Have you heard of MosaiCanada? If not, it is an absolute must visit for those living in or visiting Gatineau or Ottawa this summer. It is one of the many events celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. It’s a breathtaking horticultural event like no other and perfect for adults and kids alike.
We took the kids last weekend and had such a magical time. We spent about an hour going through the exhibition and were blown away by the beauty and magnitude of the horticultural creations.
When you first enter the Jacques Cartier park you see a beautiful steam train. Our son was in awe and thought that it was real. Can’t blame him though. Check out the picture below. Isn’t it stunning?
Continuing along we saw a fisherman, horses, and a giant bear. The horses were incredible. It looked like they were literally running up and out of the ground.
Each piece was carefully crafted and made of the most beautiful flowers with vibrant colours. I can only imagine how much time it took to not only plan but assemble these structures. Other favourites were the gold miner and dragons.
Half-way through the event, we came across a cute spot for lunch. Turns out that it was the oldest house in Gatineau and they set it up as a restaurant for park visitors. They didn’t offer extraordinary food but our meal was satisfying. We had their pre-made sandwiches and ate them on their balcony out back over-looking the river and the Parliament buildings.
After a few runs up and down the hill, behind our son, we continued on throughout the last part of the park. The last two structures left our kids in awe. The second last structure looked just like the girl from Moana. The kids loved this one and insisted on taking pictures with her. It was so hard to keep our son from running past the fence and right up to the structure. As you can see in the picture below, she was surrounded by beautiful deer and had a waterfall pouring out and over her palm. Words cannot express how breathtaking it was. The last structure was the end and side of the train we first saw when we entered the park.
Overall, we loved this event. It was a fun outing for the family and didn’t take much time. We were able to go through it after morning naps and make it back home on time for afternoon naps. Like they say, this was a parent win ;). Lastly, the event was free and who doesn’t like a freebie.
For those of you who haven’t been, I highly recommend that you do before it is too late and for those who have been, I would love to know which structure(s) were your favourite.