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The Curtain Rises at Dusk! Gardens of Light - September 5 to November 2

courtesy of Montreal Space for Life

Montréal, July 30, 2014 – Montréal Space for Life is presenting Gardens of Light, from September 5 to November 2, 2014, an invitation to slow down and admire nature in a very special light in the heart of two cultural gardens at the Montréal Botanical Garden. As the day draws to a close, the gardens will become softly illuminated as they slowly take on their autumn hues. Gardens of Light is a shimmering universe imagined by talented local artists, promising an entrancing, inspiring nighttime adventure. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 08:30

Possible re-opening of Angrignon Farm

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 John was interviewed by CBC Radio today about news that the City of Montreal plans to re-open Angrignon Farm in 2018 (see posted press release in French under "news"). The site `temporarily` closed in 2008, supposedly until 2010 when it was supposed to be renovated. But there was no re-opening in 2010 and today the weeds grow tall where happy children used to play.

The Farm, which featured goats, chickens, lamas, geese, etc, was a great place for young children to experience farm animals up close, often being able to touch and feed them. There was also animation and a terrific playground (sponsored by Saturn) at Angrignon Farm, so the kids could actually learn while having fun. All of this was offered for free right next to a metro station and with ample free parking on weekends.

Let's hope that this is more than just talk!

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:45

Réouverture de la Ferme Angrignon?

Source: Ville de Montréal

Malgré la relocalisation du CSAM, le maire a tenu à réaffirmer sa volonté de rouvrir la ferme Angrignon, dans le parc Angrignon. « La ferme rouvrira ses portes sous une forme renouvelée, avec une offre bonifiée intégrant les préoccupations des citoyens en matière d'agriculture urbaine. De nouvelles infrastructures seront aménagées afin de répondre aux normes actuelles et les familles auront le bonheur de retrouver cet endroit, qui permet un contact privilégié avec de petits animaux de ferme », a précisé M. Coderre.

« Ces investissements permettront non seulement de promouvoir la biodiversité et la préservation des milieux naturels, mais également de mettre en valeur davantage le parc Angrignon, l'un des six grands parcs de la métropole. On répond ainsi à une demande importante de la population du Sud-Ouest et de la collectivité montréalaise », a conclu Benoit Dorais, maire de l'arrondissement du Sud-Ouest.

Les médias peuvent consulter des photos d'archives de la ferme Angrignon et une vue aérienne de l'emplacement du CSAM en visitant le : http://montreal2.qc.ca/photosdepresse/csam.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:00

Old Port of Montréal Canada Day Activities 2014

On July 1, the Old Port of Montréal will vibrate from morning to night with the colours of Canada Day. There will be more than 50 activities on offer, most of them free, to delight lovers of arts and culture, science, sports and pure entertainment.

Spend the day at the Old Port of Montréal
With its 30 regular summer activities and its rich, daylong Canada Day programming, the Old Port is the place to be in Montréal on July 1. The enchanting 2.5 km site, bordered on one side by the St. Lawrence and on the other by an expansive grassy promenade, has everything you could want for a day of fun and relaxation. With activities, picnic area, beach, inflatable games, sports rentals, fast or fancy food, exhibitions, a big show and fireworks, the day is sure to be memorable for Montrealers and tourists alike.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 15:29

2014 Season for Montréal Ghosts: 15 years of thrills, 3 new characters, 1 special offer

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courtesy of Guidatour

MONTRÉAL, June 26, 2014Montreal Ghosts are celebrating their 15th anniversary this year and are planning another exciting season, from June 21th to November 1st at 8:30 p.m. It is now or never to try a Traditional Ghost Walk or Ghost Hunt for a unique chance to discover the spirits that haunt Old Montréal. Come hear sordid tales and gloomy details about the lives of witches, charlatans and old criminals hidden in the dark corners of the historic district.



Sugar shack at Cap St. Jacques;

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As the daytime temperatures warm up while nights still dip below freezing, maple sap starts to flow in the woods. This signals the start of another maple sugar season and many Quebecers enjoy getting out to a sugar shack (cabane à sucre). There are many sugar shacks around Montreal, including a cluster of them on Route 148 north of St. Eustache, but the closest one is probably at Cap St. Jacques Park.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 07:03

No break for those who love the outdoors and sports; Ideas for the 2014 Spring Break in Montreal…

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(English adaptation of a text that John wrote for Montreal pour enfants magazine)


Here are some ideas for interesting activities for active kids during the period from March 1--9
2014. We focus on activities located in the great metropolis of Montreal and where it is not necessary to reserve

Let’s start with Montreal’s beautiful Mont-Royal Park, which has much to offer for all ages. My kids love to enter the park from Peel Street, and then climbing the great staircaseup to the chalet, counting each of its 256 steps. Once at the top, you can admire the view from a lookout overlooking downtown, follow trails in the forest, watch wild birds and squirrels play, go sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or skating. Beaver Lake area has two rinks: one natural and the other refrigerated, both of which are beautifully lit at night. Equipment rentals (snowshoes, skates, skis, sledding tubes, protective helmets, sleds for babies) available on site ($), as well as skate sharpening services. You might want to bring a lock to keep your belongings safe in a locker. There's even a small museum (free) in the Smith House in the center of the park. Elsewhere around the city, many parks offer similar encounters with nature.


Montreal Bike Show Open Feb. 14--16

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February 14, 2014 (Montreal, QC) - The 12th annual Montreal Bike Show (MBS) opened its doors today. More than 250 exhibitors  and brands are present on the show floor at the downtown Place Bonaventure for the Feb. 14—16 consumer bike show. The French name for this event is the “Salon du Vélo de Montréal.” And to encourage children to ride bikes, some special entrance prices are offered for this show.


This Danish cargo bike can take 3 kids or 2 adults as passengers. See it at the Montreal Bike Show!


A listing of local sledding hills

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Sledding (tobogganing) is a great family outing, especially with younger children. It is healthy, affordable and generally found close by. A variety of fine sleds can be purchased at many Montreal-area stores, but you can also just use big cardboard boxes. To properly enjoy the activity, dress yourself and kids warmly under a windproof layer; the snow tends to infiltrate into the tiniest gaps under clothing. And while there are many sledding hills around Montreal, the ones below generally have a heated building, telephone, washrooms, and a snack bar nearby. Such amenities are often appreciated by families with young kids who need to regroup and warm-up after a few runs. Some of the sledding hills below also offer sled rentals:


Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 18:18

Fête des Neiges opens Saturday, Jan 18;

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Fête des Neiges opens Saturday, Jan 18;

4 weekends of winter fun through Feb 9…


Montreal’s Fête des Neiges winter carnival kicks off this Saturday, January 18 and continues over four weekends through Sunday, February 9. The event features some 25 outdoor and family activities at Parc Jean-Drapeau, including shows and outdoor sports. The event’s spokesperson this year is again Quebec actor Yan England who was nominated for an Oscar in 2013.

 “The Fête des Neiges has also become an integral part of Montréal’s winter season, offering the entire population a magical site to celebrate, in a setting that is easily accessible by subway and where everything has been well-planned to accommodate families. And along with this, admission to the site is free, as are many of the activities,” Parc Jean Drapeau CEO Daniel Blier said last year.


Grévin Wax Museum (Montreal)

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Above all else, the Grévin Wax Museum is probably the best location in town for a photo op, perhaps even a `selfie` posing with your favourite musician, athlete, politician, or actor. The 120 or so life-size characters include a very large Quebec and Canadian contingent, most of who are from the 1980s to present. Many of the mannequins are stunningly realistic and some museum visitors might not even realize that “the employee” standing in the Belmont Amusement Park is also part of the collection. While posing with the mannequins is encouraged, touching is not allowed.

All of Grévin`s characters are posing in a familiar context. Musician Elton john, for example, is playing the piano while hockey star Wayne Gretzky is on the ice and astronaut Julie Paquette is wearing a spacesuit. Singer Robert Charlebois unexpectedly is found on the hockey rink, but that was the real Charlebois` choice, revealing what a great fan hockey he is. The various characters are grouped together by theme in different rooms of the Grévin.


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    Citizens Being Asked to Help Save Monarch Butterflies in Canada

Montréal, June 8, 2016 – The Insectarium, a Montréal Space for Life institution, 
in co-operation with the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (IRBV), the 
Université du Québec à Rimouski, the University of Ottawa and the University of 
Calgary, is currently conducting a national scale study of monarch breeding 
habitats and asking citizens to get involved.