Winter family activities in Montréal

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January 31, 2014 ─ When Old Man Winter comes a-callin’, Montréal families just bundle up and head out to take advantage of all the fun he brings with him! Indoors and out, Montréal is a spectacular place to be come wintertime for residents and visitors alike. All it takes is warm clothing (layers are key!) and a thirst for adventure. Have a couple of days in mind? Here are a few ideas to set you on your way.

Day 1 – Old Montréal
A morning stroll along the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal is a wonderful way to soak up some history, admire some architecture and put some colour in your cheeks. When it’s time to come inside, head over to the Montréal Science Centre in the Old Port. A cutting-edge, interactive children’s museum, it offers permanent and temporary exhibitions designed for exploring, learning and understanding a range of topics related to science and technology. Adults get a kick out of it, too. What’s more, the IMAX® TELUS Montréal Science Centre theatre presents the latest and greatest IMAX® films in 3D – it’ll make for quite a show!

If your kids are more the shiver-me-timbers type, they’ll love the world of Pirates or Privateers at Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History. In this exhibition designed like an adventure tale, kids climb aboard a huge ship and learn what it took to be a 17th century seafarer.  

When you’re ready to venture outside again, whizzing about Old Montréal’s outdoor skating rink on the Clock Tower Quay is great fun. The rink’s artificial ice is always perfect. Rental equipment is available onsite, including skates, helmets, and even socks to keep your tootsies toasty warm!

For supper, why not dine with pirates? The Cabaret du Roy is an award-winning theme restaurant that takes guests on a swashbuckling journey to New France, pirates and minstrels in tow! In addition to gourmet fare made from fresh, local products, the Cabaret du Roy serves up an authentic 18th-century New France experience, sure to be a hit with your little buccaneers.

Day 2 – Downtown
Start your day off on the right foot with a bountiful breakfast at Café Grévin par Europea: crêpes, waffles, pastries and a vast choice of bakery products headline the breakfast menu. If you have a hockey fan in your group, make his/her day with a tour of the Bell Centre and the Montréal Canadiens Hall of Fame that showcases the history of a hockey club that has stirred crowds, warmed the hearts of Québec people throughout the wintertime and inspired generations of hockey enthusiasts.

Some colourful entertainment awaits families at Putting Edge, which offers a special version of classic miniature golf. On a luminescent path full of neon lights, players are transported into the infinity of the universe, lush rainforests and Aztec jungles, for 18 holes full of laughs and fun challenges.

In contrast, the Grévin Museum allows visitors to take pictures of major stars, both local and international... or at least their wax statues! From Céline Dion to Justin Bieber to Barack Obama, the 120 statues of this museum seem as real as the celebrities they represent.

Now jump back – way back – in time to check out fossils, minerals and zoological specimens at the Redpath Museum where you will also come across dinosaurs and mummies. Return to the present with a spot of lunch and shopping a few short blocks away at the Eaton Centre.

When it’s time to stop for supper, you’ll find numerous family-friendly dining options downtown. Then, it’s off to the Montréal Forum, former home of the Canadiens de Montréal turned entertainment complex, with twenty-two movie theatres, restaurants, boutiques, pool tables and bowling alleys. You can even take in an exhibition of Forum history highlights, from exciting hockey games to concerts of mega-stars including the likes of Céline Dion and the Beatles.

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