UPDATE: Due to weather conditions, Mosaïvernales is permanently closed as of February 20, 2018.
A new and magical winter experience awaits in Canada’s Capital Region this winter! From Jan. 26 – Mar. 4, 2018, Mosaïvernales – Gatineau 2018 invites you to stroll along a 1-kilometer path surrounded by approximately 25 gigantic snow and ice sculptures (weather dependent). Don’t miss this first ever winter event by Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal!
A mythological world of wonder
As you start your Mosaïvernales journey at the South end of Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Que., you’ll feel transported into a mythological landscape. The immense shapes lining the pathway represent gods, goddesses and fairies poised in nature to unite all of mankind. Visit before the sun goes down to see the sculptures twinkle in the sun, or in the evening when the masterpieces are illuminated by lights, lasers and even fire!
Wintry works of art
If you attended the 2017 blockbuster event MosaïCanada 150 held at the same location, you might recognize some of the impressive shapes. The horticulture frames that were covered in beautiful patterns of plants and flowers in the summer, including the iconic Mother Earth, have received a coating of snow and ice! Canadian sculptors and visiting master artists from Harbin, China – home of the world’s largest ice and snow sculpture festival – have been blending their techniques to create the unique works of art. During your visit, you just might catch them at work as they maintain the sculptures!
Location and access
Mosaïvernales is located at the South end of Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Que. The entrance is near the corner of Laurier and Saint-Étienne streets (near the Alexandra Bridge). The 1-kilometer loop brings you back to this location.
Paid parking is available at several lots around the park, including at 199 and 210-B Laurier Street, as well as at the Hull Marina.
Refreshments, including food and warm beverages are available on site. For a warm break, head into the dome structure where you’ll find programming and merchants. Washrooms are available at two locations along the exhibit.
The site is accessible for people with reduced mobility, however accessibility may be challenging due to snow and ice on the pathways. Wheelchair rentals are not available on site.
Hours and admission
The site opens at dusk and closes at 10:00 p.m. each day of the week (weather permitting). To fully appreciate the frescoes, go later in the evening when they are at their best, lit-up glory! Allow approximately one hour to fully admire the sculptures and to take photos.
Admission is $10 per person, and free for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased on the website or on site.
For complete details regarding Mosaïvernales, visit the official website.
Mosaïvernales is surrounded by other great attractions in downtown Gatineau!
For the ultimate Canadian winter experience, visit Winterlude’s Snowflake Kingdom – a giant winter playground for young and old that offers activities like skiing, dog sledding, an obstacle course, and lots of fun entertainment. This year, Snowflake Kingdom is located at the North end of Jacques Cartier Park (350 Laurier Street in Gatineau). Access to Snowflake Kingdom is free and hours differ from Mosaïvernales. For instance, Snowflake Kingdom is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for maintenance, but opens earlier than Mosaïvernales on other days.
For a bit of history, culture and architecture, walk to the nearby Canadian Museum of History – Canada’s most visited museum. Marvel at the world’s largest collection of totem poles presented in the Grand Hall, walk through 15,000 years of Canadian history in the Canadian History Hall, or visit the interactive Canadian Children’s Museum on site.
Looking to add more winter fun to your visit to Canada’s Capital Region? See our Winter Activities page!