For the past 18 springs the Montreal Botanical Gardens has hosted an event called Butterflies Go Free. This is their 19th year and the Botanical Gardens is a wonderful place to visit all the time, so this special exhibit makes it all that much more enjoyable.
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 exhibit, which takes place in the Main Exhibition Greenhouse, features many varieties of local and exotic butterfly species. Between 50-75 varieties of butterflies equalling thousands of butterflies and moths will be housed in the greenhouse and they come from locations around the world. The stars of this year’s exhibit are the favourites of children – the caterpillar. This year there will be a special section of the exhibit dedicated to the insect that turns into a butterfly after a period in a self-made cocoon.
-Dates: February 18 – April 21, 2016
-Venue: Botanical Gardens
-Ticket Purchase: http://calendrier.espacepourlavie.ca/butterflies-go-free
|Regular price||Québec resident|
|Ages 65 and up||$18.25||$14.50|
|Students (18+ with card)*||$14.50||$11.75|
|Ages 5 to 17||$10.00||$7.75|
* Rate granted on presentation of student ID card.
** Family: A maximum of 2 adults and up to 3 children, ages 5-17. The Accès Montréal cardholder family rate is applicable if all members of the family present during the visit have a valid Accès Montréal Card.
Free for children under age 5.