Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory to Host We are the Insects Exhibit

Exhibition to Include Public Workshops on Role and Benefit Provided by these Biodiversity Champions

The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is pleased to present a new family friendly, educational exhibit “We are the Insects,” that will be taking place from Saturday, February 6 until Easter Monday, March 28, at NPC’s Butterfly Conservatory.

Seven different educational zones will be established within the Butterfly Conservatory, to detail the important role played by insects in our environment. Visitors to the Conservatory will learn all about the advantages and interesting adaptations insects possess such as night vision, special hearing, enhanced smell, taste and touch, as well as defence mechanisms which allow them to not only survive, but thrive in their natural and increasingly settled habitats.

As part of the exhibit, Niagara Parks is also pleased to be partnering with the Monarch Teaching Network of Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Federation and Natural Insect Control, to provide four educational workshops intended to further showcase the important role played by insects, as well as the steps one can take to foster a more vibrant and healthy habitat for these creatures, in your own backyard and gardens. Further information on these educational workshops (attached), their cost and when they will be held, can be found by visiting www.niagaraparks.com/insects.

What better location to host such exhibit, than the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, North America’s largest indoor Butterfly Conservatory, where over 2,000 beautiful free-flying butterflies (insects) are displayed each day. The fully accessible Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is located at 2565 Niagara Parkway, on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture. The new exhibit is included with regular paid admission and or your Wonder Pass Purchase. Detailed information on the Conservatory, its hours of operation, admission and parking rates, can be found at www.niagaraparks.com.

View the full Workshop Schedule.

Old Fort Erie to Host Friday Night Flicks

View some of today’s film classics at one of Niagara’s most historic sites

Fort Erie, ON – The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and its Heritage Department are pleased to once again be presenting Friday Night Flicks, an entertaining and family friendly programming series at NPC’s Old Fort Erie, beginning on Friday, January 22, 2016.

Featuring award winning classics, charming family favourites and culturally important recent releases, these films will be shown within NPC’s storied Old Fort Erie visitor centre theatre. The modern theatre has ample seating, surround sound and a large projector screen to showcase many of today’s finest films. Enjoy the historic surroundings while taking in great films on select Fridays throughout 2016, including special morning and matinee shows during the March Break. Each month, movies selected will reflect a specific theme, with Classic Movies being celebrated in January.

For a complete listing of all featured films to be showcased, including pre-release movies to be screened in September, please visit: www.oldforterie.com

Dates: Last two Fridays of every month (one date in October). Morning and matinee movies daily during March Break.
Location: Old Fort Erie, 350 Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie, Free parking available on-site
Hours of Operation: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., films begin at 7 p.m. Movies during the March Break – 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Admission: $5.00, with some special Pre-Release titles being $10.00; cash, credit and debit accepted
Contact: Call 905-871-0540 for information

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.

For more information, please visit www.niagaraparks.com or contact:

Tony Baldinelli
Senior Manager of Communications
and Stakeholder Relations
The Niagara Parks Commission
tbaldinelli@niagaraparks.com
(905) 353-5408

Scheduled Road Closures for New Year’s Eve Festivities in Queen Victoria Park

Niagara Falls, ON – The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and its Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve event partners have collaborated on a comprehensive traffic plan to ensure public safety and the enjoyment of visitors during this year’s New Year’s Eve festivities.

Scheduled lane closures will commence on Thursday, December 31*, as follows:

Murray Street – West bound lanes from Queen Victoria Park into the Fallsview tourism district will be closed to vehicles beginning at 3:00 p.m., while east bound lanes into the Park will be closed at Fallsview Boulevard starting at 7:30 p.m.

Niagara Parkway/River Road – The Niagara Parkway from Clifton Hill to Fraser Hill will be closed at 8:00 p.m.
*Road closures are subject to police discretion and may be closed earlier.

Parking and WEGO Public Bus Transportation
There are several parking and public transportation options available for individuals and groups wishing to attend the New Year’s Eve festivities in Queen Victoria Park.

NPC’s Falls Parking Lot – Located directly across from the Table Rock Welcome Centre on the Niagara Parkway, parking will be $18 per vehicle. As well, a variety of other parking options will exists throughout the City’s BIA districts and tourism core.

Falls Incline Railway – NPC’s Falls Incline Railway will be in operations throughout the day and evening of the show, until 1:00 a.m., with round trip tickets costing $5 per person.

WEGO Bus Transportation – Extended WEGO bus service will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. (Green Line until 2:00 a.m.). Buses will transport visitors into the Park and will be staged at the end of the event at designated pick-up locations on the Parkway for easy access. Detailed routes and maps are available at www.niagarafallswego.com

Concert-goers are encouraged to visit www.niagaraparks.com/nye to obtain helpful directions, parking and lane closure information.

Other helpful tips for concert attendees, include:

Designate a Meeting Spot – It is recommended that friends and family attending the show take a moment at the beginning of the evening to assign a designated time and location as a meeting place, should individuals become separated following the show’s conclusion. Please ensure everyone in your party is aware of this location, particularly children attending the evening event. Lost children will be escorted to a First Aid van, which will be located on Murray Street.

Dress for the Weather – Visitors are advised to dress warmly and in layers for all types of weather conditions.

This highly anticipated annual free concert in Queen Victoria Park begins at 8:00 p.m., drawing approximately 40,000 people each year, with two spectacular fireworks displays that will take place at approximately 9:00 p.m. and midnight. This year’s concert line-up will feature musical performances by Canadian rock artists Down with Webster, as well as Alan Doyle, best known for his work as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved band Great Big Sea. The show continues with Dennis DeYoung, one of the founding members of the famed rock group Styx, and concludes with Canadian rock icon Tom Cochrane and Red Rider.

The celebration also features a variety of food and beverage options, as well as an outdoor licensed area. As always, the presence of security and policing will be on-site to ensure everyone’s safety throughout the night.

Community partners involved in the New Year’s Eve festivities in Queen Victoria Park include: The Niagara Parks Commission, The City of Niagara Falls, The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (Celebrate Ontario), the Tourism Partnership of Niagara, Fallsview Tourist Area, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, Victoria Centre Tourist Area, Clifton Hill Tourist Area, Canadian Niagara Hotels, Skylon Tower, Lundy’s Lane Tourist Area, and many other stakeholders within the City.

For more information, please visit www.niagaraparks.com/nye, or contact:

Serge Felicetti
Director of Economic Development
The City of Niagara Falls
sfelicetti@niagarafalls.ca
(905) 356-7521, ext. 5102

Tony Baldinelli
Senior Manager of Communications
and Stakeholder Relations
The Niagara Parks Commission
tbaldinelli@niagaraparks.com
(905) 353-5408

Ring in the New Year at Queen Victoria Park

The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and the City of Niagara Falls, along with its Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve event partners invite the public to join the celebrations and be part of one of Canada’s longest running New Year’s Eve festivities and concert series, taking place in Queen Victoria Park.

This year’s concert line-up will feature musical performances by Canadian rock artists Down with Webster, along with Alan Doyle, best known for his work as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved band Great Big Sea. The show continues with Dennis DeYoung, founding member of the famed rock group Styx, and concludes with Canadian rock icon Tom Cochrane and Red Rider. This highly anticipated free show will begin at 8:00 p.m., in Queen Victoria Park, overlooking the majestic American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Celebrate the arrival of the New Year and experience incredible musical performances, and two magnificent fireworks displays, launched from the Niagara Gorge and the Skylon Tower, at 9:00 p.m. and midnight. The outdoor celebration also features a variety of food and beverage options, as well as an outdoor licensed area. As always, the presence of security and policing will be on-site to ensure everyone’s safety throughout the night. For more information on the show, please visit NPC’s website at www.niagaraparks.com/nye.

“Join us for a great evening of musical performances and spectacular fireworks that will make Queen Victoria Park and Niagara the place to be on New Year’s Eve,” stated NPC Chair Janice Thomson. “It really is exciting to see so many people celebrating the New Year together, here in Niagara and in Queen Victoria Park and I want to thank our community partners for their continued support of this popular tourism event and celebration, for all of us here in Niagara.”

According to Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, “New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls has become a tradition for many! We are excited to offer a great show again this year and to welcome people from all over to visit, celebrate, enjoy great entertainment and ring in the new-year with us!”

Community partners involved in the New Year’s Eve festivities in Queen Victoria Park include: The Niagara Parks Commission, The City of Niagara Falls, The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (Celebrate Ontario), the Tourism Partnership of Niagara, Fallsview Tourist Area, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, Victoria Centre Tourist Area, Clifton Hill Tourist Area, Canadian Niagara Hotels, Skylon Tower, Lundy’s Lane Tourist Area, and many other stakeholders within the City.

Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory Hosts Hoot for the Holidays Sky-Hunters Owl Exhibit

The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to present “Hoot for the Holidays,” a new family-friendly educational exhibit, featuring a variety of Owls and other birds of prey along with its own stunning Owl Butterflies, at its Butterfly Conservatory this holiday season.

A wonderful way to celebrate these gifts of nature, and of the great outdoors, the exhibit will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., each Saturday, from November 28 to January 2. Join local conservationists David and Kim Gibson as they introduce these beautiful Sky-Hunters or birds of prey and educate us all about their habits, unique abilities and the importance of habitat conservation. Visitors will then have an opportunity to experience and learn more about the Owl Butterflies that call the Conservatory their home and learn how they got their special name.

As well, join us this Saturday November 28 and Sunday November 29, as Home Depot and the Winter Festival of Lights, will be hosting a holiday themed, “Home Depot Kids Workshop”. Located on the grounds of the Botanical Gardens, near the entrance to the Butterfly Conservatory, the workshop will be taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., both days. Winter Festival of Lights volunteers and the Misty Kids will be on-site to assist children as they build their own holiday stacking blocks.

The fully accessible Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is located at 2565 Niagara Parkway, on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture. The new exhibit is included with regular paid admission. For detailed information on the Conservatory, its hours of operation, admission and parking rates, as well as NPC’s attraction packages, please visit www.niagaraparks.com.

About the Gibson Family and Sky-Hunters

David and Kim Gibson along with their twin daughters, Sarah and Kailey bring realism to all their Bird of Prey presentations while at the same time promoting and educating people about the importance of habitat conservation to the survival of these stunning creatures. The Gibson family showcase Falconry Birds of Prey that are all born in captivity, socialized and trained. The birds they work with are from different habitats around the world. This brings attention to the conservation of all species of creatures living and continually adapting to the ever changing Earth. Their hope is to encourage responsibility and appreciation of nature, which in turn encourages future generations to make wise environmental decisions for the continued survival all Sky-Hunters.