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Niagara Falls Parks & Gardens

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The Niagara Falls and Great Gorge Web Cam features views of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, the lower Niagara River, and fireworks. The Web Cam is owned and operated by Niagara Parks.
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Fitting into the natural undulating landscape, the Oakes Garden Theatre is an outdoor amphitheatre that is sheltered by a formal garden constructed of rock gardens, lily ponds and shrubs. It forms the entrance to Queen Victoria Park while providing outdoor concerts throughout the year.
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Enter a lush tropical environment and find 2000 free-flying butterflies. Open year round, this popular attraction is Canada's largest indoor butterfly conservatory. Interactive display area, emergence area to view butterflies unfolding from their chrysalids, gift shop, cafe, botanical gardens.
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At White Water Walk the river is transformed into the spectacular Whirlpool Rapids, a thundering avalanche of stupendous power and beauty. Located in the Niagara Gorge 3.2 KM (2 miles) down river from the Falls, the Rapids rage and roar on their journey to the Niagara Whirlpool. Be thrilled at the sight from the "Whitewater Boardwalk", a 305-metre (1000 foot) long promenade along the very edge of the river.
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This 56 km (35 mile) paved trail runs from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie. Walk, jog, cycle or rollerblade at your leisure as you pass historic sites, wineries, and the natural beauty of the Niagara River Gorge.
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Over 1,200 plants sprawl the area between the Floral Clock and the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge in a colourful array that celebrates Canada's Centennial. Blooms begin at the end of May.
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Visit a tropical rainforest in Niagara Falls. This 50,000 sq. ft facility features over 500 free flying birds, from Macaws to Lorikets. A cafe and shop are onsite.
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Visit Niagara's Marineland during the summer season and meet a host of animals such as killer and Beluga whales as well as fish, bears and deer. There are also several rides from which to choose like the Dragon Mountain roller coaster, Wave Swinger, Tivoli Wheel and much more.
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View the spectacular falls from behind. Descend 40 m (150 ft) by elevator to the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls to arrive at an observation plaza with two viewing decks and portals just above the river level. Experience the roaring of the falls and feel the spray as you see this breathtaking view close-up.
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This UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve site is one of Canada's most noteworthy landforms. The Niagara Escarpment is located in populated areas of southern Ontario, running over 700kms/450mi from Niagara to Tobermory. Fossil rich sedimentary rock, magnificient waterfalls, and over 300 bird species are just some of the multitude of sights in the area.
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Over 100 acres of beautifully maintained gardens with brick walkways, ponds, and benches. Open from dawn to dusk year round, admission is free. The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory is located on the grounds as is the Butterfly Cafe and Ice Cream Shop.
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Located five minutes south of the falls at Chippawa. Playground, wading pool, picnic area and free parking.
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This popular attraction is open year round and admission is free. Just 500 meters (1/4 mile) south of the falls, the greenhouse features tropical birds and numerous seasonal floral displays. Washrooms on site.
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Located just 9 KM (6 miles) north of Niagara Falls, it is one of the world's largest Floral Clocks at 12.2 Metres (40 feet) in diameter and formed by 15,000 plants.
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As a nature reserve, the Niagara Glen boasts a natural environment where wild flora and fauna thrive. Visitors are welcome to explore its trails and enjoy the picnic areas. Guided walking tours are available from June to September from the Feather Glen building.
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The world's most famous falls span a brink 323 meters in length and stand 57 meters tall. Imagine the thunder as almost 600,000 litres of water pour over every second. These spectacular falls are part of the border formed between Canada and the United States and can be viewed from both sides. Various viewing areas abound as well as air tours and boat tours. One can also take up the unique opportunity to view the falls from behind.
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Tauted as the birthplace of Canada, Queenston Heights is a historically significant garden that is also home to Brock's Monument and the Laura Secord Monument. With many recreational facilities, the park is popular with tourists and locals alike with picnic grounds, restaurant, tennis courts, bandshell, snack bar, children's playground.
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Niagara's quintessential gardens, Queen Victoria Park is as much of the area as the Falls. Situated next to the Falls, the park offers a stunning array of flowers, such as a massive rose garden, as well as other eye pleasing landscaping such as the rock garden. At night, the gardens are illuminated for an interesting display. With changing flower beds, the gardens can be visited year round, even in the winter with light clad trees.
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The Greater Niagara Circle Route is a trail system linking Lake Erie with Lake Ontario. Four trails; the Waterfront Trail, the Niagara River Recreational Trail, the Friendship Trail and the Welland Canal Recreational Trail are connected to form a circuit for walking or cycling the Niagara region.
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Beautiful nature area, spectacular views, and picnic areas spread over ten acres. Visitors can get back to nature while watching wildlife at bird feeding stations and catch and release fishing lake. In the winter, the park is popular with its "Festival of Lights" - an animated display of lights that surround the lake.

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