The Butterflies Are Free!

Saturday October 1, 2016 to Sunday October 9, 2016

Opening hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.** (On the weekend, lines close at 3p.m. due to volume)  in the Nesbitt Biology Building. Admission is free, donations are welcome. Parking is available for visitors. Please see the parking map and refer to the rates.

For directions to the Nesbitt Building greenhouses please see the campus map.

Don’t you love free activities for your family? The Ottawa Butterfly Show is an annual event that runs daily from Saturday,October 1, 2016, to Sunday, October 9, 2016, in the greenhouses of Carleton University’s biology department.

Some butterflies love to land on colourful clothing or you could just put your hand underneath and they would climb on. So bring your kids or your camera or both and enjoy this exhibit! But hurry, it’s only on as long as the butterflies’ lifespan!

The 10-day show features 1,300 butterflies that arrive in five separate shipments, representing 41 different species worldwide.

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.

Contributors to the Annual Butterfly Show are:

Jim Des Rivieres
Rick Cavasin