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Enjoy the Festive Holiday Magic at Espace pour la vie

Montréal, December 3, 2018 - 

Espace pour la vie invites everyone to enjoy the festive magic of the holiday season with aurōrae, the public’s favourite show, as part of a double feature with Continuum at the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. To mark its 5th anniversary, the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan is bringing back its two most popular shows since it opened in 2013. Don’t miss these real crowd-pleasers! 

Visitors of all ages will thrill to the splendours of the Northern Lights with aurōrae. It’s an exceptional experience for the whole family, presented under a 360° dome to guarantee spellbinding immersive delights. The Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan team used new postproduction techniques to brighten up and sharpen the original images and make them even more realistic. From Montréal to Yellowknife, from outer space to the Earth’s core, you’ll see the Northern Lights like never before. Guided by an enthusiastic expert and accompanied by an electrifying score by DJ Champion, aurōrae is a fabulous spectacle.

From the infinitely small to the infinitely large, audiences will be inspired by this cosmic poem on the connection between humankind and the Universe. Fascinating, gripping images and inventive technology all add up to an immersive experience that whisks viewers off on a voyage through the beauties of space. This breathtaking show was designed by internationally acclaimed Montréal artists Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, set to the entrancing symphonic music of Philip Glass. It’s a magnificent cosmic fable that celebrates the splendours of the Universe. 

Get inspired by the plants and insects at Espace pour la vie over the holidays
This year, Espace pour la vie invites everyone to take inspiration from nature and explore the many ways of dwelling on our planet. And let it snow! Visitors to the Jardin botanique can enjoy the warmth as they stroll through the nine exhibition greenhouses and admire all the ingenious ways plants have adapted to their environments. At the Insectarium, they can marvel at ants’ collective intelligence and other insects’ super powers and how they adapt to their surroundings. And of course, they’ll want to stop off at the Jardin botanique and Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan gift shops to find “green” ideas, treats, gardening gifts and much more! 

Tips for a successful visit during the holidays:

  • Buying your tickets online to avoid the line-ups.
  • The multi-institution package is a great way to save money!

Remember: it's free for kids ages 4 and under. 

Holiday Hours
December 24 and 25 – Closed
December 31 and January 1 – Open

Show times and gift shop hours available on the website of Espace pour la vie.


Nature dwells within us
In 2018, Espace pour la vie is looking at the many ways of dwelling on our planet. It's a source of inspiration for some, and a call to reflection and dialogue for others, leading to citizen-based initiatives. This year at Espace pour la vie, Nature dwells within us more than ever!

Espace pour la vie is made up of four attractions on the same site: the Jardin botanique, Biodôme, Insectarium and Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. These four prestigious municipal institutions form Canada's largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative urban movement, urging everyone to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living.

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Contact our team

Pamela Daoust
Communications Officer - Espace pour la vie
514 868-3053 / 514 250-7753

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