Butterflies Go Free 2017

  • 01 of 07

    The Montreal Botanical Garden Presents Butterflies Go Free

    Every winter and spring, the Montreal Botanical Garden presents Butterflies Go Free.
    ••• Every winter and spring, the Montreal Botanical Garden sets free up to 20,000 butterflies and moths in the confines of its greenhouses. Photo by Flickr user Rosana Prada

    Butterflies Go Free 2017: Escape Winter for An Hour Or Two 

    Every year, the Montreal Botanical Garden and the Montreal Insectarium join forces in the dead of winter to produce a popular Montreal attraction: Butterflies Go Free. The latter offers its insect expertise and the former, its facilities, making way for the release of up to 20,000 butterflies and moths in the confines of the Botanical Garden's climate-controlled greenhouses February through April, in many ways a symbolic herald of the city's eventual shift into spring. In 2017, Butterflies Go Free runs February 23 to April 30, 2017

    See: Photos of Butterflies Go Free
    Read Also: Montreal's Best Winter Events


    Butterflies Go Free 2017: How It Works and What to Wear

    Attendees can expect to observe at least 50 of the 75 different species flying free at any given moment in the greenhouses. Up to 2,000 butterflies and moths are fluttering about every day.

    Most species on live display originate from the United States, Costa...MORE Rica, El Salvador, the Philippines, Malaysia and Tanzania and require a balmy, humid temperature ranging from 24ºC to 29ºC (75ºF to 84ºF) to stay alive.

    Factor in the humidex and you can expect Botanical Garden greenhouses to feel more like 25ºC to 36ºC (77ºF to 97ºF) so if you're intent on feeling comfortable during your visit, you might want to dress the part. Layer that seasonally appropriate wool sweater with a summery t-shirt or tank underneath.

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    Is There a Best Time to Visit?

    Yes. Butterflies are most active in the morning, when it's sunny outside and when air pressure shifts. So if the weather forecast mentions an incoming high pressure system in the morning complemented by a sunny, off-the-charts UV index, well, that's your cue.



    February 23 to April 30, 2017 (see opening hours)



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    Getting There

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    Regular Montreal Botanical Garden admission fees grant access to Butterflies Go Free.


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  • 02 of 07

    Photos of Butterflies Go Free

    Photos of Butterflies Go Free, a Montreal Botanical Garden exhibit held every February through April.
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  • 03 of 07

    Photos of Butterflies Go Free

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  • 04 of 07

    Photos of Butterflies Go Free

    ••• Photo by Flickr user Yves Ouellette
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    Photos of Butterflies Go Free

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    Photos of Butterflies Go Free

    ••• Photo by Flickr user Yves Ouellette
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    Photos of Butterflies Go Free

    ••• Photo by Flickr user Michel Filion