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Day 3 – Morning
BEST FOR THE MUSEUM JUNKIE (Stewart Museum, 20 chemin du Tour-de-I’Isle, 514-861-6701, www.stewart-museum.org/en)
Located on Sainte-Hélène Island, and housed in the old British military depot, Stewart Museum is a unique, fun excursion for museum-lovers of all ages. The museum studies the influence of European civilization on the history of New France, and focuses on Quebec history from the European discovery of the New World in the mid-1500s to the Rebellions of 1837. Visitors will see weaponry, art, household objects, maps, charts, military items, photos, rare books and more. History comes to life here: from the recreation of historical events to the costumed, outgoing guides, Stewart Museum is fun for the whole family.
What the guide books don’t tell you: There are several ways to save a few dollars on the already affordable admission fees. The museum offers discounted admission to families of three or four, transit or museum passport holders and members of various organizations. Check website for details.
Best time to go: Wednesday through Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Day 3 – Evening
BEST FOR THOSE WITH A LITTLE BIT OF RHYTHM (Danses Plein-Air, Mount Royal and Outremont, 514-252-9071, www.amatp.org French or www.tourisme-montreal.org)
Put on by the Montreal Association of Arts and Popular Traditions and the City of Montreal, Danses Plein-Air is a free outdoor folk dance gathering at Beaver Lake on Mount Royal, that takes place two evenings a week in June, July and August. Mondays welcome amateurs, where a professional, qualified teacher provides lessons on 20 different folk dances from around the world. Thursdays feature group dancing, where experienced folk dancers perform over 60 routines (mostly from the Balkans and Middle East) for the crowd. If your kids are up past 8 p.m., they’re invited too. The event is all ages.
What the guide books don’t tell you: Attendance is free; however, the association kindly asks dancers and participants to contribute $5 per evening if they can.
Best time to go: Choose which evening (Monday or Thursday, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) you’d like to attend based on whether you want to learn to folk dance – or just watch.