10 Pokémon GO activities to discover Montréal with the family
Pokémon GO is a game in which you capture and collect Pokémons using an app, augmented reality and your phone’s GPS. It’s a great opportunity to go on a family walk, discover the city and new places where the little characters could be hiding. Here’s a list of family activities to help you combine your passion for Pokémon GO with your desire to enjoy summer with your kids in Montréal.
Old Port of Montréal
Whether you’re interested in getting some fresh air near the Lachine Canal or curious about the various activities available nearby—like the Montréal Science Centre and SOS Labyrinthe —the Old Port is chock full of Pokéstops, as they are often located near historical points of interest. Once you’re near a Pokéstop, you can accumulate potions, eggs, incense, PokéBalls and other items needed for the hunt.
Just For Laughs Festival
There’s no doubt that Pokémons will be hiding throughout Montréal’s entertainment district, aka Quartier des Spectacles! After catching a comedy show, look for them between food trucks or near fountains.
Some Pokémons love water. So since the Amphibus can carry the whole family from solid ground right into the river, there’s a good chance you’ll make some great finds during this guided tour of the city.
Jardin Nelson Restaurant
This restaurant’s impressive patio is the perfect place for a family lunch. You can enjoy a delicious meal while hunting for a Pikachu in the flower beds.
Explore the aquatic centre, check the waves at Jean-Doré Beach or go for a slow ride on a bike rented from ÉcoRécréo. You never know, you may incubate an egg!
TOHU’s Fête foraine
Some 15 rides will be setting up at the TOHU site. Who knows what you’ll find at the top of the Ferris wheels.
If you’ve got teens, this adventure game may be right up your alley. Anyone who gets lost in the labyrinth can at least catch a few Pokémons while trying to find their way out!
Come for a picnic on the grass, a game of pétanque (i.e. Québec’s version of bocce ball) and a little table tennis. This park offers free WiFi, so you don’t have to worry about data consumption while you play.
Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium at Espace pour la vie
Word is that several Onyx are hiding near the Olympic Stadium’s Esplanade. Capture them, then head into the planetarium to catch the new presentation called “One Day on Mars.”
Families are always welcome at this riverside site located near Jacques-Cartier Bridge. It’s a great spot for watching the L'International des Feux Loto-Québec fireworks competition—just remember to turn off your phone. You’ll have already had a good hunt by the time the show begins, so turn your eyes to the sky and enjoy the lights.
Eve Martel, blogger
As an ad agency content creator and writer for her blog "Tellement Swell", Eve has an insatiable curiosity for urban culture. She is madly in love with Montréal, her adoptive city since 1993, and loves to wander its streets to find new foodie spots, to stroll through its parks and green alleys, and admire its ever-changing architecture.
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