24 Hour Trip to Montreal

Whenever I need to run away from home for 12 or 24 hours, Montreal is my destination of choice.  My 24 hours in Montreal began with a visit to Morgan Arboretum, a property owned and maintained by McGill University. With guide in hand I hoped to see owls, white-winged crossbills and other species. The woods are gorgeous. The walk meditative.  Occasionally, I encountered a skier.  After coming up empty on the yellow trail I detoured onto the orange trail. Minutes later I heard and saw a Pileated Woodpecker.

I packed it in shortly afterwards for a spot of shopping on Rue St. Catherine and the underground malls.

The next morning after a hearty breakfast I headed, as planned, to the Biodôme, Insectarium and Planetarium. The attractions are in close proximity to La Tour du Parc Olympique (Olympic Park’s Tower). The Park’s website declares, “At 165 metres, the Olympic Park Tower is the tallest inclined tower in the world! Its 45-degree angle is awe-inspiring, especially when you consider that the Leaning Tower of Pisa’s tilt is only 5 degrees!”

La Tour du Parc Olympique in Montreal, Quebec

La Tour du Parc Olympique

Biodôme de Montreal

The Biodôme is home to mammals, reptiles, aquatic life, primates, and 73 species of birds. This trip represented my third visit to the Biodôme.  Here are some of the avian species I saw:

Common Murre at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

Common Murre

Black-legged kittiwake at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

Black-legged kittiwake

Black Guillemot at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

Black Guillemot

Barrow's Goldeneye at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

Barrow’s Goldeneye

White-faced whistling duck at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

White-faced whistling duck

Spangled Cotinga at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

Spangled Cotinga

Whimbrel at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

Whimbrel

Scarlet Macaws at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

Scarlet Macaws

Ruddy Turnstone at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

Ruddy Turnstone

Roseate Spoonbill at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

Roseate Spoonbill

Razorbill Auk at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

Razorbill Auk

Lesser yellowlegs at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

Lesser yellowlegs

King penguin at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

King penguin

Northern rockhopper penguin at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

Northern rockhopper penguin

Male Common Eiders at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

Male Common Eiders

King Eider at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

King Eider

Male Harlequin Duck at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

Male Harlequin Duck

Female Hooded Merganser at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

Female Hooded Merganser

Female Common Eider at the Biodome in Montreal, Quebec

Female Common Eider

Insectarium de Montreal

The sheer number, beauty and variety of insects are incredibly fascinating. I could easily spend hours here. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my notebook to jot down the proper names of the insects I photographed.

Cicada at the Insectarium in Montreal, Quebec

Cicada

Beetle at the Insectarium in Montreal, Quebec

Beetle

Beetle collection at the Insectarium in Montreal, Quebec

Beetle collection

Insect at the Insectarium in Montreal, Quebec

Insect

Flying Insect at the Insectarium in Montreal, Quebec

Insect

Moth at the Insectarium in Montreal, Quebec

Moth

Flying grasshopper at the Insectarium in Montreal, Quebec

Insect

Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan

At the Planetarium there are a multitude of interactive exhibits including the opportunity to touch and lift a meteorite fragment. You may recall this recent meteoric event:

Chelyabinsk Meterorite at the Planetarium in Montreal, Quebec

Piece of the Chelyabinsk Meterorite

For more information about all three attractions along with a wealth of information on various subjects, please click here

Food

Whenever I am in Montreal I have to  eat at either Reuben’s or Fiore Bistro.  I decided to eat at Fiore Bistro. The food is hot, delicious and reasonably priced. Portion sizes are generous.

Fiore Restaurant at in Montreal, Quebec

Fiore Restaurant

I had the salmon. So good, so tender, so filling. Je t’aime Montreal!

Salmon for lunch Fiore Restaurant in Montreal, Quebec

Salmon for lunch

* I bought a new camera about a week and a half ago. This was my first spin with the camera. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize the date stamp feature was activated.

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