The Mosaiculture Gatineau Garden Festival Will blow your mind
Gardens in the spring and summer are some of the most gorgeous places to visit. The flowers, the plants, the natural local wildlife and insects – they all bring such a beautiful aspect to the environment and to our well being as humans. Mosaiculture Gatineau is a beautiful example of this. Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau at the Ottawa Ontario border hosts one of the most gorgeous displays of horticulture ever created.
About Mosaiculture Gatineau Garden Exhibition
- Over 5 million plants are used to create the phenomenal garden sculptures within the exhibition.
- Over 200 species of plants were used to create the sculptures.
- All 10 provinces and 3 territories are represented at the exhibit.
- The Exhibit should take you an hour to get through.
- Walk over a Kilometer within lush gardens that flower throughout the festival months.
- The Mosaiculture Exhibition is into its 18th year. It started in year 2000 and has attracted millions of admirers since.
- There are 45 magnificent sculptures in the exhibit.
- The Exhibit runs until October and then will return in 2019 in Montreal.
- Admission tickets are $20 each and less for Seniors and children.
- Parking is an additional fee, and limited.
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The Mosaiculture Gatineau Exhibit Sculptures
The beautiful masterpieces of the exhibit represent the entire country of Canada and its many provincial cultures and traditions. It also brings the customs and symbols of the three Territories making up Canada’s North. On top of this nationwide beautiful representation, enjoy flowers, animals, and Chinese dragons within the exhibit.
The beautiful province of Alberta is known for the Rockies, Lake Louise, Banff, and the incredible ski resorts. Not to mention the largest shopping mall in North America. Here at Mosaiculture Gatineau, Alberta is represented with The Wild Rose.
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The Wild Rose is the official flower of Alberta and makes up part of their coat of arms. This beautiful bloom has been this important to the province since 1930 and follows Albertans around being upon their license plates.
The most Western province brings Canada the beautiful city of Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler mountain, and much more. I am sad to say that the last time I venture out west to explore was for Expo 86…yep I’m that old. Here at Mosaiculture Gatineau this province is represented with Bill Reid’s Killer Whale sculpture.
The Killer Whale sculpture is a replica of the one on display at the Vancouver Aquarium. As such, it is no wonder it was the beautiful representation for the British Columbia sculpture at the Mosaiculture Gatineau exhibit.
This beautiful province is known for its freezing city of Winnipeg (or as we affectionately call it “Winterpeg”) and of course the native beautiful polar bears of Churchill. So it should be no surprise that a polar bear sculpture was created to represent the province.
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This lovely island province in the Maritimes was represented here at Mosaiculture Gatineau with a Horse in the Field.
The province we affectionately call “The Rock” had a beautiful representation here at Mosaiculture Gatineau. Check out these awesome Puffins sculptures in the heart of the exhibit!
Up in the Northwest Territories, you will pass cars with polar bear shaped license plates, beautiful scenery, and immerse yourself in culture. Here in Jacques Cartier Park, this lovely territory is represented with sculptures of the muskoxen.
For the beautiful Scottish influenced province, the Mosaiculture honoured them with a sculpture of the Lobster Fisherman.
The youngest of all territories, Nunavut is represented here with a Drummer. Symbolic to the First Nations people living in the territory.
Oh Ontario, you wonderful home…you were represented here by the Niagara Falls fury. And this shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone since it is definitely a must-see, bucket list tick, iconic landmark that brings the province a huge chunk of its tourism. Personally, I wasn’t overly fussed on this sculpture compared to the others in the exhibit, but it still was impressive and beautiful to see.
Prince Edward Island
For the smallest of all the provinces, foxes were sculpted in the exhibit. A touching tribute to the island, the foxes truly are adorable and the artists did a great job with the details.
For the French capital of Canada and La Belle Province, three ships from France were sculpted for representation. This is one of the largest at the exhibition and most impressive. At least in my opinion anyway!
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police sculptor was created to honour those entering the force who have trained there for more than a century! Did you know the RCMP officers did their training there? Fun fact 🙂 The exhibit truly represented this Canadian ism well with a Mountie upon a horse.
to honour the beautiful territory of Yukon, Mosaiculture Gatineau’s sculpture is of a miner panning for Yukon Gold.
After enjoying the National representation of all 10 provinces and 3 territories, check out the incredible sculptures representing the incredible country of China! Dragons, florals, and fire all play a part in making these horticultural masterpieces some of the most incredible sites in the display you have ever seen.
The exhibit honours the veterans and those lost in war with a beautiful poppy all on its own. When you look at this sculpture, honour a moment of silence and think of the sacrifices made for the freedom and heritage we enjoy today.
The Bird Tree
One of the greatest highlights of the entire exhibit is the Bird Tree. Take a close look and see all the incredible detail within the sculpture. See carved parrots, puffins, cockatoos, and other birds. Around the trunk, marvel at the turtle, the raccoon, and other animals. There is even an alligator in the lagoon!
Other Incredible Sculptures at Mosaiculture Gatineau Jacques Cartier Park
Here a few more of the incredible highlights at the exhibit in Jacques Cartier Park.
The Finale – Mother Nature
When I first saw Mother Nature, I immediately thought of Tafiti in the Disney movie Moana. The beautiful greenery within the sculpture truly is a magical example of horticultural talent. Mother Nature is placed in the exhibit as the finale after enjoying the other 30+ sculptures. There is no question that this was the best spot for her as she truly is a sight and one of the most magnificent sculptures in the park, if not the world. You be the judge.
So there you have the picturesque reasons why you need head to Mosaiculture Gatineau at Jacques Cartier Park. It is only on for you to see for yourself until October 2018. It will be moving to Montreal in 2019 with rumours of a Toronto venue for 2020.
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