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Exploring Geography: Montreal With Kids

Driving through New England to Montreal

I’ve always wanted to visit Canada, especially since we moved to Massachusetts and I realized Montreal was only a 5-6 hour drive from our home. A gorgeously scenic drive, at that!

Montreal skyline as we enter the city

It was fantastic to see the Montreal skyline as we crossed a bridge into the city!

Biodome in Montreal

I’ve already written about the HUGE hit the Biodome was with our family. It was also our most expensive outing in Montreal – all the rest were free!

Building in Old Montreal

We wandered through the Old Town, admiring all of the old buildings.

Building in Old Montreal

One thing that surprised me about Montreal: the lack of bakeries and grocery stores in the center of town! They are much more frequent as you move away from the town center.

Building in Old Montreal

I was especially fond of this staircase with the ivy.

Meeting up with Jamie from Two Chicks and a Hen

Meeting Jaimie was definitely a highlight of the trip for me! We were (at my suggestion) going to visit the Musee des Beaux-Arts (free except for special exhibits), but most of the museum was closed for renovations. The kids were NOT amused:

Emma and Johnny not interested in the museum

So we left, and went to a park instead. Where the kids chased pigeons,

Johnny jumping in a park in Montreal


Lily examines a flower in a park in Montreal

And admired flowers, while we talked (and occasionally chased children). Perfect.

What have I learned from my travels with small children so far? Be flexible, go at their pace, and stick with kid-friendly attractions. Maybe sitting in a park wasn’t what I envisioned for the day, but it was certainly a good way to experience a taste of what it would be like to live in Montreal with our little ones – and a memory they treasure!

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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

21 thoughts on “Exploring Geography: Montreal With Kids”

  1. Grumpy Grateful Mom

    It was fun to see your photos! I don’t know much about Montreal. So long as the kids have fun, it’s always a success. :)

  2. Carla @ Jansen Family Adventures

    What a fun trip! I’ve always loved to travel, but have learned that it is a very different game with young children! Still, they seem to love it too, when they get a chance to take in the world at the rate pace. ;) I’m so glad you guys were able to relax at the park! Sounds like a blast!

  3. jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa

    Best advise ever: Being flexible when traveling with children! Children learn so much from getting out and exploring the world. But we adults must be flexible. :)

    We visited the Canadian Rockies: gorgeous, breath-taking!

  4. It sounds like you guys had a lot of fun. You definitely need to come to Silicon Valley one of these days :) My least favorite memory of Montreal – ending up there on a business trip with my wallet stolen in the airport. Imagine being in a different country with no money.

    1. I am hoping to make it out to Silicon Valley sometime – maybe next year if I’m REALLY lucky?

      Being in a different country would not be fun. One of my sisters is living in China, and last week she had her diaper bag stolen. With their only set of apartment keys, US driver’s license, money, camera…

  5. What a fun trip. I visited Canada a few times as a child and would like to go there with my family. Just curious: how was the border crossing? I remember it being really laid back when I was little, but I doubt that’s the case any more.

    1. It wasn’t bad when we were there. Roll down the windows so they can see everyone, hand over passports (birth certificates are fine for kids, at least kids as young as ours). I’m sure they search cars sometimes.

  6. So glad you had such a great time in Montreal! Also great that you recognized your kids needed a change of scenery. Chasing pigeons sounds like fun!

  7. Elisa | blissfulE

    Lovely photos, and I think my favourite was the “NOT amused” one. LOL! Glad you had such a fantastic holiday!

  8. I’m so glad you guys enjoyed Montreal! I was also so happy to meet you in person! I’m laughing at the Musee photo because Bojey just said to me the other day “Can you take me to a DIFFERENT museum one day?” Haaaaaaaaaahahaha!

    I love the photo of the skyline. I must say that after three years of living here, that sight actually feels like home to me. I never thought I’d say that about living in a city :).

    1. Too funny! I wish more of the museum had actually been open!

      It’s a beautiful skyline – and good to hear it now feels like home for you!

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