www.attractionsontario.ca 35 BUTTERFLIES FLY FREE “Think of the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory as a tropical escape,”says conservatory board chair, Doug Wilson. With some 2,000 free-flying butterflies imported from Costa Rica and the Philippines, the inviting enclave is indeed an escape. With its cascading waterfalls, 150 species of plants, plenty of birds, bugs, turtles and fish, the conservatory is a nature lover’s dream. Don’t miss the honeybee observation hive – and if you visit during March Break, you will have the opportunity to put your taste buds to the test with samples of insect recipes. A LOOK INTO HISTORY Waterloo Region Museum exhibits tell the story of Waterloo Region and the feature exhibit gallery showcases travelling exhibits from here at home, and around the world. Doon Heritage Village, located at the Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener, is a living history village that shows what life was like in the year 1914. Joseph Schneider Haus, a National Historic Site located in Kitchener, is a farm house built by one of the area’s early Pennsylvania- German Mennonite settlers. McDougall Cottage, located in the historic factory district of Cambridge, is an 1858 worker’s home that celebrates the area’s Scottish heritage. ALL ABOARD Embrace the spirit of adventure and hop onboard the Waterloo Central Railway. Offering regular summer shuttles from the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market on a journey through Mennonite country, the trains stop at the Village of St. Jacobs and continue onwards to the town of Elmira. Pick your coach, diesel or steam specials, and experience train travel like a 1920’s passenger or a 1950’s vacationer. With whistle blowing, the train arrives at St. Jacob’s station and the Restoration Shop, where you can see the Dirty Hands Club repairing and restoring various trains, including Steam Engine Number 9. For more information on things to do, where to stay, and family-friendly events, visit: EXPLOREWATERLOOREGION.COM