Montreal is one family-friendly vacation destination. Here’s where to have fun when the entire family is in town.
The Montreal Biodome offers birds, bats, flora, and fauna: four re-created ecosystems in all — a tropical forest, a Laurentian Forest, the Saint Lawrence Seaway, and a polar world. It’s located in the Olympic Park.
An adjacent complex, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium presents multimedia shows for budding astronomers of all ages.
The surrounding park contains the Montreal Botanical Garden where an Insectarium buzzes with activity. Their BuzzGround features a discovery zone, a butterfly house of native Quebec butterflies and moths, a pond full of aquatic wildlife, two playgrounds, a picnic area and a patio restaurant.
The Redpath Museum offers natural history displays that include minerals, gems, and Sara, a triceratops dinosaur skeleton that lived in Saskatchewan some 65 million years ago. The Redpath Museum is on the campus of McGill University Downtown.
The Montreal Science Centre offers high-tech fun and games, and low-tech lessons that explore the basics of science. There’s also an on-site IMAX Theater. It’s at the King Edward Quay in the Old Port.
The Montreal Biosphere offers an interactive look at the world of water and the preservation of the St. Lawrence River ecosystem. Best of all, admission is free for youngsters 17 and under. The Biosphere visit outdoors includes the Ecoological House, (yes “cool”!), an eco-friendly solar house of the future. It’s on Ile Ste. Helene of Jean Drapeau Park.
Written by Steve Howell