A visit to Parc Omega in Montebello, Quebec has been on my summer bucket list for a few years now. The idea is, you drive through a North American animal safari, feeding some animals from your car, seeing others from afar. I thought my kids my freak the eff out, but aside from a few caribou drool strings, everyone loved it! Each girl took her turn hand-feeding a large animal an apple or carrot, then giggling merrily as we rolled the window back up.
The chance to get so up close with these animals local to our landscape was so worthwhile. I could hear the girls observe traits and behaviours they had only seen on Wild Kratts (a PBS show about animals). They learned to be gentle and quiet, and to approach new animals with a healthy balance of curiosity and trepidation.
|Black bear in the wildflowers|
|Stay hydrated, mama bison|
|Oh! Hello, goat!|
There was a farm behind the wildlife preserve, where we could walk freely among the livestock. It was very hands on, and though I was a bit nervous when Hailey approached a peacock mid-mating dance, she stood back a respectable distance and came home enraptured with the memory of its beautiful plumage.
|Aunt Holly perfects the goat selfie|
|Deer antlers so velvety smooth|