Outdoor Activities in Montreal

February 25, 2013 by

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View of Montreal from the top of Mount Royal. Photo courtesy of elPadawan.

For travelers who want to spend their vacation outdoors, Montreal has plenty to offer. With almost 30 parks and myriad outside spaces to explore, the city features everything from hiking to amusement parks to urban beaches. To help you plan an outdoor activities in Montreal, here are some suggestions.

Hike up Mount Royal

The 764-foot Mount Royal is located in central Montreal and is the highest point in the city with a gentle four-mile summit. The top features aerial lookout points and Mount Royal Park. Here you can enjoy a range of outdoor activities, like wandering around a sculpture garden, horseback riding, picnicking, biking, skiing, ice skating, hiking, tubing and taking a leisurely jog around Beaver Lake.

Hit the beach

Montreal is home to the urban beach of La Plage Doré where you can go for a swim, play a game of beach volleyball, jog along the water or just relax with a good book. It’s close proximity to the Floralies Gardens makes it worthwhile to take a stroll through the flowers before heading to the water. Moreover, Parc Jean Drapeau encompasses two islands and offers a large public beach with options to kayak, canoe, paddle board, swim or just get some sun. The park itself offers many other worthwhile outdoor offerings, as well, like public art, an amusement park with over 40 rides, garden trails and an aquatic complex.

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Old Montral. Photo courtesy of Monreal.

Take a stroll around Old Montreal

Old Montreal will take you back to 17th-century Europe with its Neo-French architecture, cobbled streets and charming French bistros. In the warmer months head to Place Jacques-Cartier to watch the street performers, or grab a gelato and admire the 17th- and 19th-century buildings and the Victorian Gothic Notre Dame Basilica. In the winter, visitors can ice skate at the Old Port, a historic port located along the Saint Lawrence River. When you get tired of walking opt for a horse-drawn carriage ride, which you can get from Place d’Armes and Place Jacques-Cartier. And, if you’d like an in-depth look at the area’s sites opt for an Old Montreal walking tour.

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-Jessica Festa

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