Old Photographs of the Montréal Biodome (Gallery)

While many tourists turn at the sign pointed towards La Ronde, the Six Flags owned amusement park, another unique and popular attraction in Olympic Park is Montreal’s Biodome.

It can be a struggle for many cities to find a renewed and vital use for buildings constructed for the Olympics, a hinderance that along with the cost, prohibits many cities from bidding to host the Olympics. Luckily Montreal was able to fashion the Biodome from a repurposed velodrome, a cycle racing track arena built for the 1976 summer games. The idea for the restructured arena was conceived in 1988, and the Biodome opened in the spring of 1992.

1992-1993-The Beginning of the Montreal Biodome.

The natural history galleries in the erstwhile stadium include Space for Life, the Montreal Insectarium, Montreal Botanical Gardens, and a planetarium.

The museum space houses animal habitats, creatures, and the flora and fauna that allow visitors to experience the ecosystems of North, Central, and South America, and the live animals inhabiting the exhibits include penguins, lynx, birds and fish.

When I visited, my husband noticed that the trash birds of the sky, aka seagulls looked amazingly healthy in the Biodome, when their diet doesn’t consist of surviving on garbage and errant French fries.

The Montreal Archives give a taste of the Biodome experience, and a look at its construction. For more information, hours, and current Covid restrictions visit the official website.

Montréal Biodome
1989-1992-Original Sign Design Laurentian Forest.
1989-1992-Original Sign Design Polar World.
Montréal Biodome
1991-1992-Construction of Montreal Biodome.
July-August 1991-Installation of the basin windows.
Montréal Biodome
1991-1992-Construction
Montréal Biodome
1991-1992-Construction
1991-1992-Construction
Montréal Biodome
1991-1992-Construction

Montréal Biodome
1991-1992-Gulf of St. Lawrence Construction Site.
Montréal Biodome
1991-1992-Gulf of St. Lawrence Construction Site 2.
1991-1992-Polar World Work Site.
Montréal Biodome
1991-1992-The Entire Habitat Site.
Montréal Biodome
1992-1993-The Beginning of the Montreal Biodome
Montréal Biodome
1992-1993-The Beginnings of the Montreal Biodome.
1992-1993-The Beginnings of the Montreal Biodome.
Montréal Biodome
1992-1993-The Beginnings of the Montreal Biodome.
1992-1993-The Beginnings of the Montreal Biodome.

Montréal Biodome