Sherbrooke Maison de l’Eau gets makeover
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.