High atop a mountain in Quebec, Canada called Mont Tremblant, a dramatic “Birds of Prey” show awaits you. Colin, little Devi, and I arrived in the delightful town of Mont Tremblant after a drive of less than two hours from Montreal, and headed straight for the birds. Squawk, squawk!
Few shows have such a luscious backdrop. The Laurentian Mountains are a soothing undulation of green and blue, and we settled onto the benches with twenty other people as the show commenced. Out burst an educator-actor in Medieval garb, setting up the drama: She had traveled in time to the future to debate with a modern bird expert!
One by one, the actors brought out different birds of prey, prancing and swooping around with them, and motivating them with bloody hunks of mouse meat that they hurled into the air or placed tantalizingly on the posts so the plumed beasts could pose for our cameras.
Like everything in Quebec, the show was completely bilingual between French and English, and the script was written in a clever way so that it didn’t seem repetitive. The Medieval woman would say something in French, then the “modern” lass would respond in English, “I think what you’re saying is __?” inserting the translation. Clever! I am so inspired by the bilingual prowess of Quebec.
As you can see from these photos, there were a whole bunch o’ birdies. Highlights included two majestic owls, an eagle, a vulture which had the funniest bopping trot-walk, and a little bitty bird that I didn’t find especially predator-like.
Speaking of fear, how did our toddler, Devi, do with birds of prey in his face? Er, he would have preferred more crackers and fewer scary birds. He was a little nervous! So there’s a tip for you: Be prepared to snuggle and soothe younger children if you go to this show… but still go, because it’s guaranteed fun for adults and older kids.
Of all our new feathered friends, my favorites were the eagle and the darker owl. Truly, they are awe-inspiring creatures that made my heart pound with love. If you look at this photo of the owl, below, you’ll see that it actually looks super cuddly. Don’t be fooled, though — it is most decidedly a bird of prey, and that beak is no joke!
So what about you? Which is your favorite bird here? Have you ever been to a birds of prey show, or the Laurentian Mountains? Do share!
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We were guests of Mont Tremblant, but all opinions and misguided urges to cuddle owls are mine.
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