Young children will have a fabulous time in Montreal. Here are some
half-day outings that I recommend.
Go to Old Montreal. You can get close in the metro, or take a 10
minute cab ride. Stroll the streets, visit the canal, have a coffee
and watch the people. You can rent really fun things here - big low
slung tricycles and "gopeds" (battery powered scooters), and you can
scoot all around the port area. Kids will just love them. Lots of
tourist shops for compulsive buyers in addition.
While there, visit the beautiful old "sailors church" Notre Dame de
Bonsecours. Go inside and sit down. Then climb to the spire area
(using the stairway of course) and get a great view of the
You can ride a speed boat through the rapids in the St Laurent at this
point. You may be scared but your kids will love it. Actually these
rapids are the main reason we are in Montreal for the CEA
conference. The Seaway wasn't built for quite a while after Champlain,
and the early visitors decided to start using the area (and the
adjoining "Royal Mountain") as a kind of stopover/hangout place on
their way out west in search of oil and natural gas, and freedom from
oppressive central governments.
The Science Centre and accompanying IMAX film theatre are also located
in Old Montreal, at the waterfront, in the same complex. Visit them by
typing "Centre des sciences de Montreal" into Google. An IMAX movie is
a must for all kids - right up to the age of about 100.
The Planetarium is downtown - a few minutes by cab from Concordia;
features shows on the heavens all the time. Just google: "planetarium
Then there is the Biodome, the Insectarium and the Botanical Gardens;
all very close to one another in the vicinity of the Olympic Stadium Ð
itself a piece of Montreal's financial history. These are most easily
accessed by metro, and the Guy St. metro is about a minute's walk from
Finally, and particularly if the weather is good, go to the mountain:
Mont Royal. Get a cab to Beaver Lake. From there, walk to the "lookout
at the chalet", where you can get refreshments. You will see most of
the city and parts of Vermont and the Eastern Townships. Walk the
upper loop, it's about 2 kilometres. If you have seed with you some of
the bolder birds will eat from your hand. There is also a playground
near Beaver Lake.
- Child care
For the more cerebral delegates, we will also have a drop-off centre
in the Library building, which is directly across the street from our
conference site - the Hall building, where kids can stay with a
professional minder for a few hours at a time. The Department of
Early Childhood Education has kindly agreed to make one of their rooms
available to us for the Friday and Saturday of the conference. This
will be for children aged about three to seven (must be toilet
trained). The locale is essentially an activity centre, rather than a
daycare, and there will be two professional staff on duty for the
morning and afternoon sessions. Lunch is not provided, so parents who
wish to use the facility for more than half of the day will need to
retrieve their children for lunch.
It is important that we have a sense of how many delegates may use
this service. So please contact me (Ian Irvine) by the end of April
to be assured a spot.
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