6 ACTIVITIES FOR NATURE ENTHUSIASTS
Though Niagara Falls is among the world’s greatest natural wonders, the region’s other sights are also appealing. 1. Colourful winged insects flutter about at the Butterfly Conservatory (page 28), home to more than 45 different species including monarchs, longwings and swallowtails. Some may even find a perfect perch on your arms! 2. Bird Kingdom (pictured; page 28) is a tropical oasis for more than 80 exotic varieties of birds and amphibians, including the green winged macaw, bearded dragon and tokay gecko. 3. Marineland (page 28) boasts the larges pod of beluga whales in the world. Killer whales, sea lions, dolphins and walruses are among the other inhabitants at this family-friendly attraction. 4. Safari Niagara (page 28) is also home to a slew of animals—more than 750 to be exact. Spread over the park’s 150 acres are alpacas, wolves, lions, jaguars, hippopotamuses, kangaroos and wildebeests. 5. Green thumbs can appreciate the flora at the Botanical Gardens (page 28), which features an internationally renowned rose garden with more than 2,400 roses. Walk around the greenhouses yourself or take a guided horse and carriage tour. 6. Hike or cycle the region’s interconnected scenic trails—like Ball’s Falls, a historic conservation park in Vineland, or the Bruce Trail, which travels through wine country. Visit niagararegion.ca or niagarabrucetrail.org for downloadable maps.