Montreal is a big place. When you consider the Greater Montreal Area (GMA) it becomes even MORE intimidating to navigate. With the sheer number of options alone, we can often become paralyzed and end up spending our Saturday and Sunday afternoon in glued to our couches in sweatpants.\nWell, I'm all for sweatpants and couches, but sometimes you have to get up off that couch and shake up your routine. It's time to explore the city! And these are the key spots that are totally worth visiting, in the summer and winter alike.\nOver the next few pages, we'll be exploring some of the most beautiful areas of the city. Some are well-known classic, others are a little more hidden and quiet. Whatever they are, they made this list because they are without-a-doubt worth a visit.\n31. Saint-Anne-De-Bellevue\nView this post on Instagram #saintannedebellevue#kayaking #afternoons#sky#lookatthesky#sunnyday#amateurphotography#thesunset#beautifulplace#walkingaround#montreal#montreal375#montreallife#jesuisquebecoise#montrealstop#montreal_gallery#montrealmoments#travel#travelagent#travelphotography#travelblog#turist#turisteando#igersmontreal#canadadays#mtlprodigies#514#lovethisplace#landscapephotography#thereflex A post shared by Carla G 🇵🇪 (@riskitodeamor) on Oct 31, 2017 at 6:46pm PDT\nWhy it's better: Saint-Anne-De-Bellevue is a little piece of urban paradise right on our very island. It's where you can go to really get the impression that Montreal is, in fact, an island surrounded by rushing waters. In the summer, grab a pint on one of the many terraces scattered across the waterfront.\n30. Senneville\nView this post on Instagram Incredible day at #senneville last week! always nice to find some vitamin D before the snow storm sets in #montreal A post shared by Ginko Outdoors (@ginkooutdoors) on Jan 22, 2018 at 5:03pm PST\nWhy it's better: Senneville is as beautiful in the summer as in the winter. It's a quiet hidden gem on the West side of the island. Perfect for a Sunday walk with the dog if you're looking to get out of the city without having to drive more than 30 minutes.\n29. Parc-Nature D Cap-Saint-Jacques\nView this post on Instagram Get out and get your move on! #natuurlijksportief #natutesplayground #winterwonderland #jump #playhard #playoutside #intonature #wildness #expandyourplayground #optoutside #beastmode #fitness #supergirl #fitchick #outdoors #getfit #movemore #getoutthere #workout #run #hike #westislandmontreal #canadianwinter #snow #sunshine A post shared by NatuurlijkSportief_Canada (@natuurlijksportief_canada) on Jan 29, 2018 at 2:17am PST\nWhy it's better: Boasting stunning water-front views and miles upon miles of hiking trails, Parc-Nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques is the often forgotten natural gem of Montreal. If you're a fan of anything outdoors, especially in winter, consider driving a couple kilometres north to visit this beautiful park.\n28. Bois-De-Liesse Nature Park\nView this post on Instagram Finally, a mini winter adventure away from the concrete jungle. Papa became the train, pulling both kids, each on their own sleds. #choochoo #godaddy #wintermorning A post shared by olister (@cherrystreets) on Jan 28, 2018 at 4:47pm PST\nWhy it's better: This nature park is right off the north shore of the island in Dollard Des Ormeaux and is the perfect spot to bring family and friends to get a breath of fresh air in the summer or the winter. There is a visitors centre where you can warm up and plenty of activities to do for everyone.\n27. Ile de la Paix\nView this post on Instagram . « Ask yourself what love would do and say. The highest, most honest, most intentional road and form of it. Then do that. Authentically, courageously, gently and well. » - Victoria Erickson _______________________________________________________ . . Sometimes, walking away is the best form of self-respect, of self-love ♡ . . #InhaleRespect #ExhaleGratitude #Life #Respect #SelfLove #Love #Hope #Trust #Faith #BreatheIn #BreatheOut #Meditate #Meditation #Outdoors #OutdoorMeditation #Nature #Sun #Sunset #Sky #SkyPorn #Winter #Frozen #Lake #KarmaLakeHouse #Home #Blessed #Gratitude #ResetYourselfOutside A post shared by @ lanee_me on Jan 31, 2018 at 2:16pm PST\nWhy it's better: Ile de la Paix is located off the island but still technically in the GMA. It's just a little south-west of Chateauguay and is the definition of a natural hidden gem. Visit in the summer for beautiful waterfront views and romantic sunsets.\n26. Pointe-Aux-Anglais\n@lairoceaneembedded via\nWhy it's better: Point-Aux-Anglais is boating paradise. You can also go swimming in the summer. It's only 40 minutes outside downtown Montreal and is the perfect way to spend an afternoon cooling off on the hot summer days in the city.\n25. Oka\nView this post on Instagram A beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn ! A post shared by Maxime Leblanc Photography (@maxximusprimee) on Feb 2, 2018 at 10:21am PST\nWhy it's better: Oka is beautiful. Plain and simple. It's probably one of the most popular day trip destinations in Montreal for summer and winter. Home of Oka beach and the famous Beach Club, you're basically guaranteed to make some memories with a day trip to Oka.\n24. Park La Fontaine\nView this post on Instagram I only fell once.. 🤸🏼♂️ A post shared by Claudia Guerreiro (@claudiiaguerreiro) on Feb 4, 2018 at 2:43pm PST\nWhy it's better: Known to Plateau dwellers as Parc Laf, this is hands-down one of Montreal's most precious and beautiful parks. Not only because it's size alone, but the overall vibe. It's the perfect spot for a picnic with friends in the summer or a skate in the winter.\n23. Parc Extention\nView this post on Instagram Welcome to Park Extension's Instagram! Past and present pictures will be shared, in order to showcase one of Montreal's most beautiful and underrated neighbourhoods. Bienvenue à l'Instagram de Parc-Extension! Des photos du passé et présent seront partagées afin de vous présenter l'un des plus beaux et sous-estimés quartiers de Montréal. #ParcExtension #ParkExtension #ParcEx #ParkEx #PX #GareParc #MetroParc #Montreal #MTL #MtlCity #MontrealMoments #MontrealCity #MontrealPhotography #IgersMontreal #IgersMtl #514 #MyCity #ExploreMontreal #LoveParcExtension A post shared by @ parcextension on Sep 20, 2015 at 4:49pm PDT\nWhy it's better: This Montreal Borough is one of my favourites: a visit to Parc Ex gives you a genuine slice of Montreal life. The melange of businesses in that area represents the spirit of our city. You find everything from ultra-trendy 3rd wave coffee shops to family-run dollar stores selling odd knick-knacks. Basically, you can spend an entire afternoon wandering the streets and never get bored.\n22. Saint-Joseph Oratory\n@tony_spiriembedded via\nWhy it's better: The classics become classics for a reason. The St-Joseph Oratory will always and forever be a Montreal classic. When you gaze upon the sheer size of that place, you understand why. I love that you can see it from so many points in the city, too. This landmark will forever define the city.\n21. Canal Lachine\nView this post on Instagram WoW 🙏 🇨🇦#worldcontemplation 🌎 #sun #canada #montreal #atwater #canallachine #quebec #sky A post shared by Worldcontemplation 💙 (@worldcontemplation) on Feb 2, 2018 at 2:22am PST\nWhy it's better: A walk along the Lachine canal is not only scenic but takes you on a historical trip into Montreal's history and industrial past. This is a truly magical spot located right in the city.\n20. Ile St-Helene / Parc Jean Drapeau\n@andres_bonifacinoembedded via\nWhy it's better: This little man-made island located right off the south shore of Montreal is a perfect way to escape the chaos of downtown and is also home to dozens of outdoor winter and summer festivals.\n19. Notre-Dame Basilica\nView this post on Instagram Notre Dame - Montreal #montreal #visitmontreal #exploremontreal #canada #visitcanada #explorecanada #canada150 #notredame #montrealnotredame #traveller #travel #travelblogger #travelphotography #travels #travelersnotebook #traveling #travelers #youliveonce A post shared by Lalith (@portkey_packer) on Feb 4, 2018 at 2:21pm PST\nWhy it's better: Not only is the interior of this church is an architectural marvel, the square outside is also equally as memorable. It's one of my favourite spots in the entire city to visit. It's the perfect spot for original a romantic date idea.\n18. St. James United Church\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by melissa (@mielphette) on May 7, 2015 at 2:33pm PDT\nWhy it's better: Famous author Mark Twain once said about Montreal "you can't throw a stone without breaking a church window." Mark Twain was definitely right about this one. Montreal is home to many spectacular churches. One of them, St. James United Church, located right in the heart of downtown Montreal.\n17. Jean-Talon Market\nView this post on Instagram Sundays #grocery #shopping #sunday #family #open #market #local #green #produce #neighborhood #crowded #bumbling #busy #weekend #jeantalon #mtl #montreal #snapseed #vsco #vscocam #goodweather #shotoniphone A post shared by PN (@impauln) on Jan 28, 2018 at 12:22pm PST\nWhy it's better: Filled with endless Instagram opportunities the Jean-Talon market is a many-a-Montrealers favourite weekend destination for grocery shopping or just plain aimless roaming and picture-taking.\n16. Mile-End\nView this post on Instagram #montreal #mtl#montrealmoments #mileend #jewish #hassidic #hassidim A post shared by Sandrine (@gjwaf) on Feb 4, 2018 at 6:27pm PST\nWhy it's better: Once a predominantly immigrant neighbourhood, the Mile-End is currently considered one of the trendiest neighbourhood in Montreal.\n15. Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park\nView this post on Instagram L’excitation de la première tempête (quand t’as pas d’auto...) ❄️❄️❄️ A post shared by Jeanne RD (@jeannemap) on Dec 12, 2017 at 11:51am PST\nWhy it's better: This is one of the most beautiful public parks in the city. Although on the smaller side, the city had set up some really awesome amenities in the park for all of us to enjoy. The pool is also great for those hot summer days.\n14. Jeanne-Mance Park\n@clocloquebecoiseembedded via\nWhy it's better: Jeanne-Mance Park is another Montreal Classic. And it's a classic for a reason. It's the perfect park to spend a lazy summer afternoon and also the perfect place to go sledding or cross-country skiing in the winter.\n13. Jacques-Cartier Pier\nView this post on Instagram #montreal #quaijacquescartier #mtl #granderoue A post shared by Jean-Philippe Pagé (@pagejp) on Jan 20, 2018 at 6:12am PST\nWhy it's better: The Old Port itself should obviously make the list, however, there are so many awesome spots within the Old Port that are worth mentioning. My personal favs are all by the waterfront. In and around Jacques-Cartier Pier you will find lots of hidden alcoves that are perfect to share a bottle of wine with a friend on a summer night.\n12. Palais Des Congres\n@angeliquedrtgnembedded via\nWhy it's better: Palais des Congres is a truly unique space located right between China town and the Old Port. Making it a great destination for tourists and locals alike. The centre itself hosts some of the most popular conventions in the city.\n11. Marche Bonsecours\nView this post on Instagram I got chills #montreal #vieuxport #snow #montrealmoments #montrealphoto #igersmontreal #igcanada #picoftheday #🇨🇦 A post shared by Luke | On the run (@zengmu) on Jan 9, 2018 at 5:40pm PST\nWhy it's better: Marche Bonsecours is located right in the heart of the Old Port and is a must-see for anyone visiting the neighbourhood. This historical landmark has been around for well over 100 years and is still used as a market.\n10. Marche Aux Puces St-Michel\nView this post on Instagram #jolie et #colorée la station #saintmichel #metro #montrealjetaime #neverstopexploring A post shared by arianebd (@ariane_bd) on Sep 9, 2017 at 12:41pm PDT\nWhy it's better: Ever travel to the end of the blue line? Ever even been on the blue line!? If you answered "no" to either of those questions, this should be your next weekend adventure. This city has so much more to offer than just Plateau and downtown. St. Michel is not only home to the best weekend flea market, but other local restaurants and cafes that truly represent the city.\n9. Belvedere Camillien-Houde\nView this post on Instagram Lonely T-Rex #lonely #trex #rex #dinosaur #montreal #mtl #canada #montreallife#mtllife #mtlmoments #montrealmoments #fun #funnymemes #funny #funnymoment A post shared by Rupu (@rupu.barua) on Dec 18, 2017 at 7:01am PST\nWhy it's better: Named after the four-time mayor and politician Camillien Houde, this is the most popular Belvedere in all of Montreal. Boasting beautiful views of the downtown skyline and St-Lawrence river. This view never gets old.\n8. Village Au Pied-Du-Courant\nView this post on Instagram Disposable series: DEVELOPED A FRESH NEW ROLL 🕺🏽🕺🏽Hot summer days in Montreal ☀️ @joyriderecords on the basketball court 🖤✨ Shot on my disposal kodak A post shared by AD JENNINGS (@itsnotallabouthollywood) on Nov 21, 2017 at 7:08pm PST\nWhy it's better: Located right on the banks of the St. Lawrence river, this public and collective space is a city project and festival space open all year round. These are the kinds of spaces that make Montreal truly unique and beautiful.\n7. Bassin Peel\nView this post on Instagram Too early to be on a train but at least the view heading out of town was nice. 🌹😍 #farinefiveroses #bassinpeel #griffintown #montreal #quebec #mtlfriday_aging A post shared by Kelsey Rolfe (@kelseyarolfe) on Oct 5, 2017 at 4:04am PDT\nWhy it's better: Travel down eel street, past all the shiny new condo facades of dusty Griffintown and you will eventually hit a very special part of the canal, Bassin Peel. Here is where you can get the best view of the Landmark Farine Five Roses sign and a view of the water in the summer.\n6. Cotes-Des-Neiges\nView this post on Instagram Street in dusk. 💫 💫 💫 #dusk #sundown #streetphotography #winter #urbanandstreet #artofvisuals #moodygrams #trappingtones #exploretocreate #mtl #montreal_gallery #514 #montreal #mtlphoto #mtlmoments #photooftheday A post shared by Andrea (@dea_baja) on Jan 29, 2018 at 4:09pm PST\nWhy it's better: The text version of this borough is CDN, and it's one of my favs in Montreal. I'm biased because it's where I grew up, but it doesn't take away from the natural beauty and diversity found in this area. Some of the BEST restaurants in the city are found here, and the most stunning sights, like the St. Joseph Oratory. Spend an afternoon here, and you'll see what I'm talking about.\n5. Little Italy\nView this post on Instagram 🌞 • • • • #sunsunsun #beautifulmtl #nofilter #littleitaly #montreal A post shared by Camille Souric (@flam_cam) on Dec 30, 2017 at 8:24am PST\nWhy it's better: Little Italy is so much more than just Italian Restaurants, it's a booming neighbourhood where small businesses and restaurants are thriving. No trip to Montreal would be complete without a visit to this diverse and growing corner of the city.\n4. Little Maghreb\email@example.com via\nWhy it's better: Maghreb is the name given to the countries that make up Northern Africa, and this part of Jean-Talon Street East has been dubbed "little Maghreb". It's home to cafes and bars, such as cafe Safir pictured above.\n3. Parc Maisonneuve\n@jessicalalumiereembedded via\nWhy it's better: Parc Maisonneuve is home to the Botanical Gardens, Montreal Biodome, and the Olympic stadium. The park itself is massive and has a cross-country skiing trails to enjoy in the winter and running trails in the summer. You have to visit this park at least once.\n2. Square St-Louis\nView this post on Instagram January 2018 | How cool does that trio of houses look on Montreal’s Square Saint-Louis? ❤️💙💜 You have until tomorrow 11:59am ET to post your best house portrait using the hashtag #pphouseportrait2 📸 See all the details on @passionpassport ‘s page! . . . . #montreal #mtl #mtlblog #quebec #narcitymontreal #bbctravel #natgeo #lonelyplanet #nikonnofilter #earthfocus #tripcollector #natgeoit #nakedplanet #amazing_fs #wowplaces #hello_worldpics #ig_color #passionpassport #worldnomads #cityscene #unlimitedcities #explorecanada #canada #imagesofcanada #tourcanada #canada150 #cbc #narcity #mtlmoments A post shared by Raphael Rivest (@raphtravels) on Feb 3, 2018 at 6:05am PST\nWhy it's better: Without a doubt, my Montreal dream apartment would not be a newly built penthouse condo in the Old Port, but rather one of those beautiful and charming stone town house overlooking Square Saint-Louis. This is what Plateau dreams are made of.\n1. Parc Du Portugal\n@toukcatembedded via\nWhy it's better: This lively little park is where the late Leonard Cohen used to live and where you can find all kinds of unique and interesting characters hanging out in the summertime.