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Montréal With Kids
There's no shortage of fantastic activities in Montréal for kids. Here's just a sampling of what the little ones might enjoy during a visit.
Montréal's wildly popular rent-a-bicycle Bixi system is a great way for families to see the city. The expanding network of car-free cycling paths now meanders around Parc du Mont-Royal and through Old Montréal, across the island Parc Jean-Drapeau, and along the Lachine Canal.
Kids who've had their fill of churches and museums can expend some pent-up energy at the adjacent Old Port, which has boats to pedal, a clock tower to climb, and a maze. There's also a new waterfront beach, but alas, no swimming is allowed.
For culturally adventurous youngsters, there are outdoor dance and theater presentations at Parc Lafontaine. Kids can also explore the mysteries of bonsai trees and Chinese gardens at the Jardin Botanique and drop into the on-site Insectarium to see the world's largest collection of bugs.
Side Trips from Montréal
In the Laurentians, the gentle rides of the Au Pays des Merveilles and the Village du Père Noël (Santa's Village) are perfect for younger children. There are plenty of thrills at the Water Parks at Mont-St-Sauveur in the Laurentians and Bromont in the Eastern Townships.
Montmorency Falls, on the Côte de Beaupré, aren't as grand as Niagara, but they're higher, and crossing the suspension bridge above the spectacular chutes of water is a thrill. Farther along the St. Lawrence coast in Tadoussac you can take a boat ride for an up-close encounter with whales (be careful not to get salt water in your camera or phone).
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