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“It's ok if you've never been anywhere” 3 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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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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“It's ok if you've never been anywhere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

This might be a good stop for kids - lots of interesting animals and you can feel the different climate zones. If you've been to an aquarium, zoo or botanical garden somewhere else, you've probably seen what's here. We went on a Sunday and it was full of families. Nice viewing areas for underwater animals. I thought it was overpriced for the experience.

Visited October 2012
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“For green adicts...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Unless you are a lover of nature, byology or have a lot of spare time, you may enjoy it. If this is not the case there are many other options in Montreal.

Visited November 2012
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lake wales
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“Visit 4 regions in an hour.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

The building that houses the Biodome in Montreal was the Velodrome bicycle racing circuit for the 1976 Summer Olympics. The buildings new life introduces you to 4 distinct ecosystems. You can go from steamy hot to icy cold in a short time. There is a tropical forest, a temperate forest (Laurentian), The St.Lawrence Seaway and a polar world. To make each region come to life they are stocked with plants and animals native to each. You will see alligators, Macaws, Penguins, Sturgeons in the huge water tanks, and even beavers making their home on a dam.

This attraction is a worthy visit especially if you have children.

Visited September 2012
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“Lovely place although not that big”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

First impressions you think, what is this place, it looks ugly from the outside, it smells a bit inside and the surrounding area is terrible. However the exhibitions are so all done, I really applaud this place.
Don't rush, take your time. There are not 5 exhibits in big spaces. Sit down on a bench and listen to the birds, watch the otters play and the beaver make his dam.
Watch the puffins try to swim against the stream and do crazy stuff. Enjoy the penguins while they slide in the snow.

Visited November 2012
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“Worth going, just schedule the best time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Very nice place to go and visit. It could take you half a day if you are enjoying it. And it's very enjoyable but you need to make sure that it won't be too crowded.

I went on a saturday at noon, at it was really crowed. Hard to walk and enjoy it. So we walked really slow and waited till people stop on coming in after 3pm. Then it was really nice to feel the different rooms. It is an incredible work as it really feels if you were in the tropics, in the middle of the forest of somewhere in northamerica or even at the south pole.

The animals get feed saturday afternoon, before closing, so there is a less people and nicer to see. I only know saturdays, but you could find out before going, specially in winter that is going to be more visited.

Visited November 2012
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