Invitation - Photo opportunity - This winter at the Biodôme - Caillou and the Innu!

                       Date     December 8, 2007

                       Time     8 : 10 a.m. to 8 : 45 a.m.

                       Where    Biodôme de Montréal
                                4777, avenue Pierre-de Coubertin

                       Entry    Via Guérite Bennett

                         This winter at the Biodôme
                            Caillou and the Innu!

    MONTREAL, Dec. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Young children can look forward to an
amazing adventure at the Montréal Biodôme this winter! From December 8, 2007
to January 27, 2008, visitors ages 3 and up will be invited to join their
friend Caillou, the popular character created by Editions Chouette, and embark
on an expedition to discover nature as the Innu know it.
    What could be more fun for children (and their parents) than to explore
the Biodôme "through Innu eyes"?

    For instance, did you know that ...

    - In the Innu tradition, a tasty kind of bread called bannock is baked in
      the sand under a fire's hot ashes?
    - Innu mothers swaddle their babies until they are one year old, just as
      their ancestors did?
    - The traditional hats worn by Innu women are inspired by the red
      uniforms of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police?

    Hey, kids! Join your friend Caillou and enjoy:

    - A storytelling session, about Tshakapesh and his friend Caillou;
    - A trip along the path through the Biodôme's ecosystems, where you can
      read about Caillou's trip to Mingan in the pages of a giant book, with
      interactive activities. You can listen to and touch the book;
    - An unusual play area with a replica of an Innu camp, including an Innu
      tent, costumes, games and other objects;
    - A chance to meet Caillou and even take his picture!

    Here are the details on the fun program of activities prepared by the
Biodôme and its partner for the past seven years, Editions Chouette, with the
support of Heritage Canada, the Innu community of Ekuanitshit (Mingan), and
the Institut Culturel et Educatif Montagnais (ICEM).


    Recommended ages: 3 and up

    Just as he does every night, Tshakapesh, a little Innu boy, has his mother
tell him stories and legends about his people. But tonight he can't sleep.
What is this important thing that the Shaman has to tell him? Why does he have
to find three secret objects? Fortunately, he isn't alone! He has Caillou and
all his friends at the Biodôme to help him. Let's go! We're off on an
adventure through the forest and the Innu world, with Tshakapesh and Caillou.


    As they read the pages of a giant book set out along the path through the
Biodôme's ecosystems, children will be invited to relive the wonderful trip
that Caillou and his father made to visit Mingan and the Innu. Interactive
activities integrated into the book itself have been designed to help
youngsters discover nature's secrets. The story is told in English and French,
and includes some fun games!
    With their passports and stickers in hand, they'll be able to follow the
story and complete the activities at each station.


    After their expedition is over, our young visitors will be able to burn
off any excess energy in a play area featuring a replica of an Innu camp.
There's all kinds of things for them to do! They can dress up in Innu
costumes, go fishing and play in a tent with a variety of Innu objects
(canoes, snowshoes, dolls, etc.).
    And the fun doesn't stop when they leave the Biodôme ...To foster
children's interest in reading, the Biodôme and Editions Chouette have teamed
up to produce a book, Caillou and the Innu. The book, in English and French,
is available only at the Biodôme gift shop.


    Biodôme hours
    Tuesday to Sunday, and January 1, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    CLOSED December 24 and December 25.

    Schedule for storytelling session
    From December 8 to January 27, Saturdays, Sundays and during the holidays
    (December 22 to January 6), in French at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30,
    2:30 and 3:30 p.m., and in English at 1:30 p.m.
    From December 10 to January 25, weekdays, in French at 10:00 and
    11:00 a.m., noon and 1:00 p.m., in English on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.
    Length: 20 minutes (storytelling session)

    General information

    Montréal Biodôme: 4777 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue (Viau metro station).
    Tel.: 514 868-3000
    Visit our Website:

    Admission (regular/Accès Montréal card) (*)

    Adults: $13.50/$8 - Seniors (65+) & Students: $10/$6 -
    Ages 5-17: $6.75 / $4 - Ages 2-4: $2/$1.25 - Ages 1 and under: free

    (*) Rates are subject to change on January 1, 2008

    N.B. Visual available on request.

For further information:

For further information: Media information: Nadine Fortin,
Communications Co-ordinator, (514) 868-3053,; Evelyne Girard, Communications Assistant,
(514) 868-3123,

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