Category Archives: MonSFFA Field Trip

Field Trip: Away we go to the Starfleet Academy!

Field Trip to Ottawa to see the Starfleet Academy Exhibit in Ottawa, August the 6th, 2016.

Photos by Sylvain St-Pierre, More photos are available to our members.

Exhibition at CASM: Starfleet Academy Experience

Field Trip Proposal

A number of MonSFFen have already expressed interest in going to Ottawa for this exhibition.  We are sure to be organizing the trip, the question is WHEN????  Car Pools will be arranged as we did for the previous field trip to the CASM. I suggest we invite OSFS to join us. or   facebook 

Thanks to Lyndsay and Fernster for the pointers.

Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience


The Starfleet Academy Experience provides cadet recruits with an opportunity to experience a “career day” at the Academy. In an immersive environment, recruits try out a number of activities to test their potential to train for careers as Medical Officers, Science Officers, Communications specialists, even Commanders. The experience is enriched with the actual science behind the science fiction as the participants learn about emerging technologies such as a functional tricorder, NASA’s warp drive theory, and the latest experiments with phasers and teleporters.

Opening Hours

From Sunday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry at 3:30 p.m.)
From Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last entry at 5:30 p.m.)
Ticket sales start at 9 a.m.


Category Fees
Adults (18+) $18
Teens (ages 13-18) $15
Seniors (age 65+) $15
Children (ages 3-12) $12
Children (age 2 and under) Free

Buy tickets

The exhibition is produced by EMS Entertainment, the leader in interactive immersive exhibitions, with Ottawa as the first stop on a multi-city North American tour. The exhibition will be on view at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum from May 13, 2016 until September 5, 2016.

Please stay tuned to our social media channels for more information in the coming months. Follow hash tag #StarfleetOTT and @AvSpaceMuseum.

Become a Member of the museum to be among the first to know about the exhibition, social events, contests, and exclusive offers.

A Trip Back in Time

The Predator Trap

11 members made their way back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. Besides the 14 animatronic dinosaurs, there were two skeletons and 20 fossils. The fossils included everything from a nest of eggs to coprolite.

Nest of eggs

There was much roaring and bellowing. One activity station gave kids a chance to see how a dinosaur with hollows in its skull might use them to create a whistling sound. Another popular station had kids using brushes to expose “fossils”.

One of the two skeletons. They were hard to see, and harder to photograph because they were bathed in blue light.

It was possible to control some of the dinosaurs’ movements, but this proved a disappointment to us. There were just buttons to push where we had had visions of joysticks.

Allosaurus Skull


I would have like more information.  The dinosaurs from China included some I didn’t recognize.


T-Rex claw

Great place to bring kids though, and I had as much fun watching them as seeing the dinos.

Many members came armed with cameras, so hopefully, in the very near future, there will be more photo galleries and video uploaded to our members’ pages.


Dinosaur Movie Quiz!

Are you ready to explore the Age of Dinosaurs with us at the Montreal Science Centre on the 13th?

dragon in colour copy
Are they my long-lost cousins?

Keith sends you these skill-testing questions!
How well do you know your dinosaur movies, and your dinosaurs? Provide the type of dinosaur besought in each of the following questions (answers next issue of Impulse-May).


1. In the 1925 silent classic The Lost World, what kind of stop-motion dinosaur rampages through the streets of London?
2. In 1977’s Planet of Dinosaurs, a spaceship crew crash-land on an Earth-like world. Awakening the morning after their first night on this world, they spy what species of dinosaur in a clearing near their camp?
3. A Tyrannosaurus is one of only two dinosaurs featured in Dinosaurus (1960). What kind was the other?
4. Gertie was the first animated dinosaur to appear on film, in Winsor McCay’s 1914 short Gertie the Dinosaur. She is what type of dinosaur?
5. What kind of dinosaur is Littlefoot, star of 1988’s animated The Land Before Time and its subsequent sequels?
6. In the original King Kong (1933), what variety of Skull Island dinosaur chases, trees, and devours a hapless sailor after overturning the raft on which he and his comrades were crossing a swamp in their pursuit of Kong, who has made off with Fay Wray?
7. Almost 60 interminably dull minutes into the 85-minute B-movie The Lost Continent (1951), Cesar Romero and his aircrew, having crash-landed on a Pacific island while searching for a stray test rocket, encounter and are attacked by what sort of dinosaur?
8. The 1985 Disney film Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend taps into folkloric African tales of Mokèlé-mbèmbé and stars a cute, baby dinosaur of what kind?

MonSFFA Field Trip to Science Museum

Join the MonSFFen in our exploration of the age of Dinosaurs!

March 13, noon, meet lobby of the Science Centre at the Old Port of Montreal. DON’T FORGET : THE CLOCKS SPRANG FORWARD.

From the website:

Predator Trap-Stegosaurus juvenile and pack of Allosaurus juvenile_1An immersive experience steeped in realism bringing to life 14 roaring full-sized and strikingly real animatronic dinosaurs. Go back in time more than 65 million years to what life was like on Earth and imagine their breath on the back of your neck. Explore spectacular prehistoric scenes telling the story of two major excavation sites, two skeletons, and twenty fossils. Discover newly revealed secrets about these giants by probing into the most recent and remarkable discoveries about their appearance and behaviours. Take command of an animatronic dinosaur and explore our four interactive stations.

We will meet at noon, in the main lobby and  buy tickets for the show closest to 1:00 PM (if shows are scheduled), and proceed to a search for snacks. (It does not seem that there are scheduled shows, but we are aiming for 1:00 PM. ) I called the science museum, we are permitted cameras, and we can get real food at a kiosk next to the ticket booths. We are also permitted to bring our own lunch boxes. They provide wheel chairs, ask at ticket booth.

Admission is

  • Senior 60+      $13.00
  • adults                 $15
  • Teen 13-17     $13.00
  • Child 4-12       $8.50

I recommend buying tickets on line, if possible, to save time. Information on parking is here:

Parking is right at the science centre, but it’s expensive.

Tarifs (taxes incluses)*

8$ : jusqu’à 61 minutes
16$ : 62 minutes à 3 heures
20$ : plus de 3 heures, jusqu’à 12 heures
24$ : de 12 à 24 heures
Billet perdu : 24 $

*Prix sujet à changement sans préavis. (Taxes : TPS : 5% + TVQ : 9,975%)

MonSFFen take a field trip to Jurassic World!

Twelve MonSFFen set off to explore the Jurassic World. Fortunately, all survived, possibly thanks to the foresight of Sylvain who made up packages of human-scented kibble to distract overly inquisitive beasties.   (Pictures and commentaries on the event will appear soon in the members’ pages.)

Missed the event? Planning to attend on your own later? Print out the box below, and follow instructions carefully!

Raptor Kibble Pack
Raptor Kibble Pack

Jurassic World

“Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.” Well, off course it does! 😉

Keith will be leading the adventurers into the jungle-er-cinema, on Sunday the 14th.

BTW: if it flies or swims, it is NOT a dinosaur.