Niagara Falls Attractions: A Winter Visit to the Butterfly Conservatory

It did not take me long to drive from the Niagara Falls History Museum I drove to the Niagara Parkway where I made a stop at the Butterfly Conservatory which is located right next to the Botanical Gardens. With temperatures in the mid minus 20s, the snow was crunching under my feet as I took these pictures of the snowy landscape.

Exterior view of the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory

Exterior view of the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory

One of the main reasons why I had come to the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory was to visit a special educational exhibit called “Nocturnal: Creatures of the Night” which features night-active animals such as a Leopard Gecko, an Emperor Scorpion, a Burmese Python, a Common Snapping Turtle and a Dwarf Caiman. The exhibit was created by Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo of Ottawa and showcased 15 different nocturnal species altogether.

The "Nocturnal" exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory

The “Nocturnal” exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory

In addition to the live butterflies flying free inside the conservatory, various preserved butterfly specimens are exhibited in display cases at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory. It is quite difficult to catch good pictures of these agile animals inside the conservatory as they are flitting around quickly and hardly ever sitting long enough to take good pictures. So I took some photos of the butterflies that were mounted in the display cases in the entrance area. At least those weren’t going to get away from me.

Mounted butterflies are much easier to photgraph

Mounted butterflies are much easier to photograph

On this freezing winter day, the Niagara Parks Conservatory was a great oasis of warmth and greenery. This climate-controlled glass dome is filled with tropical plants and more than 2000 colourful tropical butterflies that flit around or sit down, feeding on nectar. 45 different species are represented here and the entire facility is fully accessible to mobility-impaired individuals as well. Especially during the winter, the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory provides a great escape from the harsh Canadian weather.

Inside the NIagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory

Inside the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory

One of the best ways to observe and take pictures of the butterflies inside the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is when they are sitting down and feasting on some of the fruit that has been placed on large plates throughout the glass dome. Tropical plants and statues add even more enchantment to this charming environment.

Feeding butterflies should not be disturbed

Feeding butterflies should not be disturbed

After leaving the climate-controlled dome of the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory I entered the gift shop which is full of attractive butterfly-themed and other gifts. Images of the stunning Blue Morpho butterfly, one of the most striking such animals, are everywhere.

Butterflies are the theme in the gift shop too

Butterflies are the theme in the gift shop too

All sorts of colourful gifts are available at the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory. You can also pick up bird houses, clothing, china, books and more. It’s actually a nice place to browse and pick up some unique gifts for friends and relatives.

The Butterfly Conservatory's gift shop features all sorts of nice gifts

The Butterfly Conservatory’s gift shop features all sorts of nice gifts

Then it was time to head outside and drive south towards the waterfalls in Niagara Falls. I knew this was going to be a rather bone-chilling experience on this cold day, but the Horseshoe Falls have a very special appeal during the winter months, so I bundled up and got ready to brace winter again.


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