With a little bit of planning and a diverse range of activities, taking your family to Montreal will be an unforgettable and affordable trip that will become one for memory lane. Here’s an itinerary of three days packed full of fun and food…
Day 1 – Downtown: Family activity planning is about compromise and, of course, getting some great deals. Get the troops ready bright and early and hit the busy streets of Montreal. Head towards the Montréal Museum of Fine Art, or the McCord Museum, an important historical treasure trove of Canadian history. After grabbing some smoked meat at the famous Reuben’s Deli or Dunns Famous, check out the Bell Center where the Montréal Canadiens Hall of Fame is located. You’ll be inspired to hit the ice, and the year-round indoor skating rink Atrium at Le 1000 is accessible through the underground tunnel network called RESO. Cap your first night off in Montreal at Wienstein & Gavino’s. Located on Crescent Street, their menu is Italian-influenced with a modern edge. The adults will appreciate the extensive wine list, and the kids will definitely want dessert!
Day 2 – Old Montreal: Old Montreal is easy to spend a whole day exploring. Start bright and early with a trip to the Montreal Science Center, and then catch a ride on the Amphibus, a half-bus-half-boat tour that will give you a great view of Montreal from the water and a history lesson from a charming guide. Place Jacques-Cartier was the cultural and commercial epicenter of Montreal back in the day. Now it’s a square filled with great places to eat and drink. Check out Jardins Nelson, which has a beautiful courtyard terrace with live jazz. People watch from any of the terraces that line the square and enjoy the circus entertainers doing jaw-dropping stunts, caricature artists, and buskers. Spend the rest of the evening walking, biking, and playing around the Old Port, and definitely treat yourself to a Queues de Castor! (A flat piece of deep-fried dough smothered in a variety of sinful toppings.)
Day 3 – Hochelega Maisonneuve: Saving the best for last, a quick trip on the green line of Montreal’s Metro brings the whole family right to L’Espace pour la Vie for cheap. It’s going to be a big day of four amazing things you can do in any order: The Biodome, Planetarium, Botanical Gardens, and Olympic Stadium. The Biodome has four ecosystems where over 4,800 animals and 230 species thrive. And they have penguins! The Botanical Gardens are a place where your kids imagination can take off, and you can stroll around for hours. The Planetarium offers a peak into our universe, with a very cool dome show and mind-expanding exhibits! Heading back into Downtown, grab a picnic style late lunch at Atwater Market, and eat it on the nearby Canal Lachine. The canal has great bike trails and a place to rent mini electric boats to cruise the waves on. These things go slow enough you can even let your kids be the captain! Dinner on the third day could be the one and only Poutine. Crispy French Fries, golden cheese curds, and smothered in gravy. Yes it sounds kinda gross, yes it’s absolutely delicious. Just ask a local “resto avec Poutine?” and they’ll point you to a place nearby!
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