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Museum's new Arctic Gallery Designated an Ontario Signature Experience

The Canadian Museum of Nature’s Canada Goose Arctic Gallery has been designated an Ontario Signature Experience (OSE), joining a roster of 60 other attractions, tours and activities in the province. Destination Ontario manages the OSE program which promotes and markets must-see travel experiences that appeal to global tourists.

The Canada Goose Arctic Gallery was developed in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of experts about Canada’s North. It opened in June 2017. This immersive experience uses specimens and artifacts, interactives, multimedia and special surprises.to reveal the diverse landscapes and biodiversity of this beautiful yet mysterious region.  

Visitors explore the Arctic’s natural landscapes and its plants and animals, hear the voices of the people who live and work in the Arctic, and are prompted to reflect about the impacts of change—in the past, present, and future.

A highlight of the gallery is Beyond Ice, a multimedia installation created by the museum in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada. Beyond Ice transports visitors to the Arctic with a sensory experience of the region’s sounds, light, sights, and even touch—through the use of real ice! Arctic scenes and animation by Inuit artists are projected on the ice bring the installation to life as visitors walk through it, explore it and even touch the ice.

Martin Lipman © Canadian Museum of Nature.


The Ecosystems Zone in the gallery presents an overview of the Arctic’s flora and fauna.

The Ontario Signature Experiences are linked with the Canadian Signature Experiences Collection (CSE), managed by Destination Canada. These provide a stepping stone for Ontario tourism operators that aspire to be included in Canada’s international marketing, as well as to highlight the diversity of Ontario experiences. 

Currently, there are 60 Ontario-based signature experiences, including 35 in the CSE collection, and 25 as Ontario Signature Experiences. See the complete list.

About the Canadian Museum of Nature:
The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences. The museum provides evidence-based insights, inspiring experiences and meaningful engagement with nature's past, present and future. It achieves this through scientific research, a 14 million specimen collection, education programs, signature and travelling exhibitions, and a dynamic web site, nature.ca.