For the past 12 springs the Montreal Botanical Gardens has hosted an event called Butterflies Go Free. This is their 13th year and despite some work disruptions at the municipal level the Botanical Gardens remain open and the butterfly exhibit goes on.
Butterflies, who have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, are a kind of super species in that they have managed to thrive on this ever changing planet. Despite all the changes in climate and habitat there are a catalogued 175,000 varieties of butterflies and an estimated 300,000 yet to be discovered.
The year of 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and that fits in perfectly with the Butterflies Go Free exhibit. The exhibit, which takes place in the Main Exhibition Greenhouse, is entitled “Biodiversity on the Wing” and features many varieties of local and exotic butterfly species. Between 50-75 varieties of butterflies will be housed in the greenhouse and they come from locations around the world. At any one time there can be up to 1,500 butterflies and moths flying around free from places like England, Costa Rica, Canada, Ecuador, U.S., and Indonesia.
-Ticket Purchase: At the door
-Ticket Prices: Adults: $14.00 or $12.00 (Quebec residents)
Seniors (65+) or Students: $10.50 or $9.00 (Quebec residents)
Youth (5-17): $7.00 or $6.00 (Quebec residents)
Children (2-4): $2.00 or $1.75 (Quebec residents)
-Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 9:00-5:00