Carleton University Butterfly Show

Every year the Carleton University Biology Department hosts its annual Butterfly Show.  During the 9 days leading into the Thanksgiving weekend, over 1300 live exotic butterflies are released into the Nesbitt Biology building greenhouses.  The public is invited to come visit these beautiful creatures and learn more about them. #CarletonButterfly2019

The tours may be booked up… but please feel free to visit and walk around yourself or with a group of friends…

Show Dates and Times

Saturday, October 5th, 2019, through Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Daily hours are 9:00  a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Show Location

The show takes place in the Nesbitt Biology building, located in the south-east corner of Carleton University Campus. Carleton University is located between Colonel By Dr. and Bronson Ave. along the Rideau canal.



Public Transit

Carleton is accessible through public transit via OC Transpo routes 7, 10, 104, and 111, as well as the O-Train.  The O-Train provides service to Carleton University from the transit stations at Bayview (Lebreton Flats) and Greenboro (South Keys) with stops at Carling and Confederation Heights.


Parking is available for visitors. Please see the parking map and refer to the rates.

The Butterflies are Free

The butterfly show is free.  We believe that it is more important that you can come and enjoy the show.


Donations Welcome

We receive a large portion of funding from public donations at the door.  Every bit helps, and we appreciate every donation greatly.

Or you can make a gift online.

Hub For Good

While the Butterfly 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. Please visit and engage in our new Carleton community hub:

Butterfly Show Hub For Good

What to Expect

Tours FAQ

What should I bring?



More Information

General Information:

Please feel free to contact us during our business hours

(Monday to Friday 8:30-noon & 1:00-4:30):,


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