Ski Bromont Water Park
Distance : 290 km (180 mi.)
Wondering where to go for family fun? Here's a circuit that begins and ends within a two-hour radius of Montréal and is loaded with things to do for kids of all ages. For an experience with a very special wow factor, start at the Granby Zoo in the Eastern Townships. With a few stops in between, such as the Old Port of Montréal, your circuit's grand finale is the famous Mont-Tremblant resort area in the Laurentians, the epicentre of outdoor family fun.
A. Granby Zoo. Over 1,000 animals live in four zones: Africa, America, Asia and Oceania. You can touch a shark, get a parrot to perch on your head or talk with the zookeepers and educators. Venture into exotic lands, such as the Gorilla's Valley, Hippo River and In the Eye of the Tiger. All this, plus the Amazoo iögo water park, which boasts one of the largest heated wave pools in Québec. Just one hour from Montréal.
B. Ski Bromont Water Park. Get swept away by the waves down the Congo River all the way to Elephant Country, where little pirates make their assault on Treasure Island. This fun-for-the-whole-family waterpark won Silver in the 2010 Outdoor Recreation Activities category from Grand Prix du Tourisme Québécois. And now there's a 24,000-square-foot heated wave pool with a 300-foot beach-style entry!
C. Old Port of Montréal. This is one of the city's most popular meeting places, where locals and tourists alike cycle, walk and rollerblade along the quays of the Old Port's and the promenade. Especially monumental is the Montréal Science Centre, with several permanent and temporary exhibits and an IMAX® Telus cinema. Or, you can take to the water aboard a harbour cruise, go jet boating on the rapids or simply cross to the river's island parks on the ferry.
Space for life. The largest museum complex in Canada with 4 famous attractions at the same place: The Montréal Biodome houses four ecosystems; the Montréal Botanical Garden, boasting a collection of more than 22,000 plant varieties and species; the Insectarium of Montréal, the largest insect museum in North America; and finally, the brand new Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium (2013) to discover the secrets of the universe. Finish with a trip up the Tour du Parc olympique (built for the 1976 Montréal Olympic Games), the tallest inclined tower in the world.
D. Cosmodôme – Space Science Centre. The Cosmodôme, dedicated to man's voyage into outer space, is home to the Space Science Center. Five different topics are explored in this interactive museum that has NASA artefacts on display: a real moon rock, an Apollo space suite and a rocket engine. Catch the film Magnificent Destination: Walking on the Moon for a trip to Earth's natural satellite.
Maeva Surf. Yes, you can surf in Québec! Located in Laval, Maeva Surf offers visitors the largest indoor wave in Canada! Visitors will get a unique chance to enjoy flowboarding and bodyboarding, in a completely safe environment. A thrilling experience for the whole family.
Cosmodôme, photo credit Brian Ypperciel
E. TreeGo Mirabel – Parc du domaine vert. Who wouldn't love to roam the treetops? This park has a rope course for kids and four junior/adult treetop courses for the whole family to enjoy.