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Montreal Families

Labyrinthe reopens in Montreal

For two decades, the adventure mega-maze SOS Labyrinthe entertained and fascinated more than a million visitors before it closed in 2011. But now, one of the Old Port’s most popular attractions, and the world’s largest indoor maze, is back in business.

I had no idea what to expect when I arrived at Hangar 16, a century old storage building on the Clock Tower Pier (although my niece assured me I would love it).

Using canvases, pipes, crates, and barrels, the hangar has been transformed into a sprawling two-kilometre maze with a variety of interactive elements that incorporate an adventure storyline.

This year’s theme revolves around the Old Port and its history; visitors will be tasked with searching out valuable, forgotten objects, each with a story that pertains to the port, the river, and the lives of those who once worked the dock. However, to find these items participants will have to confront its obstacles, clues and puzzles. Once you find all the four treasures, you stamp a boarding pass that you are given at the entrance. Upon exiting, you put your pass into a machine and it tells you how long it took you to finish.

There are humorous staff on roller blades who tell you which way to go to find the treasures but beware : sometimes they tell you the truth and other times they lie.  Also, there was one employee with a water-spraying contraption going around saying he was disinfecting the place but was having a great time targeting visitors. We spent more time trying to avoid him and killing ourselves laughing than we did looking for the treasures.

The Labyrinthe will add a touch of fear every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with its black out nights, where visitors get to explore the maze in darkness. You can bring your own flashlight or pay to use one on site.

And take note – the Labyrinthe’s configuration changes every week, so if you want to go for a repeat visit you can expect it to be as fun and challenging as the first time around. I would suggest people bring a water bottle as we were all very thirsty after walking briskly through the maze for a full 49 minutes.

It is open on weekends from noon to 8 p.m. until June 14. As of June 15, it is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (closed Mondays and open at noon on Thursdays). From Aug. 24 to Nov. 1, it’s open weekends and holidays from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for kids 4-12, $14 for teenagers 13 to 17 and $16 for adults. Special rates are available for families and groups.

Read the frequently asked questions.

For more information call (514) 499-0099 or visit soslabyrinthe.com

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– Additional reporting Meagan Boisse

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