Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
An Interactive Learning Experience
The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory offers a relaxing and fun filled day full of interactive learning. There, you can see many species of butterflies, varieties of birds, insects, turtles, fish and much more!
I love butterflies! My favorite quote is “If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies”. I grow plants in my yard in hopes of attracting them so I can watch them in all their beauty as they flutter along. There are so many species with a variety of colors and shapes that I would never see in my own backyard let alone my own country.
We (the hubby and I) rarely get to take a vacation. If we do anything it is usually day trips that only take us at most 2 hours away from our home. I have always wanted to see the butterflies at the conservatory and yesterday was that day! I was so excited to go! I took my camera, phone and tablet, making sure they were fully charged so I could take hundreds of photos and a lot of videos. This was an experience that I really wanted to remember and look back on. If you visit, you’ll be happy to know that the conservatory has a place to charge your devices!!
When we arrived, I jumped out of the car, leaving hubby in the dust trailing behind me as I walked through the entrance. There, I met with my contact and a guide who walked us through the conservatory and answered any questions that we had. She was very informative and a real pleasure to speak with. After our informative guided tour, we were able to roam the conservatory for as long as we liked.
Walking along the paths of the conservatory, there will be many signs to read that have fun facts and information about butterflies and how to identify the variety of species.
There were touch tables that I saw a lot of children being drawn to. They had chrysalis, cocoons for the children to touch along with butterfly wings so the kids could feel how soft and silky they are.
There was also a bowl of adult beetles, larva, pupa and baby beetles that the kids could touch, pick up and hold.
Bonus experience! If the bugs are up for being handled, there are opportunities to hold one of them, such is this big green beauty – A Malaysian Jungle Nymph!
Children and adults alike can learn how species of butterflies camouflage themselves within their environment making it difficult to see them. In this exhibit, I had a hard time telling a butterfly apart from a leaf!
Within the conservatory, there are many feeding trays that are filled with food such as oranges and bananas. The butterflies are attracted to the rotten fruit which simulate the food that would be found on the ground of a tropical forest.
The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory’s “birthing” area is one of my favourite sights. It houses the cocoons for a variety of species that will emerge and then fly off into the conservatory. Once the butterflies are “born” it will be around 2-5 hours before they take flight.
While I was visiting, I was really hoping for a butterfly to land on me and with a lot of patience and time, one finally did. I squealed like a kid at Christmas -lol-
I learned that the butterflies are most active on sunny days and that they are attracted to bright colors and fruity scents. I was happy I wore white and a fruity scented perfume! Having the butterfly land on me is an experience that I will not forget.
The beauty that surrounds you is breathtaking. I could have stayed there all day and all night. I could live there! I found myself laughing many times, both me and the hubby were both smiling all day long. It was funny to watch him duck his head as a butterfly bumped into him. I lost count as to just how many species there are at the conservatory but I tried to get a good photo of each one that I came across – that would actually stay still long enough!
There is a calming zen atmosphere that can be felt amid the loud voices and scurrying about of the many children visiting with their fellow day campers.
The rushing and cascading of the waterfall into the pond is soothing.
I sat down for a while at the bench near the waterfall and just listened.
I tuned everything out but the rushing of the water and watched the butterflies flutter about all around me, it was really soothing.
Now, I have to say that on hot summer sunny days, the heat within the conservatory can become a bit overwhelming. That said, we were able to go in and out at any time to take in the air conditioning in the lobby and also have the opportunity to take in the other sights such as the Honey Bee Observation Hive, Live Insect Terrariums and the Egypt: Gift of the Nile (on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum). There is also a cafeteria and a souvenir shop too!
There is so much to see and learn at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. It’s a wonderful day to spend as a couple or with the kids – some experiences being free.
We definitely plan on visiting again only this time we will go in the winter. It would be nice to see all that beauty and feel the warmth while the outside is so cold and dreary.
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Christine is a proud mother, a soon to be grandmother and a fur mom to one ‘fur baby’, a dog named Tracker who is never far from Christine’s side. A devoted gardener, during the spring and summer months Christine can normally be found tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. Living in Southern Ontario near Lake Erie, Christine enjoys spending time outdoors and is an avid hiker. She also loves doing small diy projects in her spare time.
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