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Top Ten List of Winter Family-Friendly Activities Around Montreal

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Exploring Montreal with Kids;

Top  Winter Attractions

- Sledding (tobogganing) is a great family outing, especially with younger children. It is healthy, affordable and generally close by. Dress yourself and kids warmly under a windproof layer; the snow tends to infiltrate into the tiniest gaps under clothing. While there are many sledding hills around Montreal, the ones below generally have a heated building, telephone, washrooms, and a snack bar nearby. Some of them also offer sled rentals:

1) Beaver Lake (Mount Royal Park) Camillien Houde Way, Montreal, (514) 872-8240 www.lemontroyal.qc.ca (Also features snow tubing and artificial snowmaking.)

2) Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park; 3555 Douglas B. Floreani, Ville-St-Laurent, (514) 280-6678 • www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/parcs

3) Laval Nature Centre, 901 Park Ave., Laval (450) 662-4942

4) Longueuil Regional Park, 1895 Adoncour St., Longueuil, (450) 468-7617 • www.sogep.ca

5) Mont St. Hilaire Centre, for Nature Conservation, 422 des Moulins Rd., St-Hilaire, (450) 467-1755 • www.mcgill.ca/Biology/research/msh

6) Murray Hill Park, (officially known as King George Park), Westmount Ave. and Murray Hill Ave., Westmount, (514) 989-5353

7) P. E. Trudeau Park, (formerly known as Centennial Park), Mackle Rd. and Stephen Leacock Ave., Côte St. Luc, (514) 485-6806

8) Pointe-aux-Prairies Nature Park, 12980 Gouin Blvd. E., Montreal, (514) 280-6691 • www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/parcs

9) Oka Park, 2200 Paul-Sauvé, Oka, (450) 479-8337

10) Rivière du Nord Regional Park, 1051 International Blvd., St-Jérôme, (450) 431-1676

- A visit to the Biodome is not only a fun way to spend a few hours, but can also feel like a miniature tropical vacation. The TV cartoon character "Caillou" is featured in activities there this holiday season for younger children. New at the Biodome are 11 hummingbirds that were released into the “Amazon Jungle” in early December.  This indoor centre is generally open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Dec. 24 and 25 when it is closed. 514 868-3000

- The Ecomuseum remains a favourite for families with young kids and photographers of all ages. This small zoo features some 80 hardy, native species, most of which are kept outdoors. Special activities over the holidays include an Elves’ Workshop and Animal Care Apprentice programs for which reservations and special fees apply. Closed only on Christmas Day. 514457-9449

- Kids tend to delight in choosing their own Christmas tree to cut at Quinn Farm on Ile Perrot from Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Dec. 24. This is an outdoor centre. (514) 453-1510.

- Apart from warmth, flowers, and the smell of fresh earth, Montreal’s Botanical Gardens offers special concerts, Christmas ornament workshops and a Christmas tree made of ferns. Outdoors there is a cross-country ski trail set up for bird watching. This indoor centre is generally open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Dec. 24 and 25 when it is closed. 514 872-1400

- Come to Pointe-a-Calliere Museum and find out Who Is the Real Santa Claus? This special weekend afternoon tour introduces children to different Christmas characters and to holiday traditions from around the world. Included in regular admission fees. This activity is probably suitable for an age range of 4-9 years. The other temporary exhibit focuses on Pre-Columbian art from Costa Rica. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and is closed only on December 25 and January 1. 514-872-9150

- St Joseph’s Oratory continues its tradition of “Crèches (nativity scenes) from around the world,” featuring 264 such scenes from 111 countries.  The crèches are exhibited through the end of March and the Oratory is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year. No longer free, the visit remains very affordable at $9.50 for families. 514 733-8211

- At the downtown McCord Museum, word puzzles, building blocks, and even a poetry garden await those visiting the “Much More Munsch” exhibit. Celebrated Canadian author, Robert Munsch invites kids 12 and under on a whimsical tour of his imaginary house, where creativity and fun abound! This is activity is free after paying the regular admission fee and the self-guided tour might take 90 minutes. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and is closed only on December 25 and January 1. 514-398-7100

- Make a splash at the Aquadome, LaSalle’s family aquatic centre! The leisure pool is open from 9 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. on Monday - Wednesday - Thursday – Friday and 1:00 to 4:55 p.m. on weekends.  The slides here is a big hit with youngsters, but not always open when the leisure pool is. Extended hours from Dec 24 to January 4. Don’t forget your bathing caps! The pool is closed on Dec. 24, 25, 26, 31, and January 1. 514-367-6460.

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- What’s New

The Centre de l’Interprétation de l’Eau (CIEAU) recently opened in Laval under the same roof as the Ste-Rose drinking water filtration plant. This educational centre unique in Quebec includes a multi-media centre, permanent exhibition and laboratory (generally reserved for school groups) where visitors can learn how municipal drinking water is made safe to drink. At present, all of the display material here is in French only. This winter, the centre is open Wednesdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on. Family admission is $15.

12, rue Hotte (beside the Ste Rose Church)

Laval, Québec, H7L 2R3

Tel. 450-963-6463

www.cieau.qc.ca

By coincidence, this centre is adjacent to the winter entrance for the Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles. Once the slow-moving river ices over, visitors can enjoy outdoor skating on a large oval, cross-country skiing over an archipelago, snow shoeing, a small sledding hill and ice fishing. Park activities are generally free. 450 622-1020

For more information, procure yourself a copy of Exploring Montreal with Kids / Découvrir Montréal avec les enfants available at www.montrealwithkids.com and in fine book stores for $19.95.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 20 November 2010 10:04  

 

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