Living in a big city can be expensive – everything from transportation, food, and rent can reduce your monthly budget to a meager sum. Then, of course, there's paying for fun activities with your friends! There's so much to do in Montreal that sometimes you have to say no because your bank account just won't allow you to partake in everything the city has to offer.
Fear not my friends, I've compiled a list of free things you can do this fall. There's no better way to enjoy this season than to do it for free. Like the saying goes – money can't buy you happinness!
1. Walk Around Parc La Fontaine
Parc La Fontaine is a great area to visit – any time of the year. It's a huge park you can walk around and enjoy the fall foliage.
2. Check Out Mini Plants & Succulents
Go to one of the many plant sales happening around the city! There's a succulent sale happening today until Friday at Plantzy. Even if you don't buy any, you can still admire them! They're so cute!
3. Hike To The Top Of Mont Royal
Not only will get exercise, but you will also see the most amazing view of Montreal once you're at the top. It will be especially beautiful during the fall when all the foliage has changed.
4. Have A Leaf Fight At Laurier Park
While you're walking through the park, why not stop to have some fun?! Grab a pile of leaves and throw some at bae.
5. Check Out Some Amazing Architecture
Check out some funky displays at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Every Thursday after 5:30pm and the first Sunday of every month it's free!
6. Check Out This Cute Cafe
Feel like you're outdoors while being inside! Full of greenery and cute spots to take photos – you won't want to leaf (get it?)
7. Walk Through The Fallen Leaves
You can honestly do this anywhere you go! Literally walk out your door and onto your neighboourhood streets with your PSL.
8. Bike Around The City
Bike around the many paths along the city. You can even bike around using BIXI for free every last Sunday of the month!
9. See All The Beautiful Murals
Located throughout the city, there are various mural art pieces you just have to see! Most are the product of the city's famous Festival Mural in the summer. But the murals' colours seem most magnificent in the fall among the foliage.
10. Practice Yoga Outdoors
Stretch your limbs through a guided yoga class. Get some fresh air and exercise.
11. Take Pictures At An Apple Orchard
Only a 40 minute drive from the city, you can visit Vergers et Cidrerie Denis Charbonneau for free. Best of all is that you can take cute pics in an apple orchard
12. Peruse The Farmers' Markets
There are so many amazing farmers' markets throughout Montreal – like Jean Talon, le marché des éclusiers, and Atwater, just to name a few. Check out some freshly picked fruit and veggies and feel inspired to make something delicious.
13. Visit Cap-St-Jacques Nature Reserve
The huge reserve at the westernmost extreme of the city of Montreal offers a complete escape from the city. At the coast of Lac-St-Louis in the Saint Lawrence River, the park gives visitors panoramic views of the riverbanks. The foliage will literally be doubled by its reflection when the water is calm. The reserve also hosts astronomy events where you can gaze up at the stars with a view unclouded by city light pollution.
14. Check Out An Exhibit At The McCord Museum
Check out an amazing exhibit at the McCord Museum for free! Offered every single Wednesday night.
15. Walk Through Old Montreal
Such an iconic place, make sure to also check out the famous Notre-Dame basilica while you're there.
16. Take Pictures At A Pumpkin Patch
Not directly in Montreal, but just a quick 45 min drive from the city, you can visit Petch's orchards. Take cute pictures for Instagram with their pumpkins – the perfect fall festivity.
17. Try Tai Chi Outside
Square Dézéry-3250 St Catherine St E
Tai Chi is for everyone – it calms your mind and body and feel totally rejuvenated afterwards! Best of all this course is totally free!
18. Stroll Through The Village
If you haven't been here yet, I highly recommend you go! Walk along Sainte Catherine Street to see the colourful display.
19. Check Out Some Cool Art Installations
This event is taking place until October 28th, where you can see some really cool installations. There are 14 pieces, from 16 Montreal artists. Feel inspired!
20. Walk Through McGill Campus
Whether you're a student or not, take a leisurely stroll through this campus. The campus is especially beautiful in the fall.
21. Check Out An Exhibit At The Musee Des Beaux Arts
See some famous pieces by well-known artists from around the world, like Picasso. The best part? It's absolutely free every first Sunday of the month.
22. Watch A Sunset At Saint-Anne-De-Bellevue
Located in the west area of Montreal, this a magnificent spot to see the boats on the water and to enjoy a breath-taking sunset.
23. Attend The International Literature Festival
Check out this free festival at Jardins Gamelin that offers activities for books, reading and writing from September 21-30th.
24. Play Frisbee In The Park
Grab a frisbee, grab a friend and head to the park to play!
25. Explore The Most Haunted Places In Montreal
As a settler-colonial city founded int he 17th century, Montreal is full of places with truly horrific pasts. Some of these buildings are said to still suffer the consequences of past tragedies. Gon on a self-guided walking tour of some of the city's most haunting structures and institutions.
26. Stroll Along The Lachine Canal
It was the Lachine Canal that first allowed ships to bypass the rapids in the Saint Lawrence River and reach the Great Lakes. It made Montreal a boom town. Today, many of the former industrial buildings along the canal have been transformed into trendy venues and condos. There are dozens of activities to check out along the kilometres-long path adjacent to the waterway!
27. Play Hide-and-Seek at Parc Maisonneuve
The sprawling park, which encompasses the Botantical Garden, will make you feel like you're in a buccolic countryside. Among the park's forest of trees, fields, and low hills, you will have no indication you're in an urban area except for the Olympic tower which rises from beyond Maisonneuve's southern border. It is the perfact place for a truly epic game of hide-and-seek among the stunning foliage.
28. Explore The Oratory's "Secret Garden"
The Montreal Oratory is a stunning piece of twentieth century architecture. But the little-known garden just to its east is perhaps its most amazing feature. In the shadow of the great dome, the garden will take you along a meandering path through some truly impressive landscapes and sculptures. Visitors will finally arrive at a lovely fountain with incredible views of the dome. It's maybe the most romantic spot in the city.
29. Dance All Night At An EDM Festival
If you love EDM, you will love this festival happening on Cresent Street! It's happening this weekend- September 14 & 15.
30. Have A Picnic In The Park
Grab your friends, some food, a blanket and a basket and voila- you have a wonderful picnic afternoon or evening in the park.