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“Fun family outing” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Biodome de Montreal

Biodome de Montreal
4777 Pierre de-Coubertin Ave | (Near Viau), Montreal, Quebec H1V 1B3, Canada
+1 514-868-3000
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Ranked #26 of 202 Attractions in Montreal
Type: Architectural Buildings, Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Gardens, Zoos, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Viewing wildlife
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: An oasis in the heart of the city, the Montréal Biodôme recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas:the lush and humid Tropical Rainforest, warm even in the depths of a Montréal winter;the Laurentian Maple Forest, changing with the seasons;the Gulf of St. Lawrence;and the Subpolar Regions of the Americas: Labrador Coast and Sub-Antarctic Islands.The Biodôme, whose name means “house of life,” shows visitors the “true nature” of the Americas, by offering up their loveliest and most amazing ecosystems.When the Biodôme opened in 1992, its “ecosystem” concept was a world first. Twenty years later, this systemic approach still has no equal in the faithful and complex way in which it represents the natural environment (its “rocks,” climates, lighting, etc.) and how both the animal species themselves and the animal and plant species interact.Our commitment to protecting the environmentThe Biodôme, just like the other Space for Life institutions (the Botanical Garden, Insectarium and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium), aims to raise individual and collective awareness about the need to get involved in protecting our natural heritage. It carries out its mission through educational, conservation, research and outreach efforts.
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“Fun family outing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We've been to the biodome several times and it's always enjoyable. It's an educational and interactive place where the kids rarely get bored. It's definitely a fun family thing to do.

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“great variety of plants and animals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

i love going to the biodome, specially in the winter when there isnt much to do. if you like nature, then you have got to go. they have 4 different mini ecosystems from different parts of the worldin amazing detail, each with its own unique member plants and animals. i am talking about real plants and animals i.e colourful birds and very small monkeys that you only see in nature documentaries. i dont know if i will have the chance to go to the amazon one day but now i have an idea of what its like to be in the amazon thanks to the biodome.
if you go, make sure to ask the staff what time they will be feeding the penguins, its a very enlightening and kind of amusing demonstration. the girl who feeds the penguins must have one of the best jobs in the world(and she is kinda cute hehehehehehehe).
depending on when you go, they always have different exhibitions. when i went the 2nd last time they were demonstration a family of that monkey from madasgascar(god i cant remember the name of the species). the last time i went the resident lynx had a baby lynx who was running around everywhere trying to explore everything and just learn about its surroundings.
but for some reason i have yet to see those otters, they are always sleeping and everyone around me talks about them when they talk about the biodome. and here i will abrupltly end my review.

Visited September 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

This was a great place. I had been most looking forward to the puffins, but I was worried it would be too old fashioned and aimed at the kindergarten set. However, it was great! Wandering into the first room - the rainforest - I nearly walked right into a giant bird just sitting on one of the railings. By that point, I decided the place had paid for itself. From the little monkeys that looked like old men to the playful penguins, I loved watching the animals. It was really structured so that although the animals were hanging out in their habitats, they were never invisible. The otters were sleeping when we go there, but every other animal was happily playing and exploring and mugging for the tourists. Even the lynx could be spotted if you looked really carefully. The best display by far was the beavers. We saw them playing above ground, then watched them somersault underwater, then watched them swim into their den and saw them snacking on wood chips via a night vision camera in their den. We were two adults and had a great time along with all the kids. Totally worth the time if you love animals.

Visited October 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Loved it! The rainforest was warm and humid with plants and animals everywhere. As close to a real rainforest as you can get in Canada! Other sections were very cool as well, really enoyed the penguins and the puffins, they looked like they were having a lot of fun!

Visited October 2012
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“Fun For Kids, Not So Much For Adults”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Adjacent to Montreal's Olympic Stadium, and housed in a building that was once used as the Velodrome during the 1976 Summer Olympics, the Biodome is an indoor zoo/aquarium/botanical garden where you walk through four different ecosystems, each featuring animals, birds, fish, plants and trees native to a different part of the world. The best part has to be the Tropical Forest, which is a replica of a South American rainforest. The Laurentian Forest area is interesting as well, as the temperature changes with each season (warm in the spring, hot in summer, cool in fall and cold in the winter). Many of the animals are free to move around in their designated ecosystem, so what you see depends on where they are or what they're doing (mostly hiding in the bushes). The penguin exhibit at the end was also good. This attraction is geared more towards children, as an adult I thought it was a bit boring. Also, I think the price of admission is a little too high ($17.75 for adults), and I also don't think it's fair that admission is cheaper if your a resident of Quebec!

Visited September 2012
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