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10 fun activities to do in Montreal this summer

by The Storytellers MTL

Summer is around the corner and you want to get into exploration mode, but you’re planning to stay in Montreal? You don’t have to go far to feel like you’re on vacation when the city offers so much fun summer activities! Culture, history, relaxation and gastronomy, the choices are endless with our 10 ideas to spend a fabulous summer in Montreal!

 

1. Outdoor escape game with A/Maze 

If you’re an escape game lover, you probably know A/Maze, one of the pioneers of its kind in Quebec. The Atwater branch has created an outdoor escape game that allows you to discover St-Henri’s district by foot, along the Lachine Canal and the mysterious history of John Redpath. Once a leader of Montreal’s industrial revolution, he supposedly hid a treasure for one of his noble descendants and you’ll have to try to find it during this adventure.

 

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It’s the kind of perfect activity that combines culture and sunbathing in one of the most charming neighborhoods of Montreal. The game lasts between one hour and a half to two hours and a half and can be played by two to seven players. It’s different from traditional escape games and it’s a great way to learn more about Montreal’s history! And if you love it, stay tuned for their other outdoor game, Secrets of a Shipping Empire. A must try!

 

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2. Travelling across time in Pointe-à-Callière

If you want to travel back in time, go to Pointe-à-Callière museum and visit their new exhibition Olmecs and the Civilizations of the Gulf of Mexico to dive into the secrets of the oldest Mesoamerican civilization. Until September 15th, this immersive journey will transport you through 4,000 years of history and cultural traditions, where you’ll admire more than 300 symbolic pieces and objects from Mexico’s national collections, including the Museo Nacional de Antropología de Mexico.

 

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3. Have a drink on Montreal’s most beautiful terraces

If there’s one thing we miss during the colder months, it’s to be able to eat on a terrace! For brunch, Bagatelle Bistro is one of our favorites, but for a romantic dinner at sunset, we often opt for Old Montreal’s gorgeous terraces.

 

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For a spectacular view on the city, we recommend Perché as well as William Gray and Hotel Nelligan. They all offer exquisite and distinct menus as well as exceptional service, so you won’t run out of options for your romantic evening in the emblematic Old Montreal.

And if you’re looking for the newest hottest spots, check out Boqueria for a taste of Spain or Alizé, on the 9th floor of Humaniti Hotel, for your next summer outings!

 

4. Have a picnic on the water with the Bateau-Mouche

In June, the Bateau-Mouche launched its new summer season with the return of several festive events, including their signature picnic on the water. Including a 90-minute cruise in a renewed decor and a gourmet box filled with local products, it’s definitely one of the top activity to try if you want to discover Montreal differently!

 

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A unique itinerary through the islands of Montreal, the sea breeze, a panoramic terrace and a tasty meal, what more could you ask for? Available every weekend from June 15th to September 30th, 2024, it’s also the perfect idea to celebrate summer with family, friends or your significant other while sailing on the St. Lawrence River.

 

5. Flying over the Old Port

While you’re in the area, continue your escapade in the Old Port by enjoying a ride on the Grande roue de Montreal to admire the city from a different angle.

 

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If you’re more of the active type, you can also opt for a zipline course. The Old Montreal urban circuit is the first to have been designed in the heart of a Canadian city. Flying over Bonsecours Island is the ideal activity for thrills and heights lovers.

 

6. Explore the Biodome

Strolling through the Biodome’s five ecosystems is a bit like touring all the Americas in an afternoon! Since its reopening in 2020, several new features have made their debut and are worth rediscovering their different natural worlds. While the old route was rather linear, the new atrium allows you to create your own route in the order you want so you’ll be able to move more easily from one ecosystem to another.

 

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The new mezzanine also allows you to observe the Tropical Forest, the Laurentian Maple Forest and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, as well as the animals that inhabit it, from a whole new perspective. If some species hide higher up, it’s now easier to see them and thus enhance your visit. An optimized mobile application also makes it possible to learn more about the animals that interest you and to go beyond the informative panels thanks to augmented reality videos.

Nearby, the Montreal Insectarium is also reopened to visitors, the perfect activity for a rainy day! A range of new features, including butterflies in the wild, now accessible at all times.

 

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7. Grab a bite in the city’s most beautiful parks 

One of the easiest ways to get away from your obligations this summer is to go picnic in the city’s most beautiful parks to enjoy happy hour (and golden hour)!

 

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Among our favorites, we recommend Parc Maisonneuve, the idyllic Parc Lahaie, Parc du Portugal or Square Saint-Louis to grab a bite on the grass or get lost in a good novel. In addition to being an activity that you can easily do, it’s the perfect opportunity to taste local products and make new local gastronomic discoveries! Stock up at your neighborhood merchants or get a ready-to-eat box from your favorite restaurant and you’re good to go.

 

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8. Celebrate the return of Montreal’s best festivals

For music and public art fans, summer marks the return of many festivals that we love! In June, MURAL, the Francos and the International Jazz Festival will take over the city, then make way for Osheaga and Île Soniq next August at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Are you as excited as us?

 

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9. Relax at the beach

Whether it’s for a little tanning session, for a picnic at sunset or for a front row seat to admire the fireworks, the Quai de l’Horloge beach is one of our favorite places to spend a fabulous summer in Montreal.

Already equipped with deckchairs and pretty blue umbrellas, admission is free and a bistro is available on site if you want a drink or if you’re craving an ice cream! Yoga sessions are also available if you dream of relaxing to the sound of the waves. Stay tuned for their social media posts to know about all the summer events at our favorite urban beach!

 

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10. Attend a candlelight concert with Fever

For a romantic summer night in Montreal, candlelight concerts by Fever are certainly among our favorite activities. Whether you’re a fan of movies soundtracks, classical music or iconic bands like Queen or Coldplay, you’re sure to find a concert you’ll like in the most emblematic places of the city, candlelighted.

 

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We hope our recommendations will help you have a magical summer in Montreal! Don’t hesitate to share your favorite activity with us!

*Some items have an affiliate link that allows us to receive a small amount if you make a purchase, but rest assured that everything you’ll find in our list of activities as obviously been tested by us first! In short, only our favorites!

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