Family Travel Ideas in Montreal

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Montreal family travel has something for everyone. This city is one of the oldest in the country, and, being French, it offers a little slice of Europe for you to enjoy. However, everyone speaks both English and French, so you will not have a problem getting around. This city, located right on the St. Lawrence River, is cold in the winter and quite hot in the summer.

Olympic Stadium and Olympic Park

Olympic Park is a top tourist spot in Montreal, as you can go to the top of the observatory tower, see sports events at the several different stadiums, or enjoy various restaurant and shops. The kids will love swiming at the pool, or taking the funicular railway to the top of the tower. Go on a guided tour of the Olympic Stadium, or attend a game. The stadium, which hosted the XXI Olympics, is now home to the Montreal Impact soccer team and hosts many international swimming and diving events.

Five Ecosystems at the Biodome

The Biodome is another great place for the family to visit, as it contains three different forests and several ecosystems. The tropical forest is a reproduction of the rainforests found in South America, and is the largest ecosystem in the dome. The Laurentian forest is a mix of coniferous and deciduous trees, and demonstrates how plants can adapt to different temperatures and seasons. The third ecosystem is of the St Lawrence marine area.

There is also an Antarctic region that replicates part of the Labrador coast of Canada. The sunlight modeled after the sun's natural cycle, and the temperature is kept at about 13 degrees Celsius. There is no vegetation here, but you can see four different species of penguins in this Antarctic region. There are nature missions at the Biodome for children. Take an online tour of the facility before you go to make sure your family fits in everything they want to see!

The Notre Dame Basilica

If your family is in for a history lesson, a magnificent building to visit is the Notre Dame Basilica. This basilica, which was originally a mere wooden chapel, was built in 1642 when Montreal was just a village. The basilica that is standing today was finished in 1843, and was designed in the Gothic Revival style that was popular in Europe at the time.  The eastern tower contains a carillon of 10 bells, and the western tower contains the 11-ton Jean-Baptiste bell.

Other Fun Activities

In the spring you can visit the many gardens and parks in Montreal, or take some time to explore Old Montreal. There is plenty of entertainment outside when teh weather's goodl; you can find jugglers, mimes and other street performers at the Place Jacques Cartier. Kids will also love taking a ride along the river in a sightseeing riverboat.

March 25, 2010 new by piyushjain

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