Karin McDonald, Tom Clarke, Barry Shepherd and I headed to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory for a few hours in mid-February.
We took advantage of a Wagjag offer: 4 adult entries for $20; the normal entry fee is $11 for adults in case anyone wants to head down. There are butterflies and small finches in the conservatory, which also features a waterfall and some turtles. The butterflies range from paper whites to monarchs and blue Morphos with a whole bunch in between.
There is a section where you can watch the butterflies coming out of their cocoons with some ‘hatching’ every day: over twenty emerged while we were there.
Cameras are welcome and monopods are no problem; no tripods though. We arrived right as they opened at 10:00 a.m. and had free run of the place for at least 1/2 hour –
1 hour before people with kids started showing up -but even then there was lots of space for everyone to do their thing. By noonish the butterflies, which had been feeding all morning, were starting to perch on the walls and higher up so I would recommend anyone wanting to go to hit there right at 10:00 a.m.
Directions - Hwy 401 to hwy 24 (Hespeler Road North). 6.5 km north to Kossuth Road. West (left) on Kossuth Road for 5 km to #2500, large building on the left side of the road.
Website : http://www.cambridgebutterfly.com
Photos -Barb Redford