11 Unique Things To Do In Montreal If You’re Tired Of Hiking Mount Royal

It's good to think outside the box every now and then!
11 Unique Things To Do In Montreal If You’re Tired Of Hiking Mount Royal
  • If you've lived in Montreal for long enough, you're probably tired of doing the same-old-same-old hike up Mount Royal.
  • This is why MTL Blog made a list of other things you can do when you're feeling bored to remind you of all that our city has to offer.
  • Find our ideas for fun things to do around the city below!

When it comes to activities in the city, I know that I am not the only one who is getting fed up with seeing those beautiful yet redundant photos of Mount Royal. Although the mountain is one of our city’s most loved features, there is an abundance of other, more out-of-the-box activities to participate in if you're sick of hiking the same old paths. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good hike up Mount Royal. But after living here for more or less my entire life, I can assure you that it is not the only cool thing to do on those lovely, crisp, fall and winter days.

There are a ton of cool tours that go on throughout Montreal and some alternative outdoor activities that are bound to stimulate your senses in all the right ways. Whether you want to eat and drink your way through the city or get physical to work up your appetite, this list has got you covered. We've even added in some low-key parks to visit with your friends!

Explore Île Notre-Dame

This artificial island in the Saint Lawrence River is the lesser-visited counterpart to the busy Île Sainte-Hélène in Parc Jean-Drapeau.

This gem of a spot has all the decaying Expo 67 architecture and a bike path that takes you through it all. This quiet location is a great place to explore!

Take A Ghost Tour Of Montreal

Montreal is known to be a fairly haunted city, which is why it comes as no surprise that our city offers a variety of ghost tours.

From haunted tours in the red light district to spooky walks in Old Montreal and Griffintown, our city is crawling with paranormal activity.

This is both a unique thing to do with your friends and a way for you to learn about the history of Montreal!

Voiles En Voiles

There's a good chance that you've noticed this giant boat-like park in Old Montreal. For those of you who have seen it but have been hesitant to try it, all I can say is you are missing out.

This epic adventure is great for both kids and adults. Throughout the summer months, this outdoor activity offers a unique world inspired ocean adventure and piracy.

The aerial course tests your agility, and those who have a thirst for a thrill will fall in love with this activity. The fun keeps going during the winter, too, with tube sliding and snow scooters.

The site is home to a pirate movie theatre, inflatable games, and a climbing wall. There is even an archery tag arena, which is as cool as it sounds and 100% safe!

Explore Cap-St-Jacques

Located in Montreal's West Island, Cap-St-Jacques is a regional park and one of the most serene and breathtaking spots to check out in Montreal.

Since it's on a peninsula at the junction of the Lake of Two Mountains and Riviére des Prairies, this park is almost completely surrounded by water.

This park is known as one of the largest parks in all of Montreal. So, if you're a big nature fan, this is the perfect spot for you.

Walk Through the Îles-de-Boucherville

Îles-de-Boucherville is a national park located about 30 minutes outside of the city. Walkers, cyclists, and nature lovers all flock to this destination to take in the fresh air and breathtaking views.

Throughout the months of winter, skiers and snowshoers migrate to this park since it turns into a snowy paradise.

Go Ice Skating

When my mother moved to Montreal from L.A., my dad told her that if you grow up in Montreal, you need to know how to skate. This statement may not be 100% accurate, but what is true is that skating is a very Canadian thing to do in the winter.

If you love gracefully gliding on a blade across a sheet of ice, then you should take advantage of the cold and check out some of the beautiful outdoor rinks in and around Montreal.

In addition to Beaver Lake on Mount Royal, Parc Jarry, Parc La Fontaine, and Parc Maisonneuve all turn into winter wonderlands and provide skaters with gorgeous views.

Just remember that if you are going to play hockey, there are specific outdoor arenas where you are allowed to play.

Try Rock Climbing

If you're someone who likes to be physically challenged, or if you are an adrenaline junkie, you need to try rock climbing.

Rock climbing is physically challenging and tests your mental strength and control.

In and around our city, there are a ton of rock climbing options, both indoor and outdoor. My advice is as a beginner, you should start on an indoor wall before venturing out to an outdoor one, just to be safe!

Walk Along The Lachine Rapids

A long riverside park follows the Lachine Rapids adjacent to the Montreal boroughs of Verdun and LaSalle. The enormous public space is stocked with awesome art installations, colonial sites, and even a beach.

This is a great spot to take in spectacular views of the rapids while getting some fresh air and doing something a little out of the box!

Jacques-de-Lesseps Park

Not only is this spot super low-key, but it is also incredibly romantic. This park is one of the best places in the city to watch the planes land. It's located right next to the runway so it feels like the planes are going to land right next to you.

If you decide to check it out, make sure to bring a blanket, some yummy snacks, and hot chocolate to keep you warm!

Round Table Tour

If you're a true foodie, or just enjoy a good meal, then this is the activity for you.

Round Table Tours offers visits to local restaurants, specialized grocery stores, and production sites, allowing participants to gain insight into Montreal's culinary world.

The tour also offers participants the chance to meet the chefs and owners of some of the most loved Montreal restaurants, as they share their stories and give you samples of their famous offerings.

There are a variety of tours to pick from, including tea tours, Chinatown tours, and even micro-distillery and mixology tours — not to mention the decadent chocolate tour where you can see what making and drinking chocolate is all about!

Tyrolienne Zip-Lining

This is by far one of the most exciting things I have ever done in Montreal! The Tyrolienne was the first urban zip line circuit in a Canadian city.

This experience will get your adrenaline pumping as you soar above the Bonsecours Basin in the Old Port.

Try one of these the next time the thought of hiking Mount Royal bores you!

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