Quiet Times | The Best Calm Places to Take your Family in Montreal

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Published on September 22, 2014

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Looking for a quiet time out with the family in Montreal? Check out these best spot for some tranquility and family relaxation. (navut.com)

blog.navut.com http://blog.navut.com/best-calm-places-in-montreal-to-take-family/ Quiet Times | The Best Calm Places in Montreal to Take your Family Canada geese at Parc des Rapides Montreal is a scenic and vivacious city with lots to see and do. Aside from its usual sights, sounds and gastronomical offerings, Montreal presents a variety of seasonal activities including festivals, concerts, sporting events, and cultural happenings for all to enjoy. This is all well and good for the enthusiastic tourist or the activity-hungry citizen of course, but for folks with children, this sometimes-chaotic mélange of distractions might be overwhelming. Families seeking respite from the exhausting hustle and bustle of the city often look for quieter options, but what’s there to do in a busy metropolis like Montreal? To help answer that question, we’ve put together a list of a the best calm places in the city to take your family, when a breath of fresh air and quiet time close to nature are in order. Mount-Royal

Mont Royal Park near Beaver Lake As a central point and namesake of the city, Mount-Royal was a natural first choice on this list. This Canadian version of Central Park offers 280 hectares of greenery, activities and relaxation alike. Whether you’d like to take the kids on an easy hike around the mountain and visit the Kondiaronk Belvedere for an unmatched view of the city, pic-nick on the lush hillside at Jeanne-Mance Park, or again go duck watching at Beaver Lake, Mount Royal is a great place for families to enjoy the outdoors. With its proximity to downtown and McGill University, you’ll find that the mountain attracts a whole collection of people, from young couples enjoying the sun, to students hitting the books under a tree, to families on a leisurely stroll to amateur musicians plucking guitar strings and playing tam-tams on the weekends. The winter is no less active, though cross-country skiers and avid families of tobogganers replace picnickers. If there is one ironic downside to this downtown oasis is that it is a victim of its own popularity: it can get rather crowded on weekends. Early morning and late afternoons are best for a more relaxed vibe.

Famous Montreal Kodiaronk Belvedere lookout Île de La Visitation Heron at Ile de la Visitation Park

This hidden gem is a veritable paradise for outdoor-loving families looking to escape the noisiness of downtown. Located in the North of Montreal near Laval, this park on the banks of Rivière-Des-Prairies is a lovely spot for a picnic by the water. It’s also a perfect place to initiate the kids to bird watching or fishing, as there is an abundance of aquatic and bird life to observe. Families can also take part in cycling in the summer, and sliding in the winter, and there are a number of rental services (snowshoes, bikes, etc.) conveniently available for anyone wishing to partake in the activities. There are also a number of facilities and services, which are helpful to families, such as bathrooms, restaurants and picnic tables. Truly, this gorgeous spot on the North Shore should be a priority for any family wishing to spend a peaceful afternoon in nature. Parc Des Rapides Visitors explore Parc des Rapides Parc-Des-Rapides has long been a favored spot for Montreal anglers and bird-watchers alike, as it is a protected Federal Bird Reserve, home to many native plant, mammal and fish species as well. It has more recently attracted the attention of families seeking a quiet escape from the city, and it’s easy to see why. Easily accessible by de L’Église metro station in LaSalle, this beautiful park is centered on a small peninsula of land, which extends into the Lachine Rapids of the St- Lawrence River. There are numerous walking paths spanning the length of this little stretch of land all the way to a breathtaking view of fast-flowing rapids, where families can easily have their lunch on the banks. City workers who maintain beautiful rose gardens there also service this park, and kids can learn about all the plants the animals they see thanks to informative panels throughout the park. Parc Des Rapides is a beautiful spot to enjoy the St-Lawrence and for families to get away from it all.

Île Sainte-Hélène / Parc Jean-Drapeau The surprisingly calm side of Park Jean Drapeau This island, located in the St-Lawrence River between Montreal and its South Shore, is better known for its exciting side. After all, it houses the Gilles Villeneuve Racetrack (where the Grand Prix is held every year in June) and Montreal’s popular Six Flags Amusement Park “La Ronde”. That said, it’s easy to understand why most families would overlook this area as a “quiet spot” at first glance. However, this is most definitely a case of a treasure hidden in plain sight. The island is much more than its amusement park. While the beach and aquatic center are much busier, for those families seeking simple solace, Parc Jean Drapeau boasts many walking trails, 25 kilometers of bike paths, beautiful gardens and picnic spots along the beautiful St-Lawrence shoreline. It’s even possible to rent kayaks to take the kids on a row through the many canals and basins surrounding the island. The best part of this park is how easily accessible it is; a mere 5 minute metro ride from downtown (Berri) to the Jean Drapeau metro station is all it takes. You would never guess you’re still in the city when stepping out, which makes this one of the best and most affordable options for families. We hope you’ve enjoyed these best calm places in Montreal to take your family, and should you want to find out more about Montreal’s quieter neighborhoods, check out Navut’s Montreal Neighborhood Profiles to see what area would best suit your family! Furthermore, if you have any suggestions on quiet family spots in Montreal, share them with us in the comment below; we want to know! (Images: wikimedia)

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