Oh, how I love Montreal. Museums that cater to kids, space to explore and discover, and outdoor adventures abound; there’s no lack of choice when it comes to family outings in Montreal. Sometimes it’s best to just put on your boots and go outside, letting the adventures come to you while other times a plan helps cultivate the best experiences during your stay. Regardless of how you discover Montreal, these five experiences are worth adding to your Montreal bucket list.
Number One: Explore the Montreal Biodome
When it’s completely freezing outside, the Montreal Biodome is the ideal place to warm up and enjoy replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas. There are over 4,500 animals from around 220 different species and 500 plant species, all under one roof and you don’t need to set foot outside to discover it all.
Number Two: Go Skating in the Old Port of Montreal
The weather isn’t always cold during winter in Montreal and when you want an activity that will keep you moving, skating around the beautiful old port hits the spot. Don’t have skates? You can even rent your skates at the rink. They keep this rink in top shape and its location provides tons of after-skating activities.
Number Three: Embark on a Pirate Adventure at the Musée Point-à-Callière
Discover the sailors that ventured the St. Lawrence River in the days of the New France and embark on an adventure that takes place on a privateer ship at Musée Point-à-Callière. The Pirates or Privateers? exhibit tests children’s physical and intellectual skills all while letting them live out their wildest dreams. Musée Point-à-Callière is also home to other permanent exhibitions showcasing Montréal’s history and archaeology as well as three to four temporary exhibits every year. It’s extremely interactive and family-focused.
Number Four: Play Outdoors at Mount Royal Park
Located in the heart of Montreal, Mount Royal is a classic destination to go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or winter biking. For an added dose of family-fun, you can also go tubing right by Beaver Lake. Athena and I chose a short hike to the lookout for spectacular vistas. We couldn’t leave without tubing at Beaver Lake either. It was Athena’s favorite day in the city.
Number Five: Hone your Artistic Skills at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts comprises paintings, sculptures, graphic arts, photographs and decorative art objects displayed in four pavilions: the Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion (international art), the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion (world cultures), the Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion (decorative arts and design) and the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion (Quebec and Canadian art). It’s the most visited art museum in Canada and we can attest to why. Not only does it house stunning works of art, but there are a variety of programs and activities that offer unique experiences for the whole family. Athena and I participated in a drop-in watercolor art class where we created our own pieces of art that we could take home.
Montreal is a bucket list destination for families regardless of their interests. It’s a city full of diversity, culture, and adventure. Even when it gets dumped on with snow, it becomes a winter wonderland. Don’t forget to pack your lip balm and winter boots and discover all that Montreal has to offer for families.