The Biodome de Montreal was definitely one of the highlights of our stay in Montreal. What was once the old Olympic bicycle-racing stadium is now an enormous living ecosystem of wildlife and plant life, sectioned into four different habitats. The four habitats include the Tropical Forest, Laurentian Forest, St. Lawrence Marine Ecosystem, and Polar World. Each of these ecosystems is unique.
We purchased a combo ticket that included the Insectarium de Montreal, Jardin Botanique de Montreal, the Biodome de Montreal, and the Olympic Tower. By purchasing the combo ticket (C$27 for an adult ticket), we saved ourselves a great deal of money. For an additional fee, you can rent audio-guide headphones—this is your own personal tour guide. This is an option I did without, and I was very happy with my decision. The audio-guide is a long process, and I just wanted to enjoy the Biodome on my own. The Biodome is open every day from 9am to 5pm (6pm in the summer).
When you walk into the Biodome, your first room will be the Tropical Forest. Unbelievable!! You can feel the humidity of a real rainforest as you enter. At any moment, you can see animals walking around in this amazing habitat: capybaras, sloths, birds, amphibians, crocodiles, and everyone’s favorite, the golden lion tamarin (a small monkey). This little fellow was swinging around on the trees and checking everyone one out as they entered the habitat. In a separate area, you can also see hundreds of bats flying around and other interesting rain forest creatures.
Now head over to the Laurentian Forest, where you will find a beaver in his own natural environment. You will also see ducks, otters, and porcupines in the forest. However, the main attraction in the Laurentian Forest is the lynx. The lynx are maintained in a large habitat with a lot of room to roam. We snapped a couple of photos of these beautiful creatures as they paced back and forth.
The next room is very cool. The St. Lawrence Marine Ecosystem is alive indoors, with birds flying overhead and amazing habitats for living marine animals. When you walk in, you can feel the whoosh of cold air against your face, but watch out—you don’t feel the warmth of seagulls’ waste on your head as they fly above.
The Biodome saves the best ecosystem for last, the Polar World. In this habitat, you will be entertained by curious penguins and tens of puffins. This is actually two ecosystems in one, with the Arctic and Antarctic on either side of the path. It’s truly a unique experience.
Overall, the Biodome de Montreal is a can’t-miss place when you visit this beautiful city. On my next time back to Montreal, this will be one of the first places I visit.