Downtown with the family

© Nancy Falso - Place des Festivals© Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin - The Illuminated Crowd, esplanade of the BNP Tower - Laurentian© Claudio Calligaris for McGill Communications - Redpath Museum, McGill University
© MURAL Festival, Daniel Esteban - MURAL Festival© Wienstein & Gavino's - Wienstein and gavino's pasta bar factory

© Nancy Falso - Place des Festivals

March 24, 2016 — Montréal’s downtown never has any downtime! A constant hive of activity, it is frequented by students, professionals, residents and tourists at any and all hours of the day and night, largely because of the overall feeling of safety that pervades the area.

Day 1
Chez Cora on Stanley Street has the reputation for incredible and abundant breakfasts served warm with hospitality. It’s a great way to start your day!

Tummy now full, take Sherbrooke Street until you reach the McCord Museum of Canadian History, whose some 1,375,000 artefacts, images and manuscripts bear witness to the cultural and historical development of Montréal, Québec, and Canada.

Your mission: to annihilate the enemy with the help of your trusty laser pistol in a labyrinth of hallways stretched over five floors. Laser Quest on Sainte-Catherine Street West will suit you up for a laser battle you won’t soon forget!

Still in a hallway, but minus the gear and the laser lights: the 33-kilometre Underground Pedestrian Networkthat winds beneath Montréal downtown is an attraction in its own right. Home to fine restaurants, exquisite boutiques and contemporary artwork, the Underground Network is full of shopping, gourmet and entertainment possibilities.

Day 2
To brush up on your ethnology and natural history, there’s no place like McGill University’s Redpath Museum, home to large collections of ancient and modern organisms, minerals and world culture artefacts.

Now it is on to Crescent Street, for some fresh, homemade pasta at Wienstein & Gavino's. Or, if pasta doesn’t tempt you, their gourmet pizza, antipasti, salads or grilled specialties undoubtedly will!

Rain or shine, sweltering heat or frigid cold, the Atrium le 1000 is open to skaters year-round. This 10,000 ft2 indoor skating rink welcomes skaters of all ages and abilities. No skates? No problem! Skate rental, lockers and restaurants are located on site to keep your visit gliding happily along!

If you feel like something different for supper tonight, then Brisket – just steps away from the rink on the Beaver Hall side – will definitely fit the bill, with its succulent smoked meat, juicy sausages, pig knuckles and irresistible pub atmosphere. Bon appétit!