Province/Territory: Quebec

Immerse yourself in the natural world

  • 218 animal species
  • 25000 different insects
  • 22000 plant species

Feast on all life has to offer by experiencing nature at every turn. Surround yourself with exotic eco-systems, peer at galaxies and strange insects, and explore grand gardens. Travel the world from sub-polar planes to tropical locales via the Biodôme. Get bug-eyed at the Insectarium. Plant yourself in the international landscapes of the Botanical Garden and soar into orbit at the Planetarium.

Montréal’s new Space for Life brings together these four fast-tracks into the natural world to create Canada’s largest group of natural science museums.

Why you should visit
  • Spot an anaconda in the Biodome's rainforest.
  • Be mesmerized by giant lanterns in the shapes of grasshoppers, dragonflies and butterflies in the night sky.
  • Hear Native guides explain the traditional plants and herbs of First Nations people at the Botanical Gardens.
  • Watch monarch butterflies being tagged before their long flight to Mexico.
  • Touch, smell and taste the Courtyard of the Senses.
  • Step into the newly built planetarium where cutting edge equipment, art and poetry join to create a link between sky and life on Earth.

Weather

  • Montréal enjoys four full seasons. While most activities at the Space for Life are indoors, visitors moving from museum to museum will have a unique experience dependant on the season. Summer (June to September) sees warm and dry weather, with increased precipitation in the spring and fall and snowfall during winter (December to March).
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
When to go
  • Most of the facilities are open year-round.
  • Check out the Space for Life website for special events, exhibitions, and hours of operation.
  • Packages are available for up to 30 consecutive days to visit the attractions of your choice.
Need to know
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Children’s programs are available.
  • Plan for at least four hours or more to fully explore all the attractions.
  • The Insectarium and Botanical Garden are located on the same site (one ticket = admission to both). Be sure to plan enough time to get the most out of your visit to these two large museums.
  • The trip from the Insectarium to the Biodôme will take you five minutes by car or 15 minutes on foot.
  • The Olympic Park’s Montréal Tower is close to the Biodôme.
Getting Here
  • Located in Montréal but slightly outside of the downtown area.
  • The Space for Life's four sites are in close proximity of one another.
  • Taxis are available to-and-from the area.
  • Pay parking available.
  • Easily accessed by public transit.