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Giant beetle in ice spotted at Confederation Park

Museum of Nature’s Winterlude activities feature ice sculpture

Laurence de Montigny St-Onge © Canadian Museum of Nature


Beetle ice sculpture in progress. 

OTTAWA, January 27, 2016 – Beetles in ice, beetles behind glass, beetles larger than life… the Canadian Museum of Nature is offering the public a host of ways to appreciate some of nature’s impressive creatures during this Winterlude festival.

At the Crystal Garden in Confederation Park this year, visitors will come face to face with a giant stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) carved in ice. The 3.75m x 4m ice beetle—carved by local artist Jeremy Kuzub—is an ambassador for the Bugs: Outside the Box special exhibition currently on view at the Museum.

On February 6 and 13, Museum staff will lead some fun activities in Confederation Park from 10 am to 4 pm. Winterlude-goers will be invited to chip blocks of ice (no chainsaws, but there are special tools provided) where the goal is to extract plastic bugs. And little dinosaur enthusiasts can dig for dinos in the snow.

Back at the Museum, visitors can warm up in the Theatre and enjoy the special 3D movie, Amazing Mighty Micro Monsters, where the hidden world of super-powered bugs is revealed.

© National Capital Commission


Other special events at the Museum during Winterlude weekends include:

  • Nature Nocturne (Lunar New Year theme) party on Friday, January 29, 8 pm to midnight. $25 (must be 19 years of age or older). Tickets are available online.
  • Valentine’s Brunch on Sunday, February 14; two seatings: 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. $39.99 for an adult (includes Museum general admission). Reservations: 613.232.6976.

The Winterlude festival runs from January 29 to February 15.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is at 240 McLeod St, Ottawa. Follow the museum on Twitter, on Instagram (museumofnature), and like the museum on Facebook

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