We were a little reluctant to head to the Ecomuseum Zoo last Thursday, as we had just been hit by a whole lot of snow. But really, we couldn’t have picked a more beautiful day.
Fresh white snow blanketed the gigantic outdoor park where the Ecomuseum is home to over 115 animal species from Québec. Babe was on the lookout for an elephant or giraffe. I was in awe of the wolf. Bug started shouting “Loup! Loup!” Or maybe it was “l’eau”! The Snowy Owl was right in front of us, but until we got super close we could see just his eyes. And the Arctic Fox remains my favourite.
We were lucky to have our own personal (accidental!) tour guide, Michelle. with us. I invited her and her boy Pip to meet us there because they live close by and it had been too long since I’d been graced with her presence! Michelle is an osteopath now and I’ve taken her Pilates classes, but I totally forgot she had studied zoology at McGill. She knows the Ecomuseum inside and out. Not only do she and Pip seem to live there these days, but she spent lots of time volunteering there while she was in university.
When I heard her casually speak about the animals with so much knowledge, I clued in. Our personal zookeeper walking around with us. And here I was, thinking the wolf was a coyote. I asked if she knew the wolf’s name so Bug could yell that instead of “Loup!” I still don’t know if she knows that particular wolf’s name, but I found her response amazing. She explained the animals aren’t pets. People need to know them as the animals they are. Wild animals, not stuffed animals. This made so much sense to me. But I think his name is probably Peter.
Babe was very happy to be out playing in the perfect snow and she and Papa made a snowman. Carrot nose and all. Bug was tired and gassy and more interested in the John Deere and nursing than the animals. We spent time marveling at the reindeer!
With cold toes, we headed in and said our goodbyes to Michelle and Pip and we ate our lunch in the museum’s big eating area. Then we headed downstairs to check out the flying squirrels, snakes, turtles and fish. Our toes were warm and the kids just loved peering into the tanks to see what they could find hiding inside. Bug and Babe each left with a stuffed reindeer. Babe named hers Lucie and we named Bug’s Sven. Obviously.
Babe and her snowman
Bug cuddling Sven
From December 20th to January 4th, at 1:30 p.m. an animal will receive a very special gift. I’m so sorry my family won’t be in town because it promises to be very special. From December 26th to January 4th, children are invited to follow Santa’s trail. Year after year when Santa stops by to get his Reindeer helpers, he inevitably drops a few of his things along the Ecomuseum Zoo trails! Lucky children who find these items have the chance to win a gift basket filled with surprises inspired by their favourite animals!
The zoo is giving one lucky family the chance to visit this holiday season. The prize includes a family pass (2 adults, 2 kids, a $50 value) as well as an adorable stuffed reindeer for each child. Enter the contest below for answering the question: “What does the fox say?”
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