Marguerite D’Youville wildlife reserve

If you are looking for a relaxed day outdoor with fantastic views of the streaming St-Lawrence river and Montreal city, this small island – Île Saint-Bernard is the place to visit. Located so close from Montreal, Ile Saint-Bernard is a small island facing Dorval across the St-Lawrence river (which is also called in this part Saint-Louis Lake). The reserve has a variety of eco-systems and it is offering 8km of groomed trails where visitors can enjoy observing animals in their natural habitat. Depending on the season, you can observe many birds, deers and foxes. Throughout the reservation there are many bird feeding stations where you can observe many different bird species. 

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Mont Saint Hilaire: Alpaca farm and Apple Cider factory shop

Mont Saint-Hilaire is located east of Montreal with an elevation of 414 meters. The area is known for its apple orchards thanks to the soil which is ideal for the growth of apple trees. The most touristic activity in the area includes apple picking! We visited an apple orchard and a nearby alpaca farm during a rainy winter Sunday afternoon and it was just wonderful.

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Bfly indoor kids activity near Montreal

Bfly The Giant Book Experience

Bfly is an interactive adventure for families inside a butterfly aviary. A simple indoor activity near Montreal, ideal for young kids. If you are in the area of Brossard (Quartier DIX30 shopping area), you can definitely spend there about 30 minutes to 1 hour. This super colourful decorated venue offers the kids to wander around the flying butterflies and to take part with interactive stations (choose French or English), individual activity book to identify creatures and learn about the butterfly life cycle. 

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Mont St Bruno National Park St Gabriel and Petit Duc walks

Located only 23km East of downtown Montreal, this National Park is an easy escape for nature and bird lovers at the city’s doorstep. In this post, we visited two short trails at the national park – Sentier Saint-Gabriel and Sentier Petit-Duc. The second walk, Sentir Petit Duc is suitable for snowshoeing. We have hiked it without the equipment this time as there was not enough snow to snowshoeing.

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Exporail The Canadian Railway Museum

Love trains? Exporail museum is the place for you! The perfect place for kids, you can definitely spend all day here! Rainy, or snowy days? Here we go. The big closed train hangar has a permanent exhibition where you can discover the evolution of Canadian rail transportation from the early years to modern time. During the summertime, there are also temporary exhibitions at the museum.

We visited the Canadian Railway Museum during one mid-November weekend when the theme ‘Magic of Christmas’ was on and we loved it. The Exporail museum had lots of Christmas decorations throughout!

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