MONTRÉAL ACTIVITIES FOR REST AND PLAY
Montréal’s diversity of recreational activities is all about choice: stay active or simply sit back and relax. Spend an after-noon at the spa or the Casino de Montréal, take a gourmet cooking class or stroll through the Botanical Garden. Go cycling, golfing or swimming in summer, and skating, skiing or sledding in winter. Watch Canadiens hockey, Alouettes football and Impact soccer. Explore the world at the Biodôme, Insectarium and Planetarium at the Space for Life and at the Ecomuseum Zoo and the Science Centre. Or go to extremes at La Ronde amusement park, SOS Labyrinth, zip-lining, surfing the rapids, rock climbing and more.Hop from one festival to the next, from homegrown tastes to exotic flavours, from the trails of Mount Royal to the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal. Get inspiration from our lists to live the full Montréal experience.
The MMFA’s exhibitions are renowned for a multidisciplinary approach that combines the fine arts with music, film, fashion, and design. The museum’s permanent collection, presented in five pavilions, features international art (including an impressive collection of Old Masters), world cultures, decorative arts and design, a sculpture garden, Québec and Canadian art, and a significant selection of Inuit art. The complex is also home to an acclaimed concert hall graced with 20 Tiffany stained-glass windows.
A masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture, Notre-Dame Basilica was built between 1824 and 1829. The magnificent interior in wood and the boldly modern design of the Notre-Dame-du- Sacré-Coeur Chapel, captivate hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Paintings, sculptures and stained-glass windows illustrate biblical passages as well as 350 years of parish history.
As a legacy of Montréal’s 375th anniversary, this 3,8 km urban promenade connects two emblematic sites: the St. Lawrence River and Mount Royal. Interspersed with plants, resting spots, explanatory panels and public artworks, the route invites walkers to discover the history, heritage, landscapes, and cultural peculiarities of the city through a succession of streets and public spaces.
Hop from one festival to the next, from homegrown tastes to exotic flavours, from the trails of Mount Royal to the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal. Get inspiration from our lists to live the full Montréal experience.
Docked at the Old Port, this contemporary spa, magnificently fashioned in an old ferryboat, takes on the allure of a chic liner with minimalist décor. Elegant and peaceful, Bota Bota hosts some of the most sublime views of the St. Lawrence River and the city. In addition to providing the Scandinavian-inspired formula of capitalizing on the relaxing and invigorating virtues of water, the spa offers beneficial treatments for both the body and face. The terraces, bridges, and treatment cabins dotted with portholes allow for the ultimate escape…Salus per aquam, or health by water.
Laurier Avenue is knowned for its restaurants, gourmet food shops and the speciality boutiques that teem with exclusive designer apparel, accessories, original furnishings, children’s clothing, and toys. Bernard Avenue, located in a residential and business zone of Outremont, hosts turn-of-the-century architecture housing restaurants and design boutiques. Du Parc Avenue, since the 1950s, has been the home of the Greek community, its restaurants, and pastry shops. Alongside du Parc Avenue lies Jeanne- Mance Park, named in honour of the founder of Montréal’s first hospital, Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal. The park has always been a great location for different leisure, sporting and cultural activities. Just across from Jeanne-Mance Park, on the slopes of Mount Royal, is the site of the tam-tam concerts, held every Sunday in the summertime.
Accessible to all, Saute-Moutons offer expeditions on the magnificent Lachine Rapids that leave you wet and wordless. Powerful jet boats give you a fresh new take on the St. Lawrence River. Speed Boating: rodeo on a high-speed boat with 360-degree turns.
Montréal on Wheels offers a different way to discover the city. Unique bike tours created by professional guides allow for exploring Montréal’s history, neighbourhoods, architecture, cuisine, and quirky sides. Located along a cycling path, Montréal on Wheels is also the largest two-wheel rental centre in the city with a fleet of 150 bikes.
Local Montréal Tours offers tasty gourmet tours through the Mile End and Old Montréal districts. Unique, fun, and informative, these tours allow participants to walk the roads less travelled in Montréal in the company of qualified guides, while discovering the true nature of these lively and picturesque neighbourhoods. Culture, architecture, entertainment, and gastronomy are on the menu. Private tours are also available.
Montréal festivals and events for everyone
Festivals and grand events are a cornerstone of life in Montréal. Jazz, comedy, avant-garde dance, poutine – name a season, art form or signature local dish and you’ll find Montréal has a festival for it. From illuminated winter festivals of art, gastronomy and outdoor sports to international rhythms and circus performances in the heat of summer, the city’s festivals and special events gather locals and visitors alike in the name of celebration. Relaxing under the sun or in the plush comfort of a theatre seat, festival-goers and artists from all walks of life come together to create Montréal’s truly unique festival vibe.
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Ce contenu a été mis à jour le 24 July 2018 à 15 h 34 min.