The Ecomuseum Zoo: A Top Nature Attraction
Ecomuseum: Landfill Turned Wildlife Park
The Ecomuseum Zoo has come a long way in fifty odd years. It wasn't always the wildlife park it is today, having first opened its doors in 1988 after years were spent revitalizing an area that was covered in wetlands once upon a time. But that original ecosystem went out the window with the 1960s, when the grounds became landfill as one of Montreal's major autoroutes, Highway 40, was being extended to the west. But the resulting eyesore didn't last too long. Enter the St. Lawrence Valley Natural History Society as stewards, a non-profit organization founded in 1981 whose main focus and raison d'être centered on rebuilding the land. Continuing to helm the Ecomuseum Zoo today, the society not only operates the zoo, but also engages in research and conservation activities.
Over 115 Species Indigenous to Quebec
Open 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day), the Ecomuseum Zoo proposes a partially indoor/mostly outdoor tour of the premises, grounds featuring over 115 animal species indigenous to the province of Quebec, including the:
- black bear
- arctic fox
- bald eagle
- gray wolf
- woodland caribou
Offering a slew of kid-friendly activities, the Ecomuseum proposes weekly workshops and events which allow kids to feed, care for and even touch zoo animals. Activities for different age ranges, from toddlers to adults. Cost varies by activity.
Ecomuseum Opening Hours
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., every day
Closed Christmas Day.
Regular $16.75, seniors $13.50, ages 3 to 15 $9.75, ages 2 and under FREE
Annual family pass $135 (2 adults and 2 children ages 3 to 15, each additional child $25), $50 annual adult rate (ages 16 to 64), $40 annual senior rate, $30 annual child rate (ages 3 to 15), $500 lifetime membership pass. Prices may change without notice.
Getting to the Ecomuseum Zoo
21125 chemin Ste. Marie
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec H9X 3Y7
By public transit: Bus 221, several possible routes
By car: take Highway 40 (Trans-Canada), take Exit 44 (Boulevard Morgan), then follow the blue tourism signs indicating “Zoo Ecomuseum”
Phone: (514) 457-9449
More INFO: Ecomuseum Zoo website