On the top of all the activities we organize, you might want to explore on your own.
Here’s a list of unavoidable things to do in Montreal and near Montreal.
Our very favorite ones are in bold.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to receive more info regaring certain activities.
You can find all those activities and more in our guide.

The traditional activities

Sled dog
Sugar shack
Apple picking
Ski-doo (snowmobile)
Ice fishing
Whale watching cruises in Tadoussac

At Poly

The Happy Hours (5@7) of PolyExplore, keep an eye on our calendar!
Le Pub (every Friday at “la Rotonde”, the site’s only in French)
Les Houblonneries, a beer tasting event, where you’ll have the chance to taste beers from microbreweries from Quebec (the site’s only in French too)
Poly’s Beach Party, more than 36 tons of sand are poured on the cafeteria’s ground, a water slide is installed, the setting’s amazing, alltogether it’s epic!
The parties of PolyParty
Keep an eye on the bulletin boards at school for other events!

Events and festivals

With more than 700 festivals organized in Montreal every year, it’s impossible for you to get bored!

Montreal’s Auto Show (January)
Fête des Neiges (January – February)
Carnival in Québec City (first 2 weeks of February in Quebec City)
Igloofest (4 weekends, January-February)
Montreal Fashion Week (February/September)
Montréal en lumière (February- March)
La Nuit blanche (February, during “Montréal en lumière”)
St Patrick’s Day (March 17th, better in Boston)
Bal en Blanc (April- May)
Color Me Rad run (May)
Mutek (May – June)
Piknic Électronik (every Sunday, from May to September)
Les FrancoFolies (June)
Fête nationale (National Holiday of Quebec) (St Jean-Baptiste/Saint John the Baptist, June 24th)
Canada Day (July 1st, better in Ottawa)
L’international des Feux Loto-Québec (Fireworks competition) (all summer long)
International Jazz Festival (June- July)
Just for Laughs Festival (July)
Heavy Mtl (end of July – beginning of August)
Divers/Cité (July – August) and Gay Pride (August)
Osheaga (Summer, usually in August)
Hot-air baloon festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (middle August)
Hot-air baloon festival of Gatineau (end of August)
Festival Western of St-Tite (September)


Concert at the Métropolis/Corona Theater/New City Gas/…
LNI Match (National Improvisation League, the website’s only in French)
The Cirque du Soleil
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
The Grands Ballets Canadiens


Montreal’s Science Center
Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts
Contemporary Art Museum of Montreal
Pointe-à-Callière Museum
Redpath Museum (in the McGill campus)
National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa)
Canada Aviation and Space Museum (Ottawa)
Canadian Museum of History (Ottawa)
Upper Canada Village (Ontario)
Granby Zoo (Granby)


Hockey, duh.
Skating (at the “Lac aux Castors”, at the Old Port, on the Rideau Canal (Ottawa) or at the Atrium)
Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing (at the Parc du Mont-Royal, at the Parc-nature du Cap St-Jacques, at the Parc-nature du Bois-de-Liesse, at the Parc-nature du Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard, etc.)
Cycling on the Lachine canal
Canadiens’ Game at the Bell Centre (hockey)
Alouettes Match at the McGill Stadium (Canadian football)
Impact (the soccer team of Montreal) match at the Saputo Stadium (soccer)
To go and watch games at a cheaper price, don’t hesitate to check out the calendar of the Carabins, the team of University of Montreal (the website’s only in French).
Rogers Cup (tennis)
Canada Grand Prix (Formula 1)
Jet boating
Paintball (Mirabel)
Action 500 (Indoor karting and paintball)
Laser Quest

Amusement Parks

La Ronde
Canada’s Wonderland (Toronto, Ontario)

Water Parks

Super Aqua Club
Calypso Waterpark (Ottawa, Ontario)


Mont Saint-Sauveur
Morin Heights
Mont Gabriel
Mont Tremblant ($$)
Whistler, the place of the 2010 Olympic Winter games (Vancouver)
Jay Peak (Vermont, Unitide States)


Nordic Spa Strøm
Bota Bota, Spa on the water


The Underground city, a network of more than 30 km!
Eaton Centre
Place Montreal Trust
Les Cours Mont-Royal
Ogilvy ($$)
Holt Renfrew ($$)
Carrefour Laval (Laval)