Not everyone thought it was a great idea to transform an Olympic bicycle-racing stadium into a natural-history exhibit, but the result is one of the city's most popular attractions, part of the Space for Life complex. Four ecosystems—a boreal forest, a tropical forest, a polar landscape, and the St. Lawrence River—are under one climate-controlled dome. You follow pathways through each environment, observing indigenous flora and fauna. New residents of the Biodome are
three Lynx kittens born in captivity in 2013. These little cuties are a hit with kids and adults alike. Between its launch in 2014 and completion in 2017, the Biodôme Renewal project will renovate the exhibits, with a focus on humans' relationship with nature. Keep in mind that the tropical forest is as hot and humid as the real thing, and the Québec and Arctic exhibits can be frigid. If you want to stay comfortable, dress in layers.
Oct 4, 2005
The Biodome had some really interesting animals, including the capybara and the penguins, and the pink-spoonbills. Sadly, the beavers were tucked away sleeping. The river otters were fun to watch. The animal viewing was really great, but the little movie they had was pretty lame and seemed very outdated. The gift-shop was disappointing as well. I suggest going early in the day, well before the crowds of school children show up.
Dec 21, 2004
this is a warm, cozy treat, and an educational and fun experience for kids and adults. They have actual mini-ecosystems set up and you walk throught the exhibits and watch monkeys and birds and other creatures in a real-life setting. It's a gift for the warmth alone - but if you check your coat, be aware that the Quebec ecosystem is going to feel quite chilly after you leave the warm tropical paradise. It was a bit crowded when we went, so a weekday
might be better than a weekend.