For the masochistic types who want to enjoy the serene beauty of winter mornings, but also want to ponder the harsh truths of modern capitalism as reflected in the economic disaster of the Olympic Stadium. Two birds, one stone, zero chance we'll ever host the Olympics ever again, yay?
The old architecture gets 10x more lovely after it snows, and the bonus is that the abundance of museums, coffee shops, and souvenir stores means you have convenient shelters to dive into if the temperature gets too unbearable.
For when you want to walk, but don't want to walk outside. The underground city can feel like an extended dream sequence, because so few people use it during the day, so you can walk through a kilometer of tunnels without ever seeing anyone. I like to start at metro Bonaventure and walk in a loop until I end up at McGill (you may have to go outside for a brief moment though, for this to work). Everything's connected to a metro though, so at least it's impossible to get lost.
Anse-à-l’Orme Nature Park.
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Montréal, QC H9X 4A8
This park is in the West Island, which means that it's sufficiently far away from the city that you can see wild deer there sometimes.
Is there anything better than looking at a frozen lake on a quiet winter morning? (this is not sarcastic. I really love frozen lakes.)
Getting there requires walking through one of the richest neighbourhoods in Montreal, which is either amazing or terrible depending on what kind of person you are. The view of Montreal is amazing though - guarantees that you'll fall in love with the city again, in a new way.
It's also a popular spot for Westmount people to bring their dogs, and dogs! in the snow! Worth the climb uphill for that alone.
It's right in the name, but this park is known for its stream running through from south to north. There's a small waterfall (drop of 3 meters), and the entire area has developed a rich ecological system around the stream. It's the most colourful in the autumn, when the leaves change colour, and the most impressive in the spring, when the snow melts and increases the water.
It's a hassle to get to in the winter, but something about a frozen waterfall is still pretty cool, don't you think?
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Just like you, we're fiending to go outside in our Nikes and a denim jacket — and while this year's season is drastically different from what we're used to, we've rounded up things all Montrealers do when the warm weather hits for some sense of normalcy.
Shove our winter gear to the back of our closets in defiance
We get it — Quebec winters are tough.
If you're from Montreal, you may be used to aggressively shoving your heavy-duty winter coat, hats, boots, gloves, scarves and other assorted paraphernalia to the back of the closet the minute Montreal weather hits plus five.
Spend more time outdoors
This one is a no-brainer. While Montreal's many winter activities can be fun, nothing beats being able to ride your bike — or a BIXI — through part of the city's 500-kilometres of bike paths or sunbathe in one of the city's many green spaces.
Since spring is basically the start of the summer for Quebecers, it's the perfect time to start planning regional road trips across Quebec.
Hit up the city's many cultural centres
While it may not yet be warm enough to sprawl out on the grass of your favourite Montreal park, it's just warm enough to spend the day comfortably strolling around the city, hitting up the latest in exhibitions at local museums — which are open in Quebec red zones.
Shop downtown on weekends
Montreal malls are often a go-to for winter hangouts, being indoors. But when spring hits and you want to enjoy sunny days while they last, browsing through downtown shops is the perfect weekend activity — followed by an affogato or tacos to go.
Buy artisanal snacks from Atwater or Jean-Talon Market so we can drink outside
If you love trying local delicacies and supporting local businesses, Montreal's two major markets are chock-full of handmade snacks and cider for the perfect foodie weekend in the city.
Since you need to also have food to be able to drink in public in Montreal, local eats are the perfect pairing to cheap SAQ wine.
Head to the gym for our summer gains
Hear us out on this one. We know Montrealers have been positively itching for gyms to reopen in Quebec red zones. As of March 26, Montrealers everywhere will be able to flock to gyms, giving them something else to do other than Netflix-ing life away during the seemingly endless COVID-19 pandemic.