The Montreal Biodome is the only one of its kind. Visitors can discover four of the most beautiful eco-systems in the Americas: The Tropical Forest, The Laurentian Forest, the St. Lawrence Marine Environment and the Polar World.
Pictures are allowed inside but don't use a flash as it frightens the animals. I recommend buying the "Get An Eyeful" package: for under $30 for an adult it will get you admission into the top four attraction - the Biodome, Botanical Garden, Insectarium and the Montreal Tower.
Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; until 6 p.m. during the Summer.
Closed Mondays, except during the Summer (June 21 to September 6, 2004) and statutory holidays.
The Biodome once housed bicycle racing events in the 1976 Olympic Games. You can experience four totally different ecosystems under the same roof: Laurentian forest, tropical forest, polar world and St Lawrence Marine. The exhibits are self-guided.
My favourite animals are the penguins in the polar world exhibit. You can spend hours watching them!
Admission is $10.50. A pass is available for visiting the other attractions nearby: the Botanical Garden/Insectarium and the Olympic Tower.
The Biodome is a really great place that has animals from diverse eco-systems all over the world. I think people of all ages would find this place very interesting and worthwhile to visit. It only takes a couple hours and you leave with a greater appreciation for all the animals in the world.
The Biodome also has a nice, large giftshop (just in case you haven't finished all your souvenir shopping!)
A pathway will lead you through some of the most beautiful ecosystem of the Americas. You will almost feel as if you were in the wild!
You will enter a tropical forest, see some sloaths, tamarins and macaws, then enter the laurentian forest, which means Quebec's wilderness and will see a few beavers at work, some ducks and the Canadian lynx which is quite impressive to see, in its natural habitat. The St Lawrence marine ecosysytem takes you underwater to see all sorts of fish, from salmon to cod to starfishs and urchins and last, you will have a chance to view wildlife in both north and south poles, including the beautiful puffins to some species of the penguin family.
If you want a really nice view of the city you can climb to the observatory of the Olympic Stadium (Montreal Tower) which is located right beside...
In what was the Olympic cycling venue in 1976, you can now visit a controlled environmental smorgasbord known as the Biodome. It's a serious of controlled indoor ecosystems that takes you from an Arctic chill to a tropical heat wave all in a matter of minutes.
The Biodome is more then a Zoo, it is divided into 4 Ecosystems: the lush and humid Tropical Forest; the Laurentian Forest; the St. Lawrence Marine Ecosystem; and the Polar Worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic.
In each ecosystem you will find the animals of that climate in a setting that makes you think you have gone to that exotic area for real! (Click on the Picture to See a Large Version)
Four ecosystems under one roof. If you are interested in the environment or animals or plants this is a great place to visit. The Biodome is also educational, I learned that when the Beluga's of the Saint Lawrence die they can be classified as toxic waste, their bodies are that affected from the pollutants.
The Biodome of Montreal
Located in the Olympic velodrome building, 4 ecosystems have been recreated : the tropical rain forest, the polar region, the Laurentian forest and the St-Laurent marine ecosystem.
It is more (actually less) than a zoo. Each ecosystem have its climate, plantlife, animals that you could find living in it, it teaches us to understand the interactions and roles that we have to protect them.
you can visit the arctic, the rainforest..and all these other cool places under one roof!
Be prepared to take your jacket off, and then put it back on! The temperature change is crazy!! And if your hair gets frizzy in humid weather..sorry..just be ready for it!
and if you love penguins..you HAVE to go!!!!
WARNING: watch out for bird droppings!!! I watched as my friend Laurie looked at her jacket, and noticed that after touching the railing, she was DIRTY..the worst part was that after laughing at her, i look at MY jacket, and saw that I not only had the same 'crap' on me, but i had MORE!!!!
what lesson did i learn? Never laugh at others..cause you'll get crap on yourself as well!!!
It's okay..we laugh about it now... :]
The biodome recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the americas. You can see animals in their real environment. Kids really enjoy this place.
Visit this spectacular construction and it's world of nature....four different season all in one place
Especially interesting for the kids
Views of the Biodome from a cuise from Montreal. The biodome serves as a bird and reptile zoo, and is located on the island in front of Montreal, close to Parc Jean Drapeau.
An oasis of american ecosystems in the middle of the city: Tropical forest, Laurentian forest, St-Lawrence marin and polar world. It's a very fun visit!
Visit the Biodome, filled with creatures from many environmental habitats around the world.
Kids love this place (adults, too).
Angie and I really enjoyed the Biodome. This is something you MUST see and enjoy.