You Can Hang Out With Sheep At Montreal's Parc Maisonneuve This Weekend
Sheep and chickens and bees, oh my!
If you’re unsure of how to spend your upcoming weekend, the first point on any Saturday to-do list should be, ‘Hang out with some sheep.’
Now there is a place in Montreal to do just that. All you have to do is head over to Parc Maisonneuve, where Le Repaire de Biquettte is officially opening their eco-friendly summer initiative.
There is a flock of 8 sheep, a henhouse with 4 hens, bee hives (for the brave), and gardening spaces.
This is the fourth year Le Repaire has returned to Montreal, and we couldn’t be more thankful. The goal of the project is based around eco-grazing, mowing and lawn care with the help of our woolly friends, and to bring back that bond of Montrealers with nature.
Joëlle Boily, one of the two designers of the project, explained to La Presse, "Just letting sheep and goats graze freely in the park increases microbial activity in the soil and improves the biodiversity of the site."
Watch the MTLBlog video below to see the sheep in action!
With Le Repaire, there are no chemical fertilizers used, no annoying hum of a lawnmower drowning out your picnic, and the sheep do less damage to the surrounding soil.
So let’s get to the important part: hanging out with the sheep. Just to be clear, this is not an urban zoo. The animals roam free but aren’t left unattended by their shepherd, Anne Cloutier. You can approach the animals, but like with any animals that aren’t yours, it’s best to ask permission before touching. It’s just the polite thing to do.
If you can’t make it to Parc Maisonneuve, there is a second flock of sheep grazing at the Botanical Gardens.
La Repaire runs workshops every Saturday ranging from 11 am on everything from urban agriculture, sheep shearing, and even holds free yoga classes.
Biquette officially launches this Saturday, July 6 and runs through to September.
If you'd rather spend time indoors, then check out their Instagram page which is chock full of the cutest sheep that ever grazed.
To find out more about the opening day, head to the Facebook event page here.
To read the full French article from La Press, click here.
*All translations are my own.