- Address: 160, Chemin Tour-de-l'Isle, Île Sainte-Hélène, Montreal, Quebec
- Hours: Open daily 10am - 5pm (6pm in Summer). Closed Mondays Nov - May
- Admission: Adults: C$12, Children (under 17yrs): Free
A captivating kid-friendly exhibit, the Montreal Biosphere is an engaging attraction. It's a place where you can amble through a rainforest, the Arctic Circle, rolling woodlands, or along the raw Atlantic oceanfront - all without ever leaving the building. Be sure to dress in layers for the temperature swings.
Inside the Montreal Biosphere, the four ecosystems house thousands of animal and plant species. Penguins frolic in the pools a few feet away from groups of goggle-eyed children, while the tropical chamber shows a cross-section of Amazonia with mischievous little monkeys teasing alligators in the murky waters below.
The Gulf of St. Lawrence has an underwater observatory where you can watch cod feeding alongside lobsters and sea urchins in the tidal pools. The appearance of the Laurentian Forest varies widely with the seasons, with special habitats for lynx, otters and around 350 bats.
And if that isn’t enough, Montreal Biosphere continually presents an endless stream of new programs and temporary exhibits.
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The Montreal Biosphere is located in Olympic Park, which also includes the Olympic Stadium (State Olympique) and Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanique) - all within walking distance of each other. The Biosphere is about a 20-minute drive east of downtown on rue Sherbrooke; you can also take the Metro.
The Biosphere is wildly popular so try to visit during the week, as weekends can be crowded. Plan 2 hours to do it justice. The Biospherealso has a game room, a shop, a bistro, and a cafeteria.