Being broke in Montreal this summer isn't always a terrible thing. Yes we all wish that we could go on vacation this summer but let's be honest, who has the money for that anymore! With school fees coming up, and those bills that we always need to pay, I know that I don't have enough money to splurge on a vacation this summer.
So, for all those fellow broke Montrealer's, 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.
I suggest checking out some of these ideas I have in store for you. Even if you are broke in Montreal, you can still have a great summer! I promise you that these activities will make you look at Montreal in a completely new way! So DON'T get packing and DON'T go exchange your money because you will be staying in Montreal this summer.
1. Go To AeroSim Experience
177 autoroute 440 suite 201, Laval
Feel like you are taking off to your dream destination by checking out Laval's flight simulator. AeroSim Experience is a flight stimulator of a boeing 737NG. You are the one taking control against the sky! It's an amazing experience especially for those who have always dreamed of being a pilot!
2. Go Skydiving
29 QC-125, St-Esprit
Pretend to be skydiving over a tropical destination by checking out Parachute Montreal Inc. It won't be hard to envision that you are on vacation since Montreal has great views that you might not have noticed before. It's a great way to be adventurous and to feel like you are on vacation with some of your friends.
3. Go Rock Climbing
1555 Rue St-Patrick,
Feel like you are climbing a beautiful mountain in South America by heading to Allez Up with some of your friends this summer! You may be indoors but it's still a fantastic experience that will make you forget that you are in Montreal. Actually, you can even get outside and check out their outdoor walls in Montreal!
4. Go Wine Tasting
186, Route 143, Ulverton
Feel like you are in the vineyards of Italy or France by going wine tasting in Montreal. I suggest taking a hour road trip to La Route des Vins de l’Estrie. Not only do they have a great wine tasting experience, they also have fabulous valleys, lakes, and mountains. They have 7 vineyards that will make you feel like you are in Europe!
5. Go On A Camping Trip
Take a weekend off and head to Parc National Du Mont-Tremblant for a fantastic camping trip! You will feel like you aren't even in Montreal with the secluded forests. It's a great weekend get away where you and your friends will laugh and have great memories.
6. Go Surfing
Suite 01, 9520 Boulevard Leduc
For those who want to feel like they are in California or Hawaii, I suggest trying to surf in Montreal's St. Lawrence River or at the indoor surfing centre called Brossard’s Oasis Surfing. At Oasis Surfing, you can enjoy a nice drink, some great food, and a surfing experience that makes you feel like you are in the ocean.
7. Go Zip-lining
Instead of zip-lining in the tropical rain forest, check out Abraska! It is an amazing experience that you will love. There are magnificent views and fun obstacle courses for you and your friends. So feel like you are in the rain forest and forget about where you actually are!
8. Go Boating
If you are desperate to feel like you are on a boat in the open ocean with your friends, then I suggest renting one of Montreal's party boats. It's a great way to let loose with your friends and to pretend that you are in another country. I also suggest trying one of Montreal boaty brunches! You can pretend that you are waking up from a beautiful cruise!
9. Go To A Music Festival
Coming up in Montreal is Ile Soniq and Osheage if you haven't already bought your tickets. Both events are held at Parc Jean Drapeau which doesn't even feel like you are in Montreal anymore. It's a great way to loose yourself in the music and to have a great time with your friends. Trust me, you will meet tones of people from all across the world.
10. Go To The Beach
Rue Quai de l'Horloge
Go to Montreal's Clock Tower Beach and enjoy the sun with your friends and have some drinks. It has a vacation ambience and I assure you that you will have a great time. So pretend that you are in Cuba and bask in the sun for an affordable day vacation in Montreal.
11. Go To A Spa
124 Boul Labelle, Rosemère & Quais du Vieux-Port de Montréal, Rue de la Commune O
Pretend like you are getting a relaxing massage in Switzerland by heading to one of Montreal's superb spas. If you want to feel like you are in secluded space, then I suggest trying Spa Le Finlandais. But if your heart is set on being on a boat, then check out Bota Bota! You get to relax in Montreal and day dream that you are on vacation.
12. Go To A Boozy Brunch
Pretend like you are in a resort and drink up in the AM with some of our friends at Terrasse Bonsecours Boozy Brunch. Where else could you get drink in the morning in Montreal without being judged? Terrasse Bonsecours is the perfect destination for that morning drink you crave when you are on vacation.
13. Go To AntiGravity Yoga
2070 Rue Peel
Experience something completely new and try Montreal's AntiGravity Yoga! When you are on vacation you usually try new and crazy things with your friends so why not do the same in Montreal. AntiGravity Yoga is a great experience where you wrap yourself in a scarf and dangle above the floor!
14. Go Watch A Sunset
A vacation doesn't feel quite complete until you watch a beautiful sunset. Montreal has great locations to watch the sun set and to make you have that vacation moment with your friends. If you want a more secluded destination, I suggest trying Lachine Canal however, if not I suggest Mount Royal.
15. Go To Authentic/Exotic Restaurants
If you are into trying great food on your trips, then I suggest checking out some of Montreal's authentic and exotic restaurants. If you wish to be in Italy, then check out this list of authentic Italian pizzas. But, if you want more of a variety then I suggest checking out this link with Montreal's most authentic restaurants to make you feel like you are travelling the world!
16. Go Tanning
Get that bronze glow we all desire and hope for when we go on vacation but instead in Montreal! If you enjoy being secluded while you tan in Montreal, then I suggest checking out , Esplanade Ernest-Cormier. It is the perfect place to tan with your friends and enjoy some beautiful sculptures.
17. Go For Gelato
A vacation isn't truly a vacation until you get some ice cream! Well, If you want that trip to Italy vibe in Montreal, then I suggest getting some of Montreal's finest gelato! My personal favourite is Pile Ou Glace in Little Italy and La Dolce Vita In Montreal's West Island. They are both amazing and trust me, they are very authentic! I feel like I'm back in Italy when I have their gelato.
18. Go To The Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts
1380 Rue Sherbrooke O
Feel like you are checking out museums across the globe by checking out the Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts. No vacation is complete until you go to at least one museum! The Pompeii exhibition is still running if you have yet to see it and trust me it's amazing! You will feel like you are actually in Pompeii. They also have the Recovery of Antiquity Exhibition that indulges on the Renaissance to Neoclassicism in France and Italy until June 26, 2016.
19. Go To The Botanical Garden
4101 Rue Sherbrooke E
Go out to the tropical forests in the Botanical Garden that will make you feel like you aren't in Montreal anymore. They have magnificent Japanese Gardens, rain forests, and desert plants to make you feel like you are walking into a new world! It is truly amazing and you will have a beautiful time.
20. Go To A Rooftop Garden
900 Rue de la Gauchetière O
Get that exotic feel by heading to Montreal's very own rooftop garden. You will truly feel like you are at a marvellous resort when you check out the Bonaventure Hotel. You can enjoy a superb meal that is surrounded by plants, wild life, and even a lake!
BONUS Go Shopping!
A vacation is never over until you go shopping! So why not feel like you are in another country by spending money one yourself without even checking the price! You may be too broke to go on vacation but let's be real, I am sure that we all have some money to spend shopping for ourselves. And if we don't, we will usually make up an excuse to do it anyways!