17 things to do in Montreal on a rainy day

Sep 24 2019, 11:15 am

Don’t let the rain stop you.

Rainy day getting you down? Though there’s nothing wrong with curling up on the couch, tea in hand, there are also a myriad of exciting ways to spend a rainy day in Montreal.

If you’re looking for something to keep you busy while the rain pours down, the city is oozing with great options that’ll make you forget all about the weather.

Besides, as Bob Marley once said, “some people feel the rain, others just get wet.”

Make some art at Le Ceramic Cafe Studio

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Rainy days are the perfect time to exert some creativity.

If you’re a fan of art and coffee, Le Ceramic Cafe Studio is for you. Le Ceramic Cafe Studio allows Montrealers to sip on a latte or eat a sandwich, while creating some pretty magnificent ceramic art. Simply choose an object (like a mug or bowl), pick your colours, and get painting.

When: 10 am – 11 pm (Monday – Wednesday), 10 am-12 am (Thursday) 10 am – 12:30 am (Friday – Saturday), 10 am-10pm (Sunday)
Where: 4338 Saint Denis
Price: $7 – $15 (varies by time)

Check out some contemporary art

Galerie MX

An art gallery is always appealing, especially on rainy days.

Galerie MX seeks to give greater exposure to contemporary artists, primarily from Canada, but from all over the globe as well.

The gallery is located in the heart of the Quarter international, the cultural epicenter for arts in Montreal in a sleek 6,000 sq. ft. exhibit space.

When: 10 am – 6 pm (Monday – Wednesday), 10 am – 9 pm (Thursday – Friday), 11 am – 5 pm (Saturday – Sunday)
Where: 333 Viger Avenue Ouest
Price: Free admission

Test your accuracy at axe throwing

Rage Axe Throwing

If you feel the need to get some adrenaline pumping and outside is too wet, head inside to Rage Axe Throwing and toss some axes.

The competition is based on accuracy points but throwing hatches, axes, and Tomahawks is fun enough without needing to tally the scores.

When: 12 pm – 10 pm (Fridays and Sundays), 10 am – 11:30 pm (Saturdays), 2 pm – 1o pm (Monday – Thursday)
Where: 1436 Rue Amherst
Price: $45 – $55, available online

Fire off some lasers in the dark

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Succumb to the rain’s darkness by going full-on pitch black, except for glow in the dark lights, and fire off some lasers.

Whether you take the game super seriously and turn into James Bond, or you just enjoy running around under a black light, Laser Quest is a great option for rainy days (or nights) in Montreal.

When: 5 pm – 9 pm (Monday – Thursday), 4 pm – 12 am (Friday), 10 am – 12 am (Saturday), 10 am – 8 pm (Sunday)
Where: 1226 Rue Sainte Catherine Ouest
Price: $9 – $12 per person

See wax lookalikes of your fave celebs at Musee Grevin

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Musee Grevin is Montreal’s very own version of Madame Tussaud’s in London. A wax museum hidden inside Centre Eaton, Musee Grevin will have you snapping pics of all your favourite celebrities.

The museum has creepily similar figurines of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Michael Jackson, Charlie Chaplin, and so many more.

With an SQDC location easily walkable, you could turn this riany day excursion into a real trip.

When: 10 am – 6 pm (Monday – Saturday), 11 am – 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Centre Eaton de Montréal, 705 Rue Sainte-Catherine
Price: $13.60 – $19.95

Learn about nature at the Biodome

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Walk through five different ecosystems in the course of a few hours at the Montreal Biodome. From flora and fauna to native animals, you’ll learn everything there is to know about the Tropical Rainforest, the Laurentian Maple Forest, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Labrador Coast, and the Sub-Antarctic Islands.

Be sure not to miss the penguin feeding at 2:45 pm every day.

When: Open 7 days a week from 9 am-6 pm
Where: 4777 Avenue Pierre-de Coubertin
Price: TBD

*Note: The Biodome is currently undergoing major renovations and is slated to reopen in December 2019

Return to your childhood at the Barbie Expo

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Montreal is home to the Barbie Expo, the largest permanent collection of Barbie dolls in the world.

Guests have the chance to see and snap pics of over 1,000 one-of-a-kind Barbie dolls, all dressed by the city’s leading fashion designers.

When: 10 am – 7 pm (Monday – Wednesday), 10 am – 9 pm (Thursday – Friday), 10 am – 6 pm (Saturday), 10 am – 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: 1455 Rue Peel
Price: Free admission

Fling arrows at your friends

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DodgeBow is exactly what it sounds like: dodgeball fused with bow and arrows.

The exhilarating team-based archery combat sport is capped with cushion-ends so they don’t hurt when they hit you and you can channel your inner Legolas when flinging them.

Face-off with your friends in the DodgeBow arena and put your marksmanship skills to the test. That’ll show the rain who’s boss.

When: 2 pm – 8 pm
Where: 202-4767 Dagenais Street
Price:$24.95, available online

Have a go at indoor surfing

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Battle the rain with some hardcore waves. Just because Montreal isn’t located on the coast, doesn’t mean you can’t tackle some killer tides.

Oasis Surf in Brossard is an indoor pool, open to amateur and experienced surfers looking to ride the waves.

Radical.

When: Sunday to Thursday 10 am-10 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am-2 am
Where: Suite 01, 9520 Boulevard Leduc
Price: $30 for 30 minutes

Hide out at a cozy used bookstore

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Sometimes all you want to do is curl up on the couch and read a book, especially when the rain is smashing on your windows.

Encore Books & Records is a gem of a shop that features a wide selection of used books, records, magazines, movies, and board games in a cozy little spot in NDG, all very reasonably priced.

It’s admittedly difficult to walk in without buying something.

When: 11 am – 7 pm (Saturday – Wednesday), 11 am – 9 pm (Thursday – Friday)
Where: 5670 Sherbrooke St W

Play board games at Randolph

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Randolph is the board game bar that Montreal has always needed. With a collection of over 1,500 board games (and counting – 15 to 20 board games are added each month), Randolph is the place to be for all the competitive Monopoly players out there. Grab a group of friends and head on over for a rainy afternoon of beer and board games.

When: 4 pm-1 am (Monday – Thursday), 12 pm – 2 am (Friday – Saturday) 12 pm – 1 am (Sunday)
Where: 2041 Rue Saint Denis

Notre-Dame Basilica

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Check out one of Montreal’s most viewed structure for spectacular views of a church or take a walking tour of the basilica which is an absolutely gorgeous spectacle. If you make it on Sundays at 11 am, you hear a 25-person choir accompanied by the organ.

Notre-Dame is filled with hundreds of wooden carvings, several religious statues, and gigantic stained glass windows.

When: 12:30 pm – 4 pm on Sundays (mass starts at 11 am)
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
Price: Free

Make a feline friend at Cafe Chat L’Heureux

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In case you weren’t aware, Montreal is home to its very own cat cafe. Known as Cafe Chat L’Heureux, this cat cafe located in the Plateau is filled with furry friends for you to come and hang out with.

Ranging from kittens to old-timers, this cat cafe has a wide variety of feline friends, each as cute as the last. Drinking a latte whilst playing with a kitten? There’s a better way to spend a rainy day.

When: 11 am – 8 pm (Tuesday – Thursday), 10 am – 10 pm (Friday – Saturday), 10 am – 8 pm (Sunday)
Where: 172 Avenue Duluth Est

Jump up and down at iSaute

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Take up extreme trampolining for an evening at this 30,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Anjou.

With massive rooms filled with wall-to-wall trampolines, you can feel like a kid again jumping as high as your body can soar.

If you get tired of plain old jumping, iSaute also boasts a trampoline dodgeball stadium and a basketball dunk centre.

When: 3 pm-9 pm (Monday – Thursday), 9 am – 12 a (Friday – Saturday), 9 am – 8 pm (Sunday)
Where: 8700 boul du Golf Anjou
Price: $15.95 per hour

Play an escape game at A/MAZE

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You escaped the rain sure, but now can you escape a game room?

A/MAZE will challenge you in more ways than you thought possible, and there’s only one way to escape: by solving the puzzle. In a limited amount of time, you’ll have to find clues, crack codes, and solve problems in one of their themed rooms, ranging from a 1926 prison cell to a mad scientist’s lab, a WWII bunker, and a submarine.

When: Various times
Where: Atwater, Le Plateau, Griffintown, St-Henri
Price: $24 – $35 per person

Rose Bowl Bowling

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The Rose Bowl is a Montreal landmark.

The 72-lane bowling alley offers both 10-pin and five-pin bowling and opening hours that appeal to everyone.

The Rose also hosts a casse-croute, a bar, and an arcade room.

If lightning strikes, you can literally strike back.

When: 8 am – 3 am
Where: 6510 rue St-Jacques Ouest
Price: $5 per game plus $2.39 shoe rental (mandatory)

Putting Edge Mini-Putt

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If rain soaks up the greens and the tees outside, head indoors for a fun golfing alternative in the form of mini-putt.

Putting Edge is an indoor mini-putt course that (besides having a great name), glows in the dark. Every hole has Canadian-based trivia questions plus the venue has an arcade and they serve alcohol. Need we say more?

When: 10 am – 1 am
Where: 1259 rue Guy
Price: $11.99