During that time, the Grande Serre at the Jardin Botanique will be filled with thousands of butterflies, 20,000 to be precise. The colorful insects will be released 100 at a time of over the course of the event and the room will hold nearly 2,000 butterflies at any given time. This year, the event features 50 different species from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Kenya, Malaysia, the Philippines and Tanzania.
The Biodôme is a coveted spot for Montreal animal lovers, so newborn creatures feel like new members of the Montreal community. It's especially exciting when the new members are as cute as these three baby puffins — two of whom were born on July 17 and one of whom was born on July 25. Awww!
A Biodôme spokesperson, Margaux Delmas, told MTL Blog that the baby puffins will be monitored by technicians to make sure they are healthy. The first few days of care are focused on disinfecting their navels, if necessary, and weighing them, as well as giving them calcium and vitamin-fortified fish, she said.
Espace pour la vie (Eric Charette)
The baby puffins stay with their parents until they are 30 to 35 days old. According to Delmas, that's when they are ready to leave the nest and when they are put into isolation to wean.
They'll join the Biodôme's puffin habitat when they can eat by themselves and have a water-repellent plumage, she said.
Espace pour la vie (Eric Charette)
"The three puffins have a great genetic value that will contribute to the bird colony's sustainability," Delmas said.
Starting on June 30, new "large-scale garden installations" will be put up along avenue du Mont-Royal to "provide citizens with a summer experience tinged with slowness and gentle living, right in the heart of the Plateau," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
"With evocative themes such as La Roseraie, Le Jardin nourricier and Le Bosquet des lucioles, relaxation and appropriation zones, meeting points and a program of activities, make up an inspiring and original path for residents and Montrealers," the Société de développement de l'avenue du Mont-Royal said in the release.
Royalmount has completely transformed from a drive-in theatre into the city's newest event space. Meet Jardin Royalmount: a 20,000-square-foot open-air garden and theatre in the Town of Mount Royal, which is hosting a summer lineup of comedy shows, pop-up supper clubs, concerts, parties and more starting July 2.
There will also be Jeopardy and Family-Feud-style game nights, catered movie nights with sit-down meals, specialty brunches, workout classes and fashion shows.
"We're still going to have our classic theme nights like Grease [and] girls' night out, [...] but we also have some [movies] that no one was able to see in theatres [...] you're gonna be able to see them for the first time, you don't have to stream it, you can actually see it, you can enjoy it," said Bultz.
The botanical garden's café terrasse has created intriguing summer treats to enjoy while lounging among flora and fauna — rhubarb ice cream, a sea buckthorn slushie — which tastes sort of tangy, tropical and tart — and wild carrots.
A tour of the Japanese Garden offers views of carp and turtles in nearby ponds, along with the Enchanting Botanical Printsexhibition by artist Sandrine de Borman.
The First Nations Garden is offering a photography exhibition, Kuugaaluk: Along the traces of our forefathers, by anthropologist and Inuit Arctic specialist Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk.
The planetarium's Origins exhibit is an interstellar selection of large-format photographs by Olivier Grunewald.
The planetarium is also offering the aurōrae screening, dissecting the aurora borealis from outer space to the Earth's core.
The new dome theatres are also showing a wide variety of films this summer.
At the biodome, the exhibition La preuve par l'image shows a series of photographs that illustrate scientific research of flora and fauna, taken by researchers — some from the insectarium in Montreal.
Every month, the biodome showcases one specific species or environment to discover in its ecosystems — this month, jellyfish are on display.
In July, the biodome will showcase the foreshore, which is the area between the low and high tide, and in August, it'll showcase flatfish.
The It's Time to Act exhibition at the exit of the biodome's ecosystems highlights concrete things that ordinary people, groups, businesses and governments across the world are doing to fight climate change and help the environment.