You will spend most of your time going to class or studying, but it is necessary to relax and enjoy what the city has to offer. In this article, we will make a quick presentation of the most popular activities in Montréal.
As said in another article, there are festivals for each season. This is especially true in the summer, where a different one start weekly at the Place-des-Arts. It all starts with the Francofolies of Montréal, a festival dedicated to french music. Next is the Jazz Festival and the Just for Laughs Festival. The Igloofest is a unique outdoor electro music festival in the winter. In march, there is the Nuit Blanche, where many activities are organized and open all night long throughout the city.
There are many nice spots in Montréal to have a little walk or go running. The most famous is the Mont-Royal where you can also find groups of people playing music in the summer. The Lafontaine Park is also a good place. For roller and bike lovers, the Lachine Canal has many kilometers of track with many great sights along the way. In the summer, the Botanical Garden in the middle of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district has more than 22 000 species outdoors and in greenhouses. You can use the opportunity to visit the Olympic Stadium, the Biodôme and the Planétarium which are right next door.
As you can guess, the winter doesn’t stop us from doing activities. You can go ice skating or play hockey on the many outdoor ice rinks. You can also use snowshoes to go on a little walk. There are many ski stations near Montréal, but you usually need a car to get there. More coming the dedicated Winter article.
Sports fans will be pleased. There is of course the national sport team : the Montreal Canadiens. One simple trip to the Bell Center is needed to appreciate the craziness. The other sports are as popular. If you want to go see an american football game, you can go see the Montréal Alouettes or the Carabins, the University of Montréal’s team. The Montréal Impact is the city’s soccer team. The Formula 1 comes in june for the Grand Prix of Canada.
The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts is a humanist, bold and innovative museum. The rich collections are divided in six sections in five wings. You can also find the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Place-des-Arts. The McCord Museum has many collections with first nation art. For archeology and history lovers, the Pointe-à-Callières Museum can be found in the Old Port.
Finally, you can find many other activities in the city. You can go shopping in the underground city and hide yourself from the winter cold. To relax, the Bota-Bota has many baths and saunas on a boat in the Old-Port with a fantastic view of the downtown. For something with a little more competition, you can always go to the Laser Quest, the axe throwing and the Archery Tag.
That’s it! It was only a brief summary, as the complete list would simply be too long. Have fun!