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It’s Earth Day — go explore Niagara

Travel Deal for April 22, 2013

vicky vacay deal of the dayOn Earth Day, we acknowledge the world’s natural wonders. What wonder within the nation’s borders has inspired more awe than Niagara Falls?

Every minute, approximately 168,000 cubic metres of water plummets over the falls when the winter’s ice has melted away. All of that water is fresh, a result of the abundance of H2O in the Great Lakes, which are the source of the falls’ water. The Great Lakes combine to hold roughly 18% of the world’s supply of fresh water.

Along with the awesome sight of Niagara Falls, however, visitors can explore plenty more in the region. As we think of ways of appreciating the planet today, spotlights three Niagara attractions to visit, with minimum impact to the environment, or your pocketbook.

1. Botanical Gardens (Free) — The 77-year-old gardens feature an immaculate rose garden with more than 2,400 blooms. Perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, and a formal parterre garden are among the beautiful highlights that will spoil your senses. The attraction is immense, too, with 40 hectares (99 acres) of stunning gardens. Parking: $5

2. Floral Showcase ($5 for adults; $3.75 for children 6-12) — Orchids and tropical plants are among the draws to this floral celebration that is walking distance to the falls. You will also catch sight of birds and sculptures during your visit. The Floral Showcase has special exhibits throughout the year, including a Hydrangea Show in May.

3. See Niagara on a Bike (Free) — Hundreds of kilometres of bike trails will take you through the Niagara Region, with enticing stops in the vintage towns along the way and at the many historic sites in the area. Trails such as the Greater Niagara Circle Route and the Waterfront Trail are ideal for a scenic tour. From parks to wineries to farmland and stunning views of the Niagara River and Niagara Falls, you’ll enjoy this adventurous ride — which will also heighten your appreciation of the planet and our role as caretakers of it. Spotlights 8 Earth Day Wonders in Canada

For Earth Day 2012, Visuals Editor Julia Pelish showcased Canada’s 8 Natural Wonders in a photo slideshow. Niagara Falls ranked second on her list.

Pelish writes:Niagara Falls is one of Canada’s great natural wonders, as well as a major source of hydroelectric power for eastern North America. The construction of a new 10-kilometre tunnel under the city of Niagara Falls has created hundreds of new jobs. Once completed, Ontario Power Generation’s $1.6-billion Niagara Tunnel Project in 2015 will dramatically increase the output of the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station hydropower plant.”

See the photos and find out what attraction ranks No. 1 on the 8 Earth Day Wonders in Canada

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