Chilled Californians visiting Niagara Falls this winter can warm up inside an 80-degree tropical rain forest in a greenhouse, complete with butterflies.
The 11,000-square-foot Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory opened this month at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture in Ontario, Canada. About 2,000 tropical butterflies from several dozen species, including monarchs, flit about a 20-foot-high waterfall, Australian tree ferns, Everglade palms and other exotic plants. The butterflies were imported from breeding farms in Central and South America and the Philippines.
The conservatory also has an auditorium that screens an educational video and interactive displays on the monarch's migration route and other topics. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas Day. Admission is $6 adults, $3 children 6 to 12 and free to children under 6. For information, call (905) 356-8119 during the conservatory's open hours.