Unlike most theme parks, Marineland allows guests to bring their own food and beverages into the park. But, if you would prefer to avoid the hassle of packing a lunch, you will find plenty of tasty food items to choose from in our on-site, cafeteria-style restaurant, The Hungry Bear.
Traditional and popular fare like juicy burgers; crispy, golden fries and delicious pizza are on the menu to satisfy your hunger while you spend the day enjoying the park’s attractions.
If you prefer lighter options, try our mouth-watering rotisserie chicken. We also offer fresh salads and fruits.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with one of our desserts or enjoy an ice cream cone. We think you will find our soft serve to be the best you’ve ever had!
Your ride on Dragon Mountain roller coaster begins with a walk through a massive dragon’s open mouth, down into a mysterious, cavernous loading station. From the edge of the platform, you will step into one of the seven-car, 28 passenger coaster trains. You are secured in place with a padded overhead shoulder bar.
Leaving the station, the train descends deeper underground and enters a 14-foot diameter tunnel. Coming out into daylight as it starts its 386 foot climb to the top of the huge lift at a 27 degree angle, it reaches the crest of the mountain veers left and screams down the first hill at 47 degrees and back up into the double vertical loops.
Coming out of the second loop, you arc to the right, then fly into the first of two horizontal spirals as they work their way deeper into the bowels of the earth. A 92-foot diameter spiral is centered just above the 104-foot spiral forming an inverted cone. You roar into the daylight and bank around a broad horseshoe curve before plunging again into a tunnel (1,163 feet of tunnels in total – more than any other coaster in the world) and then disappearing into the mountain wall.
As you leave the tunnel, you are suddenly hurled into the final white-knuckle thrill – the bowtie – two staggered loops which will turn you upside down twice within seconds.
A fitting climax to a fantastic ride! Ready to ride it again?
Dragon Mountain is a world-class roller coaster, at Marineland, Niagara Falls, Canada.
* One of the longest non-stop coaster rides in the world.
* Maximum speed of the ride is up to 50 miles per hour.
* At 5,500 feet, one of the longest steel coaster rides ever built.
* Features more tunnels – 1,163 feet – than any other
coaster in the world.
* Spread over 30 acres of land – largest ever.
* One of the highest in North America – 186 feet high.
* Thrilling speed perception first coaster ever to hug the contours
of a man-made mountain.
* Lift length and angle – 386 feet at 27 degrees.
* 86 foot loops.
* Diameters of double spirals are 92 feet and 104 feet.
Bears are generally thought of as strictly anti-social, solitary animals, but this is not correct. Habitat impediments, such as range size, prevent bears from interacting with each other very often in the wild. When they do meet competition for food or a mate can result in an encounter that is rather hostile. However, when competition for food or a mate is absent, bears have been known to strike up friendly relationships with each other and have even been observed playing together for long periods of time. This play typically takes the form of wrestling matches. Such play behaviour is often interpreted as aggression when it’s just two bears deciding to have some fun.
It’s true that bears do not live in herds or packs, but they can and do co-exist in close proximity to each other where food sources are plentiful and their numbers high. They will share home ranges with other bears by establishing a social hierarchy based on size, age and disposition. A bear will establish and maintain its place in the hierarchy by posturing or acting aggressively. In most cases these exhibitions of aggression do not escalate to a full-fledged altercation against another individual with the less dominant bear eventually backing down.
The stone structure located in Marineland’s Bear Country is quite large and contains many caves and tunnels providing the bears with shade and protection from bad weather.
To go from living solitary to living social shows the ability of the bear to adapt its behaviour based on changes to its environment.
Contrary to popular belief, the solitary bear is not SO solitary.
The marine mammal caregivers at Marineland know the animals well. For example, one caregiver, Tali, has worked with a beluga whale for seven years. “To see him going from this younger animal, who was just learning to do things, to this animal who has a huge behavioral repertoire, is really fascinating” said Tali.
The video shows our caregivers and belugas during one of their husbandry training sessions. The husbandry behaviours taught to our marine mammals include presenting their fins or mouth for inspection. Learning and practising these behaviours make the animal more comfortable when it’s time for our veterinarians to examine them or carry out a necessary medical procedure.
Sea lions love to have fun! “For sea lions, their play is based on each other,” explains Dan Macdonald, marine mammal caregiver. They are very social animals so the supervised play is perfect for them. Toys are added to these play sessions to enhance the experience for the animals.
Now, even though playtime is important, so are daily check-ups. Dan Macdonald explains that the sea lions are examined daily. Daily check ups include inspecting their bodies, mouths and teeth.
Check out the video to see the marine mammal caregivers interacting with Marineland’s sea lions:
The most important part of a marine mammal caregiver’s job is keeping routine records of all of the animals.
“We have sheets for each of the animals. We’ll write down what they did that day, their behavior that day and how they are interacting with the other animals they are living with,” said Dan Macdonald, marine mammal caregiver.
These records are used to communicate with other caregivers and veterinary staff, so they can stay up to date with each animal.
The bond between a caregiver and marine mammal is strong. The Marineland caregivers feel connected with the animals and love getting to know the individual personalities.
Check out this video to find out what a typical day is like for a marine mammal caregiver:
Dan Macdonald, a marine mammal caregiver at Marineland explains, “A lot of the behind the scene care for walruses is play.”
Walruses are social and love to play together. They have even more fun if toys are incorporated. Now, what toys does a walrus like? Balls, huge logs and icebergs are the current favourites!
The walruses have their own community and can be selective about whom they want to spend time with. For example, Dan Macdonald explains, “Sonja really likes to live and be with Buttercup. So, when we get a chance to, we make sure they get to spend as much time as possible with each other.”
Sea lions are often mistaken for seals. The experts here at Marineland can help you identify the difference. Any of our trainers would explain that even though both mammals belong to the family of pinnipeds, meaning “fin footed”, there are points of distinction between the two. These differences include their fins, flippers, ears and voices.
Seals have small front flippers and large, trailing hind flippers, making them agile in the water where they spend most of their time. These flippers are useless for movement on land; seals inch along similar to the way a caterpillar would move.
On the other fin, sea lions have large front flippers and small hind flippers that bend forward. The sea lions flippers allow them to “walk” on land on all fours; this ease of movement means they spend more time on land than seals.
Another visible difference – their ears. Seals have pinhole openings located on the sides of their heads. Sea lions have small, external ear flaps that stick out on either side.
California Sea Lion
Sea lions are very vocal – in fact, they can be downright noisy. Seals are much quieter emitting soft, low grunts as opposed to the sea lion’s loud bark.
With this knowledge, the next time you are seated at the King Waldorf Stadium and your friend, a first-timer to Marineland, says, “Aren’t those seals adorable?” You’ll respond, “Those are sea lions. We’ll visit the Aquarium Dome where we can see the cutest seals!”
After presentations, Marineland trainers love answering guest’s questions. The most common is, “how do you train your marine mammals?”
The trainers use a healthy and successful training technique called Positive Reinforcement Reward System. This system respects the animal by using positive reinforcement, it never allows for punishment.
How does the positive reinforcement reward system work?
Every time an animal performs a behavior correctly the trainer blows a whistle signaling a perfect performance and the animal is rewarded. The animal is never punished for performing a behavior incorrectly; the trainer simply repeats the cue to encourage the animal to try again.
What rewards are used for positive reinforcement?
The reinforcement can be food, a tongue tickle, a back scratch, a belly rub or playtime where large rings and balls are placed in the pool. While food is a reinforcement used, it is important to note that the animals receive all the food that they require to meet their dietary needs whether they perform the requested behavior or not.
A walrus getting a well-deserved back scratch
A beluga enjoying playtime with a ball
What types of behaviours do the animals learn?
The trainers teach the animals a variety of behaviours like waving hello or crunching out a few sit-ups. But, there is another important set of behaviours the animals perform called “husbandry” behaviours. These actions help our veterinarians and marine mammal staff to monitor and maintain the health of the animals.
How long does training take?
Basic behaviours require a few months of training, elaborate behaviours require about two years of training. The process helps keep the animals mentally sharp and physically fit. Some learn faster than others and each animal has a unique style.