Montreal's Olympic Park
We were in Montreal in January, the depths of winter. It was, frankly, too cold to spend much time outside: we went from Metro to patisserie to museum with as little fresh air as possible. Thankfully we were able to purchase a 3-day museum card, giving us entry to a wide variety of attractions - although it did involve a freezing trek from the tourist office to several museums, before we found anywhere that had one in stock.
The botanical gardens had an extensive outside parkland area which when we visited was smothered in snow - and complete with warnings against snowshoeing over what would in summer be beautiful displays of (presumably rather hardy) plants. But there was also an impressive series of glass houses, including a wonderful display of bonsai trees, some of which were over 100 years old.
The beautiful Chateau Dufresne has a striking if somewhat bleak façade, but features luxurious and well-preserved interiors. We weren't really supposed to take photos inside, but I just couldn't resist a couple of shots (no flash, obviously).
The Science Centre was a bit of a mixed bag - we were glad we hadn't paid for entry separately, as a lot of the exhibits seemed to be geared exclusively towards children, but we did have fun in the interactive music exhibit. The permanent collections are minimal, so I'd want to check out what was on before visiting again.
As for the ecological museum, quite aside from the amazing geodesic dome around the building, this was a fantastic museum full of thought-provoking exhibits. Did you see my separate post about the recycled fashion exhibit? Other rooms included displays on pollution and climate change, and a water room - set up for kids but still great fun for adults. We were gutted to hear, though, that the museum might be about to close this year.
And finally, here are a few more snapshots from our meanderings around the city: