Old Montréal: Everything for the family - Tourisme Montréal Blog


Old Montréal: Everything for the family

  • When: All seasons
  • What: Family
  • Where: Old Montréal
Filled with history, charm and unique architecture, Old Montréal is an absolute must for strolls and exploration with the family. Walk its cobblestone streets, and you’ll discover everything from cool spots for a bite to historical sites, museums and loads of activities geared toward good old-fashioned family fun.



Blast from the past

A history lesson will never seem dull when taught by staff in authentic period costumes at the Château Ramezay. Visit the historical site of Sir George Étienne Cartier and see how people lived in the 19th century, or visit the Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel.

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Notre-Dame Basilica

Historic Place d’Armes plaza, bordered by beautiful buildings, has a statue of Montréal’s founder Paul de Chomedey at its centre, and flanks city’s most famous basilica. Step inside the location of Céline Dion’s wedding for a peek at its opulent interior: wood, paintings, sculptures and stained-glass windows depicting biblical passages and parish history.

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Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History

Kids will love the Archeo-Adventure Workshop at the Mariners’ House at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum, where they can participate in a simulated archaeological dig. If they prefer the ocean, let them dive into the world of Pirates or Privateers. Designed like an adventure tale, the exhibition gives kids a chance to climb aboard a ship.

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Centaur Theatre

The Saturday morning Children’s Series at this preeminent English theatre makes it the perfect place to kick off a family weekend. Plus, with its focus on supporting the local community, the Centaur offers the opportunity for young’uns and their folks alike to enjoy affordable and engaging live performances by some of Montréal’s best talents.

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Place Jacques-Cartier

Take a break for some souvenir shopping and some street entertainment. Place Jacques-Cartier is a bustling meeting point in Old Montréal, with a beautiful view onto the Old Port. You’ll be surrounded by jugglers, street dancers and clowns, depending on the time of year, not to mention caricature artists and craftspeople proud to show off their work.

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Old Port skating rink

Incredible views of historic Old Montréal make the Old Port skating rink incredible for the whole family all winter long. The ice is open every day starting at 10 a.m., and if you don’t have skates, don’t worry, they have them for you to rent. Music in the evenings begins at 7 p.m. and features different daily themes from classical to ‘80s music – most appreciated by the parents!

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Montréal Science Centre

Educational and fun activities await you at the Montréal Science Centre. Parents and kids love its exploration halls, multimedia challenges, games and spectacular IMAX TELUS theatre. Kids will spend hours learning about science and nature through fun and interactive presentations involving foot-square foam building blocks and educational jungle gyms.

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Voiles en voiles

This aerial adventure course captures the heart of Montréal’s marine soul, plunging kiddies into an 18th century universe where a royal vessel battles a pirate ship. Kids and adults alike can climb aboard life-size replicas of ships (we’re talking 100 feet long!) and embark on 61 different adventure games on seven different courses, featuring challenges that range from one to 10 meters high.

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Water fun is inches away on the Old Port, and Saute-Moutons will take you right to the thick of it. Strap into one of the jet boats and experience the Lachine Rapids first-hand, front-row centre! This spectacular hour-long ride on the St. Lawrence River provides sure-fire refreshment on a hot summer’s day: wet, wild and wonderful fun for the whole family, splashes included.

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Croisières AML

If you like things a little calmer, take the fam onboard an AML cruiser, comfortable boats with panoramic glassed-in views, wide deck and comfortable seating galore. Take a daytrip to see whales up the St. Lawrence, book a classy brunch cruise to celebrate Mother’s Day or, for a special night, book during the fireworks – you can watch the beautiful colours and get a completely different perspective on the city.

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Downtown with the family

With its full range of outdoor and indoor activities, many of which are walking distance to one another, Montréal is a great city for kids. Downtown, you’ll find enough action to keep them busy for hours. And when those little…

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Outdoor fun for the family at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Welcome to Montréal’s oasis: two huge recreational islands (Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame) just a handful of subway stops from central Montréal, offering the perfect green getaway from the bustling city for tourists and locals alike. From musical festivals to an…

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Family adventure in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

HoMa for short, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is a neighbourhood that has adventure at its core. Site of the Games of the XXI Olympiad, the sprawling Space for Life complex, the beautiful Parc Maisonneuve and the Saputo Stadium, featuring soccer matches, HoMa is a…

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