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Montreal Biosphere (la Biosphère) Tours

Montreal Biosphere (la Biosphère)
Designed by architect Buckminster Fuller to serve as the US pavilion for the 1967 World’s Fair, the Montreal Biosphere (la Biosphère) is one of the city’s most instantly recognizable landmarks. Inside, it houses a range of exhibitions focusing on eco-technologies, sustainable development, and climate change. It's a must-see for all visitors to Montreal.
 
The Basics
The Montreal Biosphere is a popular city landmark, with its striking lattice-shelled sphere visible from many parts of Montreal. See the structure up close while exploring Jean-Drapeau Park (Parc Jean-Drapeau) on foot or by bike or by following snowshoe and cross-country trails through the park in winter.
 
Some Montreal sightseeing passes include access to the biosphere’s exhibitions, which focus on environmental issues. Permanent exhibits inside the museum include “+1°C What Difference Does it Make?,” which looks at the effects of global warming, and “Renewable Energy: Time to Decide,” which explores alternative energy sources.
 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Montreal Biosphere is a must for architecture enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in environmental sustainability.
  • Drinking fountains and picnic areas can be found in the surrounding Jean-Drapeau Park.
  • The biosphere is wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There
Montreal Biosphere in Jean-Drapeau Park spans two islands—St. Helen's Island and Notre Dame Island—in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. To get there, ride the Yellow Line Metro to Jean-Drapeau station. From there, it’s just a 2-minute walk to the biosphere.
 
When to Get There
The biosphere is open year-round, though opening days vary according to season, and the museum typically closes for a few weeks during the Christmas and New Year’s period. The best time to visit is summer as warm weather allows visitors to enjoy all that Jean-Drapeau Park has to offer.
 
The History of the Biosphere
Originally designed for Expo 67, the biosphere was first covered by a clear acrylic coating but this was destroyed during a major fire in 1976. The biosphere remained closed from that time until the opening of the museum in 1995. For sci-fi fans, the structure may be familiar, having appeared in Battlestar Galactica and Robert Altman’s 1979 film, Quintet.


Address: 160, Chemin Tour-de-l'Isle, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Admission: Varies
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Montreal Attraction Pass

Montreal Attraction Pass

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Save money and zip around the city of Montreal with the ‘Passeport MTL.’ During a 72-hour period, enjoy access to 28 popular attractions and activities, including riverboat cruises, the Biosphere, the Montreal Tower, Olympic Park and more. Bonus: The pass has a built-in chip that gives you unlimited access to public transportation, including the 747 Aéroport P.-E.-Trudeau shuttle. Getting to know Montreal has never been easier.
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  • 3 days
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Highlights of Montreal a Guided City Tour by Scooter

Highlights of Montreal a Guided City Tour by Scooter

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Have only a limited amount of time in Montreal? See more of the city in less time on a private scooter tour. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, meet your guide, and set off aboard your stylish scooter. You’ll spy the highlights of Old Montreal, will journey to trendy Mile End, will admire Mount Royal Park, will stop at a famous bakery for a bagel snack, and more.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise

Montreal History Guided Sightseeing Cruise

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Set sail for fun with a guided cruise near Montreal on the scenic St. Lawrence River, enjoying skyline views and learning about city history as you ride. Step on board your ship, the AML Cavalier Maxim, complete with sunny terraces and a glass-enclosed dining area, passing area landmarks including the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, the islands of Boucherville and the scenic shoreline. During your Montreal cruise, hear tales about the city’s founding and role of a legendary French explorer in its settlement.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Electric-Bike PRIVATE tour - Fantastic views by the waterside

Electric-Bike PRIVATE tour - Fantastic views by the waterside

3-Hour Private E-Bike Tour: Explore Downtown, Old-Mtl & Old-Port, Expo 67 Islands, Lachine Canal, Village & Latin Quarter Head south through Downtown Area, the Entertainment District which welcomes in summer our famous outdoor festivals up to the Old-Montreal. Bike along the Lachine Canal and the St. Lawrence River and discover the Expo 67 Islands. A journey to understand the historic importance of these places for the Montreal skyline, while having fun cycling on bike paths by the water. Coming back to the E-bike rental shop, doing a loop, we will have the chance to have a glance at the colorful Montreal gay village and the cultural latin quarter. This tour offers great views of the city, the opportunity to have a close look to some architectural icons and some nice breeze while riding by the water and bridges! With the electric assisted bike, everything is so nice and easy! You won't fear any slope! :)
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  • 3 hours
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Montreal Private Photo Tours with Pro Photographer

Montreal Private Photo Tours with Pro Photographer

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Learn how to capture the perfect shot on this photography-themed private tour of Montreal, led by a professional photographer and film and TV location scout. Get a chance to visit main landmarks as well as lesser-known attractions while improving your composition and technical skills, with a fully customizable itinerary tailored just to you.
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