18 red zone-friendly things to do in Montreal this Easter long weekend

Apr 1 2021, 11:07 am

Montreal, Lanaudi√®re, Laval, Laurentides, and Mont√©r√©gie remain in the government’s COVID-19 red zone (Level 4‚ÄďMaximum Alert). Restricted measures in red zones prohibit non-essential activities where the risk of the virus “cannot be sufficiently contained.” The government urges citizens to avoid gatherings, wear face masks inside public spaces, maintain two-metre physical distances, limit their social bubble, and frequently wash their hands.

The Easter long weekend will have a different feel this year than in years past. There won’t be big family gatherings or drinks with friends but there is still plenty of virtual and in-person things to do over the next few days to keep busy.

If you plan on hitting the town or staying in, here are a bunch of things to keep on your radar this weekend.

Indulge in some Easter treats

Forget the Easter ham, how about some Mini Egg treats?

Support some of these local spots who are doing up the tasty Easter treat big time.



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Illumi is extending its stay in Laval, this time boasting the country’s largest light-and-sound outdoor show.

With the curfew pushed back to 9:30 pm in Laval, soak up over one million lights full of Easter colours, themes, and backgrounds, starting at 5:30 pm every night.

The site is accessible to people by car or on foot and will shine bright until April 11.

Tickets range from $15 to $24.

Easter Mass


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Easter weekend is the holiest observance day of the year for Christians. Take part in a beautiful mass at any of the city’s most celebrated churches: Notre-Dame Basilica, St. Joseph’s Oratory, or Mary Queen of the World.

Check out some art galleries

Montreal art

Never Apart

Montreal has (finally) welcomed in springtime ‚ÄĒ so what better way to spend the weekend than checking out some local art galleries?

Though many museums like the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the McCord Museum now require reserving a spot in advance, some of the city’s smaller galleries allow spontaneous visitors to stop by as well.

Check out Never Apart, La Guilde, OBORO, and so many others.

Tyrolienne MTL Zipline

Old Port of Montreal

Take a zip across Old Montreal.

The MTL Zipline is working on reduced hours due to COVID, conveniently on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 12 pm to 6 pm.

For a smooth $19.99, zip across the Old Port and take in seriously breathtaking views of the Montreal skyline.

Espace pour la vie

Montreal Biodome


The¬†newly renovated¬†Biod√īme de Montr√©al has reopened amid Quebec‚Äôs latest round of eased COVID-19 restrictions.

In fact, both of the Espace pour la vie venues have reopened as of two weeks ago. The Jardin Botanique is open to the public as well.

The¬†Biod√īme is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm, and the¬†Jardin Botanique is open daily from 7:30 am to 5 pm. Tickets cost a smooth $19 to enter each one.

In September, before the second wave of COVID-19 shut down venues and museums across the province, Espace pour la vie reopened after more than two years of construction and refurbishment work.

The iconic space‚Äôs renovations are highlighted by a new ‚Äúmultisensory and immersive experience,‚ÄĚ as guests can make their way through five ecosystems of the Americas.

The OASIS Immersion Gallery

Montreal LED show

Palais des Congrès

The OASIS Immersion Gallery in Montreal opened last week, and the pictures of it look just as cool as we thought they would.

If you don’t already know what it is, OASIS is a new permanent immersive art centre at the Palais des Congrès. With 119 surround-sound speakers, 105 laser projectors, and a whole LED lighting system, Montrealers are in for a breathtaking experience.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA)


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The Montreal¬†Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA)¬†is reopen and it’s displaying¬†four exhibitions that are ‚Äúbrimming with artistic discoveries and reflections on the major issues of our time.‚ÄĚ

The MMFA follows all COVID-19 protocols and “ensures customer safety.”

Go thrift shopping


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If there’s one thing Montreal and Macklemore have in common, it’s their love of thrift shopping.

Truly, there’s nothing like diving into a colourful rack of secondhand clothes and finding the sweatshirt you’ve been trying to find for months, or a skirt that fits like a glove and matches with everything you own.

As post-lockdown makeovers begin, it can be difficult to revamp your style in a way that is sustainable, ethical, and won’t make your wallet cry. Despite the vast big brand thrift stores like Value Village and the Salvation Army, finding something decent often takes many hours and hundreds of failed trips to the fitting rooms.

Time travel back to Montreal

Montreal 1950s

Vintage Everyday

If you’re in the mood for a little bit of time travelling, why not check out some photos of what Montreal used to look like in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s?

The photos, courtesy of Archives de la Ville de Montréal, feature rue Ste. Catherine, The Plateau, St-Henri, and more from over eight decades ago.

Go house shopping

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Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Now might actually be the best time to sit at home and peek into the luxurious lives of million-dollar homes around Montreal.

We scoured Sotheby’s International Realty and put together a list of the most expensive properties for sale in Montreal.¬†Because sure, it’s a pandemic, but now might be the time to pour $25 million into a home.


Pointe-à-Callière is an exhibit in the heart of Old Montreal that shows centuries of history from the settlements of our First Peoples to the present.

Bota Bota

We could all use a little relaxing these days, and Bota Bota has reopened its massage centre and water circuit.

Get a 60-minute Swedish massage, deep tissue, Thai, couples, or therapeutic massage starting at $160.

The spa is following all of the necessary COVID-19 protocols.

A Crack in Everything – Virtual Leonard Cohen Exhibit


The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is currently hosting the virtual edition of Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, a major exhibition of the great literary songwriter.

Watch an Oscar-nominated flick

Movie fans can check out some Oscar-nominated flicks without ever having to leave their home thanks to our good pal, Netflix Canada.

The nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards have been released, and the streaming service is all over the nominees’ list.

Netflix Original movies nabbed 35 Oscar noms this year, up from 24 last year.

Virtual reality


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The real world is pretty wild right now, so maybe diving into the virtual world will do you well.

Since reopening at the end of February, the Phi Centre is focusing on art, astronomy, and VR.

Check out every lot in Montreal (virtually)

Montreal building


Ever wish you could visit every single building in Montreal?

We haven’t either, but just in case, this Twitter account allows you to do just that.

Started in August 2020, @everylotmtl is a bot that shows a Google Streetview picture of, well, every single lot in Montreal, along with details like the year it was built, the number of units, and the size in square metres.

Scarf down a poutine

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It’s already been a weird year, so you might as well switch up your Easter tradition and get an iconic Quebec dish, the poutine.

We put together a list of some of our favourite spots in case you need help deciding.

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