At this stage in the game, I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that Montreal is a hub of things to do and see, and awesome places to go to - especially in the summer.
But for all the gorgeous, popular spots in Montreal, there are even more places that don't get as much recognition - despite being just as beautiful. Wondering what I'm talking about? Well, wonder no more, friends. I've got your back.
1. LaSalle Bird Sanctuary
This highkey gorgeous spot is located in Lasalle's Des Rapides Park. It might be a little bit of a trek for those of us not close to LaSalle, but trust me when I say that the travel time is more than worth it.
Not only can you creep some seriously beautiful park, water, and rapid views, but this spot also happens to be a migratory bird sanctuary. So you can see all kinds of gorgeous birds just chilling, like turkeys, geese, and the blue herron, which just so happens to be a protected species. So, nature lovers, this one's for you.
2. Ile De La Visitation
I talk about this spot a lot, but only because it's so awesome, and I'm genuinely surprised that not a lot of people know about it. Personally, I live close by, but this spot is in Ahuntsic, just along Gouin, so it might be a far cry for some of us.
Trust me, though, you're going to want to get yourself here. Ile de La Visitation is part nature park, part completely different island, and 100% gorgeous. You can see rapids, a (manmade) waterfall, wild birds, lakes, and many other gorgeous sites; you can have a picnic, jog, ride your bike, basically do anything awesome that you want. Sounds like fun? You know it does.
3. Westmount Greenhouse
Have you ever wanted to be one with nature, without having to chill in the actual outdoors? It's cool, friend. You can admit it. Because when you do get in that mood, there's Westmount Greenhouse waiting for you.
Although, TBH, you're going to want to go to this lesser-known spot all. The. Time. Encased in glass, the greenhouse is home to tons of beautiful plants, seating space, a fountain, and all the good vibes. It's perfect for catching some alone time, chilling with friends, or simply going to admire the beauty. Before you go, though, make sure you call ahead to see if it's open, as it may be closed indefinitely due to repairs.
4. Parc Morgan
While it's true that many people do kind of know about this gorgeous park, not nearly enough people are aware of it. Which is kind of a shame, considering this is one of the most beautiful spots in the whole city.
Located in Montreal's HOMA, Parc Morgan is a huge, awesome park with spots for jogging, biking, chilling, pic-nicing, and pretty much doing whatever your heart desires. Bonus points for their highkey gorgeous fountain, making it oe of the best spots to chill in the whole city.
5. Canadian Centre For Architecture
And when I say the Canadian Centre For Architecture, I don't mean just the actual museum, which is free on Thursday evenings and can be one of the most interesting places to go to in the whole city.
I mean the whole thing. The yard, the historical museum, the adjacent sculpture garden; all of it is seriously awesome, and unless you've ever ventured to that part of downtown Montreal, chances are that you have yet to discover - or seriously explore - this chill secret spot.
6. Parc Jean-Drapeau's Hidden Waterfall
Honestly, this spot is gorgeous. A lesser-known waterfall in Parc Jean-Drapeau, this is the perfect bike trail, jogging path, or spot to catch some seriously serene summer vibes.
Although it's a little bit secluded, once you know where it is, it's actually super easy to get to. Click here for more information about it, and for a map on how exactly to get there.
7. Saint-Leonard Cavern
We've spoken about the St. Leo cavern before, but seriously, this place is way to cool to not mention. An underground cavern right in Montreal, this secret spot is perfect for the more adventurous among us.
This cave is much more than just a cool piece of history; they give tours of the whole thing, meaning you can strap on some gear and go exploring with some friends, and enjoy one of Montreal's coolest hidden adventures.
8. Parc Jacques-de-Lesseps
Feel like watching some airplanes take off? Then look no further than Montreal's Parc Jacques-de-Lesseps.
Created specifically as a lookout for people to watch planes take off an land, this park is super close to the airport's runways, and features benches and bleachers for people to chill on as they admire the planes take off.