Montreal Family Vacations

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Families Will Love

  • North America's affordable version of France
  • Cosmopolitan getaway with family-friendly sites
  • Bikes to rent and ride along the Lachine Canal

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North America has its own affordable version of France, just over the New York border in Canada. Walk on the cobblestone streets in Montreal, stopping at the patisseries, creperies and small boutique stores, and it's hard not to feel like you're in Paris. The city is set on an island on the shores of the St. Lawrence Seaway. You can rent bikes and ride along the Lachine Canal, stopping for a French lunch of baguettes, cheeses, pates and fruit at the Marche Atwater, a large farmers' market.

With its many family-friendly sites, Montreal is the perfect cosmopolitan getaway. To get the perfect vantage point of the city, head to Mont Royal, the mountain Montreal was named after, and look at the skyscrapers downtown. At the Botanical Garden, the highlight is the Insectarium, where kids get to see all kinds of creepy crawlies like tarantulas, praying mantis and the large, flying goliath beetle, which -- thankfully -- lives somewhere in Africa. Also at the Botanical Garden is The Courtyard of the Senses, where you can smell and taste many different plants.

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North America has its own affordable version of France, just over the New York border in Canada. Walk on the cobblestone streets in Montreal, stopping at the patisseries, creperies and small boutique stores, and it's hard not to feel like you're in Paris. The city is set on an island on the shores of the St. Lawrence Seaway. You can rent bikes and ride along the Lachine Canal, stopping for a French lunch of baguettes, cheeses, pates and fruit at the Marche Atwater, a large farmers' market.

With its many family-friendly sites, Montreal is the perfect cosmopolitan getaway. To get the perfect vantage point of the city, head to Mont Royal, the mountain Montreal was named after, and look at the skyscrapers downtown. At the Botanical Garden, the highlight is the Insectarium, where kids get to see all kinds of creepy crawlies like tarantulas, praying mantis and the large, flying goliath beetle, which -- thankfully -- lives somewhere in Africa. Also at the Botanical Garden is The Courtyard of the Senses, where you can smell and taste many different plants.

Across the street, in the old Montreal Olympic site, is a zoo called the Biodome. Walk in a circular fashion through four different temperate zones to see the animals. On the waters of the St. Lawrence Seaway sits a former warehouse that is now home to the Labyrinthe, a whimsical maze. There's even an amusement park, La Ronde, which is an affiliate of Six Flags. Read Less

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cathylou

03/13/2013

French from the Top

My children are learning to speak a second language, it's important to give them a few days in an exciting environment to spur them on, to live the culture, and to believe in the power of themselves! My daughter is 11 and my son is 13. Time to boost their confidence. Let's go skiing in Northern Queb ... My children are learning to speak a second language, it's important to give them a few days in an exciting environment to spur them on, to live the culture, and to believe in the power of themselves! My daughter is 11 and my son is 13. Time to boost their confidence. Let's go skiing in Northern Quebec on our school break! First 24 hours in the City of Montreal. First stop, rent a car, drive 7 minutes to a Deli. of course we choose the famous Smoke Meat Sandwich and for desert Cheeeees Cake! Drive to our down town hotel, not so scary at supper hour! Ok, we missed the exit. Check in, dawn our HABS jerseys and face tattoos. It is just short walk to the Bell Centre. Up and Up we climb! 3 ROWS FROM THE TOP!? Yes, siree, we are in the comfort of the "Family Zone". Sweet, all those who were standing outside in -14 Celsius temperatures, who didn't buy tickets the very day they went on sale seem to be out of luck. But then again they probably don't have to worry about their fear of heights, at this very moment either. The place is a buzz! More face paint for the kids, and it'S FREE! Overtime,shoot out.... Habs WIN! Big sleep after a big day. Up, a swim in the salt water lap pool, whirlpool, sauna, and a quick walk around the corner for the best crepes. We check out of hotel. Drive 15 minutes to St. Viateur Bagel Factory/restaurant in Monkland. We are offered a hot one straight out of the wood burning oven. Yes we buy a dozen, go next door to the grocery and pick up the fixin's and a few things to have in our kitchenette at the base of Mont Tremblant. Driving about an hour when we see Outlet Shopping. St. Sauveur got a few of our hard earned dollars. No regrets people, great deals? Made it to our hotel just in time for the Manager's Party of fresh Hot Pizza & Caesar Salad. We all enjoyed sledding on the hill, and also window shopping in the village at the base too. Burr back to the hotel room, switch on the propane fireplace, a glass of vin rouge for the gent & chocolat chaud for the kids! Early start in the morning. Move it, shake it and celebrate it! Hotel buffet breakfast including a contest, between the kids, on the best home made waffle. Dressed for the cold we take a gondola ride right over our room to the rental shop. The gear was pre-booked and waiting for us. Golden! We ride another Gondola ... to the ToP BAbY! What a sight! Many runs are exceptional for beginners and intermediate alike. I see skiers form 3 to 83 up here! Lunch at the Top was first class from burgers and fries to Crepes and Cappicinnos. Legs burning girls ski down into hotel for some hot-tubing, boys ski the black diamonds. Sled, eat on hill in a nice family restaurant, sleep and repeat. Don't want to leave this magic mountain but there is the legendary St. Paddy's Day Parade at noon back in Montreal. And it was cold standing for 2.5 hours hours. Let's get some hot Vietnamese Soup and Bubble Tea near Mont Royal! Qui Qui. Bonne Nuit! Next morning we sleep in a bit and go thru ice village, a brunch of Dim Sum... Yum Yum, A walk around Old Montreal and off to the Biodome. Fantastique for the Family! Some underground shopping. Bonne idee! Last morning we drove to the airport in a storm. Plane two hours late leaving, C'east la vie! Justin Trudeau is also aboard. Pas de problem. Am I having fun? "Just watch me". Read More Read Less

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