A day at the Montreal Old Port is an emphatically visceral experience. You leave your inhibitions behind and let yourself go hurtling over the Bonsecour Basin while hanging from a zipline or roaring through the river in a Saute-Moutons jet boat. With the sunshine here again, the area is gradually emerging from COVID-19 lockdown with the launch of its summer season on June 20, the Old Port of Montreal Corporation announced Thursday.

The weekend will mark the return of many of the activities that Montrealers have come to know and love.

And with travellers everywhere facing difficulties thanks to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus, the time to take a mini-staycation with a trip to the Old Port might be now.

Kids and families — or adults who are young at heart — will be able to enjoy the Tyrolienne urban MTL Zipline and Quick Jump, the Voiles en Voiles family adventure park, and quadricycle and paddle boat rentals courtesy of Écorécréo.  

If you’re hungry after all that, the Old Port also offers a number of restaurants, food trucks, coffee shops, and markets.

The popular Marché des Éclusiers and Terraces Bonsecours are also reopening.

Adults will be able to enjoy the famous Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau, when is partially reopens for massage therapy on June 22.

They’ll also be able to take in the sun and surf at the Clock Tower Beach starting July 3 while La Grande Roue de Montreal is preparing to welcome visitors as soon as orders permit.  

In accordance with government orders, all major events have been canceled until August 31, including Canada Day celebrations.  

Cirque du Soleil was scheduled to premiere its new show, Under the Same Sky, at the Old Port in April but that has been postponed until spring 2021, according to a statement.

The Science Centre, which has been encouraging homebound offspring to get out there and learn about stuff for years now, is currently working on a reopening plan for the summer.  

In preparation for the reopening, the Old Port is enacting all the usual COVID-19 safety measures including rigorous cleaning, physical distancing, and the installation of hand sanitizer stations.  

The Old Port of Montreal welcomes seven million visitors every year, making it the most popular touristic site in Quebec.

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