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Zoo Ecomuseum, Montreal

(3.9/5 based on 150 reviews on the web)
Observe over 115 species of native Quebecois wildlife at Zoo Ecomuseum, Montreal's only outdoor zoo. Black bears, lynx, wolves, eagles, reptiles, and amphibians populate the grounds in abundance. Young members of the family will love the chance to see these critters feeding and interacting with each other. The zoo also acts as an educational and conservation project, taking pains to provide the best possible habitats for the animals. Facilities include outdoor and indoor picnic areas, so bring snacks and drinks along. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Montreal holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Zoo Ecomuseum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • A wonderful opportunity to experience, up close, wildlife in a very natural setting in a protected setting. There are attractions non-stop, including the adult bears who have just recovered from hiber...  more »
  • Great little animal sanctuary full of rescue animals. We went in winter and there was still plenty to see. Eight-year-old was so happy and running from exhibit to exhibit. We were also there at the en...  more »
  • Beautiful setting and local wild animals in their natural habitat. Children age 3 to 12 are sure to enjoy!  more »
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  • Zoo Ecomuseum is found on the outskirts of Montreal near the western tip of the island (St-Anne De Bellevue). It's a small zoo but not as you'd normally expect one to be. Basically the animals found here were rescued elsewhere due to a variety of reasons but most cannot be released due to injuries or inability to live in the wild. This is why one must temper their expectations to what they expect to see here.... this zoo's mission is centered on conservation and the size it pretty small.... you can be in and out in 45 minutes.... or longer if you have kids willing to check out exhibitions over and over again. This isn't Parc Safari! I paid $12.50 for my ticket and it's free for 2 year olds or younger. Prices are fair. There's several exhibitions inside the building you pay in before you head into the zoo. There's a number of aquariums with a variety of animals you can view but it's not something that you wouldn't see elsewhere however. Snapping turtle is HUGE though. You'll have to also realize that most of these animals are usually sleeping and may not present/active when you get there. Also, in the winter months they hibernate, so you know they're there but they're in lala land until they seem fit. :) The zoo had the most beautiful snow owl (harfang des neiges). He was looking at people barely feet from the gate, it was really impressive. I equally enjoyed the wolves, they were playing and were very active. The zoo has a lot of open space and a lot of exhibits in transition. Overall, my friends were very impressed on the new changes there were since the last time they came here 2 years ago. I wouldn't know but it's nice to know the zoo isn't stagnant and caters to the animals they receive. Overall, a nice experience. I'd be back in the summer as I'm sure the experience would be somewhat different from the winter one... my daughter loved it but she's 2, she's impressed by ants. :) Just make sure to temper your expectations and you'll have a nice time.
  • Great place for the family to spend a nice day outside. Pretty easy to see all the animals available and they're pretty close by. I would recommend to have a food stand and lower the entry fee as well.
  • If the Ecomuseum Zoo would distance itself from being a zoo and instead run as a non-profit sanctuary, I would be happy to support it. But the sad reality is that like all zoos, the animals they keep are exploited for human entertainment and suffer greatly for it. The only thing that is taught to children in zoos, is that domination and exploitation of sentient beings is acceptable. The Ecomuseum Zoo does care for some injured and disabled wildlife that cannot be released, which may sound nice. But, many of their animals exhibit signs of Zoochosis (injured or not). Especially the Bears, Arctic Fox and several Birds in their cage-like enclosures. If you hang around long enough, you'll notice them engage in repetitive behavior like swaying, circling and pacing back and forth. Their captive environment creates those psychological issues, which in some cases even leads to self-mutilation. On a final note, I would like to add that the Nocturnal enclosures which are meant to be kept in total darkness, are not monitored by staff. I observed many visitors using their phones as flashlights and pointing them directly into these habitats. That is obviously disturbing to the animals housed there and is not constructed in their best interest.
  • Eco museum is a great place to bring kids. Lots of animals treated nicely. Very nice place to visit :)
  • A must-visit for families with young children. The people at the Ecomuseum do a fantastic job of educating people about the beautiful and diverse animals in Canada. My daughter loves visiting this zoo, so it's really an annual trip for us (and sometimes more).