Make Niagara Parks Part of Your Family Day Getaway

February 14, 2018

Niagara Parks

  • Wild Ontario exhibit showcasing Ontario’s native species returns to the Butterfly Conservatory, starting Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Witness the breathtaking formations and ice-coated landscape surrounding the “Frozen Falls”
  • Niagara Parks’ Heritage Team will be set up at Table Rock Centre with exciting, interactive displays highlighting Canadian history

Over its short history, Family Day has quickly become the ideal time for a mid-winter escape to Niagara Parks. With the start of Heritage Week celebrations coinciding with the holiday long weekend (Family Day and Presidents’ Day), allow Niagara Parks to provide the perfect combination of engaging historical programming, awe-inspiring natural attractions and mouth-watering, Feast On certified culinary experiences that will leave you wanting more. Niagara Parks truly has something for everyone:

Wild Ontario Exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory

The widely popular Wild Ontario exhibit, created by Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo, will return to the Butterfly Conservatory on Saturday, February 17 and will run until Sunday, April 29. The family-friendly, interactive exhibit features live animals native to Ontario, from the common toad to more rare species such as the stunningly delicate barn owl. The bilingual displays set up throughout the Conservatory’s newly renovated exhibit space tell the story of Ontario’s native species, providing thought-provoking facts and anecdotes about their habitats, biodiversity and how citizens can help make a difference in ensuring their survival.

Admission to Wild Ontario is included with regular admission to Niagara Parks’ Butterfly Conservatory, home to over 2,000 free-flying butterflies. Make your way along the stone pathways that wind through a tropical jungle paradise, passing by trickling waterfalls, lush vegetation and the emergence window, where new butterflies leave their pupae and prepare for their first flight. For more information, please visit niagaraparks.com/butterfly

Holiday Hours:                       10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Saturday – Monday)
Butterfly Café:                       11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Adults $15
Children (6-12 years) $9.75, children five and under are free.
Entry to Wild Ontario is included with regular admission.

Experience Family Day at Table Rock Centre

“Frozen Falls”

Niagara Parks’ Table Rock Centre is the perfect gathering place to take in the magnificent ice structures that have formed within the gorge at the base of the Falls and the unforgettable sight of the nearby trees and lampposts encrusted in a thick layer of frozen mist. Thanks to another recent cold spell and substantial snowfall in Niagara, the “Frozen Falls” continue to draw spectators from around the world, eager for their chance to witness this spectacular, natural winter phenomenon.

Heritage Displays

Take a break from the cold and venture inside to the Grand Hall of Table Rock Centre and enjoy free interactive heritage displays during the Family Day long weekend from Saturday, February 17 to Monday, February 19. Niagara Parks Heritage Staff will be onsite daily to assist with hands-on displays, sharing fascinating stories and key moments in our collective history, such as the efforts of the “Famous Five” who were instrumental in achieving the right for women to vote in Canadian general elections in 1918. To honour the 100th anniversary of this significant milestone, visitors will be able to try their hand at operating a circa 1920s printing press to print their own quotes related to this crucial step toward equality for all Canadians.

Grand Hall – Table Rock Centre
Saturday, February 17 – Monday, February 19 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Elements on the Falls Restaurant

Complete your daytrip to Table Rock Centre with a memorable meal at Niagara Parks’ signature restaurant, Elements on the Falls. From the awe-inspiring views of the glass dining room perched atop the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, to the mouth-watering menu featuring locally sourced food and drink, Niagara Parks’ Feast On certified Elements on the Falls presents a Niagara dining experience like no other. To reserve your table, please visit niagaraparks.com/elements

Spring Display at the Floral Showhouse

The perfect complement to any visit to Niagara Parks, the Floral Showhouse is currently featuring the annual Spring Display, filled with stunning floral arrangements, as well as colourful and lush greenery to help brighten your day. The warm and serene setting is bursting with gorgeous blooms, orchids and exotic tropical plants, all accompanied by the peaceful sounds of singing songbirds. Escape the wintery weather and experience this tropical retreat, just a short walking distance from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls!

Hours of Operation:              Daily: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults $5
Children (ages 6-12) $3.75, children five and under are free.

Niagara Falls Wonder Pass

The best way to experience Family Day weekend with Niagara Parks is by purchasing the Niagara Falls Wonder Pass. All passes include admission to: Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, the Butterfly Conservatory and the Floral Showhouse, as well as two-day transportation on the WEGO bus system and two consecutive days on the Falls Incline Railway. Price: $25 for adults; $17 for children ages six to 12 and children five and under are free! Please visit niagaraparks.com to purchase your Wonder Pass online.

Niagara Parks

Niagara Parks

The Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.