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5 Ways to Celebrate Family Day in Niagara Parks

February 12, 2018

Chelsey Tobin

With the holiday season over, many are beginning to look ahead to the next mid-winter break. Here’s our guide to celebrating Family Day weekend with Niagara Parks.

Save with a Niagara Falls Wonder Pass

Visitors looking to spend their long weekend in Niagara Falls can take advantage of our winter rates and purchase a Niagara Falls Wonder Pass  (Adults: $25, Children 6-12: $17, plus tax) which provides the best value to experience Niagara Parks’ top all-season attractions including:

  • Journey Behind the Falls
  • Niagara’s Fury
  • Floral Showhouse
  • Butterfly Conservatory
  • Two-days access to the Falls Incline Railway
  • Two-days access to WEGO Bus Transportation


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Take a Journey Behind the Falls

During February, temperatures in Niagara Falls routinely dip well below 0° Celsius, casting a layer of ice and snow on the surrounding scenery. These chilly temperatures can create some incredible frozen sights at Journey Behind the Falls where you can see Horseshoe Falls in all it’s icy glory.

Wild Ontario at the Butterfly Conservatory

Located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, visitors to the Butterfly Conservatory are transported to a tropical rainforest full of lush vegetation, trickling waterfalls and thousands of vibrantly coloured butterflies. The glass-enclosed conservatory is kept at a balmy 27° Celsius, making the environment ideal for tropical butterflies and those who want to escape the cold. Wild Ontario, an exhibit that highlights the incredible biodiversity we have in our province, will return to the Butterfly Conservatory from February 17 to April 29. Featuring informative displays and live animals from Ontario, this exhibit seeks to educate guests on the importance of protecting species at risk in their communities. Admission to Wild Ontario is included with each Wonder Pass, or with individual admission to the Butterfly Conservatory.

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Warm up inside the Floral Showhouse

The Floral Showhouse is just a short walk south from Niagara Falls and Table Rock Centre. From January and April, visitors can see the Spring Show along with collections of orchids, succulents, and other tropical plant species that are on display throughout the year. Bursting with vibrant shades of pink and purple, the Spring Show incorporates kalanchoe, cyclamen and cineraria within its display. By March, Easter lilies and spring bulbs will be added to transition the show through the Easter season.

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Explore our Winter Wonderland

Bundle up and explore Niagara Parks on foot! Travel to the north end of Niagara Parks and explore the Niagara River Recreational Trail or stop to see the swirling Niagara Whirlpool from the lookout at Thompson Point. For views of the Falls, visit Queen Victoria Park to stroll along the parapet wall past the American and Bridal Veil Falls to the brink of Horseshoe Falls at Table Rock.

Inside Table Rock Centre, you’ll find two levels of shopping and dining options, as well as an enclosed space inside the Grand Hall that offers a great view of both the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and the American and Bridal Veil Falls. Visit the lower level of Table Rock Centre to browse Table Rock Shop, one of our featured gift shops in Niagara Parks. On the upper level, guests can enjoy lunch or dinner at Elements on the Falls, our Feast On certified restaurant that offers locally-inspired menus and unmatched views of Horseshoe Falls. To start planning your long weekend adventure, visit our Trip Planner here.

Chelsey Tobin

Chelsey Tobin

Chelsey Tobin is the Travel Media Relations Coordinator at Niagara Parks. She works with national and international media to promote tourism in Niagara Parks, builds unique trip itineraries, and conducts media familiarization tours.