Montreal Biodome- Explore 4 Ecosystems of The Americas
Montreal Biodome Introduction
Visit the Montreal Biodome to explore four different ecosystems of the Americas all in one building.
This is Part 1 of 3 posts on our recent visit to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Specifically, we saw three sites near the Montreal Olympic Park including:
- 1- Montreal Biodome
- 2- Montreal Botanical Garden
- 3- Montreal Insectarium
The Montreal Biodome allows visitors to explore through habitats of four ecosystems found in the Americas:
- Tropical Forest is a simulation of a South American rain forest.
- Laurentian Forest is a replica of the North American wilderness.
- Saint Lawrence Marine Eco-system is an estuary habitat modelled on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
- Sub-Polar Region is a cold habitat that is divided into Arctic and Antarctic.
Altogether, the Montreal Biodome is a great place to visit with a love one or as a family. Since it is beautiful, educational, and fun for all, it is great for anyone and everyone to visit.
The Montreal Biodome is located in the eastern area of Montreal. See the map above for the location.
Zoom in and out with the map and scroll around. Also, the map provides the location of hotels in the area. Use the map to find prices, availability and book a hotel near the Montreal Biodome.
Montreal is found in the south-eastern portion of Canada. In fact, it is only 1 hour from the New York and Vermont State borders. Montreal sits on the Saint Lawrence Seaway which outlets to the Atlantic Ocean.
Montreal at only 2 hrs away is the closest metropolitan city to our home in Vermont. For example, Boston is further at 4 hours away. Similarly, New York City is 6 hours from our home. From Vermont and other areas of New England, use Interstate 89.
Montreal is very easy to get to from New York either by highway along Interstate 87 or Amtrak. In particular, the Montrealer Amtrak train travels to and from New York City and Montreal every day.
Also, the Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is very new and a great airport.
Documents for U.S. Travelers
- Green Card
- Stamped Spouse Visa
- Advanced Parole Card
Concerning Fiance Visa holders, do not travel outside the United States until you marry, apply for, and receive Advanced Parole. See our “K-1 Fiance Visa- Now that you are in the USA” for information on Advanced Parole.
Firstly, we went into the tropical rain forest of South America. This habitat is very warm and wet. Immediately, feel the warm and humid tropical air as soon as you enter the rain forest habitat area.
The tropical rain forest at the Montreal Biodome has many exotic plants, animals, birds, reptiles and fish to see.
See the lush rain forest vegetation that stretches to the top of the dome. Then, hear the birds, monkeys and other animals.
Now, lets explore what there is to see in the rain forest.
The first thing that I like to do in the rain forest habitat is to find the sloths. The southern two-toed sloths move very slowly and love to hide. Try to find both of them. This one was easy. Usually, they are harder to find.
The second sloth was a little harder to find up in the rain forest canopy. Today, they were actually easier to find than normal.
See the capybara which is the world’s largest rodent. It certainly looks like a giant guinea pig.
The black Goeldi’s marmoset wins the starring contest hands down.
See the vibrant orange color of the golden lion Tamarin up close.
There are real bats to see. However, we also found these two batty humans fooling around.
While still in the rain forest, check out the exotic birds like this Hyacinth Macaw. Here, he was up close and personal. Talk to the Macaw. Most likely, it will mimic you and talk back to you.
Also, check out all the other beautiful birds in the rain forest.
Stand under the waterfall and look out at all the wonderful plants, animals, birds and reptiles.
Look for the Yacare caiman waiting for its prey. Please don’t fall in. Here, it is laying very still until it can pounce on its prey.
Also, be careful because the caiman can climb the walls. Just kidding. They cannot climb the walls. In fact, your children are safe. However, they will learn and have fun.
See the many fish of the tropical rain forest.
These piranha look small and pretty. However, they can be very vicious and each flesh.
After the rainforest, we entered the Laurentian Forest habitat. The Laurentian Forest is a replica habitat of the northern Quebec forest.
As soon as you enter, it feels much cooler. In fact, you can smell the cold water and natural trees.
As for vegetation in the Laurential Forest, you observe both hardwoods and conifers together in the forest. The hardwoods include both sugar maples and white birches. The conifers specifically include firs and white spruces.
Among the inhabitants of this ecosystem are dozens of species of fish, along with amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals such as beavers, porcupines, otters and lynx.
There is a large active beaver pond and hut. Look close and see the beaver swimming across the pond.
To demonstrate how the beavers live, there are stairs that take you down below the pond. Here you can see into the living space of the beaver hut.
Check out the lynx taking a nap on the rocky cliffs.
Saint Lawrence Marine Eco-system
After the forest, we visit the Saint Lawrence marine eco-system. The Saint Lawrence seaway is a salt water estuary that outlets into the Atlantic Ocean. For example, this estuary is alive with many fish, invertebrates, crabs and even whales.
See the schools of striped bass swim by.
Watch a sting ray swim hugging the rocky bottom.
The sturgen as species are as old as the dinosaurs. They have lots of history to tell.
Be memorized by the jelly fish collection. They make a great light show in the dark room.
See the collection bottom feeders including of crabs and starfish.
The sub-polar habitat is divided into both the arctic and antarctic regions.
Check out the King Penguins living on the rocky shores like they do in Antarctica.
These are Gentoo penguins. They also get all their food from the sea.
This is a Northern Rockhopper penguin swimming. Their crown of long yellow and black give it its characteristic appearance.
Montreal Biodome Information
The website “Flora and Fauna of the Montreal Biodome” is a great source to find out more information on all of the plants and animals found in the Montreal Biodome.
Check out the “Rates for the Montreal Biodome“.
See directions, public transportation, parking and contact information for the Montreal Biodome.