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On the hunt for ‘giant butterflies’ in the Haut-Saint-Laurent

Ready for a giant butterfly hunt this summer? Drop your net, grab a camera, and capture a selfie with one of the large painted butterflies located throughout the Haut-Saint-Laurent. You could win a free meal, thanks to the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent’s summer butterfly rally.

Locals and tourists are welcome to participate in the contest by taking a photograph of any of the 17 painted butterflies which are in the 13 municipalities of the Haut-Saint-Laurent. A total of four monthly drawings of five $50 gift cards, which can be redeemed at local restaurants and businesses, will take place at the end of each month from now until October 31. An additional two gift baskets of local products worth $99 will be drawn on that date.

 

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The goal of the contest is to encourage people to discover or rediscover the Haut-Saint-Laurent through a creative and fun activity for the whole family. “The MRC hopes that this activity will help to brighten up the summer season for its citizens and visitors to the region,” says Nancy Brunelle, the cultural development agent for the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent.

All the butterflies, which were designed and painted by local artist Audrée Bourdeau, have been installed in front of municipal buildings and in public parks throughout the region. The Intermunicipal Butterfly Route was officially inaugurated last fall as a result of a collaboration of local mayors to promote the region and add some colour during the pandemic.

The contest is designed to support the recovery of area businesses through tourism and ‘buying local’, both of which will play a key role in helping the region as it emerges from the public health crisis.

There are three ways to be entered in the contest. Participants may fill out coupons for the drawings at the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent’s mobile tourism and information kiosk at the Huntingdon County Farmers’ Market every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. and on weekends at various locations throughout the region.

Participants can also participate by sending a photo of themselves or a family member with a butterfly to the following email address: tourisme@mrchsl.com.

Finally, participants can test their knowledge of the Haut-Saint-Laurent by answering a brief quiz on the region’s attractions and historical facts. The quiz will be available at the MRC’s mobile kiosk and online at www.mrchsl.com and www.hsl-qc.ca. Once completed, the answers can be dropped off at the kiosk or emailed to the following address: tourisme@mrchsl.com.

For more details on the butterfly hunt, information on where to find the butterflies, as well as the contest rules, visit www.mrchsl.com or www.hsl-qc.ca. (SR)

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