7 places to take your parents when they visit Montreal

Jul 14 2016, 9:37 pm

As nice as it is when your parents come to visit you, you can start to feel the pressure creep up to keep them entertained.

So to help make their stay as memorable as possible, here is a fool-proof list of cultural and sightseeing activities that your parents are guaranteed to enjoy.

Montreal Botanical Garden

Take your parents to enjoy the pristine Montreal Botanical Garden. Featuring a tree pavilion, tropical food, the garden of weedlessness, and best of all, Montreal’s very own Japanese garden, the Montreal Botanical Garden is enough to make anyone fall in love with the city.

Where: 4101 Rue Sherbrooke Est

Old Port

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Show off Montreal’s European roots by heading to Old Port. Stumble through the cobblestone streets, walk along the river, and sit down to enjoy a delectable French pastry.

Where: 333 Rue de la Commune Ouest

Bring your own wine restaurant

Let loose and show your parents how cool Montreal is by taking them to a bring your own wine restaurant. After a long day walking around the city, sitting down with a fancy bottle of wine might be just the ticket. From spicy Indian food to classic French cuisine, Montreal has a BYOB restaurant for all tastebuds. Check out this list for a little inspiration.

Where: Various locations

Beaver Lake

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After gazing at the Montreal skyline from the lookout point, take a short walk down to Beaver Lake. One of the most picturesque spots in Montreal, Beaver Lake is a great place to sit and have a picnic in summer or fall, and is home to one of the best skating rinks in the city during the wintertime.

Where: Beaver Lake, Mont Royal

Place des Arts

Get tickets to a show at Place des Arts and show your parents this cultural icon. Place des Arts hosts shows almost every night of the week starring everything from jazz musicians to comedians. Be sure to book tickets in advance.

Where: 175 Rue Sainte Catherine

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

One of the most impressive art collections in Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a true gem. Impress your parents by showing them around the permanent collection or wow them with one of the museum’s temporary exhibitions. If you’re lucky, your parents will be in town on the last Sunday of the month when admission is free.

Where: 1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

St. Lawrence River (by cruise)

Explore Montreal by water in one of the river cruises run by Croisieres AML. Offering cruises day and night ranging in length from 1.5 hours to a full day, your parents are guaranteed to have a magical time on the St. Lawrence.

Where: 2 Rue de la Commune Ouest

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