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One week in Montreal with kids (7&10) in first week of July

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One week in Montreal with kids (7&10) in first week of July

Hi,

we are from Norway and are having a week in Montreal in from early July to 9. July this year.

The kids are 7 (girl) and boy (10).

We are staying at a house in Mirabel, about 50 minutes northwest of downtown Montreal.

I am looking for ideas on what to do. We have 5 full days to do stuff. None of us have ever been in this area of Canada before, so we need a bit of help :-)

We are driving from Toronto to Montreal, so if anything is worth to see on the road as well, let me know...

All feedback is appreciated.

Terje

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1. Re: One week in Montreal with kids (7&10) in first week of July

Are you staying in Mirabel for a reason?

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2. Re: One week in Montreal with kids (7&10) in first week of July

On the road to Montreal check out Upper Canada VIllage, a working 1840's village that kids and adults love. You can easily enjoy a full day there.

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3. Re: One week in Montreal with kids (7&10) in first week of July

In St-Sauveur (North of Mirabel), you can go to an aqua park... http://www.parcaquatique.com/en/

In Montréal, Jet boating can be fun. http://www.jetboatingmontreal.com/,

Espace pour la vie area; http://espacepourlavie.ca/en

Montréal science centre: montrealsciencecentre.com/programming.html Interactive for kids.

Parc Omega between Ottawa and Montréal... not far from Mirabel http://parcomega.ca/en/

In Ottawa: The Science and technology museum ... Very interactive for kids...http://www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca/english/index.cfm

In Laval: Cosmodome http://www.cosmodome.org/en/contact-us/

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5. Re: One week in Montreal with kids (7&10) in first week of July

En Route, 1000 Islands (Gananoque) and/or Kingston.

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6. Re: One week in Montreal with kids (7&10) in first week of July

Ah that explains it.

The 50 minute drive can actually be a lot longer in traffic. I live north of there and sitting in traffic is quite common.

Mont Tremblant can be a fun day out with hiking and walking and many water sports. www.tremblant.ca

If you go to Parc Oemga, which you kids will love. Stop in at the Chateau Montebello, it is a huge log cabin and it has a museum of sorts inside that you can check out.

Ottawa for a day trip would be a lot of fun. There you can check out. You can take highway 50 from Mirabel all the way there.

The museum of Civilisation - actually in Quebec but right by Ottawa. It has amazing things to do with kids and huge childrens museum that takes them around the world on about 30 hands on activities, crafts etc etc. During the summer they have a huge schedule of events. This museum remains my kids favourite in the city.

The Natural History Museum is very cool, also interactive and very recently updated.

The locks next to the Parliament can keep most kids intrigued for hours. There are 7 locks in a line that take boats from the RIdeau canal to the river. My kids loved to take a picnic there and watch whilst enjoying lunch. The boaters will happily chat to your kids and tell them how the locks work. It is in a great spot for walking around as well.

In Montreal. You could actually take the train to Montreal with your kids and then get on the awesome metro (our underground system). This would avoid traffic and our crazy parking issues.

Here is the website and schedule for the commuter train. You can get it at St Jerome or Blainville depending on your exact location. Lots of parking.

amt.qc.ca/train/…horaires.aspx

Here is the site for Montreal transit.

http://www.stm.info/en

In Montreal kids love......

The Science Center - pretty well done and not your typical science center. In a good location in the old port.

Point a Calliere museum - great for budding archeologists - also in the old port

Redpath Museum - for bones, skeletons, mummies. Small University museum on the McGill campus.

Jean Talon Market, buy stuff for a picnic and hike up tot he Belvedere for a lunch with a killer view.

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7. Re: One week in Montreal with kids (7&10) in first week of July

While in Toronto you could drive to nearby Niagara Falls (only 90 min).. kids would love it! Quebec City is also a must while you are here. Montreal is a big city so get a tourist guide book.

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8. Re: One week in Montreal with kids (7&10) in first week of July

Thank you so much for all the feedback... I will use the rest of the weekend to set up a plan for our stay in Toronto :-)

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9. Re: One week in Montreal with kids (7&10) in first week of July

ehhh... Montreal ;-)

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10. Re: One week in Montreal with kids (7&10) in first week of July

What a treat! It's not often we get tourists who stay off the beaten path.

==MIRABEL==

In the mirabel area itself, there are two places you should hit:

-Intermiel: This is a honeyfarm who has a large visitor center with loads of nice honey products, but also many maple products from neighbouring producers who dont have their installations. You can take a little tour with the children where they will show you the bees and the process. Do taste their Hydromel wines, its quite good! This is a great place to get food souvenirs as you'd pay what the locals do. It's also a nice way to see the Quebec countryside.

http://www.intermiel.com/home

-Fromgerie Mirabel. More a almost mandatory stop than a full visit. They have many cheeses but they are famous for the iconic quebec cheese curds which are made fresh there. Getting them fresh makes a world of difference and this will never taste the same at the super market. Do stop there in the morning on your way to Montreal (it's just off the highway). GET THE CHEESE CURDS. BBQ or no flavour, its amazing.

http://fromagerie-mirabel.com/

==MONTREAL==

You should go down to Montreal for at least 2 days to explore. yes it will take you roughly 50 minutes but its not so bad. Once in Montreal, my advice is to park your car for the entire day and rely on public transport or your feet to get around.

Old Montreal should be on the top of your list, and you can add the museums to your visit if they interest you. Basilica Notre-Dame church is a beauty. Pointe-A-Caliere museum is the histroy and archeology museum. Science center is fun for kids.

For supper or just walking around, i recommend you go to the Plateau Neighbourhood. You will see the typical Montreal houses and local commerce, but mostly, its where many of the best restaurants are.

Another area to explore (and more car parking friendly) is the olympic park area. Skip the Olympic tower visit in favor of the Biodome, the Botanical Gardens and the new Planetarium. The Biodome is my personal favorite, its a zoo/museums where each large room has the climate, plants and even the live animals from that area of the world. Tropical forests have monkeys and aligators co-habitating in the dome. Penguins are playing in the icy waters. Bats fly around you in a cave. Very nice museums.

There are many things you can do in Montreal, and you can read more in the Things to Do section, you might have to pick and choose depending on if you want to visit the rural areas in your week or come down to the city often.

Best of luck!

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