Family Day at Niagara Parks
Niagara Falls, ON – Niagara Parks is offering an exciting lineup of activities, attractions and offerings for visitors during Ontario’s Family Day (also U.S. President’s Day) long weekend.
Over its short history, Family Day has quickly become the ideal time for a mid-winter escape to Niagara Parks. With Heritage Week celebrations coinciding with the holiday long weekend, allow Niagara Parks to provide the perfect combination of engaging historical programming, awe-inspiring natural attractions and our mouthwatering, Feast ON certified culinary experiences that will leave you wanting more. Niagara Parks truly has something for everyone:
Northern Owls – Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory
Family Day Long-Weekend Holiday Hours 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(Last ticket sold ½ hour before closing)
Butterfly Café Holiday Hours 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This family-friendly and educational exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum features 10 different specimens of Northern Owls and focuses on the fascinating and lesser-known aspects of owl behavior, biology and lifestyle. The exhibit will be presented in three sections: “Feathers”, “Hunters by Nature” and “The Ultimate Northern Owl”, each filled with interesting and thought-provoking facts and anecdotes about these secretive birds.
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. Following the schedule below, 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.
Northern Owls Exhibit
February 13 – April 17
Indoor Live Raptor Display
February 25, March 4, March 25, April 1 and April 8
FREE Outdoor Live Raptor Display with Demonstration
Family Day Weekend February 18-20, March 11-12, March 15, March 18, April 15 and April 22
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 admission and parking rates, as well as Niagara Parks’ attraction packages, please visit www.niagaraparks.com.
Interactive Heritage Exhibits
Grand Hall – Table Rock Complex
February 18-20, 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In celebration of Heritage Week, several interactive heritage displays will be set up in the Grand Hall of Niagara Parks’ Table Rock Centre. The exhibits this year will have a uniquely Canadian focus, showcasing Niagara Parks’ role in protecting the significant heritage sites, properties and stories that make our country so special. Join with us, as we 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 to assist with hands-on displays, allowing individuals an opportunity to print their own unique tribute to Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Annual Spring Display
Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse
January 14 – April 8, Open Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The warm and serene setting is bursting with gorgeous blooms, orchids and exotic tropical plants, as well as beautiful songbirds to get you in the mood for spring. Entrance to the Floral Showhouse is: $5 for adults, $3.75 for children ages 6 to 12; and children under 5 are free (All prices $CDN + taxes). Season Pass upgrades are also available for an additional $5.
Niagara Falls Wonder Pass
When visiting Niagara, be sure to purchase the Niagara Falls Wonder Pass, to obtain the best value for your holiday weekend adventure. The Pass includes admission to The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory (including the Northern Owls), Journey Behind the Falls and Niagara’s Fury attractions. As well, the Pass includes two-day transportation on the WEGO tourism bus system and bonus coupons for shopping, dining and additional area attractions.
Price: $22.95 for adults; $17.95 for children ages 6 to 12 and children 5 and under are free! (all prices in $CDN + Taxes). You can purchase the Pass online at www.niagaraparks.com or in-person at participating attractions and hotels.
The vision of Niagara Parks is 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.