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Montreal Biodome
Vacation Travel Guide

Montreal's “house of life” is a zoo, an aquarium and a nature preserve all under one futuristic glass roof. 

Canada’s climate is one of extremes, but at the Montreal Biodome you can experience several climates in one place. The Biodome simulates five different ecosystems of the Americas ranging from tropical to Arctic, and serves as home to 250 animal and 500 plant species.

The Biodome’s five ecosystems are housed under the expansive glass roof of the velodrome built for the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics. Upon entering, the first habitat is the Tropical Rainforest exhibit, the largest and most populated ecosystem of the Biodome. Look for tamarins in the trees and watch for piranhas stalking the river that runs through the habitat. Next is a re-creation of Laurentian Maple Forest, located between Quebec and the northern United States. This mountainous terrain is home to beavers and the rare Canada lynx. In the Gulf of St. Lawrence exhibit, visit an enormous tank for views of Atlantic marine life, including lobsters and halibut. Finally, the Arctic and Antarctic exhibits hold flocks of puffins and penguins.

The walk through the Biodome does not take long and you can easily race through all five exhibits in a half-hour. The Biodome, however, rewards patience and the longer you stay, the more you’ll see. Each habitat is full of wildlife, so take your time and move quietly.

For a small fee, rent an audio guide in English that will let you know what to look for. Signs along the walkway will also help you in your search for wildlife.

Arrive early, as the line for the Biodome can be long, especially during the summer months. Fortunately, even when the line is long, it tends to move quickly.

The Biodome is a few minutes northeast of Downtown next to the Olympic Stadium. It is easily accessible by metro, bus, bicycle or car, although there is a fee for parking. The magnificent Montreal Botanical Garden lies just across Rue Sherbrooke from the Biodome, so consider combining the two for a great day exploring Mother Nature, Montreal style.

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Gite du Survenant
Gite du Survenant
3 out of 5
2645 Avenue Desjardins, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $36 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

Located in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Montreal Botanical Garden and Montreal Biodome. Olympic Stadium and Montreal ...

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"I like how everything was well set up with labels and instructions. The room, the kitchen, and the bathroom were very clean and organized. In my case, communication from the property manager was very good. What I didn't like was the room I booked was not the room I was given upon check-in. They advertised ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 14, 2020

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Hotel Universel Montreal
Hotel Universel Montreal
3.5 out of 5
5000, Rue Sherbrooke Est, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $130 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Saputo Stadium, Olympic Stadium, and Montreal Biodome. Montreal Botanical Garden ...

4.1/5Very Good! (946 reviews)
Good for a short stay

"The facility is definitely outdated but the staff were very accommodating and friendly."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2020

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A haven of welcome for your holidays and short term stays in Montreal
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Located in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Montreal Biodome, Montreal Botanical Garden, and Olympic Stadium. Sainte-Catherine ...

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"Nous avons passé un séjour de rêve avec nos enfants, confortables, près de tout ce que nous voulions visiter. On se sentait à la maison tout en profitant pleinement de nos vacances. Merci Janie!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 2, 2019

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Reviews of Montreal Biodome

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Sep 30, 2019

Excellent view from the roof top, really interesting and very close to the Metro.

2/5 - Disappointing

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Jul 21, 2019

It was closed for reno’s!!??

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 5, 2019

Biodome is under renovation but aspects are open. We visited the Insectarium which was fascinating!

2/5 - Disappointing

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Jan 2, 2019

It was closed

5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 2, 2018

We walked Neighborhoods arojnfmd the hotel as well as venturing we’ll beyond.

1/5 - Terrible

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Oct 28, 2018

Closed because under construction

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Gite du Survenant
Gite du Survenant
3 out of 5
2645 Avenue Desjardins, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $36 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11
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Hotel Universel Montreal
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3.5 out of 5
5000, Rue Sherbrooke Est, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $130 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10
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A haven of welcome for your holidays and short term stays in Montreal
A haven of welcome for your holidays and short term stays in Montreal
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A haven of welcome for your holidays and short term stays in Montreal
A haven of welcome for your holidays or short term stays in Montreal
A haven of welcome for your holidays or short term stays in Montreal
Montreal, QC
A haven of welcome for your holidays or short term stays in Montreal
Hotel Halte-Galerie
Hotel Halte-Galerie
3 out of 5
4223 Rue Hochelaga, Montreal, QC
The price is CA $45 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11
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Lovely and quiet location near the Botanical Garden, 15 min downtown.
Lovely and quiet location near the Botanical Garden, 15 min downtown.
Montreal, QC
Lovely and quiet location near the Botanical Garden, 15 min downtown.
APPARTEMENT VILLAGE OLYMPIQUE
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Montreal, QC
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Renovated HoMa Gem Near Olympic Stadium & Market
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Renovated Homa Gem Near Olympic Stadium & Market
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