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Montreal Travel with Kids

Under 13 The Montréal Biodôme (Biodôme de Montréal), 4777 av. Pierre-de-Coubertin, is part zoo, part aquarium and part garden all under one futuristic-looking roof. Inside a structure built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games are puffins, penguins, otters, beavers and trees that change colors with the seasons.

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Montréal has its very own cat café! At Cafè Chat L'Heureux , 172 Duluth Est, you and your little ones can enjoy a light meal, snack or beverage while watching the delightful entertainment the resident cats provide.

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If Egyptian mummies, anaconda skeletons and dinosaur bones sound enticing to young history buffs, make plans to visit The Redpath Museum (Le Musée Redpath), 859 Sherbrooke St. W. One of the oldest museums in Canada, it includes three floors of exhibits covering everything from ancient cultures to extinct animals.

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The Montréal Holocaust Memorial Centre (Le Centre commémorative de l’Holocauste à Montréal), 5151 ch. de la Côte-Ste-Catherine, is a moving experience for teens with an interest in history. Borrow an iPad from the museum and take a self-guiding tour filled with videos, photos and audio commentaries from Holocaust victims, survivors and families.

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Sample regional cuisine like smoked meats or poutine, a dish consisting of crispy French fries topped with cheese curds and brown gravy.Try such local restaurants as Jukebox Burgers & Bar Laitier , 11798 boul. de Salaberry, which offers many types of poutine in a 1950s-style setting, or Reuben's Deli & Steak , a great place to try smoked meat on rye or a juicy steak, another Reuben's specialty.

Pack a change of clothes, don your poncho and prepare to get wet with Lachine Rapids Jet Boat Tours (Le voyage Saute-Moutons sur les Rapides de Lachine), which depart from the s. end of rue Berri at the Clock Tower Basin in the Old Port. The 1-hour flat-bottom boat tours travel upstream through the rapids of the St. Lawrence River, tackling whirlpools and large waves up to 3 metres (10 ft.) high.

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There are plenty of photo spots in Old Montréal (Vieux-Montréal), bounded by the river and rues des Soeurs-Grises, Notre-Dame and St-Hubert. Historic cathedrals, horse-drawn carriages and cobblestone streets—you might think you’ve been transported to the streets of Paris.

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Treat kids to a Montréal-style bagel for breakfast. Smaller and sweeter than traditional bagels, the Montréal variety are baked in a wood-fired oven and topped with sesame or poppy seeds. One of the best places to eat them is Saint-Viateur Bagel & Café , 5629 Monkland Ave., where signature bagels are made with malt and boiled in honey water.

There’s no shortage of things for families to do at Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex (Pointe-à-Callière, Cité d’archéologie et d’histoire Montréal), 350 Place Royale. Located at the site of Montreal’s founding in 1642, the museum includes an underground tour and archeological sites. Above ground, the “Pirates or Privateers” exhibit gives young visitors the chance to climb aboard a ship and test their physical and intellectual skills.

Montréal is very bike-friendly in summer, so explore on two wheels. The 14.5-kilometre (9-mi.) Lachine Canal path is a popular waterfront route that runs from Old Port to Lachine; bike rentals are available near Atwater Market (138 Atwater Ave.). Along the path are old factories, railroad trestles and working canal locks. In winter the canal transforms for ice-skaters and cross-country skiers.

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Summer brings hundreds of free concerts to the heart of downtown in Quartier des Spectacles (which includes Place des Arts at 175 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest) during the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal . There also are picnic areas, games, face painting and children’s play zones.

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Travel Information

City Population

1,649,519

Elevation

15 m/49 ft.

Sales Tax

Canada levies a 5 percent Goods and Service Tax. Québec's provincial sales tax is 9.975 percent on goods and services. The Montréal area hotel room occupancy tax is 3.5 percent per night.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(514) 280-2000

Temperature

(514) 283-4006

Hospitals

Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital (Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont), (514) 252-3400; Montréal General Hospital (Hôpital général de Montréal), (514) 934-1934; St. Mary's Hospital Center (Centre hospitalier de St-Mary), (514) 345-3511. These can be reached at (514) 890-8000: Hôtel-Dieu, Notre-Dame Hospital (Hôpital Notre-Dame) and St. Luke's Hospital (Hôpital Saint-Luc).

Visitor Information

1255 rue Peel Montréal, QC H3A 3L8. Phone:(514)844-5400 or (877)266-5687

Air Travel

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), formerly Montréal-Dorval Airport, 22 kilometres (14 mi.) west of downtown in Dorval, handles commercial flights.

Rental Cars

Nearly all major rental-car companies serve Montréal, and desks are inside airline terminals at the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Rail Service

Amtrak, (800) 872-7245, and VIA Rail Canada, (514) 989-2626, operate from Central Station, 895 de la Gauchetière beneath Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel. Part of the underground city, Central Station is connected to the Métro subway and to Windsor Station at rues Peel and de la Gauchetière.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc. and Adirondacks Trailways run to New York City. Orléans Express operates inner-city service within Québec. The Gare d’autocars de Montréal (Montréal Coach Terminal), 1717 rue Berri, serves Canada and the U.S. Megabus buses link several Ontario cities, and connect to Buffalo, N.Y.

Taxis

Cabs are plentiful in Montréal; you should have no problem hailing one. Taxis are metered, and fares generally are fixed at $3.45 to start, plus $1.70 for each kilometre (.6 mi.) traveled as well as 63c for every waiting minute. Major companies are Diamond, (514) 273-6331; and Taxi Co-op, (514) 725-9885.

Public Transportation

Société de transport de Montréal (STM) provides bus, Métro (subway) and commuter train service throughout greater Montréal.

Boats

Large vessels put in at Montréal's docks. Port d'escale du Vieux-Port de Montréal (Bassin Jacques Cartier), 333 rue de la Commune Ouest, charges $18 for a minimum 3-hour stay, plus $6 per additional hour for vessels less than 18 metres (59 ft.) in length, or $66 for a minimum 3-hour stay, plus $22 per hour for vessels measuring 18 to 24 metres (59 to 79 ft.). Overnight rates $2.30-$4.15 per .3 metre (1 ft.) per day, depending on the season. Rates may increase on weekends, and there are discounts for stays of 7 or more days; phone (514) 283-5414 to verify pricing.

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