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Montreal Families

Historical museum unveils new family space

Quebec has so much to offer — mountains, cities, beaches, lakes, and plenty of culture and heritage. For those interested in the history of the Montreal and its surroundings, a visit to the Pointe-du-Buisson Archaeological Museum in Beauharnois is a must.

Focus on history and nature

Located about 30 minutes southwest of Montreal, the museum provides an opportunity for the whole family to immerse themselves in more than 5,000 years of history and revel in the area’s past through interactive exhibitions and tours. Founded in 1986, and recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada since 2006, the museum is located in a sector where two million artifacts have been discovered at 20 archaeological sites.

Pointe-du-Buisson has an entire area geared for young children. This spring, the museum inaugurated its new family space, inspired by the nature of the woods and intended for toddlers up to the age of 5 and their parents. The new room is where little ones can touch and play at different stations to learn more about archaeology.

This July, visitors can discover the world of bees with the experts from Alvéole Urban Beekeeping. And throughout the summer, participants can accompany archaeologists on-site and help out with research. Registration is required for some activities so check the website before visiting.

Set aside a couple of hours for a full visit to the indoor and outdoor spaces. The space surrounding the museum features 2.5 kilometres of trails, where you’ll encounter bridges and lookouts that treat you to the lushness of the centuries-old maple and hickory forest. Before visiting, download the audio tours about specific aspects of the forest.

Pointe-du-Buisson is an affiliate member of Leave No Trace Canada, whose mission is to promote responsible outdoor recreation through science-based awareness. The site aims to promote activities that allow you to appreciate the natural heritage while preserving it for future generations. To maintain the integrity of the site and its complex ecosystem, make sure to stay on the trails.

Know before you go

Recommendations include wearing closed-toe shoes, applying bug repellent, and bringing along water. A picnic area is available where you can spread out for snacks or lunch.

Open Tuesday to Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. until September 4. Adults $15, children 6-17 $9, and free for those 5 and under. Family rates also available. Additional fees for certain activities.

For more information, visit pointedubuisson.com.

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