We (myself, wife and 2 kids aged 6 & 10) will spend around 2.5 days in Montreal from 8/26/-8/28. We are staying in an apartment on Mount Royal Avenue East (between Rue Cartier & Avenue Papineau) on "The Plateau". We will have a car during our stay. We are also open to taking public transportation to our destinations if it makes more sense and/or is more convenient:
Here is the plan:
8/26 (Tu) : We want to visit Old Montreal, Old Port of Montreal, Rue St. Paul, Notre-Dame Basilica & downtown. Since there is a Mont Royal Metro Station close to where I live (I think it's closed by - is it true?), my plan is to take the subway & explore these places with a all day pass (I think Metro sells an all day pass - should I get it,or just buy tickets?). Is this the best way to explore these places? Or should I drive? Does grouping these places in 1 day make sense? And Does Metro sell a family day pass like Toronto?
8/27: we would like to visit: Mount Royal (including the Oratoire St. Joseph), and Parc Olympics, I plan to drive to these places - is driving a better option for these two destinations? Are parking reasonable? And does grouping these two places in one day make sense?
8/28: We have until noon or 1pm in Montreal. If time permit, I don't mind checking out Biosphere or Cirque De Soleil headquarter if they allow visitor to tour. Is there such a CDS tour? if so, is it worth it? I plan to leave Montreal around noon or 1pm to drive to Toronto. Hopefully we can arrive in Toronto around 6/7pm. Is this a good time to drive over to Toronto? or should I leave earlier/later?
Lastly, can someone let me know about "the Plateau" neighborhood? is there anything I should check out in or near "the Plateau"? restaurants? touristy spots?
Thanks for your help!!