Eastern Ontario Staycation Guide: Exciting discoveries await at the Canadian Museum of Nature

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Editor's Note

This article originally appeared in the spring edition of EOBJ. Read the full staycation guide here

This interactive museum is the National Capital Region’s go-to destination for inspiring experiences and memorable engagement with nature’s past, present and future. First-time and frequent visitors alike will relish all the brand new elements and experiences now available. Below are just a few of the enticing current offerings that will delight and amaze you on your next visit.

Plant Ice display

Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages

Explore the power of ice and cold in shaping the world in which we live. Produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature, Planet Ice is a spectacular exhibition that features more than 120 real specimens, models and artifacts. Meet animals adapted for cold; some long extinct – such as the iconic Woolly Mammoth or sabre-toothed Smilodon – others still alive today. Discover lost lands under the world’s oceans and contemplate our relationship to our planet, past, present and future. This remarkable journey takes you through more than 80,000 years of Earth’s history. Opening May 20, 2022, the exhibition runs through to Labour Day.

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New at the Museum: Owls, sea creatures, bugs and more!

Owls Rendezvous is a live owl exhibition featuring five owls and a bald eagle. Come face to face with these majestic and mysterious birds of prey in this outdoor mini-exhibition (included with admission). Dive into an exploration of tide-pool life with the new Pacific Discovery Tank, filled with live creatures, including anemones, sea urchins and sea cucumbers. Visitors are invited to touch the animals when staff are present. Enjoy Shadowland - 15 unique works that reveal the shadows cast by the preserved remains of animals, including polar bears, narwhals and bison, by Montreal artist, Lorraine Simms. And no visit is complete with a stop at Bugs Alive! Newly renovated, the space features an exciting array of creepy critters, including leaf cutter ants.

Of course, favourite spaces including the Mammal, Earth, Fossil and Arctic galleries are available as well. You’ll find hours of enjoyment here.

More discoveries await you!

After your visit to the Canadian Museum of Nature, explore the many engaging activities to be enjoyed at home, available at https://nature.ca/en/explore-nature/blogs-videos-more