Annual Biology Butterfly Show

The butterflies are free!

Don’t you love free activities for your family? The Ottawa Butterfly Show is a free, open to the public annual event that runs daily for ten days in October. The show features 1,300 butterflies that arrive in five separate shipments, representing 41 different species worldwide. Butterflies love to land on colourful clothing and will climb on to an open hand. The event is appropriate for people of all ages.

More than 1,000 area students and 10,000 visitors total came into the steamy greenhouse doors at the west side of Carleton’s’ campus for last years Butterfly show.

Donations are greatly appreciated and necessary to keep the tradition going. You can donate at the event or online.

This year's show is scheduled to open on Saturday, September 29, 2018, and will close on Sunday, October 7.

Opening hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.** (On the weekend, lines close at 3 p.m. due to volume)  in the Nesbitt Biology Building.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Parking is available for visitors. Please see the parking map and refer to the rates.

For directions to the Nesbitt Building greenhouses please see the campus map.