4 directions, 4 options for family fun!
Road Trips January 21, 2019
4 directions, 4 options for family fun!

Here are suggestions of activities for all ages within a two-hour drive from Montreal. Families can choose between visiting a magical kingdom, exploring a treetop obstacle course, watching and learning more about animals or seeing what it would be like to fly a plane. No matter which direction you take, you’ll be bringing back home wonderful memories!

Northbound: for teens, tots and parents

See the world of Alice in Wonderland at Au Pays des Merveilles.
See the world of Alice in Wonderland at Au Pays des Merveilles.

Teenagers’ eyes will light up when they see the cutting-edge flight simulator at AeroSim Experience in Laval. Participants can choose the type of plane, the destination and the weather conditions of their simulation. If you need cooling off on a hot day, keep going north to the Laurentians where the water slides at the Sommet Saint-Sauveur water park promise moments of pure joy.

How about a magical place for your little ones? At theme parks like Au Pays des Merveilles (Wonderland) and Village du Père Noël (Santa Claus Village), they’ll have a blast in the games and rides and they’ll even get to meet the real Santa Claus! Kids will love it and parents are sure to reconnect with their inner child! And if your children are climbers, the treetop parks at Arbraska Rawdon constructed out of suspended bridges, Tarzan swings and ziplines are perfect for them to burn off extra energy.

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Southbound: outdoor and indoor fun

Did you know it was possible to surf in Quebec? Located at the Quartier DIX30 mall in Brossard and accessible to participants as young as 4 years old, Oasis Surf is a place where you can master the indoor surf wave using real surfboards with fins and under the guidance of expert instructors. After a short information session, even total beginners will be able to stand up on the board!

Take a trip back in time at the Village Québécois d'Antan
Take a trip back in time at the Village Québécois d'Antan

The fun goes on at the Granby Zoo – a must for families. Kids as well as adults will learn more about the 1,500 animals that live there and can also enjoy the water park and amusement park on site. Care for a game of miniature golf? At Glo Golf Aventures in Coaticook, you’ll get to try out this activity in a repurposed church where the 18-hole course is enhanced with black light!

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Eastbound: shows, traditions and a challenge

Kids who love the theatre or have an artistic side will adore the charming summer shows of Théâtre de la Dame de Coeur, a true hidden gem that sparks the audience’s imagination with impressive giant puppets. Another classic activity for families is a visit to the Village Québécois d'Antan, a living history museum that lets you travel back in time in the company of costumed characters and that offers a new experience every season. Step into the authentic 19th-century houses to find out more about the traditional crafts and occupations of the past. Follow that up with a go at Arbre en Arbre Drummondville where you can challenge yourselves on the aerial obstacle courses designed to suit various age groups.

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See local wildlife at the Ecomuseum Zoo
See local wildlife at the Ecomuseum Zoo

Westbound: Quebec’s wildlife

This direction is ideal for discovering the local fauna! Teach your children to love animals early on with a visit to the Ecomuseum Zoo located on the western tip of the Island of Montreal. This zoo open 364 days a year is also a non-profit organization that offers a safe, permanent home to animals that cannot be released back into the wild. The residents include black bears, Canada lynx, river otters, Arctic foxes and woodland caribou.

For your next destination, drive west to the Omega Park in Outaouais. The wild animals there wander completely freely and can be watched directly from your car. Follow the trail through the lakes, prairies, valleys, forests and hills and tune in to the 90.1 FM radio station that provides information on the resident animals as you drive along.

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Quebec is full of activities for families! Find the ones that are right for you at any time of year.

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