SUMMER WITH THE FAMILY AT MONTREAL’S SPACE FOR LIFE
Posted by Robyn Fadden
Located in the east end of Montreal, right next to the Olympic Stadium, Space for Life (“Espace pour la vie”) is an area dedicated to biodiversity, sustainability and education about the natural world in and around Montreal. A full day can be spent with the family, walking indoors and outdoors through the Space for Life grounds and taking part in hands-on workshops and other activities for all ages…
This year marks the 20th birthday of the Montreal Biodôme, an indoor habitat created to sustain plant and animal life in five different North and South American ecosystems – with over 1,500 plant species and 250 animal species, it’s also the most visited paid tourist attraction in the city.
This summer, alongside the Biodôme’s usual inhabitants, walk through an artist’s interpretation of nature: grab a provided umbrella and wend your way through trOmbe, a multi-sensory art installation by Richard Purdy, featuring rain showers, a forest, a watery pathway and mirrors reflecting it all.
For 81 years, the Montreal Botanical Garden has been collecting and maintaining local, native plants – from the smallest flowers to cherry trees and pines – as well as hundreds of plant species from countries around the world. The garden’s famous Tree House is currently hosting the exhibition Romans des bois (Novels from Woods), 30 wood sculptures by author, publisher, radio and TV host and tree lover Alain Stanké.
The Biodiversity Centre’s Base Camp takes visitors on a tour of Earth’s biodiversity via the crew of the ship Sedna IV, a ship set to take off on a new mission around the world any day now. On August 5 at 7 p.m., the Japanese Gardens hosts a Peace Ceremony to remember the tragedy of the World War II Hiroshima bombing 67 years ago and ring the garden’s peace bell. Access to the site will be free for everyone during the evening.
The Insectarium, located on the Botanic Garden grounds, is home to insects big and small, from ants, bees and termites to a large number of butterflies. This year, the Insectarium became a new home to the newly discovered giant swallowtail butterfly, the largest butterfly in North America, with a wingspan of up to 15 cm. Entomology experts are on hand to answer all questions about the butterfly and other insects.
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