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Zoo Ecomuseum, Montreal

#8 of 74 in Wildlife in Quebec
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. To visit Zoo Ecomuseum and other attractions in Montreal, use our Montreal online itinerary planner .
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  • Expect to see more variety of animals, the bears were hibernating and we could not see them, generally well, but I feel that I need to see more animals. I would have preferred to go at another time other than winter.
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  • The tour takes about 30 minutes - 1 hour. It was very cold (-25 degrees), so we made him a little fast but it was a real pleasure. We took the stroller for baby and other visitors had the sled. The roads are well cleared. The Park is very nice, the animals are happy and protected: grand Duke, eagles, wolves (ever seen so close and they shouted what was impressive), lynx... a very nice place. We will return to the different seasons. PS: in winter the bears Hibernate.
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  • We were visiting Montreal for the weekend and having some spare time before driving home came across this place so we stopped by hoping to show our 2 yo some animals... well... about 10 mins in and we...  more »
  • Don't go expecting the Toronto Zoo. This is much smaller and features mostly animals that you can find in Canada. Where this zoo shines is the beautiful grounds. We went in the fall and it was absolutely gorgeous. The animals had large enclosures as well and we're very active. Since this is a smaller zoo it is also far less crowded than a larger zoo. I would highly recommend. Just dont go looking for elephants, lions, or panda bears.
  • It was very beautiful. You can see the animals from very good vantage points. It’s very peaceful and much more inviting than a commercial zoo. Great experience. I totally recommend it.
  • Amazing zoo. The wolves were beautiful and all animals look like they're having a good time. Most exhibits are made for them to not feel like they are in a cage. Mostly local species but worth the time.
  • Full of fascinating exhibits, and far less of a circus/theme park than a traditional zoo. If there is a downside, it's amateur and "pro" photographers hauling 3 foot lenses around and acting as though they own the place. Well directed walkways make this a great place to bring kids. Suggest avoiding any extreme weather as the animals roam quite far within their enclosures and the winter hibernating animals are nowhere to be seen during 4 months of the year. For animal lovers, an annual pass is better value than a single entry.
  • I am not from the area, so when I was visiting a friend here, I was invited to visit The Ecomuseum. My friend told me it would be an hour or so, but we ended up spending the entire afternoon there. I was a bit disappointed at first as I didn't see many animals, but then I realized that since it was a hot day, most animals were sleeping or in the shade. So we made a circle and, when the clouds came out, so did the animals. While we walked we also stumbled upon a caribou and porcupine presentation, which was very cool and fun. Saw wolves playfully fight, bear take a dip in the water fountain, and otters go down water slide. I also managed to take a couple of good photos. We then spend the last couple of minutes looking at birds and didn't get a chance to check out the museum's basement and its nocturnal animals. There is still so much to see and I will definitely be back.

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