Note: The Biodome is currently closed for a large-scale renovation and will reopen in summer 2019.
As soon as the sliding doors opened before me, I felt the warm tropical air hit my face. As I walked inside, I was taken into a new world of lavish greenery, exotic flowers and smells of the damp tropical rainforest. It was like a tropical vacation, and I was on my hike through the rainforest.
The Biodome Montreal Quebec
The Biodome is divided into five areas representing the Ecosystems of the Americas. The tropical rainforest, the Laurentian maple forest, the Gulf of the St. Lawrence, the Labrador Coast and the Sub Antarctic Islands. It is like taking a tour through nature in the Americas all within one visit.
Biodome – Tropical Rainforest
The first ecosystem was, of course, the tropical rainforest and it is a welcome start to feel the heat on your face as the world around you starts to show itself. The first friends I made were a set of parrots in a tree having a rather loud “conversation.”
Then I followed a somewhat playful monkey as he jumped along the side of me willing me to follow. He was quick and appeared blurry in just about every shot I took. He seemed amused by this and refused to sit still. He continued jumping from branch to branch until I was standing in front of a small platform with food in it. Then he did it. He posed for the picture.
The tropical rainforest has the most wildlife in it compared to the other areas. I wasn’,t looking hard enough for the amphibians which included poison arrow frogs, the anaconda and the piranha. But I did capture a few other animals on my walkthrough.
Biodome – Laurentian Maple Forest
The next set of doors bring me into a more familiar Canadian forest. In it trees and shrubs and some familiar animals which included some birds, a raccoon and the Canadian Beaver.
The Beaver exhibit is fascinating as you can see it above ground and then take a walk underneath to see what his home looks like underwater. I was lucky to see the Beaver swimming away inside.
Biodome – The Gulf of St. Lawrence
After walking through the forest, I entered the next ecosystem and then into this sizeable dome of water. Birds flew around me and sat and took it all in. Crisp fresh air like I was standing in the middle of the Gulf of the St. Lawrence.
In this ecosystem a tribute to water and some pretty fantastic fish. Like a mini aquarium park in the middle of the Biodome.
Biodome – Labrador Coast
After wandering through the forest and admiring the marine life, the Biodome takes me to a new place and introduces me to some new cute friends. I’ve always dreamed about visiting Labrador, and after my encounter with the Puffins, I can’t wait for a real visit!
Biodome – Sub Antarctic Islands
A favourite for many is the last of the ecosystem exhibits. The children running up and down the glass have been waiting for this moment, and I can’t help but smile to myself. The only thing separating me from my Antarctic adventure is this glass wall, but I quickly forget it is there and immerse myself in the world of the penguins.
Other Exhibitions at the Biodome
During my visit the special exhibition was a tribute to the sloth – however, they were asleep in their nests, and this proved to be a bit of let down. I did, however, meet some turtles and lizards in this space.
As I walk towards the doors to exit the Biodome, I sigh and look back. I will have to visit again, and I smile at myself when I think every time I visit it’s probably going to be an entirely different experience.
Have you been to Montreal’s Biodome? Do you have a favourite Montreal attraction? Let me know in the comments below I’d love to hear your stories!
Lots to see and do in Montreal
- Aura Notre Dame a Magical Light Show in Old Montreal
- Luxury Dreams At Hotel William Gray Old Montreal
- Escape to New Worlds in the Biodome Montreal
- Inside Montreal’s Biosphere and a Walk in Parc Jean-Drapeau
- Getting Lost in Montreal Botanical Gardens
- Old Montreal Inspires Photography Excursion
- Hotel Review: Zero 1 Hotel Montreal: Funky, Awesome, Great Location
- Books That Inspire Travel: 300 Reasons to Love Montreal
Travel support on this trip was provided by Tourism Montreal.