Health measures in place
We’ve put a number of health measures in place so that all our spaces comply rigorously with the protocol established by the public health department.
To help you properly prepare your visit in the current context, we ask you to take note of the following information.
In our concern to ensure a pleasant and safe visit for all, Montréal Space for Life appeals to everyone’s sense of civic responsibility and asks you not to visit the premises if:
- you have symptoms such as cough, fever, runny nose (unknown reason)
- you have difficulty breathing
- you’ve been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- Beginning September 1, 2021, in compliance with government requirements, all visitors 13 and over will be required to present their digital or paper vaccine passport AND a piece of photo identification for admission to Montréal Space for Life facilities.
- You will have to respect a distance of 1 meter from people who aren't part of your "social bubble".
- Wearing of a mask is mandatory indoors for people aged 10 and over. Its wearing is strongly recommended for children under 10 years old.
Is the vaccine passport required for everyone who wants to visit your museums?
In compliance with government requirements, all visitors aged 13 and over will have to present their digital or paper vaccine passport AND a piece of photo identification for admission to Montréal Space for Life facilities.
How do you go about validating the vaccine passport?
Proof of vaccination may be presented in one of three ways at our facilities’ access points:
- In a paper format;
- In a PDF format on a mobile device;
- Via the VaxiCode application.
Note that for all formats, proof of identity with photo will be requested.
Does proof of vaccination absolutely have to be in the form of a QR code?
No. We will also accept any document attesting that the person has received two doses of vaccine, accompanied by photo ID.
The vaccine passport is not required in museums. Why is it at Space for Life?
Government requirements address the botanical gardens (including the outdoor thematic events), the Biodôme and the show venues (like the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan). The rule applies to all Space for Life facilities, including the Biosphère, in order to ensure consistency and quality in the health measures in force there.
What about the grace period?
The delay is intended for establishments in order to give those in charge of the premises concerned time to adjust between September 1 and 15. It does not exempt anyone from presenting a vaccine passport at places where it is required beginning September 1.
Will it still be possible to access the outdoor gardens before 9 a.m. with the Early Bird card?
Yes. Access to the Jardin before 9 a.m. will be permitted exclusively through the entrance near the P1 parking lot on Sherbrooke St. The vaccine passport will be validated at that spot. A posted notice will inform holders of the Early Bird card at other entry points to head for the P1 access point.
Will restaurants and patio be accessible to those not vaccinated?
No. The Direction de la Santé publique du Québec requires that citizens present their vaccine passports for admission to restaurants, including patios.
What happens with groups of 15 and + with 2 or 3 unvaccinated people?
Visitors who are unable to present proof of vaccination will not be able to enter our institutions (with the exception of school groups).
Are there exemptions to the vaccine and/or the vaccine passport?
Yes, school groups are exempt. Teachers, pupils, students and people accompanying them are exempted from the obligation of presenting their vaccine passport when on a school fieldtrip.
Do tourists have to present the vaccine passport?
Yes, all visitors have to present proof of vaccination from their province or state, either on a mobile application or on paper. Proof of identity will also be requested by means of photo ID.
Are tickets purchased before the new procedure (related to the vaccine passport) refundable?
Requests for date postponement must be sent to [email protected].
Access and reservation
What is your reception capacity?
Due to current health regulations, our reception capacity is reduced to 34 people per screening at the Théâtre de la Voie Lactée at the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan. It is back to normal for the théâtre du Chaos Theater, for a total of 80 people per screening. The capacity is limited to 60 people per half hour for the Jardin botanique's greenhouses. However, this rule does not apply to the Jardin botanique's outdoor gardens, where up to 400 people can be admitted per half hour. The Biodôme welcomes visitors at a rate of 150 people per half-hourly departure. The Biosphère welcomes visitors at a rate of 50 people per half-hourly departure. The Insectarium is closed for renovations.
Given that the reception capacity is reduced, does this mean that we have to finish our visit in 30 minutes?
Visitor admission is staggered at 30-minute intervals so that crowds don't end up forming in any of the ecosystems. At the Biodôme, as at the other Space for Life museums, the length of time people stay varies with their level of interest. We recommend you allow between an hour and an hour and a half for your Biodôme visit.
Do I have to book my ticket online to access the museums?
Yes, the purchase of fixed-time tickets is highly recommended.
I am a member of a Montréal Space for Life museum friend society, do I need to book my ticket online to access the museums?
Friends of the Montréal Botanical Garden may enter the museums without a reservation, subject to availability. Members of the Society of Friends of the Montréal Biodôme and the Montréal Planetarium Astronomical Society must reserve their tickets in advance.
I have a valid Accès Montréal card, do I have to book my ticket online to access the museums?
Holders of a valid Accès Montréal card can access the museums without a reservation, depending on availability.
Is wearing a face mask mandatory for visitors?
Wearing of a mask is mandatory indoors for people aged 10 and over. Its wearing is strongly recommended for children under 10 years old.
Is it possible to make a group reservation?
Group bookings are available via our website or by phone for all our institutions (except at the Insectarium).
Are the shops and restaurants / snack bars open?
All museums' shops are open. At the Jardin botanique, the Café terrasse, the Milk bar and the Bar Terrasse of the restaurant are open. Biodôme's restaurant is also open, whereas the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan's restaurant remains closed. Consult our business hours here.
Is the Jardin botanique's library open?
Yes, the Jardin botanique’s library is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jardin botanique’s outdoor gardens
Do I have to book my ticket online to access the Jardin botanique’s outdoor gardens?
Yes, a ticket is needed since May 1. Please respect the measures in place.
I have an Early Bird card for the Jardin botanique, can I now enter the site in the morning?
Holders of the Early Bird card are able to have their subscription extended to enjoy access starting at 6:00 in the morning since May 1.
What activities can I carry out on the Jardin botanique's outdoor site?
Walking, bird watching and cross-country skiing if snow cover allows. Please stay on the open pathways. Snowshoeing is prohibited everywhere in the Jardin botanique.
Do I have to wear a mask in the Jardin botanique’s outdoor gardens?
Wearing a mask is recommended in the Jardin botanique’s outdoor gardens for people 10 years of age and older. It is mandatory for visitors to wear it if they are accompanied within 1 meter of a person who is not part of their "social bubble".
Tips for visiting the Jardin botanique's outdoor gardens
- Breathing in some fresh air at the Jardin botanique de Montréal is like going to a museum!
- In order to protect the precious collections of plants and shrubs, it is prohibited to:
- Touch plants or climb trees;
- Walk a pet.
- Help us preserve this jewel by staying on the walking trails or the paved path (for jogging).
- Stay on the walking trails.
- Snowshoeing is prohibited.
- Sliding is prohibited. The use of sleds is only allowed on the main trail.
- Climbing on rocks, works of art and buildings is prohibited.
- Tree climbing is prohibited.
- Pets are not welcomed at the Jardin botanique.
- Biking is prohibited.
- Do not venture out on the lakes.