17 Just Really Fun Things To Do In Montreal This Weekend

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17 Things To Do In Montreal This Weekend: June 18 – 20

How was your week, Montreal? Busy? Ours, too, filled with catching up on the things we love like drinks on terrasses, picnics in the park and spending time with friends.

Luckily, the weekend is here to bring us even more of what we love. Here are 17 things to do in Montreal (plus two bonus day trip ideas).

Editor's Choice: Downtown Montreal Is Getting Its First-Ever 18+ Cineplex Theatre & I Tried It Out (PHOTOS)

Try Montreal's Floating Bar

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Where: Quai Atwater, Lachine Canal, Sud-Ouest

Why You Need To Check It Out: The Canal Lounge is a bar on a small barge in the Lachine Canal, just south of the Atwater Market.

You can sip drinks and look out onto the water and surrounding neighbourhood.

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Relax On The Sand At Verdun Beach

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Where: Behind the Verdun Auditorium (closest metro station is De l'Église)

Why You Need To Check It Out: The extremely popular beach has reopened for the season.

Like last year, there are rules in place (including a capacity limit) to ensure visitors are following public health rules.

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Order Drinks At Downtown Montreal's First-Ever VIP Cineplex Theatre

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Where: 2313, rue Sainte-Catherine O. #101, Montreal, QC

Why You Need To Check It Out: Cineplex's first 18+ VIP theatre in downtown Montreal opens to the public on Friday, June 18.

Movie-goers can sip cocktails right from their plush seats.

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Get $1 Churros

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Where: Churros Montreal, 7497, rue Saint-Hubert, Montreal, QC

When: Saturday, June 19, starting at noon

Why You Need To Check It Out: Self-explanatory!

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Jet Ski On The River

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Where: Wet Set MTL Adventures, Quai Jacques Cartier, Montreal, QC

Why You Need To Check It Out: Take a tour of the river and enjoy views of the skyline.

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Get A Cocktail Pitcher At This Pop-Up Tropical-Themed Terrasse

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Where: Les Guinguettes, Parc de l'Ancienne-cour-de-triage in the Sud-Ouest

Why You Need To Check It Out: This is just the first of several waterside pop-up terrasses coming to the city this year.

Les Guinguettes offers drinks, a vegan food menu, live music, and even games.

And yes, you can get cocktails by the pitcher.

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Take A Stroll Down The Pedestrian-Only Promenade Wellington

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Where: rue Wellington, Verdun

Why You Need To Check It Out: This year, the summer programming on the famous promenade is called DEWORS (dehors + Wellington).

The lively strip — just blocks from Verdun Beach — features over 200 shops and 50 restaurants, bars and terrasses.

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Get Naughty Waffles

Where: Marbello Gaufres Et Délices, 4986, chemin Queen-Mary, Montreal, QC

Why You Need To Check It Out: To simply witness what might be the strangest new trend in the city.

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Get A Totally Immersive Experience At OASIS

Where: Palais de Congres, 1001, Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montreal, QC


Adults: $25

Students, seniors and children up to 17 years old: $20

Children under 5 years old: Free

Why You Need To Check It Out: For a head-to-toe, all-encompassing experience, check out one of Montreal's coolest exhibits, which has been reimagined for the summer.

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Take A Trip Back In Time To This Super Swanky 1920s-Themed Bar

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Where: Bord'Elle, 390, rue Saint-Jacques, Montreal, QC

Why You Need To Check It Out: Our '20s have had a rocky start, so why not head back in time to a much more fun '20s at this 1920s-themed bar.

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Discover The Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts' New Street Installation

Where: Along avenue Du Musée

Why You Need To Check It Out: The new street art, Adrift, is here and is worth the trip to the museum.

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Visit The Many Downtown "Oases"

Where: Downtown Montreal, QC

Why You Need To Check It Out: Amid all of the construction, downtown really can be an oasis.

The city and its partners have set up tons of funky new installations.

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See The Botanical Garden's Most Beautiful Flowers

Where: 4101, rue Sherbrooke E., Montreal, QC

Price: $16.50 per adult for Quebec residents

Why You Need To Check It Out: These flowers are so beautiful, you need to see them to believe them.

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Rediscover All Espace Pour La Vie Museums


Planetarium: 4801, ave. Pierre-de Coubertin, Montreal, QC Biodome: 4777, ave. Pierre-de Coubertin, Montreal, QC
Botanical Garden: 4101, rue Sherbrooke E., Montreal, QC

Why You Need To Check It Out: Espace Pour La Vie has a packed summer to bring life back into the city.

Check out its summer programming below!

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Discover What's New In Old Montreal

Where: Old Montreal, QC

Why You Need To Check It Out: Old Montreal is always bringing the fun and excitement, especially in the summer.

There are more than 30 activities to experience this summer!

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Check Out A New Plant-Filled Yellow Terrasse

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Where: W Hotel, 901, rue du Square-Victoria, Montreal, QC

When: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., every day

Why You Need To Check It Out: Food, drinks, terrasse... basically everything we've been missing all year.

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With Some Ice Cream

Where: Throughout Montreal

Why You Need To Check It Out: Celebrate a week of hard work with some delicious and refreshing ice cream.

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Bonus: See A Movie At A Drive-In Theatre

Where: Throughout Quebec

Why You Need To Check It Out: Grab some blankets and some popcorn and get ready for another summer of drive-ins.

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Bonus: Take A Hike With Breathtaking Views

Where: Throughout Quebec

Why You Need To Check It Out: They don't call it la belle province for nothing.

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Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.

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