I travelled to Mosaic Park a few years ago and I still remember it vividly to this day. Probably because I visited again just recently. 😛 Living in Ottawa, Canada is great! I love how I’m in the capital of a great country, yet so close to big destinations like Montreal and Toronto! But sometimes, a wonderful place in Canada gets overlooked quite often. That place is Gatineau, Quebec! For those of you who don’t live in Canada, no need to fret! I added a map below of the exact location of this beautiful place! It’s absolutely gorgeous and you must visit if you ever get the chance!
A mosaic park consists of beautiful sculptures made out of the best of what nature has to offer. It’s essentially a horticulture exhibit! The artists spend day in and day out working on their masterpieces that are then open to the public for viewing when the showcase is opened. This particular showcase of talent and Canadian culture is hosted in Gatineau by a company known as Mosaiculture. Public viewing opens at the end of June and ends in the middle of October as the weather starts to become colder.
The MOANA Fever
The first time I went to this exhibit was in 2017 when Canada was celebrating its 150th birthday! The celebrations were huge here and I had to wait in line for hours to do anything, but that’s a story for another time. 🙂 Because everyone was so hyped for Canada 150, this exhibit was created so that everyone could enjoy for FREE. Yep, that’s right. Gorgeous and amazing work that you could view for free. No dollars required. Just a nice camera to take those good pictures and yourself. So, obviously because I’m a student that does not want to pay extra money for anything (lol) I decided to go check this exhibit out.
It was a really good idea! Now, just a recap of 2017:
- Moana was BIG.
That sounds about it. Now, this fact is important because there was a really cool sculpture inspired by the goddess in Moana- Te Fiti! This beautiful attraction caused even more people to show up to the exhibit to see it. So now, every single year this horticulture viewing occurs, they have the Moana sculpture there. It’s just that popular!
For those of you who haven’t gone here yet, the photo above is the iconic sculpture of Te Fiti. Basically, the sculpture is a representation of Mother Earth. Taking this solo picture was difficult! There’s just so many people who want to take a photo with this work of art.
Okay, now let’s get into the logistics. When I originally went here, it was FREE. There was no entrance cost. You could just walk in and walk right out as many times as you pleased during the viewing season. However, that was only a perk in 2017 because of Canada 150 (maybe we’ll be lucky for Canada 175? Canada 200?). In 2018, there was a small admission fee that was associated, but honestly, it’s all good! It’s really worth seeing. The fees now are between $15 – $20, which is not that much for the work of art that you are going to be able to see.
I recommend visiting if you have the spare cash and want to have a good time as there are also delicious food trucks available such as Beavertails! If you haven’t had one yet, you are really missing out on a Canadian staple. And even if I still haven’t convinced you to visit and you really don’t want to spend the money- but you would still like to see some of the sculptures from far away- you can! Because the exhibit is in an open park, you will still be able to see the sculptures from far away… although that does mean seeing it through the barriers that they have set up.
Parking Challenges + Tips!
Aside from the money, I would say that parking is a challenge for all who would like to visit this place. There are parking spots available that will cost you around $10, but the challenge is actually finding one that is open during this busy season. Have no fear, you can always go out there and park on the streets if there’s no one there. But I do recommend bussing. Although I am not a huge fan of any bussing system, the parking signs are often confusing and even if you are 100% sure that there’s going to be no fine if you park in your particular spot… there’s often another sign a few metres away that may prove you wrong. Parking is hard! By bussing to Gatineau from a hotel, or going to a Park & Ride and then taking a shuttle, you can easily reach the destination and ensure that you are not going to be charged unexpectedly for any misunderstanding. Plus, it’s much cheaper than the $10 parking fee; a single bus fare is less than $4!
Go check it out! Once you go in, they won’t ask you to leave until closing time so you can truly spend a good couple of hours there if you want to take some of those nice snaps. Plan your trip and bring some money for some food and take the time to enjoy the artists’ work. If you have visited or plan to visit soon let me know in the comments below! If you have any other attraction that I could visit in Gatineau or any where else send me an email! I’d love to hear from you.