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“Neat Educational Experience” 5 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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Kitchener, Canada
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“Neat Educational Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I visited the Biodome in Montreal this winter with my friend. It was nice educational trip and a great way to escape the cold. It was a bit pricey $18 for an adult but you can get a discount if you're a CAA member you get a few dollars off. It the pinguins were my favourite. They have a lynx, otters, puffins and lots more :)

Visited March 2013
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“Great for families”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

It was kind of like an indoor zoo with different climate areas. We visited on a cold weekend so there were a lot of other families but the crowd wasn't overwhelming. It seemed that most local families walked even in the cold which was nice. Food choices are minimal at the biodome but they do have a dining area so pack a lunch/snack if you can (which is what we noticed most other people doing as well.) Our two year old loved it!

Visited February 2013
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“Visited the Biodome”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

My family and I visited the Biodome over the March Break. What a facinating place. Going through the various ecosystems, seeing some of the animals that live in that habitat and learning more about was great. Lots of friendly and helpful staff on hand to answer questions. Highly recommended.

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Nice, France
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“Always nice to go there”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I been to the biodome before, but it was the first time for my husband. As always, it is always nice to visit the biodome. I love how they have the tropical area and the penguins are really fun to see. I never get bored going there and would recommand for people to go at least once.

Visited April 2012
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“Overall Very Good with a Few Caveats”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

First off, the actual Biodome itself is very well done. There are four separate ecosystems which provide not only the cosmetic look, but the feel of being in each individual system with regard to temperature, humidity, light level, flora, and fauna. There are several large aquariums with seldom seen species of fish and birds. I never get tired of watching cool fish in an aquarium that has been well done, particularly a very large aquarium.

The caveats...

As of Mar 2013 the parking for the Biodome is quite far from the Biodome itself. If you are with people who are very young or who have mobility issues, it could be an issue. Same goes for inclement weather.

Second, the cost.

Regular price Québec resident Accès Montréal cardholder
Adults $18.75 $15.00 $11.00
Ages 65 and up $17.50 $14.00 $10.00
Students (18+ with card) $14.00 $11.25 $8.25
Ages 5 to 17 $9.50 $7.50 $5.50
Family** $52.50 $42.00 $28.00

As you can see, a couple of adults and a couple of kids from out of Province will run upwards of $50. It's expensive, especially considering it doesn't take that long to go through. I understand that tickets can be bought as a package for the Insectarium, so this may be a way to go. I can't speak on this as we didn't go this route.

There is a cafeteria style restaurant on site, it's expensive, as restaurants within attractions usually are, and the food is ok at best.

It's a pretty busy attraction, but is not very well designed for traffic. Particularly stroller traffic. They seem to always be in the way, and being someone who was also pushing a stroller, it's difficult to find somewhere that isn't in the way. The walkways are rather narrow for the amount of traffic, and being an attraction that involves standing and looking at things, people tend to stop where other people are walking.

So there you have it. The Biodome is very well done, but it is over quickly, it's a long walk to it, and it's expensive. But it is very well done...

Visited March 2013
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