Canada's most ambitious landscape art project takes several heartwarming turns in Gatineau.
Anywhere else, this would be a most curious trio but in downtown Gatineau, Quebec, they couldn't be more at home, for the buffalo, the polar bear, and the inuksuk are made entirely of plants, the latest spectacle from Montreal's innovative landscape art company, Mosaicultures. And in their most ambitious project yet, "MosaiCanada", Gatineau's waterfront Jacques Cartier Park is transformed into "a beautiful historical bouquet" for Canada's 150th anniversary.
The railroad has long been a poignant Canadian symbol and there are so many great stories that begin with a train ride. I couldn't have been more thrilled that the story they chose to immortalize was Anne of Green Gables, waiting outside the train station for Mr Matthew Cuthbert to transport her to Green Gables in a horse and buggy. From her long red braid to the shabby old carpet bag that she had to hold 'just so' in order to protect her meager worldly possessions, this is an Anne that every Canadian will recognize.
Over 25 horticultural workers came from China to work on the remarkable creations. When the exhibit ends on October 15th, the annuals will be composted and the frames will return to China for future projects, while the components of the remaining works of art will return back to Montreal.
- The Canadian Museum of History, one of the finest such institutions in the world, is just around the corner from MosaiCanada's grounds and has exhibitions and artifacts from every region of Canada.
- Gatineau's 3km Culture Trail offers a self guided walk through some of the oldest sections of the city, including art galleries and restaurants, and it helpfully goes right past the Museum.
- And for those craving a bit of light adventure and the chance to experience some classic Canadiana you can try your hand at long boat canoeing, just as the early European settlers did. Paddling precious supplies from Montreal to Ottawa-Gatineau, the fastest boat teams averaged one stroke per second on the grueling 5 day journey. Happily your excursion with Gatineau En Plein Air will be much more gentle. Starting at Les Brasseurs du Temps microbrewery, you'll have the chance to explore the once neglected but now revitalized Brewery Creek.
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