The Butterfly Conservatory is located on the grounds of the Niagara Botanical Gardens about 10 minutes north of the falls and features over 2000 butterflies of 45 different species.
Beautiful tropical butterflies float freely around a lush rainforest setting with ponds and waterfalls all protected within a large greenhouse.
The conservatory was opened in 1996 and can accommodate about 300 visitors per hour.
The conservatory glass dome that forms the ceiling of the greenhouse is about 11,000 square feet in size. Beneath it are about 590 feet of paths that you can take to see the butterflies.
Sadly, the captive butterflies only have a life span of 2 to 4 weeks and the conservatory imports some 3000 butterflies per month from farms in Costa Rica, El Salvador, the Philippines, and Australia.
Amongst the species of butterflies at the conservatory are the Banded Orange, Monarch, Julia, and Doris Longwing.
The Emergence window allows visitors to view the butterfly life cycle up close. It produces over 45,000 butterflies a year and shows how butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight!