My sister and I decided to visit the Biodome.
The Biodome is located in Olympic Park. It’s one of four facilities that make up Montreal’s Space for Life. In the admissions lobby, you have the option to individually buy tickets for each of the four facilities, The Montreal Biodome, Montreal Insectarium, Montreal Botanical Garden, and the Montreal Planetarium. If you buy tickets to all four facilities, you can receive a small discount or if you choose not to visit all facilities, you can buy tickets individually.
It was our last day in Montreal so we decided to only visit the Biodome since we knew we weren’t going to have time for the rest of the facilities. We chose to go to the Biodome because my sister wanted to see a sloth. Why a sloth? I have no idea.
There was a little café next to the admissions lobby. The food was decent. They offered different types of sandwiches. They offered different types of juices but I didn’t like any of them so just ordered the regular orange juice and a chicken sandwich. It does get busy so it may be hard to find seating. You may have to stalk some people to get a seat, haha.
Tickets to just the Biodome was $15 per student. We sadly didn’t see a sloth. I think it was sleeping when we went but my sister’s friends saw them the other day. I think we just had bad timing.
There are different sections of the biodome. I read on their information packet that these sections are replicas of four ecosystems in the Americas.
The first section was the Tropical Rainforest where we were able to see different types of birds and animals. It’s extremely hot in the tropical rainforest so may need to take your coats off. It’s supposed to represent the South American rainforest.
Next, there was the Laurentian Forest, which is a replica of the North American wilderness. It was somewhat like the Tropical Forest but with different animals. In this section, we saw a small waterfall and it was interesting to see all the different types of animals. This was where we saw turtles and otters.
After, there was the Saint Lawrence Marine Eco-system, which is pretty much an estuary habitat modelled on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. It’s pretty much like a little aquarium because it was an entire section filled with different types of fish. There were starfish and jellyfish and it was just really cool to see all the different fish. It was cold in there so definitely had a light cardigan or jacket with you to keep you warm.
Finally, there was the sub polar region, where it is divided into Arctic and Antarctic. There, we saw penguins and different kinds of birds. When we left that region, there was also a small section where we got to see different types of snakes. My sister and I hate snakes so we decided to leave to the gift shop after. The gift shop was pretty much. They had a variety of keychains where I bought a few. They unfortunately did not have cute postcards, so I was disappointed.
But I do recommend the Biodome. It’s definitely a family friendly attraction so great for kids!