Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Well, at least their ancestors. See fabulous fossils of dinosaurs, including T Rex (not the band!) the 7-ton monster that lived 64 million years ago at McGill university’s Redpath Museum.
McGill University’s Redpath Museum is a treasure for adults and children alike. Indeed, you’ll become a child again (I did!) when admiring its archeological wonders. There is a full size Triceratops skull – and yes, it is huge! At the Redpath you can gaze on today’s sea creatures (whales, seals etc) as well as their ancestors; extinct marine reptiles from the dinosaur age. The fossils are magical. Frozen in time, these mementos from such sites as the Burgess Shale are riveting. One floor of the museum is an archeological gold mine, featuring Egyptian artifacts including a New Kingdom mummy (c 1500 BCE) and one from the Ptolemaic era (c 300 BCE). My favourite place after all the exciting ‘time travel’? The Geological Garden, a gem of a secret site.
Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke Street West
Monday – Friday 9 – 5 pm
Sunday 12 – 5 pm
WHERE TO STAY
You have two great choices a mere 5 minute walk away.
Omni Hotel is five-star.
1050 Sherbrooke West
Hotel le Cantlie offers suites with a little kitchen.
1110 Sherbrooke West
WHERE TO EAT
Close by (another little 2 minute walk) on Peel Street.
L’Orchidée de Chine, 2017 Peel Street, 514 -287-1878
One of the city’s top restaurants for Chinese fine dining AND people watching (former PM Pierre Trudeau was often seen there)
Ferreira Café, 1446 Peel Street, 514-848-0988, Delicious Portuguese dishes.
Cavalli, 2040 Peel Street, 514-843-5100. Where the glam gals gather (and the guys).