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Fun things to do with kids in Montréal

It’s August and whether we’re kids or adults, we’re all trying hard not to count down the last days of summer. Thankfully Montréal’s late summer and early fall festivals, live music, games, sports and more family-friendly activities make it easy to stay holiday-minded and carefree. Set butterflies free at the Monarch Odyssey this September, when monarch butterflies are labeled and released on their migratory journey south, and learn more about fireflies in the Bearers of Light exhibition at the Insectarium at Space for Life, also home to the Botanical Garden, Biôdome and Planetarium. And walk through the illuminated the Botanical Garden in September during the Gardens of Light event, a brilliant array of lanterns in the Chinese and Japanese gardens. More outdoor playtime is in store at Parc Exalto, an acrobatic park and obstacle course at the Esplanade Financière Sun Life at the Olympic Park, and at the Old Port of Montréal where kids can ride a zip line, a French carousel, mini-train or boat, explore the huge SOS Labyrinthe, play video games at Game On or the Peur Dépôt live game or play at pirates at the Voiles en Voiles, obstacle courses set on high-seas sailing ships. Or become an… / Read More →

Double the Mothers! Family-Friendly Activities on Mother’s Day in Montréal

One mom, or two moms, Montréal is a fun place to bond on Mother’s Day and create great family memories. For little Montrealer Zoé, Mother’s Day is a very special occasion. Not only is it a few days before her birthday, but she’s lucky enough to have double the mothers to celebrate! Take a look at some great ideas for Mother’s Day in Montréal, whether you’re honouring one mom or two! Since cutie pie Zoé is only 2 years old, we asked her mothers Mélissa and Geneviève how they plan to celebrate Mother’s Day and Zoé’s birthday, and what their favourite family activities in Montréal are. Mother’s Day Brunch In Montréal One of Mélissa and Geneviève’s favourite places for a yummy family-friendly brunch is La Grand-mère Poule on Beaubien Street East. They serve typical brunch fare, with an extensive gluten-free section! If you want to treat mom to something a little fancier, try Birks Cafe by Europea. It’s located literally inside the elegant and iconic jewelry store. Keep mama away from the display cases though, unless you want to walk out of there with something sparkly and a considerably lighter wallet. A Sunday Stroll In a Park Zoé loves to… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Raphaël Gaspard, owner of Garçon fleur

Garçon fleur, a.k.a. Raphaël Gaspard, has been delivering happiness on a bike for over a year. With the wind in his hair, he rides the streets of Montréal, distributing beautiful bouquets of wild flowers, which he creates himself with great attention and discernment. This expanding bucolic and environmental project has been hugely successful in reviving the image of florists. Two years ago, Raphaël also co-founded Gaspard & Roy with Félix Roy (singer for the Montréal rock group Human Human and head barman at Bouillon Bilk), a chic bar service that offers custom-made cocktails and showcases fine alcohols with market-fresh products. For Mother’s Day, this thriving young man, born in Germany but a Montréaler for 20 years now, shares his favourite go-to spots on where to smell the first blooms of spring and spend a perfect day with mom. What’s new with Garçon fleur in 2015? This year, we’re opening a wildflower atelier-boutique at 337 Castelnau Street East in Villeray. It’s a great way to connect with people! We’ll be featuring, among others, Sunday workshops and music nights. Garçon fleur is expanding too, with three new delivery bikes that will be bombing around the streets of Montréal selling bouquets to passers-by—a… / Read More →

Feel the (One) Love at Montreal Reggae Fest 2014

Montreal makes its own chilled-out island vibe in August at the Montreal International Reggae Festival, adding the best in new and traditional reggae music to late-summer’s hot, sunny days.

Family Guide to Spring Break in Montreal

Spring Break, more commonly known as March Break or semaine de relâche in Montreal, isn’t all about escaping to warmer shores – relaxation, new discoveries and genuine family fun can all be had in Montreal as the sun shines even while the snow falls…