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Montreal - Downtown

    Underground City (RES) -
Complexe Desjardins
    From November to March, you can count on snow and freezing weather in Montreal. (Or even in April, when we visited, it was frigid.) When you’re walking along a main street such as Boulevard Rene Levesque Ouest or Rue St. Catherine Ouest, you might not realize that under your feet is an underground city of stores, restaurants, cafes, food courts, supermarkets, drugstores, all indoors. These indoor complexes, three our four stories high, light and airy, with fountains and plants, are connected by tunnels. At street level, just look for the blue RES sign, and nip down into the underground city like snug beaver in its winter lodge.
      For families, these centers have a lot to offer. They are brightly-lit places, warm and homey on a snowy day. All have nice public restrooms (so no need to hunt around desperately for a restroom). They are very stroller friendly, with elevators to go up and down between floors. Centers open early in the morning (6am) and you’ll find snacks and meals any time of day.
      Each complex has a food court with a lot of choices – crepes, pizza, hamburgers, sushi, ethnic foods, noodles, sandwiches, hot dogs, pastries, bagels, ice cream, chocolates, smoothies and juices, plus full service restaurants. Food courts are perfect for everyone in the family, especially toddlers where they can stand up while they eat.
      Tip: Arriving by train, the central train station (Gare Centrale) is connected to many of the underground walkways and complexes.
  Atrium Ice Rink – In the 1000 De La Gauchetiere center, go ice skating year round at the patinoire. Rent ice skates (don’t forget to bring socks) and take a turn out on the ice. Skates and helmets in kid’s size, open daily. Bonaventure metro stop.
    McCord Museum of Canadian History (Musee McCord) – Our favorite gallery in this museum is the exhibit about to how to stay warm in Montreal. There are parkas, a child’s fur coat, aboriginal mittens decorated with glass beads, wood burning stoves, a beautiful red sleigh, snowshoes and muffs, all about ice skating, curling and hockey. Also, check out the European swords, crossbows, dueling pistols, helmets and armor and Native American birch bark canoe, clubs, bows and arrows.
  Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts) – The Museum of Fine Arts, with collections of contemporary and Canadian art, has drop-in Family Sundays with art activities, such as create your own collages. If you are not there on a Sunday, they have a different hands-on activities, ask at the ticket desk. (The permanent collection is always free.)
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