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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
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.
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From journal Montreal in a Blizzard
London, United Kingdom
September 10, 2004
You enter into a huge reception space leading to the ticket counter. We settled on one of the combination tickets for the Biodome, the Botanic Gardens, and the Insectarium. There is another ticket available that includes all of these attractions plus the Olympic Stadium.
The Biodome is divided into four main sections. We went through the sections in the following order, covering a circular route, but you're free to start with any section you desire.
The forest is accessed on raised wooden platforms that separate you from the animals. The birds are the most apparent of all the creatures, flying around above your head and making lots of noise! Clearings in the forest also make it easier for you to spot various mammals and reptiles on the ground. Between parts of the forest are also tunnels that are lined on the inside with fish tanks full of various tropical fish - like piranhas! Information about the various animals is posted on information boards along the route.
This forest was mostly what interested me. The Laurentian forest was an indoor version of what was available outside Montreal in the Quebec and Ontario region. As I would not be able to view the real forest, I was going to have to settle for an indoor approximation! Again, wooden platforms lead you around the area. The beavers were my favourite, with their own dam in the back. We wandered into one closed-off area and the general comment was that it smelled of cat pee. Well, it would - it housed a lynx!
St Lawrence Marine Ecosystem
The highlight of this area is the large seaside-like area where numerous seaside birds (seagulls, terns) are flying overhead. If not for the roof, it would feel like a real pier! All I can say is, close your mouth if you're looking overhead! A large aquarium also holds a number of fish found in the local waters.
This was the smallest region but one that seemed to be the most popular, judging by the length of time in which people lingered! A number of large glass enclosures housed various polar dwelling birds. Puffins (oh, they are adorable!), and many types of penguins are mostly what I remember. The enclosures were built such that their ground level was our eye level so it was possible to see them swim as the water was flush against the glass.
The Biodome is obviously very popular with children (there was a school group there during my visit), but adults curious about the fauna in the areas surrounding Montreal, will find it interesting. Expect a huge zoo and you'll be disappointed.
From journal A Week in la Belle Montreal
by Lori Lynn
March 10, 2003
Interactive areas are available in the lower foyer for the children to explore on their own what they know and learned in the exhibit. Many people miss this area. A cafeteria is available on-site. While you're there, take the elevator ride to the top of the Olympic Stadium for a spectacular view of Montreal.
From journal Montreal, the Paris of North America
Ystradgynlais, United Kingdom
December 17, 2001
Visitors are able to walk through four different ecosystems; the tropical forest, Laurentian forest, St Lawrence marine ecosystem and polar world.
If you are fascinated by animals then this is the place for you. I would recommend roughly half a day to walk around. When you first walk into the Biodome you may not spot all the animals that you are told to expect, and you may think, well it is nothing special. It is only when you stand and look more closely that you realise that the place is teeming with animals. I was mesmerised by the Golden Lion Tamarin monkeys and the cayman alligators. The cliffside in the St Lawrence section will have you reaching for your umbrella when the seagulls take off - you have been warned!
Children will love the biodome as there is so much they can see and do. They can also ask the rangers (the people in those hats!) that wonder around the dome about the creatures. I guess your experience of the dome will depend on your love of animals and how busy it is.
My ticket cost $24 but that included entrance to the Olympic Tower, botantical garden, insectarium and the dome.
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July 22, 2012
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