When I was asked if I’d be interested in reviewing SOS Labyrinthe for my readers, I jumped at the opportunity! Every summer we plan to visit, and every summer it doesn’t seem to work out. This year, we made a point to go on opening weekend so that I could share our experience with you sooner rather than later
For those of you who are unfamiliar with SOS Labyrinthe, it is an indoor maze located in the Old Port.
Prior to entering the maze, you will be given instructions by a guide. This was great for us, as we truthfully had no clue what to expect. I want to mention that the instructions will be in your choice of English or French and that we were very impressed with how perfectly bilingual the guides were! This is great news for those of us who would like to bring are out-of-town guests to visit SOS Labyrinthe, as well as those of you reading who don’t live in Quebec but are planning a visit to Montreal this summer!
You will be given a card and ‘punch in’ your start time. While there is no real time limit and it isn’t a race, this can add an additional dimension of challenge to the experience 😉
Another thing that my husband and I loved was the fact that the experience actually teaches a bit of history. I don’t want to spoil the experience by giving away too much, but let’s just say that your objective is not just getting through the maze, but also locating 4 historical ‘treasures’ prior to exiting. Each time you locate one of the treasures, you will be able to get your card stamped, showing that you’ve achieved that goal.
Going through the maze is fun, the space is airy and we did not feel claustrophobic or panicked about not getting out. To be honest, prior to our visit, I was a bit concerned about what it would feel like, but it was more than fine
On that note, if you are worried about needing a quick exit, whether it is for the washroom, an emergency, or any reason at all- there is nothing to worry about, There are orange arrows to help you exit quickly and the guides always seem to be around the corner from you, on rollerblades, making sure you are getting through ok. If you need help of any kind, just shout “SOS” and they will appear. They are fun and funny and add a comical aspect to the experience. If you’re lucky, they may offer a tip…but you may have to work for it- We gladly did the chicken dance to get our tip!
You are asked not to run through the maze…we had to remind our kids often, as they were quite excited to locate the hidden treasures. That said, going through the maze is terrific exercise! I forgot to log how many steps I did on my Fitbit, but it was a few thousand for sure! In fact, my husband and I discussed as we went through the maze about what a great way this would be to get exercise even on a rainy day!
Did I mention that that this activity is truthfully suited to all ages? My teenagers enjoyed it as much as my 10 year old and my husband and I enjoyed it as well. We saw much younger kids having a blast. It’s actually an amazing thing, to be able to get some great exercise, awesome and unplugged fun and it does not take all day. They tell you to budget about 45 minutes to an hour to get through, but of course it depends on how fast you walk and how many dead-ends you hit LOL! Again. the smiling guides will help you along if you’re having any trouble Note: We were pretty much on target, and truthfully we were slightly slowed down by my constant desire to photograph things for the blog LOL!
That brings me to my next point: The maze is changed every Monday in July and August! That means if you wanted to go back multiple times, you could do so and experience a different adventure each time That said, if you’re planning on doing that- you may want to consider getting a season pass. They are quite reasonable and if you plan to go back often, well worth-it. You can get more info about that by clicking here.
In addition, because it’s not the kind of activity that takes all day, once you’re done you can leave and go about the rest of your busy day, but if you’re not – you are in one of the most beautiful and hopping areas of our city – walk around the Old Port, take in some sights, have a picnic…Enjoy!
In case you’re wondering what to wear: The temperature inside the maze is essentially similar to what it is outside, so if it’s really hot outside, you’ll want to be in clothes suited to warm weather. Similarly, if it is cool, you’ll likely keep your jacket on while in the maze.
That said, the maze is still INDOORS which means that you can visit RAIN or SHINE!!! ( It’s about to become our go-to rainy day activity…)
Finally, if you are wondering about parking, we found it extremely convenient to park at the Quai de ‘l’horloge ( Clock tower Quay) as we we were extremely close to the entrance of SOS Labyrinthe.
If you want further information, you can click here to visit the SOS Labyrinthe website.
Finally- I am super-excited to offer you the chance to WIN passes for a Family of 4!
Here’s how you can enter our #SOSLabyrinthe Giveaway:
In order to ENTER The #SOSLabyrinthe Giveaway you must:
- Leave a comment in the comments section of this post answering the following question:“How often do you visit the Old Port in the Summer?”
- Correctly enter your email address as the winner will notified via email.
- Add tanya(at)montrealmom.com to your contact list so that if you win, your notification will not go into your junk mail
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- Note that additional entries will increase your chances of winning however each individual can only win once.
The giveaway ends at 11:59 PM on Monday, June 5th, 2017. Winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted via email on Monday June 5th and must provide a response prior to 1:00 PM on Wednesday, June 7th. Please make sure to check your email as should we not receive a response by the winner prior to 1:00 PM on Monday, June 5th, , we will choose another winner. You may enter as many times as allowable under the rules in order to increase your chances of winning, however each entrant may only win once per giveaway. Please make sure your email address is correctly entered in the comments section as the winner will notified via email. Winner must answer a skill-testing question before claiming prize. Open to Canadian residents only.
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