Environment Canada

Environment Canada

June 17, 2008 12:45 ET

Solar House, Green Transport and Outdoor Activities: It's All Happening at the Biosphere This Summer!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - This summer, Environment Canada's Biosphere is pleased to present a very special programming that allows members of the general public to have unique experiences and discover how to reduce their environmental footprint. For the first time, visitors can tour the Ecoological House, a solar house, play the giant Get in Green Gear game on sustainable transport and take the GeoTour 67 interactive walking tour using GPS.

The Ecoological House

For the first time in Montreal, starting on June 23, the general public will have year-round access to a real solar and ecological house next to the museum! As attractive on an architectural level as it is efficient from an energy perspective, the Ecoological House presents dozens of green solutions that are accessible and applicable to all types of housing. Apart from its modern construction, visitors on the guided tour will discover its many technological innovations that make it a healthy living environment as well as simple, economical ways to make a home more ecological and improve the quality of our environment. In addition, the landscaping will include a gourmet garden, alternative grassed areas and several other ecological plants to be enjoyed over the years to come. Developed as part of the 2007 Solar Decathlon in Washington, DC, under the direction of the Ecole de technologie superieure, the solar house will be resident at the Biosphere until 2013 for educational purposes.

Get in Green Gear!

Presented on the lookout until October 31, this large 3D game on green transport allows players to use their knowledge, imagination and skills. Totalling nearly 200 square metres, the itinerary includes some 50 stations where participants can have fun discovering the current status of personal transport, available alternatives and solutions to make their travel more environmentally friendly, thereby reducing their environmental footprint. A few environment-friendly vehicles are also exhibited.

GeoTour 67

This summer, and throughout the year, nature lovers are invited to experience the all new GeoTour 67. Using a GPS navigational device, they can discover 25 points of interest pertaining to Expo 67 with an environmental perspective. The pre-programmed GPS includes information, audio capsules and anecdotes that highlight the two 4-km tours on the Sainte-Helene and Notre-Dame islands.

Outdoor enthusiasts can also use an interpretive trail, Trilogy: The Surprising Nature of Water, without a GPS. The trail leads to three wetlands in Parc Jean-Drapeau: the Biosphere's environmentally friendly wastewater treatment plant, the Floralies Gardens marsh and the filtering ponds at the beach.

Giant Photos of the Arctic and the Boreal Forest

As part of International Polar Year, the Biosphere is pleased to present the Arctic: Walking on Thin Ice exhibit. This outdoor exhibit comprises 40 giant photographs that give a unique perspective of the Canadian Arctic, its power and its fragility, and helps us discover this vast land of contrasts, captivating landscapes, its inhabitants and its biodiversity. The exhibit stretches from the Jean-Drapeau metro station to the Biosphere.

Aligned with the Respect exhibit that ended May 25, the Biosphere is presenting The Boreal Forest, a 2nd component of 13 exclusive large-format aerial photographs on this vast Canadian forest ecosystem. In addition, an exhibit on blue-green algae provides a better understanding of this worrisome phenomenon, increasingly present in our waterways.

Several other family exhibits and activities are also being offered to improve understanding of the major environmental issues that our planet is facing and to learn more about what we can do to protect it. Experienced facilitators are on hand to provide information and concrete advice on how to protect the environment in our daily lives and how to be an eco-citizen.

Until October 31, the Biosphere is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Those aged 17 and under are always admitted free of charge (not applicable to groups of 10 or more). For more information on summer programming and all the regular activities, please visit www.biosphere.ec.gc.ca.

This summer, inside or outdoors, it's happening at the Biosphere!

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