Montreal is the largest city in the Canadian Province of Quebec, home of French speaking Canadians and host to millions of tourists every year. This gorgeous city was named a “city of design” by UNESCO for its fantastic architecture and though it was once a seat of industry, it now serves as a youthful and vibrant gem among the major cities of North America.
Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: 110 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T2, Canada
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $5, Children – $4
Built in 1656, Notre-Dame Basilica was the first Gothic Revival style church in Canada. The Basilica is known for its architecture and dramatic interior design. The sanctuary is filled with hundreds of detailed wooden carvings and many religious statutes. Its beautiful stained glass windows depict scenes from the religious history of Montreal. Free informative pamphlets are available in several languages for visitors who wish to explore the basilica on their own. Hour-long guided tours are available for an extra fee, $10 for adults and $8 for children (entrance fee included). Tour guides take visitors in private areas of the Basilica and provide fascinating tales and urban legends.
Address: 4777, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin Montréal H1V 1B3 Canada
Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $18.75, Children – $9.50
Explore four different ecosystems under one roof at the Montreal Biodome. Before it became an indoor nature exhibit, the Biodome was originally constructed for the 1976 Olympic Games as an arena for track cycling. The Tropical Rainforest ecosystem replicates a tropical rainforest in South America and is the largest exhibit at the Biodome, housing thousands of plants and animals. The Laurentian Maple Forest ecosystem is a reproduction of one of the most beautiful forests in Quebec. The climate in this exhibit changes from one season to the next, unlike the Tropical Rainforest exhibit which stays the same temperature year round. View hundreds of fish in the salt waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence ecosystem. The Sub-Polar Regions consist of the Labrador Coast, which replicates the Arctic north of North America, and the Sub-Antarctic Islands, recreating the Antarctic south of South America. The Biodome is a one-of-a-kind facility that the whole family will enjoy.
Address: Montréal Science Centre 2 Rue de la Commune Ouest
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $15, Children – $8.50
The Montreal Science Center allows visitors to explore science and technology through interactive devices. Observe the world’s first electricity-to-water transformer and the world’s first water-to-wind transformer that were created to mark the opening of the Montreal Science Center in 2000. In the Science 26 exhibit, each letter of the alphabet refers to a scientific concept that can be examined through a variety of activities. Young visitors will enjoy exploring Clic: The Zone for Curious Young Minds, where they can participate in building a house, designing a roller coaster, creating patterns and mixing colors. Visitors of all ages will enjoy watching amazing 3D films in the IMAX Theater (separate ticket). The Montreal Science Center is ideal for interactive family fun.