Montrealers are an energetic bunch and the city is designed to keep them (and you) on the move. You’ll be swept up by the ‘joie de vie’ attitude of the locals in this historic city. Walk, cycle and taste your way through Montreal during summer. When temperatures drop, skate, ski, and celebrate one of Canada’s best icy destinations.
Cycle the city
Montreal’s BIXI system of public, rentable bikes is a great way to traverse the entire Island of Montreal during summer. Take a leisurely ride up Mount Royal and down the Lachine Canal. Coast past colourful street art and incredible architecture downtown, and through wooded forests and parklands.
Lunch on the terrace
Montreal is famous for its funky terrace cafes, the perfect place to soak up the sunshine and people watch over modern cuisine. Head to Les Enfant Terribles for contemporary Quebec fare and locally roasted coffee, then head to the rooftop L’Observatoire for panoramic views of Montreal.
Pull on your walking shoes and stroll through Montreal’s diverse foodie neighbourhoods. Food tours of gastronomic districts like Little Italy, Old Montreal, and the public markets, are a delicious way to gain an insight into the multicultural history of this dynamic city.
Set within the forested peaks of the Laurentian Mountains, Mont Tremblant is Quebec’s most popular family ski resort, easily accessed from Montreal. Carve up the slopes during winter, and breath in the fresh alpine air as you hike the tranquil forested trails during summer.
Montreal comes alive during the winter months with energetic outdoor adventure for all ages. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore Parc Jean Drapeau and Mount Royal. Tour companies like Fitz and Folwell offer guided half-day experiences including ice skating and cross country skiing.
Cruise the St Lawrence River
See the island city of Montreal from a whole new perspective. Take a cruise along the scenic St Lawrence River during the warmer months. Drift under old-world bridges and enjoy sweeping views of the islands, the city, and Mont Royal.
The mountain in the heart of the city is a ‘must do’ year-round destination. Picnic, hike, walk, and cycle its vast green spaces during summer. In winter, skate the frozen Beaver Lake, and hire snowshoes, and skis, available for all ages.
Take in a hockey game
Montrealers, like all Canadians, are mad about ice hockey. Join the throngs at the Centre Bell arena when the Montreal Canadiens are facing off their rivals during the Stanley Cup Championship. It’s worth it for the atmosphere alone!
Tour Old Montreal
Taking a walking tour of Old Montreal’s cobblestoned streets and discover its fundamental landmarks and historic architecture dating back hundreds of years, including the Notre-Dame Basilica, the dynamic Old Port, and the buzzing Place Jacques-Cartier. Free tours of Old Montreal are available with local guides.
The party spirit
No matter what the season, there’s a party going on in Montreal. Join the fun at Montreal en Lumiere during winter, for outdoor music, circus, and fireworks at the Quartier des Spectacles. Summer celebrations include the International Jazz Festival, Just for Laughs, plus boundless street fairs and fetes.