Discover the Magnificent Garden Sculptures of MosaiCanada
If you’re looking for something fun and free to do in the sun this summer in Ottawa then look no further than MosaiCanada, Canada’s largest (and most awesome) horticultural event.
This summer whilst based in Ottawa I’ve been on a mission to experience as many of the Canada 150 events as possible. Ottawa has definitely been going all out for the celebrations so it would be such a waste not to and well, Canada is only going to turn 150 once, isn’t it?
So I started some research to keep my summer exciting and stumbled across MosaiCanada which immediately intrigued me. Canada’s history represented via giant flower, shrub and tree sculptures? Tell me more!
Fun fact: The planning for the Canada 150 Celebrations started back in 2010. I know, right?
What is MosaiCanada?
MosaiCanada is a horticultural and gardening masterpiece. No, really.
The event itself is made up of 33 different exhibits or sculptures along a 1km route around the Jaques-Cartier Park in Gatineau. These garden sculptures are not just any old garden sculptures though. They’ve been specifically handcrafted with passion and enthusiasm by dedicated artists and volunteers to help Ottawa celebrate Canada 150 in style.
And I thought it was brilliant.
The exhibits tell the story of Canada’s history and take you on a visual journey through all of the Canadian provinces, each of which are represented by a different scene that they’ve chosen to represent themselves. From the Canadian Mounties to polar bears to the official Canada 150 logo, you’ll soon be reminded why Canada is so awesome.
Moving on, there is a second section to celebrate the friendship between Canada and Shanghai and Beijing in China, two cities that are world-renowned for their Mosaiculture expertise. And then a third section that celebrates moments in Canadian history before a fourth section celebrates the First Nations in Canada. And to end it all? Well, let’s see if you can guess who the star of the show might be from some of the photos below…
MosaiCulture is the process of creating designs out of flowerbeds.
MosaiCanada is also the perfect place to take some pretty cool shots for instagram… just sayin’.
A Preview of MosaiCanada
MosaiCanada is definitely one of those places that you have to visit in person to understand how awesome it is as words and photos cannot really describe the hard work and immense detail that has gone into creating these sculptures. Some of them really are incredible and everyone has their favourite.
My particularly liked the giant piano that was playing music throughout the day. Because who doesn’t love a bit of classic piano?
I don’t want to give too much of the magic away so here are a few of my favourite photos from the event to inspire you to check out the wonders of mosaiculture too. Because there’s WAY more to see than just my favourites!
Planning a visit?
Location: Jacques-Cartier Park, Laurier Street in Gatineau
Opening hours: 10am – 7pm daily
Running: Until 15 October 2017
Duration: You’ll need at least 1.5 hours to fully appreciate everything
Things to note: There’s not a lot of shade available for sunny days. There’s roughly 1km of walking. It is fully accessible for wheelchairs and prams. There are 33 exhibits in total. There may be a queue to get in (especially on weekends) but it goes quick and doesn’t feel too crowded inside, promise! It’s a beautiful event – you should definitely go.
Overall I thought that the MosaiCanada event was pretty great (even on the hottest, sweatiest, most humid day possible). So if you are in Ottawa this summer then this should definitely be on your to-do list. Because it’s free and it’s pretty and it’s a great way to enjoy the sunshine :)
Let me know what your favourite sculpture was below…
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