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by Foxboro Marmot
August 17, 2001
Go in the morning. On separate visits - years apart - by noon on a weekday there were horrendous lines at the ticket windows. Given the layout, it's hard to imagine that anyone would have a pleasant experience once they got in.
There's a walkway 6 or 8 feet wide with viewing areas that winds through the building. In each sector birds and other animals either move about the space freely or are confined to a smaller area by creatively designed, often perfectly camouflaged barriers. People walk along, pausing to look into the leaves and trees to see if there's anything hiding there. Many times there is, but you'll need a sharp-eyed kid to find it for you! The first space is devoted to the Tropics, the next to the Laurentian forest. There's a wonderful change in humidity and temperature passing from one to the other! In all spaces, the Biodome seeks to mimic seasonal temperatures somewhat so the jump from the Tropics to the Canadian forest becomes more extreme in the winter.
After the forest comes space devoted to the Saint Lawrence/Atlantic Ocean ecosystem. See the saltwater marine life from the underwater viewing room, then go above - but watch out for gulls and ducks flying overhead! The last area, representing the Polar Regions, is much smaller. Penguins, puffins and other birds of the arctic and antarctic hop around on rocks, dive into the water and swim around like small jet propelled torpedoes. Unfortunately, all this takes place behind thick glass, so visitors never get to feel the cold air.
Kids particularly enjoy searching for animals and relish pointing them out to their less observant parents or adult escorts. Without crowd congestion, plan to spend 60 to 75 minutes here. Price is $10 CDN for adults, $7 CDN for children. Showing an AAA card qualifies for a discount and discount coupons are available. I used coupons from the POM (a local bakery) Passport, a handout you can find free around town.
For my family this is highly recommended - we were here two years ago and had to come back. But you know your own children. Depending on their interests this could range anywhere from a big hit to a ho-hum.
From journal Montreal Meltdown
March 19, 2001
From journal Long Weekend in Montreal
by Mary Porcher
New Haven, Connecticut
November 13, 2000
The student admission (including college) was $7, and we entered to find bunches of children everywhere. The whole experience was kind of like a 'Where's Waldo?' book. I don't know about you, but Waldo always frustrated me. There were animals in each separate climate, but you had to search for them among the grass, trees, water, etc. Pictures were allowed, but flash was not, so my pictures did not turn out well (sorry). We did see some beautiful animals - but the Biodome probably doesn't have any more animals than your local zoo does. And you only experience a couple of the climates. The arctic climate is safely boxed in, so visitors do not experience the cold (we were actually looking forward to experiencing it!). And they had penguins but no polar bears, which was also disappointing. Some features were fun, like all of the windows where you could see animals above and below the water line.
Overall, the Biodome brought out the kid in me, but left me a bit disappointed. I can imagine it would be PACKED with people in the summer, since it was crowded in mid-November.
From journal Incredible Weekend for Two in Montreal