The springtime weather in Montreal has us itching to explore the city, but there are definitely limitations to the activities we can do, especially if we're looking for activities that are budget-friendly.
Here are nine things to do in Montreal this spring for $9 or less.
Cabane Panache Festival
When: Until April 2
Address: Promenade Wellington, Verdun, Quebec
Why You Need To Go: It's not exactly the same annual sugar shack celebration you're used to, but there's still fun stuff to do. Check out the logging area on Promenade Wellington with photobooths featuring giant cans of maple syrup.
BIXI through the city
Price: 50¢ to unlock. 10¢ per minute for a regular ride and 25¢ per minute for an electric ride.
When: The season begins April 15
Address: Check out this station map!
Why You Need To Go: Get some much-needed exercise after hibernating throughout the winter. Plus, spring makes for perfect biking weather — warm but not too sticky.
Grab a sandwich from Clarke Café & picnic by the Lachine Canal
Price: Sandwiches cost between $7 and $9.50
Address: 2483, rue Centre, Montreal*
Why You Need To Go: It's not so easy to find cheap eats by the Lachine Canal, but Clarke Café will fill your tummy with its massive sandwiches for under $10. And it's only a five-minute walk to the Lachine Canal for your picnic.
Take the metro to a random stop & explore the neighbourhood
Price: $6.50 both ways
Why You Need To Go: Our metro system is consistently ranked at the top of the list when it comes to Canada's transit systems — so we might as well make good use of it. Pick a stop you're not super familiar with and explore the local neighbourhood shops, parks and restaurants.
Get a Fairmount bagel & then shop for vintage treasures
Price: A bagel will set you back around $1.35 leaving you $7.65 to spend on a new trinket.
Address: 74, avenue Fairmount O.
Why You Need To Go: The walk from Fairmount to Second Vintage is three minutes — just enough time to devour a fresh bagel while it's still hot.
Load up on ice cream and go for a stroll
Price: A hot fudge at Hoche Glacé is $5.20
Address: Hoche Glacé is located at 2225, avenue Bennett but the city has countless dessert spots with cold, refreshing options.
Why You Need To Go: Ice cream season doesn't last long in Montreal, so you'd better get an early start! Go big or go home.
Go to the planetarium on a Thursday evening
Price: $8 for two shows on Cheap Thursdays
When: Thursdays after 5:30 p.m.
Address: 4801, ave. Pierre-de Coubertin
Why You Need To Go: When you no longer feel like living on this planet, escape through a double-feature of immersive films that transport you to outer space.
Explore one of the city's free gardens or green alleys & watch the flowers bloom
Why You Need To Go: Montreal's Botanical Garden is amazing — but it's also $16.50 for a standard ticket. There are plenty of beautiful gardens and green alleys where you can watch the flowers bloom for free, such as at Connaught Park or in Ruelle Champêtre Henri Julien.
Get 9 croissants from 9 different bakeries on La Fête du Croissant
Price: 1 croissant = $1
When: May 1
Address: Participating bakeries around the city
Why You Need To Go: Deliciousness is the obvious reason to kick off May with nine croissants, but getting them for a buck each really seals the deal.