9 physically-distant things to do in Montreal this weekend: May 29 to 31

May 28 2020, 8:43 pm

Note: Quebec Public Health is reminding individuals who attend events to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home. Wearing a face mask is also strongly recommended when leaving the house and when the two-metre distancing guidelines is not possible.

As we trek towards the end of the month, here are a dozen of things worth checking out in Montreal this weekend, May 29 to 31.

Friday is forecasted to be the tail-end of this week’s heatwave and Saturday is expected to bring clouds and a risk of thunderstorms, according to The Weather Network‘s weekend forecast.

Sunday calls for much comfier temperatures, with a high of 15ºC and six hours of sunshine, so get out there and have a (distanced) good time.

Tulips atop Mont Royal

Mont Royal


What: It’s an ugly world out there but at the very least, the top of Mont Royal is getting really pretty.

Hundreds of tulips have bloomed atop the Montreal fixture, fusing beautiful orange, red, and yellow flowers with the Belvédère Kondiaronk’s picturesque view of the city.

Make sure your phone is charged because the top of the mountain is oozing with beautiful photo ops.

Time: 6 am to midnight
Where: Belvédère Kondiaronk

Take the pooch for a walk

Montreal open


What: Dog parks throughout the island reopened on May 22 and if anything can brighten up these dark days, it’s an area full of fluffy dogs.

Home to over 50 dog parks, consult the Ville de Montreal’s map for pup park locations scattered throughout the city.

Time: Varies per park
Where: Over 50 spots around Montreal, available online

TREKFIT Outdoor Gyms


What: TREKFIT is a collection of outdoor training equipment that is set up throughout the city. By downloading the TREKFIT app, you can follow a chin up lessons, straight bar training, calisthenics, dips, and more.

Each circuit features information panels containing movement suggestions, descriptions of the targeted muscles and a QR giving you access to hundreds of short training videos and more.

Here’s a list of TREKFIT outdoor gyms that are open throughout Montreal. Plus, it’s free.

Time: 24/7
Various locations throughout Montreal

Montreal Botanical Garden


What: The Montreal Botanical Garden doesn’t need to be open to appreciate its outdoor beauty.

A sea of pink, red, purple, and orange tulips have taken over the fields at the Garden, offering some gorgeous sights and smells for passersby.

If you’re looking to boost the ‘gram game, look no further.

Time: 8 am to 10 pm
Where: 4101 Sherbrooke Street Est

Grande Bibliothèque


What: The Grande Bibliothèque, the largest library in Montreal, has 1,300 reading armchairs, 850 study seats, 350 computer stations, and yes, a lot of books.

If you’re in need of a new read, it’s tough to top this collection which boasts more than four million works.

Time: Friday, 10 am to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
475 boulevard De Maisonneuve Est

Montreal Bike Path

Montreal bike


What: With more than 350 km of cycling path, there’s no shortage of roads to get around the island. Plus, another 325 km is on its way.

Needless to say, get used to biking around Montreal.

Check out this interactive map to discover all of Montreal’s bike paths.

Anyone down to tackle the Camillien-Houde lookout?

Time: 24/7
Where: 350+km throughout the island

Sanctuaire de Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes


What: The Our Lady of Lourdes offers a variety of difficult and easy hiking trails, ranging from steep paths, to rock fields, old bridges, and historical markers, all while trekking to the top of the mountain which offers breathtaking views of Rigaud.

The Sanctuary itself will be close for the summer but the hike is worth the drive (plus it’s free).

Time: 6 am to sunset
Where: 18 Rue Bourget, Rigaud

Atwater Market


What: If you’re in the need for flowers, plants, meat, produce, bread, or pretty much anything else, the Atwater Market is as beautiful as ever, all the while respecting physical distancing guidelines.

Time: 9 am to 6 pm
Where: 138 Atwater Avenue



What: Drummers, dancers, and sunbathers will assemble at the George-Étienne Cartier Monument in Mont Royal Park on Sunday for the weekly gathering at Tams.

SPVM officers and security are on site to ensure citizens are following the two-metre physical distancing guidelines.

Time: Noon
Mont Royal Park

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