Make Ontario’s Niagara Parks Your March Break Destination

Visit the Art of Nature exhibit at the Butterfly Conservatory

Take part in Birds in Flight photography sessions

Enjoy interactive heritage programming at Table Rock Centre

Niagara Parks goes Green for St. Patrick’s Day with special Falls illumination and Irish-themed menu at Queen Victoria Place Restaurant

Plan a full day and save on Niagara Parks attractions with the Wonder Pass

An Invite to All from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission

Posted March 5th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Inside Niagara Park’s Butterfly Observatory

Niagara Falls, Ontario  – Niagara Parks will be presenting an exciting lineup of March Break events and activities all along the Niagara River corridor from March 9 through to March 17.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy the majesty of Niagara Falls alongside awe-inspiring natural attractions, special exhibits and programming, as well as locally sourced Feast On certified culinary experiences.

Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory

Located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, visitors to the Butterfly Conservatory are transported to a tropical paradise full of lush vegetation, trickling waterfalls and thousands of vibrantly coloured butterflies. Explore 180 metres of winding pathways through the warm, glass-enclosed Conservatory, all leading to the emergence window where butterflies leave their pupae and dry out their wings before embarking on their first flight.

  • March Break Hours of Operation:     Daily: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Admission:    $16 for Adults and $10.25 for youth six to 12 years of age. Children five and under are free. Admission included with the Niagara Falls Wonder Pass.

Art of Nature Series

Art of Nature Photo Exhibit

This travelling exhibit, produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature and Canada Post, showcases 30 winning photographs, which took part in the annual Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography Contest. This edition showcases outstanding Canadian talents with beautiful photographs of birds, mammals, urban wildlife, amphibians, and more. The exhibit is included with regular admission to the Butterfly Conservatory and will be on display through to April 28.

Birds in Flight Photography Sessions

Learn the tips and tricks of wildlife photography with the help of professionals from Henry’s Photography. Starting within a class setting, participants will then be guided through an indoor and outdoor photography session, for a chance to get up close and capture incredible images of butterflies and live birds of prey, from the Canadian Raptor Conservancy. Participants are required to bring their own camera and to pre-register online:

  • Date:         March 16
    Time:         8 – 11 am
    Cost:         $40 per participant

Live Raptor Demonstrations with the Canadian Raptor Conservancy

Throughout the day on March 16, representatives from the Canadian Raptor Conservancy will be hosting free birds of prey demonstrations, with incredible raptors that will amaze and delight. Demonstrations will take place at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm, outside the Butterfly Conservatory

Experience Niagara Parks Heritage at Table Rock

Niagara Parks Heritage staff will be in the upper level of Table Rock Centre’s Grand Hall overlooking the Canadian Horseshoe Falls throughout the March Break, inviting guests to travel back in time by trying on War of 1812-era military uniforms or operating a 1920s style printing press.

  • Date:        Saturday, March 9 to Sunday, March 17
  • Time:         11 am – 3 pm

St. Patrick’s Day Highlights

Special Illumination of Niagara Falls

In partnership with Tourism Ireland’s “Global Greening” campaign, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board will light up Niagara Falls in green on Sunday, March 17. The falls will be illuminated in vibrant green light for 15-minute intervals at the top of each hour, beginning at 6:30 pm and lasting until 1 am, joining other world icons such as the Empire State Building, the Colosseum in Rome, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Nelson’s Column in London and the Leaning Tower of Pisa; all in honour of the beloved Irish holiday.

Queen Victoria Place Restaurant

Niagara ParksFeast On certified restaurant, Queen Victoria Place, offers a Niagara dining experience not to be missed this March Break. Open daily during the week for lunch and dinner, guests can also enjoy a festive St. Patrick’s Day prix fixe menu on Sunday, March 17.

The feature menu includes dishes such as a Silversmith-braised corned beef brisket entrée with cabbage and double-smoked bacon mashed potatoes or Irish roasted salmon with a Rosewood honey, apple cider and 40 Creek whisky glaze. For the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day experience, be sure to time your meal so that you can enjoy the view of the Falls illuminated in bright green light from your table at Queen Victoria Place Restaurant. Reserve your table here:

  • March Break Hours of Operation:   Daily: 11:30 am – 8 pm

Spring Display at the Floral Showhouse

Spring has officially sprung at the Floral Showhouse with the debut of the spectacular spring floral display, an annual favourite that offers a welcome escape from the cold temperatures and lingering snow. This year’s design features a palette of bright colours such as blue, yellow, orange and pink and favourite springtime blooms, such as tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.

Hours of Operation:         Daily: 9:30 am – 5 pm

Admission:     $7 for Adults $4 for youth six to 12 years of age. Children five and under are free. Admission included with the Niagara Falls Wonder Pass.

Niagara Falls Wonder Pass

Save on attractions and transportation by purchasing a Niagara Falls Wonder Pass.

Each Wonder Pass includes admission to: Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, the Butterfly Conservatory and the Floral Showhouse, as well as two-days of transportation on the WEGO bus system and Falls Incline Railway. Price: $25 for adults; $17 for youth ages six to 12; and children five and under are free.

Anotjer look inside Niagara Park’s Butterfly Conservancy, All photos here courtesy of Niagara Parks Commission

About Niagara Parks – Since its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Today, Niagara Parks boasts gardens, a horticulture school, recreation, golf courses, restaurants, heritage and historic sites, gift shops and, of course, Niagara Falls. In short, natural landscapes, history, family fun, hiking, culinary delights, attractions and adventure.

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