Any trip to Montreal will leave your head reeling like being spun from a top – there’s so much architectural beauty to gawk at. And if architecture is your thing (or museums or environmental conservation, for that matter), you’ll want to head out to St. Helen’s Island and spend the day strolling around the lush park gardens of Parc Jean-Drapeau and visiting the architectural wonder that is Montreal’s Biosphere.
Built in 1967 to house the U.S. pavilion at the World Fair, this giant sphere of metal and glass is more than just a pretty cityscape icon. Open to the public and often serves as a great gathering for social and corporate events – it truly is the most unique backdrop for any gathering. And while the architecture itself is remarkable and stunning, inside lies an interactive museum which showcases the water ecosystems of the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River regions. The most modern displays revolve around sustainable development and houses some unique displays including a beautiful and other-worldly indoor garden. That being said, you’ll be hard-pressed to miss-out on the history of the dome and the story of architect Richard Buckminster Fuller or the new Nature Close Up exhibit.
Montreal’s Biosphere is open to the public year-round, and children 17 and younger are admitted free as long as they’re with other family members. If you’re looking for a great way to explore some of Montreal’s beauty, consider the Ile Sainte-Helene for its rolling green parks, blue waterways, and, of course, the beautiful biosphere.