troops at different points throughout history. During March Break, take in the historic surroundings while enjoying award winning classics and charming family favourites during March Break Matinees. Admission is $5 and the doors open 30 minutes before showings. Drinks, popcorn and light snacks available for purchase on-site.

Monday, March 13

    • The Croods (PG) – 1 pm
    • The Iron Giant (PG) – 4pm

Tuesday, March 14

  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (PG) – 1 pm
  • The Goonies (PG) – 4pm

Wednesday, March 15

  • Home (PG) – 1 pm
  • Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (G) – 4 pm

Thursday, March 16

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (PG) – 1 pm
  • Monsters vs. Aliens (PG) – 4 pm

Friday, March 17

  • Kung Fu Panda (PG) -1 pm
  • Rise of the Guardians (PG) – 4 pm



Print your own tribute for Canada 150

March 13 – 17  |  11am – 3pm

Learn more about the life of rebel publisher William Lyon Mackenzie and how the power of the printed word helped change Canada over the past 150 years. Niagara Parks Heritage Staff will be onsite at Table Rock Centre during March Break to assist with hands-on displays, allowing individuals an opportunity to print their own unique tribute to Canada’s 150th anniversary!


Save with the Niagara Falls Wonder Pass

Whether you’re here for just one day or several, a Niagara Falls Wonder Pass can save you over 55% on attractions, transportation and more! Each Pass includes one-time admission to the listed attractions along with two days of access to on WEGO, the hop-on, hop-off bus transportation system that connects Niagara Parks with your hotel and other tourist areas in the city. You’ll also receive valuable bonus coupons for other experiences, dining and shopping.

Your attraction admissions are valid all season long, until April 30, 2017. Whether you want to experience everything in one day or spread your admissions out over your entire visit, it’s totally up to you! The included WEGO access is however for consecutive two-day use. If required, ask at a Niagara Parks Welcome Centre how you can add more days to your WEGO access.

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:

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.