While we were in Gatineau, we visited the MOSAÏCANADA 150/Gatineau 2017 exhibit in Jacques-Cartier park. It was absolutely beautiful!
There are 40 different arrangements and they are all pretty amazing! One of the first that we saw was this Anne of Green Gables one- perfect after a trip to Prince Edward Island! :)
The exhibit is open until October 15th this year, rain or shine (as you can see from the photo above, we had a little more rain than shine during our visit). The next photo is of one of the larger sculptures and it was my husband's favourite.
You can have a guided tour if you'd like, for $10 per person, or just walk around on your own like we did. There is free parking close by (we found a spot on the street not far from the main entrance on the corner of Laurier and Saint-Étienne.
Cirque du Soleil VOLTA
That evening, we went to a performance of Cirque du Soleil VOLTA in Gatineau. The show has now moved to Toronto (it started yesterday and shows will continue until late November).
The performance is done in a big-top tent and it was amazing. VOLTA's story is about being true to yourself, fulfilling your potential and the influence and power of the group to make that possible.
There were incredible feats of acrobatics and athletics and I was impressed with the fact that everyone and everything had a purpose on stage and all the movements, choreography, and even set designs were always interesting. The story incorporated a lot of technology, and even used video (both live and pre-recorded) which I thought was great. The props, lighting, music, and incredible costumes were all so amazing, it’s no wonder that Cirque du Soleil is so well known.
We loved the show and were so impressed by the talent and skill that goes into such a production!
I took some video, to give you a small glimpse of what's included in the show. My little video shows you some awesome rope skipping, acrobatics, bike stunts, acrobatic ladders, hair suspension, unicycling and more! There are quite a few acts that I didn't catch on video, including a pretty impressive BMX finale of acrobatics on wheels!
This a great show for families, with moments of comic relief coming from the emcee of the show. There was, however, one moment involving the emcee lifting up a small skirt to reveal his thong that might be a bit risqué for young kids! Our kids got over it pretty quickly but there was that awkward moment where parents give each other the look and wonder what's going through their kids' heads.
All in all, we were really impressed and amazed by the whole show. I have already recommended VOLTA to friends and family who live close to Toronto- there's still a good month and a half left, so you certainly haven't missed your chance to see it!
We completed our trip to the Ottawa/Gatineau area on our last morning by getting Beaver Tails (you can't go to Ottawa without getting these, if you ask me!) and then we were on the road again, heading home!
We only did a couple of things in the Ottawa/Gatineau area during this trip, but we made a trip to this area once before, so if you'd like to know more about what there is to do with young kids in the area, you can check out my previous posts:
Canadian Museum of Nature (Ottawa)
Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau)
Brookstreet Hotel (Ottawa)
Wow,what an interesting post,i would love to visit that area sometime !ReplyDelete
It was so beautiful! There always seems to be something cool going on in Gatineau and it's so close to Ottawa, so between the two, there are a lot of cool things to see!Delete
Wow! Those flower displays are amazing! My son would love the train. I bet Cirque du Soleil was fabulous too! We always love Cirque shows.ReplyDelete
Yes, the train was so cool! I would love to see another Cirque show someday!Delete
What wonderful sculptures. Would love to visit!ReplyDelete
If you get the chance, go for it! :)Delete
The work put into those displays is incredible! Wow, I'm impressed. What a neat place!ReplyDelete
I agree! It would've been very interesting to watch them being created!Delete
Even though I am a 66 year old Canadian of french extraction...I have never been there. this is a great incentive to add it to my bucket listReplyDelete
Definitely- I think you would love it!Delete
The cirque oh myReplyDelete
I am in love with these gardens and would love to see cirque du soleil too!ReplyDelete
That looks amazing, so creative. I love circle du soleil!ReplyDelete
Great pictures, . I love circle du soleiReplyDelete
MOSAÏCANADA 150 fascinates me. Marvellous how they make those, I'd love to watch them being made. :-)ReplyDelete
Me too! That would be really interesting to see!Delete
The MOSAÏCANADA 150 exhibit is so neat! I particularly love the Anne of Green Gables ararngement!ReplyDelete
I can't believe how beautiful all of the exhibits are and they're so creative and I have no idea how they do it. I love Cirque de Soleil it's always an amazing show.ReplyDelete
That looks really cool!ReplyDelete
I could wander around MOSAÏCANADA 150 all day long and not get bored. :-)ReplyDelete
Cool sculptures and need to make it to a Cirque du Soleil show one day.ReplyDelete
I would love to see the MOSAÏCANADA 150 so many amazing sculptures, love them!!ReplyDelete
Anne of Green Gables is so cool. It must have been a lot of work to make her.ReplyDelete
That looks like a very memorable time! I haven't had a beaver tail in ages!!!!ReplyDelete
I would love to see cirque du soleil too, so much talentReplyDelete
Awesome pics! Oh I miss Beaver Tails - They are so sooo yummy!ReplyDelete
What an amazing trip!! I would love to see all of it!ReplyDelete