If you are looking for things to do in Montreal, the free permanent exhibit at the historic Smith House (inside Parc du Mont Royal always makes for a great weekend destination.
The exhibit “Monte Real, Monreale, Mont Royal, Montreal” includes an extensive history of the park as well and also provides visitors with information about its conservation.
The Smith House remains as one of the last few examples of original and rural architecture in Montreal. It served a variety of different purposes from 1958 to the late 1980s and these included its use as a family home, a police and first aid station, an art center, and even a hunting museum.
Today, the Smith House only serves as a symbol for the city and attempts to preserve and promote Mont Royal.