Montreal Activities to Keep Every Generation Happy
You’ll likely never hear the phrase “I’m bored” during a trip to our northern neighbor. There are more than enough Montreal activities to ensure visitors of every generation find something of interest in this culturally vibrant Canadian city.
Multi-Generational Montreal Activities
Montreal’s snow festival, Fête des Neiges, runs for four weekends late January into February with ice sculpting, tube sliding, dog sledding, ice hockey and snow games. The city’s festival of lights, Montréal en Lumière, is the last big festival of winter with a multitude of free activities and events.
The Old Port and Olympic Park offer ice skating, the latter with a great view atop the landmark Montreal Tower, with a 45-degree incline built for the 1976 Summer Olympics. The nearby Botanical Garden is home to autumn’s Magic of the Lanterns. This festival features hundreds of silk lanterns imported from China that are created to look like people, buildings and animals, among other shapes. It’s a don’t-miss for families.
There are still plenty of Montreal activities when weather warms. Hit La Ronde, Canada’s second largest amusement park, where 10 roller coasters include The Monster, the highest double-track, wooden coaster in the world. The nearby geodesic dome, the Biosphere, was erected for the 1967 world’s fair.
Get your bearings high above downtown high-rises at L’Observatoire Place Ville Marie, a fabulous observatory with a dining terrace perfect in spring and summer. After dark at ground level, Cité Mémoire, a multimedia experience in Old Montreal, brings to life the city’s past through images, words and music projected on city walls, streets and trees.
From May through October, family theme park Voiles en Voiles attracts pirates and privateers big and small for life-sized replicas of an 18th-century pirate ship and royal ship. The 10 aerial courses have skill levels for all ages.
For thrills, there’s jet boating or rafting at the Lachine Rapids, whizzing along the MTL Zipline or over water in the Old Port, which has an 80-foot diving tower.
An impressive 466 miles of city bike paths await, with Bixi bikes found citywide to pick-up-here and drop-off-there (for a fee). Pedal along the Lachine Canal or head up city namesake Mount Royal to explore Mont Royal Park, known for its lake, chalet, hiking and biking trails and 103-foot illuminated cross.
Choice family destinations for Montreal activities include the Montreal Science Centre, Montreal Insectarium and the Montreal Biodome, featuring five ecosystems and scores of animals.
Toys and Trapezes
The Barbie museum, the world’s largest permanent exhibition of Barbies, has 1,000+ dolls, each wearing one-of-a-kind glamorous outfits by famous fashion designers. Figures include celebs such as Cher, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Beyonce.
The circus is big here as Montreal is home to Cirque du Soleil. Also kid-friendly is the Grevin museum with over 120 wax figures plus La Grande Roue, similar to the London Eye, a mega-wheel alongside the St. Lawrence River with 42 eight-seater gondolas.
Among Montreal’s many festivals are the world’s largest jazz and comedy festivals, all part of its lineup of spot-on, year-round family fun.
Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris, yet English is widely spoken. It’s home to about 1.8 million people, making it the most populated city in Quebec province and Canada’s second largest city. It’s also fairly easy to reach from the Carolinas via road, rail or air travel – so these fun Montreal activities are just a short ride away!
A Montreal getaway is a great idea any time of year. Visit AAA.com/Go for more travel inspiration!
(Photos: Tourism Montreal)
(Go Magazine Nov/Dec 2018)