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.
Enriching the lives of our marine mammals is an integral part of animal care at Marineland and is as important as the nutrition and medical care that they receive. The act of providing stimulating and challenging environments, toys and activities for the animals is called enrichment. The benefits to the animals are many and include, but are not limited to, mental stimulation, physical activity and promotion of the animal’s natural behaviours like exploring, foraging and diving.
Generally, we divide enrichment into two main types: Environmental Enrichment Devices (EED) like toys, balls and brushes and Environmental Enrichment Activities (EEA) like giving a whale a full body water massage with a sprayer hose or playing peek-a-boo at the underwater glass. Who knew aluminum foil could be used like this!
Sometimes, enrichment can actually be both a device and an activity – such as using a long-handled brush (a device) to rub the pectoral fins of a whale (an activity). Even feeding, training or husbandry procedures are viewed as enrichment activities and are treated in that manner so that we can make such activities exciting and stimulating for the animal.
Within each species there are wide ranges of individual preferences on what an animal enjoys, just like humans. Our caregivers devote a great deal of time and effort to get to know individual animals’ preferences in order to create activities and design devices that will engage and enthrall an animal.
When deciding if an EEA or EED is acceptable to use, the safety of the animal is paramount. In the case of EEDs several criteria need to be considered. Does the object have any rough edges? Is it sturdy enough to withstand salt, cold temperatures or the pounding from a 4,500 kg animal? Is it made of safe material? All of these questions and more are taken into account by our marine mammal care team. Marineland has an enrichment craftsman in our carpenter shop who can work with our marine mammal care team to design and build various EEDs as in some cases a suitable device just can’t be found at a store.
Enhancing the lives of the animals in our care is our top priority and enrichment plays a key role in helping us achieve that goal.
Just like Marineland, black bears go dormant through the winter. But that doesn’t mean either one stops being active altogether. We continue to feed our bears throughout the winter months to help ensure they’re vibrant and healthy when spring arrives. Continue reading →
If you want to see the potential damaging effects humans can have on animal populations – and the important role conservation efforts can have to reverse them – just take a look at the North American bison.
What’s the most surprising thing you’ve seen at Marineland? Everyone knows us for our marine mammals and our great amusement rides, but many are surprised to encounter some of our four legged friends as well.