on August 30, 2011
Located in the Olympic Park, the Biodome contains 4 seperate climate controlled habitats: tropical rain forest, sub-arctic, maple forest and Canadian/Labrador marine coast. The maple forest was a bit of a let-down - the lynx and otters were both in hiding and there weren't many other creatures to view. There was a tank viewing room below the beaver habitat where you could watch the beavers swim. The maritime habitat contained gulls and other smaller coastal birds and a large saltwater tank. There were cod, halibut and the rather ancient and impressive looking sturgeon. The sub-arctic zone contained the least amount of animals - a glass case with puffins and another glass case with several types of penguins. The tropical rain forest was the most impressive, with mccaws, parots, monkeys, alligators, turtles, lush vegetation and many other types of birds all housed together. Just below the main entrance and ticketing area there was a large Nature Museum with a huge array of stuffed and mounted animals as well as other informative exhibits. There was a ticket counter outside the entrance to the nature museum but it was not staffed and we were able to explore this at no additional cost.On a summer Saturday the attractions were all very busy, and as can be expected from this type of activity patrons were mostly families with small children. At times it was a bit too crowded and getting a good spot for photos could be dicey, but all in all it was a unique experience at a reasonable cost - only $16.50 per person for the Biodome itself. For a total cost of $28.00 per person you can also tour the nearby Insectarium and Botanical Gardens. There is a cafe on-site serving pre-made sandwiches and other lunch fare, and a large gift shop.
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