Biodôme

Biodôme information

Location
Montréal , Canada
Address
4777 Ave Pierre de Coubertin
Getting there
Metro: Viau
More information
www.espacepourlavie.ca
Prices
adult/child $18.75/9.50
Opening hours
9am-6pm
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At this captivating, kid-friendly exhibit you can amble through a rain- forest, explore Antarctic islands, view rolling woodlands or wander along the raw Atlantic oceanfront – all without ever leaving the building. Be sure to dress in layers for the temperature swings.

The four ecosystems house many thousands of animal and plant species; follow the self-guided circuit and you will see everything. Penguins frolic in the pools a few feet away from groups of goggle-eyed children; the tropical chamber is a cross-section of Amazonia with mischievous little monkeys teasing alligators in the murky waters below. The Gulf of St Lawrence has an underwater observatory where you can watch cod feeding alongside lobsters and sea urchins in the tidal pools. The appearance of the Laurentian Forest varies widely with the seasons, with special habitats for lynx, otters and around 350 bats.

The Biodôme is wildly popular, so try to visit during the week, avoiding the middle of the day if possible. Plan two hours to do it justice. You can bring a packed lunch for the picnic tables or dine in the cafeteria. In summer there are educational day camps for kids.