There's no finer way to spend a sunny November afternoon than a trip to the top of Mont-Royal. I love the idea of being in the middle of the city without any of the cars, cement or pollution. Most of the fall leaves had already blown away, but there was a beautiful blue watercolour sky. We went to visit the ducks only to find that Beaver Lake had been drained. The last time my daughter and I had ridden our bikes to the top of the mountain, the children's playground was being refurbished, and it was in dire need. The former playground was at least 30 years old.
The new kids' park is well worth the visit for young families. The City has set up a state-of-the-art playground complete with two rock-climbing structures and "the eye," a rope-climbing structure (See photo below). The picture on the right is my daughter on the Jetson-style see-saw or teeter-totter with Mr. Tall Dark and Handsome, my other half. There were all sorts of variations on the traditional playground rides (the space-age merry-go-round was my favourite). This is a good couple of hours of fun exercise for kids under the age of 10.
Like many parents, we're always looking for inexpensive energy-expending activities. If you come across any great things to do with kids, please drop me a line so that I can share it with everyone.
If you don't have a car take the number 11 bus outside the Mont-Royal Metro Station to get to the top.
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