Space for Life - Biodôme, Montreal
This unique indoor zoo, displays animals and vegatation from 4 distinct eco systems; tropical forest, Temperate northern forest (Local), Canadian Maritime, and polar. A great place to visit year round!
The biodome is definetly a good attraction if you like animals. Even if your not a big fan I would definetly encourage going anyway. They have anything from Piranha's, Anaconda's, Bat's to freeking PENGUINS! I was very impressed. It cost about 8$ for a student and I think about 10$ for an adult. Check out my travelogue to see more pictures of the great animals!
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.
This was sooo interesting! An actual ecological system with animals that can essentially roam about without cages. You walk through a curtain of heavy rubber strips (so the animals don't get out) and it was as if you entered another world. Birds flying about, ducks waddling on your path. The penguins didn't get a complete freedom but their environment looked rather comfortable! We saw a tropical forest, a marine system, an Arctic and Antarctic systems!
Opened from 9am - 5pm daily, extended hours during spring break and summer
Closed on some Mondays and holidays. Ticket prices vary depending on package and age.
Please check out my travelog for more Biodome photos.
Located in the old velodrome for the 1976 Olympics, right next to the Olympic Stadium.
It’s a zoo, it’s an aquarium, it’s a botanical garden and much more. It houses animals, plants and stuff in a ‘natural’ habitat. First you walk into a replica of a tropical forest with parrots and monkeys and things. Then it’s onto a Laurentian forest, then the st Lawrence marine Ecosystem, then the polar world-Arctic and Antarctic. A theatre for demos with raptors and such is in the middle.
It’s ok. If you’ve ever seen this elsewhere, it won’t be that impressive to you. Parrots on trees, otters swimming in water, beavers, etc…If you’ve never seen this kind of thing, go—if you have don’t waste your money.
Part of the museum pass. You’ll spend 1-3 hours here.
Located in the Olympic Park literally a stone's throw away from the Olympic Stadium, the Biodome is one of those famous Montreal attractions that should be paid a visit to at least once, especially if you're an animal lover, or an ecosystem-enthusiast.
I honestly didn't know a whole lot about the biodome, and I wasn't sure what to expect. My immediate assumption was that it was a tropical garden conservatory, where maybe birds flew around, but that would be it, however I was wrong! There's so much more!
The biodome replicates various ecosystems, from the tropical rainforests of the Amazon, to the Laurentian boreal forest of Québec, to the St-Lawrence estuary, to the Antarctic.
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.
Not to be confused with the Biosphere (the geodesic dome on l'Ile Sainte Helene), this is a living museum of the earth's major ecosystems. It contains examples of several habitats, ranging from the arctic to the rain forest. And, of course, the Canadian forest. This is a terrific place for children to learn about their world. It's also a way to escape from the cruel winters here.
the most famous landmark in montreal, and one of the most interesting architectural buildings in the world, is the olympic stadium, here behind the biodome. built for the expo in 1967, montreal is still paying the cost of this stadium today!!
i had noo idea what this biodome was all about (okay.. i haven't done much research). went in puzzled, bought the tickets and walked in with a bunch of visitors, "WOW...""WAH..""OH MY.." was my expression!! i soo didn't expect the bidome to be a 4 season replica of what those seasons are in real life. there is the lush and humid Tropical Forest with all sorts of tropical birds and animals and fish, followed by laurentian forest (typical canadian forest), they even have a lynx, then the st. lawrence marine ecosystem (st-laurent is the big river that flows by montreal and many quebec cities), and ends with the polar worlds of the arctic and antarctic with penguins and other arctic animals.
On the first day we decided to go to the Olympic Stadium and to visit Biodome and the Tower. Unfortunately, it was not just us who wanted to see this place, but other hundreds of kids from different schools. So..Biodome was VERY crouded and it was better to see everything very quickly because the kids vere quite noisy and it is not so big inside so you could hardly move without stamping on anybody. I am sure that it must be a nice place to visit when it is not so bussy.
The view from the tower is beautiful.
The Biodome is unique and intriguing, a place were you change of ecosystem 5 times during your visit. There, you will encounter many species that you find in our forests and nature, plus other great animals from many countries of the south. And don't forget the pingouins...
A very good activity for families and those who love animals.
A must see !
All the exhibits are housed inside the Velodrome (cycling stadium) that was used for the 1976 Summer Olympics, with each of the four environments taking up a portion of the stadium. A variety of animals live in each simulated habitat, ranging from the macaws in the Tropical Forest, to the lynx in the Laurentian Forest, to the penguins in the Antarctic and the different kinds of fish that inhabit the waters of the Saint Lawrence River.
This is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions, along with the Montreal Botanical Garden, Montreal Planetarium and the Montreal Insectarium.
The place is opened all over the year except the Insectarium which is something YOU MUST DO DURING THE SUMMER!
I think a visit to the Biodome is a great issue for the schools, as when I was there I saw these little cute kids getting to know the resources of their own lands!
This place is really neat. Think of it as a miniature zoo. The Biodome used to be the velodrome for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. If you look closely at the picture, you will see the flags for East Germany and Czechoslovakia.
The dome is next to the Olympic Stadium complex. It is a zoo and has 4 different areas of attraction- a zoo, botanical garden, tropical and polar environments. It costs around 11 Canadian and would take 2-3 hours to see the sites and animals.
We've all been to the zoo, but this place is a little different from your normal animal experience. It is separated into 4 different ecosystems - all with different types of plant and animal life. It seems more accessible and humane than most zoos. The best part about it is that you "feel" like you're part of the ecosystem. The rain forest is humid and the arctic is cool.
My favorite part is watching the penguins. They are extremely entertaining and don't seem to care who's watching!