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Montreal is a great city for a field trip because there are such a variety of places you can take your students. There are a wealth of museums that focus on natural history, art, science, and animals, not to mention as plenty of nearby ski destinations for that perfect student ski trip.
Montreal has so many exciting attractions that you may even consider visiting multiple locations, and while Montreal has a reputation as a busy city, it’s easy to take a field trip with a charter bus rental.
Field trips come in all shapes and sizes, and so do the buses that we offer. Whether your group is large or small, traveling far or near, we have a bus that will meet your needs while also fitting into your budget. Here’s a brief overview of some of our most popular selections. If you’re still not sure what’s best for your group, our customer support team is here to help.
Although there are many options for fun field trips throughout Montreal, sifting through all of them can take a lot of time. So we’ve collected some of the top destinations for you here! From the stars to the ecosystems and beyond to art, there are plenty of options to meet your curriculum needs.
The Biodome was originally designed by Roger Taillibert and built as part of Olympic Park for the 1976 Olympics as a velodrome. It is near the Montreal Olympic Stadium. From 1989-1992, construction occurred which transformed it into the Biodome that exists today. The Biodome replicates four ecosystems from the Americas. Students can visit the Tropical Rainforests, the Laurentian Maple Forest, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and a Subpolar region. The Biodome does have discounted tickets for students, and a ticket for the bus driver is free as well as one ticket for the teacher.
The Biosphere was originally built for the 1967 World’s Fair. Buckminster Fuller designed the geodesic dome and it was featured in the original Battlestar Galactica television series. Today, the Biosphere functions as the only environmental museum in all of North America. For teachers, the museum offers many learning resources to support education before and after a class trip. There are discounted student tickets, and they have several guided activities (most of which take place outdoors). You can explore climate change, our changing communities, and the benefits of nature, among other selections. It is part of the Space for Life museum district in Montreal.
The Redpath Musuem was built in 1882 and gifted to McGill University by Peter Redpath. Its age makes it the oldest building in Canada that was built specifically for museum purposes. Yearly, it sees more than 60,000 students and roughly 100,000 visitors. There are more than three million specimens in its collection. The price of admission varies, depending on what type of tour you select. Some tours (such as the interactive learning ones) cost more whereas the self-guided tour starts at just $6 per student. All of their educational resources align with the Common Framework for Science Learning Outcomes and the MELS program.
Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium is one of the museums that comprise the Space for Life museum district, which features the four main natural museums in Montreal. It is located near the Montreal Olympic Park and has two separate theaters. When this planetarium was built, it was done so with an eye to sustainability and so the building is LEED Platinum certified. The theater provides an immersive experience of the stars where your students can hang out on bean bags while they look up at the night sky. If you’re considering a trip here, anticipate it will take a minimum of 90 minutes to 2 hours for the planetarium show alone. If you plan on a free activity, that can add 60 to 90 minutes more.
The Montreal Tower will provide your students with a different view of the city. It’s the tallest inclined tower in the world! It’s part of the base of the Montreal Olympic Stadium, and as an inclined tower, helps support the weight of the Olympic Stadium. After the Olympics, a multi-story observatory was added to the top of the tower. A glass-enclosed elevator takes you to the top (and holds up to 50 passengers); your entire class can ride up together! Once you reach the observatory, you can explore the Since 1976 exhibition that looks at the history of Olympic Park.