Well it has been way too long since I have wrote a traditional trip blog so here is my well overdue family trip to Montreal with kids – what a blast we had!
For a little end of school year treat for the kids we decided to visit Montreal by train. Our kids love hotels and dining out – the kids love our time together as such a nice change of pace from the hectic daily routine.
Montreal is a 5 hour train ride from Toronto but for our family made for a fun picnic on the train and with some games and of course ipads (we don’t have great car kids so this was a nice change to ‘when are we going to be there’ and ‘my tummy hurts’!). Bring some food with you as the options on the train are not good – as you can see I packed some cheese and crackers which I enjoyed with a glass of wine – perfect mummy lunch!
Hotel Le St Suplice
I looked around a long time for where to stay as we wanted to stay in Old Montreal with the history and great walking but also wanted a little privacy from the kids. I found the Hotel Le Saint-Suplice which was beautiful and had a separate bedroom from the living room. During the day the living area was a perfect spot to hang out and at night it turned into a pull out bed for the kids – perfect!!
There are a couple of rooms that face the courtyard (which is nice and quiet) and some have balconies which was awesome so be sure to ask for a balcony. It really is a beautiful hotel right in the heart of everything. You can hear the beautiful cathedral bells on Sunday as the church is just a block away alongside the waterfront.
Speaking of the waterfront that was the most fun for the kids. We rented a 4 person bike and it was such a hit we rented it both days. At the end of the pier there is even a little sandy area with great chairs that overlook the St.Lawrence.
We also did the Amphi-bus land and boat tour which the kids did enjoy and takes you along the streets then into the river.
One last must do although sounds kind of cheesy, is the horse drawn carriage ride. Do it at dusk as it is so pretty and the kids just loved the idea of checking out the old Montreal streets in the carriage. They still remember the name of the horse which I have of course forgotten.
Summer Time in Montreal with Kids
For us Montreal worked better in the summer as a bit more to do with the kids and we were able to spend so much time outside and walking. There are some great restaurants so save up your appetite for the weekend. We treated the kids, who love steak, to the old traditional Gibby’s steak house. They move you in and out pretty quickly but great steak and their traditional dill pickles – yum. My son also thought it was pretty funny when we went out for lunch and got the below when he asked for Chocolate Milk! Who doesn’t love hot chocolate with marshmallows!
The kids did take in a couple of French words which was fun and thought it was pretty neat that everyone spoke French. Overall a fantastic trip that brought the kids some well earned downtime after a long year of school but also a little French and history lesson along the way.
Also who can resist the maple syrup on a stick – I would go back just for that… BON VOYAGE!