View Full Version : Anyone from Montreal? Need vacation suggestions!
07-15-2003, 07:22 AM
We are going to Vermont for two weeks and I would love to take an overnight trip to see Montreal.
I have young kids (2, 4, and 6), so everything must be child friendly.
I'd love some suggestions on what to do, where to stay, etc.
07-15-2003, 07:48 AM
Kim - I think if you do a search on "vacation" and "Montreal", you will find some good threads discussing this. :)
07-15-2003, 12:51 PM
I did skim through several pages of a search, but couldn't come up with recommendations for kids...
I figure that I have at least 15 years before I'm allowed to act like an adult again... :rolleyes: So, I guess I still need help - if you have any ideas for kids, I'd love to hear them. After driving 8 hours with 3 kids just to get to VT, I don't think I could handle another couple of hours, unless it is worth it. Otherwise, we'll just stay poolside at Smuggs!;)
07-15-2003, 06:02 PM
Kim, take a look at this site: http://www.montreal.com/tourism/index2.html . It has a section on kids' activities in Montreal. Also, take a look a the festivals and event listings sections.
I have a hard time imagining kids bored in Montreal, as there is always a lot of stuff going on. At the Old Port they always have some sort of outdoors children's entertainment like face painting and mimes; they also have an IMAX theatre and a Science Centre which is fun for adults too. There is of course the Biodome and the Planetarium (I know they have kid specific shows in these places). The Botanical Garden is huge and really worth visiting. There was also a virtual reality complex called Metaforia located downtown on Ste. Catherine but it might have closed in the meantime.
You could also go to the park of Mount Royal, in the center of the city. It has lookouts to the city, and there is also a lake with ducks. Mondays and Thurdays in the summer they have ethnic folk dance lessons in front of the lake (after 7 or 7:30 pm). You can watch or join the dance.
There are two free weekly English newspapers with entertainment listings called Mirror and Hour. They might have other useful information. Here is the Mirror's website: http://www.montrealmirror.com/meat/upfront.html . To see the listings, click on the "Go" menu on the top right side of the page and select "Entertainment Listings". If there is a festival going on while you are there, you'll be in luck, because they always have lots of open air free events.
I hope this helps. I say go to Montreal (and, even better, take me with you :) ).
07-16-2003, 12:27 PM
Thanks for the suggestions!
I did get the list from the tourism website, but its hard to know what is good and what isn't. Your suggestions will definitely help me narrow it down. It does seem like there is a lot to do!
Are you from there or did you just visit?
Any suggestions on a place to stay?
07-16-2003, 01:00 PM
Kim, I lived in Montreal for about 9 years and loved it. I moved to Pittsburgh last fall. Regarding places to stay, I suggest Manoir Ambrose http://www.manoirambrose.com/maaccueilva.html . It's downtown in a good location and it's reasonably priced. A friend always stays there when in Montreal, and somebody from the BB stayed there and liked it, as I recall.
I just thought of other things you might like to do. I you want to visit a museum, I recommend the McCord Museum of Canadian History (downtown, Sherbrooke and McGill College). It has a lot of interesting artifacts and their temporary exhibitions are cool. It's also not too big, so the kids will probably survive it.
And, of course, there is La Ronde, a big amusement park on Ile Sainte Helene. It's very popular (if on the pricy side). The only reason I forgot about it is that I'm motion sick :rolleyes: There is a fireworks international contest going on in July (Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10pm) at La Ronde. You can also see most of that for free from the Old Port (huge crowds though, and no music).
For homemade icecream, there is a fantastic place called Le Bilboquet. I think even CL featured them in their Montreal travel feature. Also, in Montreal you can eat good food for surprisingly little, compared to US prices, so indulge :)
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