I don’t know whose idea it was to go to a total tourist place on a Saturday afternoon (ok, it was mine), but after an hour in the car because of all the construction, and trying to find a place to park (ARGHHHHHHHHH), we were super duper happy to see the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal and the Old Port.
The boys were impressed by the horse poop right on the roads, while looking bored by my running commentary about some of the sights.
We started our mini tour near the bottom of McGill street and worked our way east along the path. Along the way we saw the cool looking Bota Bota floating spa, the cruise boats and ships that you can rent, laughed at the tourists wandering around on the quadricycle bikes and Segways (more on that later), saw an ENORMOUS private yacht, peeked into the Montreal Science Centre (review to come!!), drooled at the many restaurants and food trucks around, looked at the mini train ($4 per person), ride an authentic carousel at Place des Vestiges ($3 per person), and then…….against my vote, the boys convinced me to rent a quadricycle. At $21.75 plus tax for 30 minutes, this was our only expense of the outing (besides a water and muffin), and despite my initial reservations, it was SO MUCH FUN. (If you have the 2016 Entertainment Book there’s a coupon you can use)
Three of us fit on the wide seat and the toddler got to ride up front in the kid seat (complete with seat belt) like the figurehead of a ship. He loved it.
We pedalled past the shipping containers that now house a little street market, looked wayyyyyy up at the newest attraction; the Voiles en Voiles aerial adventure course (super impressive), and they also have really expensive bouncy castles for little ones. Then we saw the crazy high zipline as people screamed their way across île Bonsecours. THEN, just on the east side of the SOS Labyrinthe building we saw a playground, but with not much time left on our 30 minute deadline, we didn’t stop to play (Wahhhhhhh!), but I took some crappy pictures from afar! (update: we came back and played in the empty playground, you can read the review HERE)
We saw the pedal boats and and remote-controlled sailboats, and then booted back to return the bike.
It was pretty cheesy, but super fun for everyone.
We didn’t do the mini train, though it did look cute “We’re out of money kiddos!”, and then wandered up to Rue St. Paul and back to our car, looking in every window along the way.
I’m happy that we took the boys, but MAN, were we all exhausted. So many people, no shade, and a million bajillion cars. We could have also spent a small fortune on all the things there are to do, and we did have some whining from the kids because we wouldn’t let them do EVERYTHING.
I’ve missed all sorts of other activities that are available in the Old Port so you can check out all the activities HERE on the official website.
|Toddler park (2-5)||✓|
|Fenced toddler park|
|Big kid park (5-12)||✓|
|Big kid swings||✓|
|Reduced mobility swings|