Ecomuseum: A Zoo, A Wildlife Park

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    The Ecomuseum Zoo: A Top Nature Attraction

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    A barn owl at the Ecomuseum Zoo, a wildlife park located on the island of Montreal. Photo courtesy of the Ecomuseum

    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...MORE 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

     

    Ecomuseum Activities

    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.

     

    Ecomuseum Admission

    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
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    More INFO: Ecomuseum Zoo website

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  • 02 of 06

    Inside the Ecomuseum: Black Bears

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    A black bear at the Ecomuseum Zoo, a wildlife park located on the island of Montreal. Photo courtesy of the Ecomuseum Zoo
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    Inside the Ecomuseum: Arctic Fox

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    An arctic fox at the Ecomuseum Zoo, a wildlife park located on the island of Montreal. Photo courtesy of the Ecomuseum Zoo
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    Inside the Ecomuseum: Bald Eagle

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    A bald eagle at the Ecomuseum Zoo, a wildlife park located on the island of Montreal. Photo courtesy of the Ecomuseum Zoo
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    Inside the Ecomuseum: Gray Wolf

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    A gray wolf at the Ecomuseum Zoo, a wildlife park located on the island of Montreal. Photo courtesy of the Ecomuseum Zoo
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    Inside the Ecomuseum: Woodland Caribou

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    A woodland caribou at the Ecomuseum Zoo, a wildlife park located on the island of Montreal. Photo courtesy of the Ecomuseum Zoo