We spent a fun afternoon getting up close and personal with some wildlife at the Montreal Biodome along with my parents, who claim they’ve never been, but I swear that we went as a family when I was in high school. It was even better the second time around because I have a nicer camera 12 years later and got some fun shots.


The Dome was originally constructed for the 1976 Olympic Games, and has since been converted into one of the most unique zoos. It’s split into four different sections, each one recreating a different environment (Tropical Rainforest, Laurentian Maple Forest, Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the Labrador Coast). You walk through and see the animals roaming around, doing their own thing.


The beavers were working so hard. They lived up to all of their stereotypes while we were there.

biodome_beaver underwater

Even when swimming they’re intense. I’ve never seen an animal only swim for utility and without any pleasure (as far as I could tell).


This little guy was having so much fun, I could barely catch a photo.


The turtles are in love. Clearly.


I’ve always loved raccoons and  I think they’re elegant (in a jewelry thief who attends the ball kind of way).


A lynx chilling out and looking down on us.

biodome_black bird

biodome_orange bird

So many birds!


Puffins! I had no interest in seeing them in Iceland, but these guys may have changed my mind.


And how could you finish up without some penguins?


Right now, their new sloth exhibit is attracting a lot of attention. I’m not sure why people really love sloths–are they jealous of their lifestyle? I personally don’t get it, but whatever! They’re still photogenic. One of them had the energy to peek his head out and say hello.


And my lovely parents. Adorable.