Our history




Discover the Ecomuseum Zoo's 25 years of history!


Founding of the Saint-Lawrence Valley Natural History Society by Dr. John Roger Bider, McGill University professor.


Opening of the Ecomuseum Zoo on a plot of 11.3 hectares, with a goal of making it the focal point of education, research and conservation activities of the Saint-Lawrence Valley Natural History Society.


The first Ecomuseum Zoo educational programs are developed both on site at the zoo and offsite in classrooms.


Construction of the first official administrative and educational building to provide basic services to visitors, to present a few exhibits and to set up rooms for educational activities.


The Ecomuseum Zoo opens its doors to the public during the winter season for the first time. Since then, the zoo is open 364 days per year closing only on December 25th!


The main education pavilion is extended adding additional rooms for education, a cafeteria for the visiting public and additional indoor exhibit space.


Inauguration of the first large indoor exhibit showcasing fish, reptiles, amphibians and small animals.


The Ecomuseum Zoo is granted the Thomas R. Baines award by Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums. (CAZA-CAZA), representing the highest distinction offered by the national organization. The prize is bestowed to recognize the body of work, the numerous accomplishments and the strong involvement in both research and the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Québec over the last 23 years.


The Ecomuseum Zoo launches its first Major Fundraising Campaign (2013-2017), which aims to invest 7 million dollars for animal well-being, for education and to enhance the visitors’ experience.


In July 2015, the Ecomuseum Zoo inaugurates the Forest Sector, a new section of the zoo that regroups the Lynx and the Fisher habitat. In September of that same year, the zoo is the recipient of the prestigious "Animal Enrichment Award" of the CAZA-AZAC (Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums) for the Fisher habitat. Awarded annually by a jury panel composed of industry experts, the honor is presented to a zoological institution in recognition of exceptional achievements in the design and implementation of initiatives for animal well-being.