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.