The butterflies are free!

Don’t you love free activities for your family? The Ottawa Butterfly Show is a free, open to the public annual event that runs daily for ten days in October. The show features 1,300 butterflies that arrive in five separate shipments, representing 41 different species worldwide. Butterflies love to land on colourful clothing and will climb on to an open hand. The event is appropriate for people of all ages.

More than 1,000 area students and 10,000 visitors total came into the steamy greenhouse doors at the west side of Carleton’s’ campus for last years Butterfly show.

Donations are greatly appreciated and necessary to keep the tradition going. You can donate at the event or online.

The 2018 Butterfly Show began on Saturday, Sept. 29 and closed on Sunday, Oct. 7.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s show; to those who took time from their schedules to visit our campus and experience the magic of the butterflies in person; and to all who generously donated to this event. Special thanks also to Greenhouse Manager Ed Bruggink, who has played a key role in making this event a success for the last 18 years.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

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Butterfly Show Engages Community

Carleton’s biology department has been successfully hosting its Butterfly Show for nearly two decades. An annual community event held in Carleton’s greenhouse, the Butterfly Show features exotic butterflies from 41 species worldwide. While the show is undeniably enchanting, the real beauty lies in the ways in which the show brings together community, enables family bonding and allows for a fun learning experience for children, students and adults alike.

Read the full story here.

Watch ‘Papa Papillon,’ a documentary by Fangliang Xu, here.