Skating season is nearly upon us. News broke yesterday that the Big O's esplanade will be turned into a giant skating rink, and today the Old Port of Montreal has announced the opening date for its own refrigerated rink. You can skate to your hearts content while looking out at the St. Lawrence starting November 30th.
From the 29th onward, the Old Port skating rink will be open every day with musical performances being held every evening at 6pm, with each day being a different genre of music. To access the rink you will need to pay, though you can get a discounted pass from now 'til the 28th, which will be valid until spring.
The pre-sale discount clocks in at $29 from the standard $31, but also includes a free pass to the Science Centre and a free IMAX ticket to Telus Theatre, which is worth nearly 30 bucks itself. If a lot of skating is in your future, get your pass here.
The Old Port Skating rink will be open to the public starting November 30th, during the following hours:
November 29 to March 8, 2015: M-W from 10am to 9pm + Th-Sun from 10am to 10pm
December 20 to January 5, 2015: 10 am to 10 pm everyday
Archaeology museum Pointe-à-Callière is bringing its popular 18th-century market back to Old Montreal this year. The museum says its market occupies the same spot as the one first established by French settlers.
Once again at the Place Royale, craftspeople will be selling their wares and demonstrating colonial skills.
A Bombay spokesperson described the maze as a "large-scale [...] whimsical oasis" with walls that "cloak the discoverable experiences within."
The maze installations are being created by Quebec's Charlie Larouche (Glassware Artist), Jeroen Kleijn (DJ & Olfactory Artist) and Chantal Royer (Botanical Artist) who were inspired by the taste of Bombay Bramble, a new naturally-flavoured raspberry and blackberry gin.
The experience will be completely free, and anyone over the age of 18 can take part.
In addition to a Bombay Bramble sample, guests will leave with a signature Bombay Sapphire Balloon Glass that they can use to stir up fun drinks at home.
Hedge Maze at the Old Port
Bombay Sapphire Canada
When: August 6: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; August 7 and 8: 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Address: 430, boul. Saint-Laurent, Old Port, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Hedge mazes are fun, but even better when they're boozy.
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.