Triptoes Top 5: Montreal Parks & Museums
In our experience, every family that travels, needs to spend some time visiting a park or having a quiet visit to a museum. When in Montreal, here are our top suggestions for either a taste of the great outdoors or the chance to be a culture vulture.
Parc du Mount Royal
Montreal’s equivalent to Central Park (actually, it was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also created New York’s Central Park). 15 minutes from downtown, but isolated on the top of a hill, the park has amazing views of the city.
Musee des Beaux-Arts
Montreal’s Museum of Fine Art is well worth a visit. With art based activities for children and Family Weekends, this popular museum is on our must visit list for a cultural highlight.
Housed in the former Olympic bicycle-racing stadium, the Montreal Biodome is home to four distinct ecosystems: a polar environment; a tropical rainforest, a Laurentian forest and the St. Lawrence marine setting.
The Botanical Garden
Montréal’s Botanical Garden, one of the city’s jewels, is recognized as one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens. It offers a colourful program of events, exhibitions and activities and a collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses and more than 20 thematic gardens spread out over 75 hectares. A feast for the eyes and lungs!
Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame
Canadian’s do love their Ice Hockey and no visit to Canada would be complete without a visit to the shrine dedicated to the Montreal Canadiens. Chronicling the team’s rich history since its founding in 1909, the Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame is a one-of-a-kind shrine celebrating the most storied team in hockey.