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Outdoor fun for the family at Parc Jean-Drapeau

  • When: All seasons
  • What: Family
  • Where: 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 aquatic complex to a beach and fields as far as the eye can see, it’s all here for family fun time.



Parc Jean-Drapeau

Spanning two islands in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, Parc Jean-Drapeau is home to a ton of facilities and opportunities for family fun, including festivals and events all year long. There’s the ever-popular La Ronde amusement park, two museums, large outdoor concerts courtesy music festivals and weekly outdoor dance parties all summer long, as well as family events in the winter. And did we mention the 25-km network of paved trails for cycling or in-line skating?

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Go-to fests

Montréal invites the young at heart to tame the winter in a festive atmosphere at Fête des Neiges, a free event over several weekends boasting a gazillion winter activities: tube sliding, sled dog tours, skating, shows and a friendly snowball fight. In summer, Piknic Électronik throws the season’s grooviest family-centric outdoor electronica party every Sunday, while L’International des Feux Loto-Québec lights up the night sky with a kaleidoscope of pyromusical fireworks displays.

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Outdoor fun

Summer equals “outdoors” in Montréal, and Parc Jean-Drapeau offers 25 km (over 15 miles) of cycling trails throughout the sylvan splendor of the islands. There’s swimming at the sandy Jean-Doré Beach, at the pools that make up the Aquatic Complex and during Aquazilla, rowing and canoe-kayaking in the Olympic Basin, and training on the Trekfit training circuit… or if you’re just looking for a zen moment, there are trails to hike all over the park. And how about dog sledding come winter?

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La Ronde

La Ronde theme park was literally built for kids, but it’s a playground for adults too. Québec’s largest amusement park welcomes millions of visitors annually to dozens of thrill and family rides. Kids can’t get enough of Aqua Twist, an exciting – and watery! – interactive family ride that’s unique in North America, while bigger kids will want to try their hand at the scarier rides like the Boomerang or the perennial favourite, the Monster.

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Stewart Museum

History buffs will love the Stewart Museum, where you can explore the history of Montréal and the influence of European civilization on the New World. It features permanent exhibitions as well as special exhibitions and programs on themes like bootlegging, Halloween and more. Make sure you also check out the kids’ workshops.

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Biosphere Environment Museum

Go green at the Biosphere Environment Museum, located in Buckminster Fuller’s visionary geodesic dome: the United States pavilion during Expo 67. This architectural masterpiece has been transformed into an interactive eco-museum hosting educational exhibitions on biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable development – our wondrous world, in all its glory.

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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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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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Old Montréal: Everything for the family

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…

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