Uncover more hot attractions and catch a show or two in the Niagara Region. —By Viviane Kertész
BUDS & BLOOMS
A 10-minute drive north of the Falls, the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens display 40 hectares of blooms like daffodils and magnolias, plus a world-famous garden featuring 2,400 roses.
On the Botanical Gardens’ grounds, the Butterfly Conservatory contains 2,000 tropical winged creatures taking flight at all stages of life among lush, equally exotic greenery.
Walk through time’s doors at the Niagara Apothecary, where retired pharmacists are on-hand to share their expert knowledge about the history of the profession.
FLORA & FAUNA
Orchids, succulents and geraniums enchant green thumbs and non-gardeners alike at the Niagara Floral Showhouse, where 70 tropical songbirds free-fly amid foreign plant species.
HEAR THE BAND
Operating 24 hours a day, the 2.5 million-square-foot Vegas-like Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort boasts a 374-room hotel, 40-boutique shopping galleria, 130 gaming tables and the perpetual sounds of 3,000 jingle-janglin’ slot machines. The Avalon Theatre showcases Crosby, Stills & Nash (June 9), Huey Lewis & The News (June 11 and 12), Melissa Etheridge (June 19 and 20) and Air Supply (June 26 and 27).
GET A LAUGH!
At Casino Niagara, find 1,700 slot machines, 70 gaming tables, multi-sports wagering, off-track betting, plus a dedicated poker room offering Texas Hold ’em. On-site Yuk Yuk’s comedy club presents live stand-up comedy every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
THE PLAY’S THE THING
Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Shaw Festival Theatre is the only theatre in the world that specializes exclusively in plays by George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries. This month, see performances of Shaw’s In Good King Charles’ Golden Days, Noel Coward’s Brief Encounters, Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten, Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday, and the Stephen Sondheim–scored Sunday in the Park with George.
Enjoy music, food and wine alfresco at the Jackson-Triggs Twilight in the Vineyard Summer Performance Series. Concerts at the winery’s atmospheric outdoor amphitheatre kick off this month with Chantal Kreviazuk (June 27).