Montreal Biodome

The Montreal Biodome is a greenhouse located at the Olympic Park in Montreal, near the Olympic Stadium. The building was originally designed to serve as a velodrome for the 1976 Summer Olympics. The Biodome allows visitors to walk through replicas of 5 ecosystems found in the Americas: Tropical Forest, Laurentian Maple Forest, Gulf of Saint Lawrence Marine Ecosystem,  Labrador Coast, Sub-Antarctic Islands.

Above, entrance hall.

Above, in the tropical rainforest ecosystem.

Above, macaws.

Above, alligator.

Above, in the Laurentian maple forest ecosystem.

Above, otter.

Above, racoon. There was a lynx (in another cage) but it was moving too fast.

Above, in the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence ecosystem.

Above, in the Labrador Coast ecosystem.

Above, puffins in the sub-Antarctic islands ecosystem.

Above, penguins.

Above, exhibition of worldwide crossing (Xing) signs.

Above, roof of the Biodome.

Advertisements

Montreal Tower (Olympic Stadium)

At 165 metres, the Montreal Tower (Tour de Montréal) is the tallest inclined tower in the world. It is incorporated into the north base of the Olympic Stadium, built as the main venue for the 1976 Summer Olympics and designed by French architect Roger Taillibert. The top floor of the tower houses an observatory with a good view on the entire Greater Montreal region and the Saint Lawrence River.

Above, in the lobby.

Above, Botanical Garden and Parc Maisonneuve.

Above, looking towards Downtown Montreal.

Above, Biodôme.

Above, Saint-Lawrence river.

Above, Ile Sainte-Hélène.

Above, skyscrapers of Downtown and Mount Royal.

Above, Saputo Stadium, home of the Montreal Impacts MLS team, and Olympic Village.

Above, on the way down.

Above, elevator.

Mount Royal

Mount Royal (Mont Royal) is a small mountain in Montreal, immediately west of downtown. It is the site of Mount Royal Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and the city’s largest park.

Above, Mount Royal seen from the observatory of Au Sommet Place Ville-Marie. The Belvédère Kondiaronk, on the left, offers a great view on the city. The Mount Royal Cross can be seen on the right.

Above, path to the chalet and its Belvédère, coming from the campus of McGill University.

Above, walking up Olmsted Road (Chemin Olmsted), the main path to get around the park.

Above, squirrel.

Above, view on Downtown Montreal from the Belvédère Kondiaronk, near the chalet.

Above, the Chalet du Mont Royal near the viewpoint.

Above, inside the Chalet.

Above, I left the Chalet to walk a loop around the top of the mountain.

Above, Mount Royal Cross.

Above, back at the Belvédère.

Above, I later came back to Mount Royal, this time walking from Saint Joseph’s Oratory.

Above, Beaver Lake (Lac aux Castors).

Above, enjoying the sunlight at the end of the day.

Above, antenna at the summit of Mount Royal.

Above, Mount Royal Cemetery.

Above, at the Belvédère Kondiaronk, waiting for the sunset.

Above, Saint-Lawrence river in the background.

Above, Place Ville-Marie in the center.