Sundays traditionally signal the end of the weekend and the start of the work week. But that doesn’t really apply to Sundays in the summer in Montreal. There are so many fun events happening, you might even forget you have to go into work tomorrow at all.
Sundays in Montreal in the summer is synonymous with Tam Tams. It’s a giant outdoor party with dancers, sports and drummers all gathered around the Sir George-Etienne Cartier monument. If the weather is nice on Sunday (still worth it even if it’s raining) head over to the mountain and enjoy a longstanding Montreal tradition and vibe. 420 friendly.
When: Sundays until September 30
Where: Mont Royal Park
La Ronde opened for the 2018 season two weeks ago and it was a blast. Test your bravery on the Goliath, Le Monstre, Ednör or Le Demon. Check out this season’s newly expanded Splash area and the new ride, Le Tourbillon. Forget lunch and supper, fill up on popcorn and cotton candy – it’s the weekend, you earned it.
When: Until October 28
Time: 10:30 am – 8 pm
Where: 22 Chemin Macdonald
Price: Available online or at the box office
When: Sundays until September 30
Time: 9 am – 5:30 pm
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Price: Available online, starting at $14.50
Nextdoor Pub & Grill is the place to be on Sunday. They offer deals at both ends of their hours – bottomless caesars and mimosas in the afternoon and 29 cent chicken wings at night. Park yourself at Nextdoor for as many caesars or mimosas you can handle and then relax by eating as many 29 cent wings as you can.
When: Every Sunday
Time: 8 am – 3 pm caesar/mimosa deal, 4 pm – midnight wing special
Where: 5175A Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Celebrate Sunday mass at Montreal’s most viewed structure at 11 am and hear a 25-person choir accompanied by the organ. Or, take a walking tour of the basilica which is an absolutely gorgeous spectacle. It is filled with hundreds of wooden carvings, several religious statues, and gigantic stained glass windows.
When: The Notre-Dame Basilica is open year round
Time: 12:30 pm – 4 pm on Sundays (mass starts at 11 am)
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
You already escaped the work week – now try your luck at escaping from a prison, a military facility, a lost temple, or a laboratory. Make a reservation, choose your adventure and then you have anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to get out of any respective room. Each mission is reserved solely for your group and you’re given a walkie-talkie in case you need hints/get scared.
When: Amaze is open year round
Time: 2pm – 10:30pm
Where: 3550 Rue St. Jacques
Price: $15-$30 depending on your chosen mission (per person). Make your reservation first online.
Take a drive this weekend and get the best poutine Montreal has to offer – it’s just not in Montreal. It’s an easy 30-minute drive from the island and is worth every second. Grégoire’s has been dishing out poutines for decades; the casse-croute uses shredded cheese curds and an in-house gravy to make sure every bite of the poutine is as decadent as the last.
When: Grégoire’s is open year round
Time: 8 am to 11 pm
Price: 975 Boulevard Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Mercier
Take your kids to iSaute Kirkland and pretend it’s for them when it’s really for you. iSaute is a massive venue that has over 30 giant trampolines, trampoline basketball, wall climbing, and a trampoline jungle gym. You pay by the hour, there’s a lot to do, and it’s actually a fantastic workout. Jump around a bit today and forget about the rainy weather!
As if Westmount Park isn’t enticing enough – the park’s sprinklers are on for the summer. There are three sprinklers for kids to enough splashing around in and it’s equally refreshing for adults. It’s Westmount’s way of signifying that summer has arrived.
When: Westmount sprinklers are open until September 2
Time: 8 am – 8 pm
Where: Sherbrooke and Melville, Westmount Park
The Old Montreal Farmers’ Market opened up this weekend. Set up by the water, the mission of ‘Marché des Éclusiers’ is simple: showcase Quebec products. There is no middleman. The quaint market gives producers the chance to sell their organic products directly to the public.
Head to the market to find vegetables, bread, pastries, organic juices, breakfast, beef, pork, sauces, and cheese – all locally made. Tables and chairs are available on site.
When: Until October 12
Time: 9 am – 2 pm
Where: 400 Rue de la Commune Ouest
Located a short distance from the historical district of the Old Port, Montreal’s urban beach offers a vacation atmosphere with its fine white sand, chairs, parasols and refreshing mist. Guests are not allowed to swim in the water unfortunately, but Clock Tower Beach is still a great place to relax, soak up some sun and offers gorgeous views of Montreal.
When: Open until September 16
Time: 11 am – 7 pm
Where: The Old Port Piere