Being broke in Montreal in the summer is not always a terrible thing. Yes, we all wish that we could go on vacation to somewhere hot AF to escape all our stresses, but let’s be honest, who has the money for that anymore! With school fees and those bills that we always need to pay, I know that I don’t have enough money to splurge on a vacation EVERY summer.
So, for all those fellow broke Montrealers, I suggest exploring your city! Montreal has many great activities that you can try this summer to make you feel like you are on vacation. We may not have that tropical beach or exotic forest, but we do have other activities that compensate for that.
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1. Go To Au Sommet Place Ville Marie
See all of Montreal with your best bae for cheap! The Montreal Observatory is absolutely stunning and very romantic especially if you go at night under the stars.
2. Spa Day At Bota Bota
PRICE: $45 EACH
Ah yes, the perfect way to relax as a broke babe is by treating yourselves to a spa day. Personally, I recommend Bota Bota since it is only $45 before 11 am and after 6pm for their water circuit. Not only do you relax, but you also get to see Montreal from a whole other angle with the stunning views from their outdoor section!
PRICE: $30 EACH
One of my personal favorite places is Le Céramic Café. A great place where you and your broke BFFs can create art, relax, enjoy food, and overall have fun together! You can choose whichever mold you like and the fun takes off from there!
4. Have Sangria At The Floating Boat Cafe
PRICE: $22 A Bottle
Ok, you ABSOLUTELY MUST check out Canal Lounge Cafe Flottant! For only $22 you and you bae can have a FULL bottle of sangria as you sit on the terrasse located on top of the boat. It is absolutely stunning and my new favorite place!
5. Venice MTL
Feel like you stepped right off the metro and into Venice beach with your date when you enter Venice MTL! Their food is fresh and delicious for a crazy affordable anniversary that you and your special someone won't forget this summer.
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1. Piknic Electronik
PRICE: $15 EACH
Piknic Eletronik is always a great way to listen to music, relax, and enjoy Montreal with your BFF! Not only is it cheap since tickets are only $15, but you can invite all your friends as well without reservation and drink up with your bae and all your friends. Trust me, you will dance the night away every Sunday!
2. Go To Kem CoBa
Kem CoBa is literally one of my most favorite places in Montreal! They feature soft-serve ice cream with flavors that change daily! The atmosphere is so bubbly and happy that regardless of you mood you automatically feel better after getting ice cream from here.
3. Allez Up
PRICE: $20 EACH
For those fit Montrealers, why not finally check out Allez Up! Here you can rock climb your night away and have a blast as you work out that upper body. It is honestly super fun and a great way to try something new without traveling very far for spending over $20.
4. Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts
PRICE: $15 EACH
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts contains beautiful art galleries with hundreds of paintings and archeological artifacts such as mosaics, frescoes, statues, and much more! It’s a great way to enjoy a lovely day with you best bae.
5. Botanical Gardens
PRICE: 18$ EACH
Step into the almost spa-like setting of the Main Exhibition Greenhouse, where the heat and the flowers’ sweet fragrance help you forget winter. You are surrounded by lush greenery, filling you with a sense of lightness and inviting you to relax while enjoying spring showers!
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1. Walk Through Old Montreal
Montreal is a very romantic setting that is itself priceless. You and maybe a date this summer can explore the city in a different way. I suggest taking your date to Old Montreal and showing them all the great architecture! They will truly be amazing by the beauty behind our city.
2. Watch A Sunset At Mount Royal
For romance, kissing, and looking over the whole city, I suggest driving up to Mount Royal. You can enjoy Mount Royal during the day and enjoy the cityscape or you can go at night with your date and have a romantic stargazing date. This is always free and it's always a safe lowkey idea especially if you are broke!
3. Go Biking Along The Lachine Canal
I honestly love biking with my just about anyone and honestly I think it's a great treat where you don't have to spend any money. For those who love to bike, I suggest biking down the Lachine Canal towards Atwater Market for a fun Montreal sumer day.
4. Check Out Village Au Pied-Du-Courant
Au Pied-du-Courant is a Montreal boardwalk village where you can chill out in the sand and enjoy the sun starting June 2nd! Each day features a special theme in 2017, so be sure to check some of them out especially with your friends.
5. Check Out Atwater Market
Atwater Market is an absolute must visit location in Montreal! You will be surprised on just how much time you can spend at Atwater Market, especially in the nice weather of spring! It is literally my happy place and the variety of restaurants always serve fresh food. Plus, you can just walk around all day and enjoy a nice bike ride along the Lachine Canal or buy plants and flowers, or cacti, with your bae.