17 red-zone friendly things to do in Montreal this weekend: February 26 to 28

Feb 26 2021, 9:58 pm

Montreal is currently in Red Zone, Level 4–Maximum Alert — the government’s strictest tier in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Between 8 pm and 5 am, Quebecers must not leave their homes except in cases that justify travel. Travelling between regions is “not recommended,” per the government, and all COVID-19 protocols (indoor mask-wearing, two-metre physical distancing, and frequent sanitization, must be followed.

Montreal remains under red-zone COVID-19 restrictions but there’s still a handful of options to keep you busy.

Whether you plan on venturing outside or sticking around indoors, here are some things to do in Montreal this weekend.

Espace pour la vie

Montreal Biodome


The newly renovated Biodôme de Montréal has reopened amid Quebec’s latest round of eased COVID-19 restrictions.

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

The Biodôme 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’s renovations are highlighted by a new “multisensory and immersive experience,” as guests can make their way through five ecosystems of the Americas.

OASIS Immersion Gallery

Montreal gallery

OASIS Immersion/Facebook

OASIS is a new permanent immersive art centre at the Palais des Congrès. It has 119 surround sound speakers, 105 laser projectors, and a whole LED lighting system, Montrealers are in for a breathtaking experience.

Check out some photos of the exhibition right here. 

Order some local food

best burgers Montreal


Montreal’s service industry has been completely decimated by the pandemic. If you’re not in the mood to cook, there’s a bevy of great options for take-out across a bunch of food delivery apps.

Catch a flick

Montreal theatres


You probably haven’t checked out a movie on the silver screen in over four months but Scotiabank Theatre and the Cineplex Forum have reopend with COVID-19 restrictions in place.

Bad news: no popcorn or concession.

Good news: Wonder Woman on the big screen.

Check out what’s playing right here.

Tubing/tobogganing down Murray Hill

Murray Hill in Westmount is a great spot to tackle if you have a tube, toboggan, or magic carpet.

The City of Westmount has put up protective barriers, and the hill has piles of fake snow (as if it needs any this week) to really get you zooming down the slope.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA)

Montreal museum fine arts


The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) has reopened its doors for the first time in over four months.

The four exhibitions on display are “brimming with artistic discoveries and reflections on the major issues of our time.”

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

Catch up on Netflix

Fire up the popcorn.

Netflix has launched a slew of great content over the weekend, ranging from sports docs, animation, foreign films, and dogs. So many dogs.

Take a stroll through Old Montreal

montreal winter

Chat des Balkans/Shutterstock

Restaurants and bars don’t need to be fully open in the Old Port to appreciate the European-like beauty of Old Montreal.

Enjoy cobblestone steps, narrow streets covered in snow, the Notre-Dame Basilica, the glistening dome of the Bonsecours Market, or soak up a breathtaking nighttime view of the landscape of downtown Montreal.

La Grande Bibliothèque

Montreal library


If you’re sick of watching movies and shows, why not dive into a book?

La Grande Bibliothèque, the biggest library in the city, opened to the public last week.

It’s a gorgeous photo opp as well.

Time travel back to 1960s Montreal

old Montreal photos

Archives de la Ville de Montréal

If you’re in the mood for a little bit of time travelling, why not check out some photos of  Montreal in the 1960s?

Since the era of lava lamps, bell-bottoms, and Beatlemania, Montreal has gone through some obvious changes, yet stayed quite the same.

The photos, courtesy of Archives de la Ville de Montréal, feature La Ronde of old, the city, parks, and more — what do you still recognize?

Luminothérapie – Loop

Ulysse Lemerise

Quartier des Spectacles is lit.

The Quartier des Spectacles’ public square is hosting the 11th edition of Luminothérapie with Loop, a series of luminous, music-playing, interactive art pieces.

Because if anything can lighten up the bleak start of the year, it’s Luminothérapie, Quebec’s largest temporary public art installation. Loop will be on display every day from noon to 7:30 pm until March 14.


drive thru lights


Illumi has been shining bright in Laval since the fall. It was initially set to close after the holidays but has been extended until March 7.

The drive-thru site offers 17 different scenes, 15 million LED lights, and over 3,000 structures.

This year’s exhibition offers visitors a “magical and safe experience” by car, on foot, or by mini train. The mini-train journey costs $19.50 for children and $28.50 for adults. A family package for groups of four is available, starting at $64.

Go house shopping

expensive houses Montreal

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.


montreal ziplining


Nature lovers and adventure seekers, this one should be on your radar.

Located about an hour’s drive from Montreal, the Arbraska park in Rawdon is open for a ziplining experience in the snow.

The site’s aerial courses, about a two-and-a-half-hour circuit, will be open until March 28th. After a long day of tree-top trekking and ziplining through the forest, you can also warm up with hot chocolate around an outdoor campfire.

Cross-country skiing

mount royal ski

Mount Royal Park/City of Montreal

Similar to golf this past summer, cross-country skiing has become the go-to hobby for a lot of Montrealers.

There is a slew of great trails around the island, ranging from easy to hard.

Plus, with more snow on the way this week, it might be easier than actually driving.

Check out Montreal (virtually)

Montreal photographers


Montreal feels different since the onset of the pandemic (obviously), but the virtual world of Instagram is bustling with gorgeous shots of the island.

If heading out isn’t up your alley, check out some of these amazing local photographers.

Choose a tattoo


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Luka lajoie (@lukalajoie)

If you’re already a tattoo fan or you’re in the market for one, now is a good time to research some of Montreal’s well-known tattoo artists.

Because nothing says “I overcame the COVID-19 pandemic” like a tat.

DH Montreal StaffDH Montreal Staff

+ Listed