Tours and Travels

As we have been strolling alongside the broad, clear avenues of Montreal in late summer season, watching the work crews arrange for yet one more metropolis pageant — this one involving some loopy soapbox racers — Hannah proclaimed that if she was going to maneuver to a metropolis, she would need it to be Montreal.

Montreal simply has that impact on individuals, at the very least in the summertime. In the summertime, town is alive with meals, music, and week after week of festivals. Guests can get their style of Europe with out the transatlantic flight and soak within the French-Canadian tradition with out placing an excessive amount of stress on their language abilities. Plus, there’s a lot to do in Montreal with children!

Our go to over Labor Day Weekend (or Labour Day Weekend for Montreal), was our second journey to Montreal lately so we now have had time to essentially uncover what Montreal has to supply households. At present, the Canadian greenback may be very weak towards the U.S. greenback, making it a good time for People to plan a summer season journey (sorry to my Canadian buddies!)

To assist together with your planning, I’ve put collectively a listing of nice actions to do in Montreal with children. In case you are additionally visiting Quebec Metropolis, remember to learn our strategies on issues to do in Quebec Metropolis with children. Additionally, remember to learn these important ideas for visiting Montreal.

Issues to do in Montreal with Children

Observe: Our most up-to-date journey, together with our lodging and admission to the Zipline, Voiles en Voiles, Aquazilla, and bicycle leases, was hosted by Tourism Montreal. As at all times, all opinions are one hundred pc my very own. This publish accommodates affiliate hyperlinks. When you click on a hyperlink and make a purchase order, I could obtain a small fee.

Zipline over town

The Previous Port part of Montreal is zipping with motion and there’s a lot to do with children. One of many latest points of interest is the Montreal Zipline, permitting you to get a chook’s eye view of Montreal with Canada’s first city zip line.

I’ve now ziplined by means of rainforests, down mountains, close to seashores, and throughout cities. This one-zip attraction is nice for a fast thrill — not too quick and never too scary. I’d counsel ready till the road isn’t too lengthy, because the trip itself is sort of fast. Hannah and I gave this one two thumbs up whereas Glenn was our self-appointed photographer.

The Montreal Zipline is positioned within the Previous Port of Montreal at Hangar 16, close to Clock tower Pier. Ziplining is obtainable for people aged seven and up weighing from 50 to 250 kilos. Please verify the web site for present data.

Climb aboard a pirate journey

Voiles en Voiles affords an aerial ropes course on pirate ships positioned in Montreal’s Previous Port. This attraction is a lot enjoyable and actually one thing for all ages as they provide inflatables for the little ones, a ropes course simply barely off the bottom for these in-between phases, and three ranges of aerial ropes programs between the pirate and “royal” ships for these extra adventurous.

When you have been studying for some time, will probably be no shock that our little adventurer simply HAD to go on all three ranges. I barely made it by means of the primary, however I later realized that what it’s good to do is simply lean into the harness, belief that it’ll maintain you (they use one of many most secure harness techniques round), and never fear a lot about sustaining your stability.

One HUGE thumbs up for this one and two shaky thumbs from the hen mother and father. Oh, and when you are at it, take a look at the climbing partitions on the again of the pirate ship too. In case you are adventurous, plan on spending at the very least 4 hours right here. The park is open from April by means of October after which they’re open in the course of the vacation season with a winter journey park.  

Voiles en Voiles is positioned at Place des Vestiges (Quai de l’Horloge), Vieux-Port de Montréal. Test the web site for charges and opening dates.

Go to the Previous Port

There may be actually a lot to do within the Previous Port of Montreal that you must plan on spending a day simply on this space. Along with the Zipline and Voiles en Voiles, there is a superb Science Centre, there’s Clock Tower Seashore, you may hire pedal boats or quadricycles, or simply spend time strolling alongside the waterfront and exploring a few of the small retailers and cubicles with distinctive items.  

There may be additionally an enormous maze you may battle your approach out of at SOS Labyrinthe. Plus, if you’re fortunate there can be a pageant going down with meals and music, just like the enjoyable YUL EAT Pageant that was on the town once we have been there, that includes a group of Quebec’s greatest meals vehicles.

Bike alongside the Lachine Canal

Biking within the Previous Port could be a problem as a result of it’s so crowded. Nonetheless, an effective way to get a bit additional out of city and benefit from the outside is to bike alongside the Lachine Canal. It’s a straightforward metro trip out to the Ma Bicyclette rental store close to Marché Atwater (which makes a pleasant lunch break after your trip!)

When you get outfitted together with your alternative of motorcycle, you may both head again in the direction of the Previous Port, or the easier trip alongside the canal to town outskirts. We biked a bit of over 9 miles alongside the quiet and flat bike path.

Ma Bicyclette is positioned at 2985 Saint Patrick Road, Montreal, QC H3K 1B9 (514) 317-6306.

Get moist at Aquazilla

After we have been in Montreal for Labor Day Weekend it was HOT (90+ levels Fahrenheit!) After our bike trip, we actually wanted to chill off. So we did what the locals do and headed out to Parc Jean-Drapeau for a swim.

Getting there from downtown is pretty easy as you may take the Metro to the Jean-Drapeau station after which the trick is discovering the fitting shuttle bus (Bus 767) to convey you over to the seaside. When you arrive, head over to the Aquazilla ticket sales space to safe your reservation as solely so many individuals are allowed on the inflatables on the identical time and your ticket is nice for a one-hour window (further admission to the Jean-Doré seaside is required.)

Aquazilla is an inflatable water park positioned out on the lake. You’ll must swim out to the inflatables to start out the enjoyable. And let me inform you, it’s MUCH tougher than it appears to be like. Protecting your stability is hard, particularly with children and adults working and sliding by. You additionally want a very good quantity of higher physique power to drag your self up and out of the water onto the inflatables. And you’ll go underwater whenever you fall or slide off.

Aquazilla is a collection of interconnected inflatables set on the water. In case your children love American Ninja, they are going to love this. There are a collection of obstacles involving stability, power, and willpower. I’d solely advocate it for teenagers 8 and up.

Aquazilla is positioned in Parc Jean Drapeau.

Get your thrills at La Ronde

Photograph by abdallahh courtesy of Flickr Artistic Commons

Households searching for a couple of extra thrills may also head to Parc Jean Drapeau for a go to to the Six Flags La Ronde amusement park. La Ronde is the most important theme park in Jap Canada, providing over 40 rides and points of interest together with Goliath — one of many tallest and quickest curler coasters in North America, in addition to a colourful household part.

La Ronde is positioned on Île Sainte-Hélène at Parc Jean-Drapeau, close to downtown Montreal. 

Return in time at Pointe-à-Callière

Summer season in Montreal may be a whole lot of enjoyable, however it’s at all times good to construct a bit of studying into each journey, and the Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal Museum of Archeology and Historical past is the right alternative. Situated proper in Previous Montreal, simply steps from the Previous Port, this museum is sitting on centuries of historical past — actually.

It’s set on a website bearing proof of over 1,000 years of human actions and on the very birthplace of Montreal. The museum opened in 1992 and showcases main archaeological discoveries made on this website beginning within the Nineteen Eighties. It’s best for those who begin off watching a brief movie concerning the historical past of Montreal earlier than exploring the remainder of the museum. Along with the fascinating archeology digs, we cherished the non permanent Aztec exhibit that was on show final yr.

The Pointe-à-Callière is positioned at 350 Place Royale, Nook of de la Commune, Previous Montréal (Québec) H2Y 3Y5.

See the animals on the Biodome

Totally different from the Biosphère, the Biodôme de Montréal, positioned exterior of the downtown space, is an indoor zoo/aquarium that provides an introduction to the biospheres of the Americas. Right here you will discover the luxurious rainforest, the Laurentian Maple Forest, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the subplot areas of the Americas and the Labrador Coast. Our favorites on our go to have been the newborn lynxes and watching the penguins frolic.

The Biodome is positioned at 4777, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin, Montréal  Quebec  H1V 1B3.

Cease and odor the flowers on the Botanical Gardens

Our go to to the Jardin Botanique was reduce brief by rain however was one in all our favourite stops in Montreal. Situated simply throughout the road from the Biodome, visits to those two points of interest make for a full day.

The Montreal Botanical Gardens are acknowledged as one of many world’s best botanical gardens, with a assortment of twenty-two,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, and greater than 20 thematic gardens unfold out over 75 hectares. The Rose Backyard and Japanese Gardens have been amongst our favorites. We additionally made a rapid cease on the Insectarium, which I feel Hannah has by no means forgiven me for.

The Botanical Gardens are positioned at 4101, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal  Quebec  H1X 2B2.  

Go to Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal

We go to the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal on our first go to to Montreal. The church was constructed within the 1820’s and later redesigned within the late 1800s within the model of St. Chappelle in Paris. The Basilica is gorgeous all by itself, however we loved going for the AURA immersive expertise, which includes a multimedia show of sunshine on the inside and orchestral music.

The Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal is positioned at 110, Notre Dame Road West, Montreal, Quebec.

Museum of Advantageous Arts

My daughter additionally actually loved a go to to the Museum of Advantageous Arts in Montreal. The museum has over 1,400 works of up to date artwork and wonderful artwork together with work, sculptures, portraits, drawings, and prints, together with masterpieces by El Greco, Rembrandt, and Veronese.

The Museum of Advantageous Arts is positioned at 1380 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1J5.

Climb Mont Royal

One factor we nonetheless haven’t performed in Montreal, however it’s on our record for our subsequent go to is to climb Mont Royal, a small mountain within the metropolis of Montreal. It’s a excellent spot to take a stroll, have a picnic, or simply benefit from the lookout over town.

Mont-Royal may be accessed from the East, by way of Camillien-Houde Parkway and from West, by way of Remembrance Highway, Montréal, Québec.



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