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Things to do in Montréal: October 23 to 29

Late October in Montréal is all about food, art-abundant culture, live music and Halloween fun. The city’s official Restaurant Week, MTL à TABLE, kicks off with gourmet festivities and menu specials, just as a cultural feast is unleashed in theatres and galleries, touring bands thrill music fans and Halloween activities creep into our already wild nightlife. Fantastic food   Montréal is a food lovers’ city, with more restaurants than most major urban centres and the acclaim to match – try as many eateries as you can during MTL à TABLE, Montréal’s official Restaurant Week, happening October 29 to November 8 at 150 restaurants across the city. For 11 days, take advantage of table d’hôte reduced prices ($21, $31 or $41), culinary tours, wine tastings, special events and more, from family-friendly restaurants to group-friendly locales, bring-your-own-wine favourites to local cheeses. For more details on what to do and where to go during Restaurant Week, read our Tourisme Montréal Guide to the 2015 Edition of MTL à TABLE. Happy eating! Halloween anticipation Because Montréalers love Halloween, the costumed fun starts early. Cult movie fans cheer for both the film and a cast of characters on stage at the Rocky Horror Picture Show Ball,… / Read More →

Your 2015 Halloween guide to ghoulish good times in Montréal

Montréal is a ghost town. No, really. Spectres and spooks, shades and wraiths: whatever your flavour of phantom, Montréal comes alive in the spirit of the dead when it comes to Halloween. Indeed, there’s no shortage of Halloween hijinks in Montréal again this year, so let the following be your guide to the many tricks and treats being offered. For the little monsters The 30th edition of The Great Pumpkin Ball, at Montreal’s Space for Life (comprised of the Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Gardens and Planetarium, which are hosting many Halloween-themed events), is in full celebratory swing at the Botanical Gardens. Esmeralda the witch watches over the 800-plus decorated pumpkins, and invites curious munchkins to check out her giant new hat house and other activities. The Great Pumpkin Ball takes place daily, 9 am to 9 pm, until November 1. The most frightening real-life vampires for many, spiders are also among the most fascinating. Fearsome and amazingly diverse hunters, the Insectarium will be putting the spotlight on these incredible creatures this Halloween season as part of a daily guided activity, until November 1. Partake in pumpkin treats with all the animals of the Biodôme. Visitors are invited to see how mammals,… / Read More →

Indoor family activities in Montréal

No matter what the weather – but especially in winter – indoor activities are a must for kids and adults alike. Montréal’s many inside attractions, games, sports and skill-testing challenges keep families active and having fun together year round. The glow-in-the-dark mini-golf at Putting Edge proves you don’t need chipping skills or even green grass to play golf. Walk off Sainte-Catherine Street downtown and right into the colourful, musical 18-hole course – a journey through oceans, forests and jungles, each with its own challenges. Have more high-energy fun in the dark at downtown’s Laser Quest, where hide-and-seek turns into a laser lit game of hit-or-miss. Play together at the Montréal Forum’s bowling alley, games centre and billiards room – and when everyone’s tired out, catch a film at the Forum Cinema multiplex. Engage older kids (13 and up) with mind games as you work together to get out of tricky A/maze Montréal scenarios: three reality-based tests of survival and problem solving – Prison Break, Mad Scientists and Lost Temple stories – challenge each team to come up with their own solutions in a white-knuckle countdown situation. No matter what their age, kids will be wowed by the wonders of the… / Read More →

Autumn Glows in Montréal with Gardens of Light and High-Tech Fireflies

As fall leaves turn and nights start earlier, Montréal gets brighter than ever, beginning on September 4 with the annual Gardens of Light display at the Botanical Garden. Putting on a light show of its own nearby, the Insectarium’s Bearers of Light exhibition lets loose hundreds of “fireflies.” In its 4th edition, Gardens of Light introduces hundreds of lanterns and lights to the Botanical Garden’s striking natural setting, just minutes away from downtown. Walk along tree-lined paths and plant-covered grounds of the Chinese and Japanese gardens to discover the fauna at night in the Botanical Garden, part of the country’s largest natural science museum complex, Space for Life, also home to the Biôdome, Insectarium and Planetarium. This year, the colourful hand-made lanterns of people and animals in the Chinese Garden tell a new a story – a compelling and festive myth about the Chinese New Year. While bright pandas climb trees and glowing boats float in the garden’s pond, a soft and subtle light display in the Japanese Garden conveys the beauty of the changing seasons, illuminating trees, waterfalls and stones. With so much to see and ground to cover, a visit to Gardens of Light can be a fun… / Read More →

Deals and steals at Montréal museums

Montréal Museums’ Day is a great way for art-lovers on a budget to visit Montréal’s 38 museums for free in late May each year. But the city’s major museums also have many deals year-round to see blockbuster exhibits as well as their permanent collections. Here are some choice activities and deals for solo visitors as well as families on a budget: Family deals The oldest and busiest museum in Canada, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts schedules Family Weekends with children’s drop-in workshops and interactive tours of the collections, as well as lectures and film screenings in the Maxwell Cummings Auditorium. MMFA admission for children 12 and under is free, although fees do apply for the MMFA’s popular Museum Day Camps for children. The Musée d’art contemporain admission for children aged 12 and under is free, although fees do apply for the MAC’s popular Museum Day Camps for children.  The MAC also charges a flat-rate $30 admission for families (2 adults with children). The McCord Museum admission and activities are free for children aged 12 and under. On arrival at the McCord’s admissions desk, kids will get a free backpack (as long as quantities last) containing everything they’ll need for… / Read More →

Montreal’s Space For Life invites visitors to slow down

Life is quick. Before we know it, tomorrow is yesterday and another weekend has come and gone. This is why Space for Life is launching four entirely new and original programs so everyone can just slow down and breath for a bit. All four pillars of Space for Life (Botanical Gardens, Biodome, Instectarium, and Planetarium) have new visitor experiences which revolve around our relationship with time and nature…

Things to Do in Montreal: March 14-20

It’s not the end of winter yet, but the spring party spirit is in the air in Montreal, beginning with Sunday’s St-Patrick’s Day Parade and extending to indulgent sugar shack meals, enlightening on-stage drama, and live music that moves heart and soul…

Cruise ship tours: Montreal in three hours or three days

The island of Montreal offers the contemporary cruise ship passenger innumerable possibilities for their own three-hour stopover tour of the city. Or make it a three-day tour, depending on how long you’re docked…


From February 14 until April 28, the Montreal Botanical Garden will welcome thousands of beautiful butterflies and their equally attractive cousins, moths. The 16th edition of Butterflies Go Free promises that 2000 butterflies will be fluttering about the green house at all times. You and your family can look forward to discovering over 75 different species of moths and butterflies hailing from Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Kenya, Malaysia and the Philippines…


Montreal is truly beautiful during the winter holiday season – lights adorn the historical buildings and churches of Old Montreal, Christmas trees sparkle in the streets and windows – yet somehow beauty doesn’t always keep kids happy… Here are some ideas for holiday season family fun in Montreal.