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Monarch Garden Inauguration

Last July, the City invited residents to celebrate the inauguration of the monarch educational garden, at the intersection of Belmont and Saddlewood Avenues. Nearly 400 people participated in this event, which raised awareness about the issues affecting monarch butterflies, considered a species of special concern according to the Government of Canada.

The inauguration included many activities for the whole family, such as the spectacular release of 100 monarchs, face painting, an educational activity with caterpillars, butterfly-themed crafts, and a photo booth to create a lasting memory of the event. Bags of milkweed seeds were also distributed for free. Monarchs lay their eggs only on the milkweed plant, which is also a food source for caterpillars.

Experts from Nature Action Québec were also on hand to inform residents about the features of monarchs and caterpillars and offered guided tours of the garden.

We’d like to thank all of the residents who took part in the inauguration of the monarch educational garden, thereby helping to create a better environment for future generations. Everyone is invited to visit the educational garden, watch the monarchs, and read the interpretive panels to learn more about this insect.