Our first stop (once we had reached the Niagara area) was at the new Butterfly Conservatory which is near the Lewiston Bridge. I had never been inside a place devoted solely to butterflies before and I would describe the experience as 'magical'. We knew that this was on the itinerary for the day so many of us wore light colored clothing and ended up wearing one or more butterflies during the visit.
The lip of the cataract.
The Maid of the Mist was nearly made invisible by the mist! The waterfall in the background is the American Falls and the land to the right of that cataract is Goat Island.
From Niagara Falls it was a short drive down river to Queenston Heights - the site of one of the battles in the War of 1812. At that point is this monument erected to the memory of the British General Brock.
Over to my left from where I took this photo is the beginning of the Bruce Trail. While I was in the St Catherines area on one of the walks - which is not far from Niagara Falls - the hikes that I went on did not end nor begin at that point.
A garden at Queenston Heights.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a lovely community situated along the Niagara River. It is the site of a highly respected theater festival.
The main street was lined with flower boxes full of tulips and daffodils.