Why Families Love Montreal
It is not hard for families to find things to do in Montreal. With a booming downtown and many of unique neighborhoods, families could spend weeks here exploring. The city is full of attractions, activities, and experiences that will entertain young children and teenagers alike.
Where to Stay in Montreal
Located in downtown Montreal Le Centre Sheraton is ideally located for families who plan to tour the city. If possible book a club level guest room with upgraded amenities such as free wi-fi, free water and access to the lounge on the 37th floor. There you will enjoy a full complimentary breakfast and evening hors-d’oeuvres. A double room, like the one we stayed in, can easily accommodate a family of four.
Just a few blocks away from the hotel is the Bell Centre which is perfect if you are in town for a hockey game or a show. It is also home to the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Hall of Fame, a must-do for all hockey fans!
Getting Around Montreal
Navigating such a large city is easier than you might think. With only four lines, Montreal’s Metro is really easy to use. Not only that, it is beautiful. In most stations, there are murals, sculptures, and stained glass windows making if feel as though you are traveling through an art gallery. If you prefer to stay above ground, rent a bike from BIXI-Montreal, the city’s bike sharing system. Choose a 24-hour or 72-hour pass that gives you unlimited access to the bikes.
Things to Do in Montreal
One of our favorite areas to visit is the Old Port. Time and again we find ourselves back at the Montreal Science Center. They have great IMAX movies, temporary and permanent exhibits. We recently spent some time at the current Game On exhibition. Honestly, it was a little hard to leave. There are over 100 video games to play. You can show your children that old Atari you used a million years ago or challenge them to a game of Donkey Kong. Also currently on exhibit is Fabrik – a creative hands-on workshop which challenges kids to build inventions from different odds and ends.
They were just putting the finishing touches on the new Voiles en Voiles the weekend we were in town. This challenge course looks like so much fun. It is anchored by a 3-story Pirate Ship and a Royal Boat. Kids ages 3-3333 can cross nets, bridges, ropes, hanging beams and more. We are looking forward to going back and trying it out!
Segway tours are an easy way to cover a lot of ground along the waterfront (you must be 14 with an adult). After a quick training session, a knowledgeable guide goes with you and points out historic spots along the way. If a Segway isn’t an option for your family, Eco Recreo also rents quadricycles, electric bikes, and paddle boats.
For those with no fear of heights, soar across Old Town on the new Montreal Zipline. It offers breathtaking views of the city and the St. Laurent river. Kids as young as 7 can try it! They are open 7 days a week through October 31st and located next to the Clock Tower Dock in the Old Port.
I highly suggest visiting some of the other neighborhoods in Montreal like Mont-Royal, The Plateau, The Golden Mile. We love Boulevard St. Laurent which is renowned for boutiques shops and fantastic restaurants. During our weekend stay, we had a delicious dinner at Buonanotte and then popped into Juliette and Chocolate for dessert. The boulevard is also home to the Mural Fest. Take a look at some of these beautiful works of art as you stroll around.
Money Saving Tips
A great way to explore Montreal and save money is to purchase a Family Pass. It offers visitors 2 free tickets for children 12 and under, with the purchase of 1 adult ticket. The pass gives you access to 10 top attractions including the Biodome, Olympic Park, Botanical Gardens, the Planetarium, the Montreal Science center and more!