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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 damp tropical rainforest. It was like walking into a tropical vacation and I was on a my own personal hike through the rainforest.


Entering the Tropical Rainforest at the Biodome in Montreal

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.”


Colourful Parrots at Play in the Biodome’s Tropical Rainforest

Then I followed a rather playful monkey as he jumped along 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.


Crazy Golden Tamarin Monkey Finally Stands Still

The tropical rainforest has the most wildlife in it compared to the other areas. Clearly 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 walk through.


The Capybara takes a swim


Tropical Birds


Colourful fish at the Biodome

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 racoon and the Canadian Beaver.


Racoon was not hiding in the Biodome


Canadian Ducks in a Row

The Beaver exhibit is interesting 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.


Beaver Taking a Swim

Biodome – The Gulf of St. Lawrence

After walking through the forest I entered the next ecosystem and then into this large amazing dome of water. Birds flew around me and sat and took it all in. Cool fresh air like I was standing in the middle of the Gulf of the St. Lawrence.


Gulf of St. Lawrence

In this ecosystem a tribute to water and some pretty amazing fish. Like a mini aquarium park in the middle of the Biodome.


Biodome – Labrador Coast

After wondering through 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!


Atlantic Puffins – Soooo Cute!

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 clearly waiting for this moment and I can’t help but smile to myself. The only thing seperating 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.


The Penguin exhibit at Biodome Montreal


Swimming Penguins come to say Hi!

Other Exhibitions at the Biodome

During my visit the special exibition 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, clearly I will have to visit again and I smile at myself when I think everytime I visit it’s probably going to be a totally 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

Travel support on this trip was provided by Tourism Montreal.