On our first full day in the Niagara region, we had decided to return to Niagara Falls to see them in the daytime. However the traffic and parking close by The Falls, can be congested, so we decided to park at the Niagara Botanic Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory, and get the WEGO bus.
Firstly however, we visited the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory (where we also bought our WEGO passes). This is located in the Botanic Gardens.
The conservatory has a warm and humid environment, that is reached first through a presentation theatre where an audio-visual presentation of the work of the establishment is shown, before passing through an air lock into the consevatory. The air lock serves two purposes, firstly keeping the environment controlled, and secondly helping to keep the butterflies in.
There are many varieties on butterflies. Some are showing the signs of age with the edges of their wings being ragged. There was one with blue wings that we had difficulty getting a picture of, however one settled on the back of a visitor and opened its wings.
The conservatory has a wide range of plants to provide food for the butterflies where most of them settle. Some however spread their wings whilst on the netting that form the perimeter.
…or as a group
To ensure the butterflies are provided with enough food feeding stations are provided. Some with a sugar solution…
..and others with fruit.
To leave the conservatory, we passed through another airlock and into the shop. After a short time browsing, we left the building back into the gardens and then to the WEGO that was to take us to The Falls.