A lot of Montreal’s charm lies in the outdoors. It is a green city, and perfect for outdoor adventure if you are visiting in the summer. But if you visit in the winter, or there is rain in the forecast, it is smart to have an inclement weather plan. The Biodome is perfect for this. It is completely indoors, so it should be near the top of your bad weather destination list.
Even if you are visiting Montreal in beautiful, summer weather you should consider checking out the Biodome. This is especially true if your family has an interest in science and animals. It is impossible to visit without learning something new, and there wasn’t a child present that didn’t have a smile on their face.
The Montreal Biodome contains five ecosystems – tropical forest, Laurentian maple forest, St. Lawrence Marine, the Labrador Coast and Sub-Antarctic Islands. Each ecosystem has been meticulously developed to showcase how you would encounter it if you were visiting it out in the world. The ecosystems are stocked with small animals that make that ecosystem their home.
With the focus on the ecosystem, it makes the learning experience different than what you expect from a zoo trip. The animals are there, but you can truly learn about how they interact with their environment in the wild.
It might not be confusing in French, but it is in English. The Montreal Biodome is not what you would consider a dome – and the dome that is a very visible part of the Montreal landscape is actually the BioSPHERE. The Biosphere is an environmental museum that has various green exhibits. See? It is massively confusing. To help clear it up, I have this illustration for you :
The Biodome is not visible from far away like the Biosphere. The location is easy to see from afar, however. It is located right underneath the Olympic Stadium.
So now that you are in the right place, what can you expect to find?
The easiest way to get to the Biodome is to take the subway. The Viau station is where you want to get off. It is easy to see the area where the Biodome is located, because it is directly underneath the very distinctive Olympic Stadium.
Resources : Montreal Biodome Website – this website has detailed information on the plants and animals in the Biodome. A great place to follow up with your kids to learn even more about what you saw during your visit.
I was a guest of the city of Montreal during my visit to the Biodome.