March 2, 2012 - Montréal is a magnificent place to visit with your family.
DAY 1 – OLD MONTRÉAL
If you want to cover a lot of territory in a short amount of time, start off your tour of Montréal at Montréal on Wheels, a centre that rents out a wide range of bicycles and accessories, including tandems, cruisers, as well as child trailers and rollerblades. They also do guided tours which include full-day bike rental.
After this excursion, you will have probably worked up a healthy appetite. For lunch, proceed to Le Cabaret du Roy – Restaurant, where pirates from New France invite you to feast on treasures prepared with local products.
After lunch and in keeping with the midday buccaneer theme, Saute-Moutons offers the opportunity to ride the currents and experience a fresh take on the St. Lawrence River. Just a hop, skip, and a jump away is the interactive exhibition, Star Wars Identities (April 19 to September 16, 2012), inspired by e film franchise that bears its name.
For supper, for some of the best views of the city, Croisières AML Cruises welcomes you aboard the Cavalier Maxim, a unique boat restaurant. For dessert, head to Canadian Maple Delights, where gelati and pastries are among the many available delicacies made from Canadian maple syrup.
DAY 2 – DOWNTOWN/ HOCHELAGA MAISONNEUVE
For a delicious gourmet breakfast, head to Chez Cora. Your family is sure to start off the day on a positive note!
After energizing your crew, take a stroll to the Montréal Canadiens Hall of Fame, which is located within the Bell Centre, where the Habs play their home games.
Next, for your own battle of the blades, go to the Atrium Le 1000 on De La Gauchetière Street, a superb indoor ice rink. No skates? No problem. Equipment rental, including helmets, is available for an enjoyable and safe family activity.
As afternoon hunger calls, make your way to Guido & Angelina, a comfortable eatery serving traditional Italian dishes with modern touches.
After lunch, hop on the Metro and disembark at the Viau Station, where Montréal’s nature museums await your discovery. The Montréal Biodôme offers a close encounter with its four Ecosystems of the Americas, home to over 4,800 animals from 230 different species, as well as 750 plant types. The Montréal Botanical Garden is one of the world’s largest and finest. Meanwhile, the Montréal Insectarium, the leading museum devoted to insects in North America, opens a window to the often misunderstood world of creepy crawlies!
For supper, return to the downtown area to indulge at Brisket Montréal, where customers converge for its delectable, traditional smoked meat and relaxing surroundings.
DAY 3 –GRANBY ZOO OR LA RONDE
If you are feeling like a jaunt out of the city for the day, then Granby Zoo is a good option, with trails allowing you to observe over 1,000 animals from about 200 exotic species, including elephants, giraffes, gorillas, and tigers. The bravest can confront the stormy waves left behind by the god Hurakan at the Amazoo Yoplait Waterpark.
If, on the other hand, you would rather stay within the city limits, La Ronde, on Île Sainte-Hélène, offers more than 40 rides and attractions, dazzling shows, as well as other forms of entertainment.