Seniors and children 8-12 years might like the Biosphere at Parc Jean Drapeau. It splits into the island of Sainte-Helene and parkland surrounding Pont Jacques Cartier’s Biosphere museum. The best part was yearround guided tours led by Marie Charlotte in English, past the water tower up Mont Boulle, embarking daily at 3:00. The entry cost is $8-16, unless using the 5-museum passport. Replacing native sumac and other species with mostly ash proved to be unfortunate in Montreal, but other animals like squirrels, birds and insects benefit from the biodiversity. It’s hard to believe over 500,000 visitors came in a day during EXPO 1967. The nutricultural four seasons living wall designed here has spread globally. We skipped the black theatre room and saw Korean-made educational animation in the Ecolab. Tropicana upstairs has a theme of plastic bottles’ effect depicted through art. On the 5th floor (wind turbines) it would be the perfect place to sunbathe above playgrounds below. You can look down on the filtration marshes and intensive green roof; the museum can be seen in 35 minutes in all. The museum’s on an island where you can view or rent bicycles by credit card from nearby Vieux Port. In 1967 more than 50 million visitors came for Expo. The biosphere environmental museum was once clad with panels so it looked like the BC Science World, but after the World Expo, Montreal’s globe designed by Fuller-protege Shoji Sadao alit on fire; and since then, the panels were never replaced. It is mostly wheelchair accessible with washrooms and a vending machine to buy food (pasta salad, popcorn, sandwich tray, and drink). The work of environmental innovation and Dymaxion is credited to Jeffrey Lindsay’s Baie-D’Urfe Weatherbreak geodesic “skigloo” dome and Alain Gadbois “Planet Bucky” of Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983). Fuller moved on to the Chicago World Fair, Wichita House, Quebec’s Expo 1967, and Epcot Center @Disneyworld. Biosphere isn’t as riveting but offers a healthy look at local biodiversity even on a dreary day.