Sher­brooke Mai­son de l’Eau gets makeover

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Sher­brooke

LastFri­day, the mayor of Sher­brooke, Bernard Sévi­gny, along with Rémi De­mers, Pres­i­dent of the Board of Di­rec­tors with Des­ti­na­tion Sher­brooke, and Réal Col­lard, Pres­i­dent of the Board of Di­rec­tors with the Sher­brooke Mu­seum of Na­ture and Science, in­au­gu­rated the new Mai­son de l’Eau, lo­cated in the Lu­cien-Blan­chard Park. With a re­vamped ex­hibit and newly ren­o­vated in­stal­la­tions, the Mai­son de l’Eau is now ready to wel­come thou­sands of vis­i­tors.

The new ex­hibit, Live Crit­ters! presents roughly forty live frogs, tur­tles, gar­den snakes and fishes in a new aquatic set­ting. It is the ideal lo­ca­tion to ex­am­ine species that we can find in our re­gion, and to learn where and when we can spot them in na­ture. Like all

ex­hibits pro­duced by the Mu­seum, Live Crit­ters! also of­fers in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed for fam­i­lies and pro­grams for dif­fer­ent age groups. Ad­mis­sion to the ex­hibit is free.

In or­der to im­prove on client ex­pe­ri­ence, the Mai­son de l’Eau and the Club Nau­tique de Sher­brooke de­cided to work to­gether to cre­ate a cen­tralised spot for nau­ti­cal equip­ment rentals. The rental cen­tre, which will open June 6th, will rent out sev­eral types of wa­ter­craft, in­clud­ing pedal boats, ca­noes, kayaks, elec­tric boats and even launches for fish­ing. New this year, a rental kiosk will be in­stalled at the Sher­brooke Marché de la Gare. Start­ing June 27th un­til mid-Au­gust, you can rent wa­ter­craft there ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day. You can even try the new­est ac­tiv­ity where you can walk on the Lac-des-Na­tions in­side gi­ant plas­tic balls!

The mayor of Sher­brooke, Mr. Bernard Se­vi­gny, who was present for the event, high­lighted the great as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween the Sher­brooke Mu­seum of Na­ture and Science and Des­ti­na­tion Sher­brooke. “Thanks to this part­ner­ship, the Mai­son de l’Eau will have a great fu­ture! This is an­other great devel­op­ment this year for Sher­brooke’s pop­u­la­tion.”

In ad­di­tion to th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties, the Mai­son de l’Eau of­fers a fish­ing/na­ture sum­mer camp for 9-14 year olds, where par­tic­i­pants will learn to fish like a pro while dis­cov­er­ing the Ma­gog River. The camp in­cludes four days at the Mai­son de l’Eau and one day at the Mu­seum. There are four weeks of­fered in July and Au­gust.

The Mai­son de l’Eau will re­open its doors to the public Satur­day, May 16th for the “Fête des bibittes”! Fam­i­lies are in­vited to this day of free ac­tiv­i­ties at Lu­cien-Bouchard Park. There will be in­flat­able games, an­i­ma­tion, a make-up artist, a BBQ, and sev­eral draws will take place over the course of the day. The party will take place from 10am to 4pm.

Be­sides its ex­hibit of nat­u­ral spec­i­mens, the Mai­son de l’Eau also in­cludes a snack bar and a sou­venir shop. To learn more about sched­ules and ac­tiv­i­ties, please visit www.maison­de­leau. biz. The Mai­son de l’Eau is ac­ces­si­ble via Ca­bana street or the bike path.

Some chil­dren hav­ing fun at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Sher­brooke’s new Mai­son de l’Eau, lo­cated at the Lu­cien Blan­chard park, last Fri­day.

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