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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.

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