14 pandemic-friendly things to do in Montreal this weekend: June 11 to 13

Jun 11 2021, 10:09 am

The entire city is starting to resemble as much of a return to normalcy as possible, and we’re highlighting over a baker’s dozen worth of things to do in Montreal this weekend.

The weather is expected to be toasty (but not as uncomfortably hot as earlier this week), with temperatures forecast to hover just under 30ÂșC until Sunday night.

Amid the latest round of reopenings across the province, here are 14 pandemic-friendly things worth keeping on your radar this weekend.

Cime Aventures

If you’re in the mood for a little day trip out of Montreal while the weather is hot, Bonaventure River in the GaspĂ© Peninsula of Quebec has some seriously unbelievably clear water.

Tourism GaspĂ©sie says Bonaventure River has “some of the clearest water in the world” and is the perfect activity for people looking to hop on a kayak, canoe, raft, or paddleboard and enjoy the great Quebec outdoors.

The tourist spot, called Cime Aventures, is 89 kilometres off the island and about two hours north of Montreal.

MarchĂ© des Éclusiers


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This two-storey, indoor-outdoor market is right on the canal and offers fresh produce, coffee, baked good, and hooch for people who want to be as Old Port, as Old Port can be.

Hit up a terrace or bar


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Bar-hoppers haven’t been able to go to a bar in the city since September, and this is the first weekend to do so (outdoors). As of this past Monday, customers are now allowed to dine inside restaurants.

H2O Adventures – Swan Ride

Sure you can take a kayak or canoe, but why not really stand out and tackle the canal in swan?

Besides being great for the ‘gram, it’s pretty fun to float down the canal in a giant bird.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts


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When was the last time you went to a museum?

The MMFA is showcasing a slew of great exhibitions, including “Riopelle
The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures” which highlights North and Indigenous cultures and consists of nearly 160 works and more than 150 artifacts and archival documents.

Parc Safari


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Lions, tigers, and bears — oh my!

Parc Safari is up and running for the spring and summer season, for anyone looking to get off-island and check out a slew of exotic animals including zebras, elephants, big cats, hyenas, deer, and more.

They also have live shows and amusement park rides.

Tulips atop Mont-Royal

As if Montreal’s reopening isn’t enough to brighten our spirits, tulips are in full bloom atop Mont-Royal, offering gorgeous orange and yellow hues to really signify the arrival of spring.

Talk about Instagram worthy.

Tyrolienne MTL Zipline


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Take a zip across Old Montreal.

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

Espace pour la vie


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The newly renovated BiodÎme de Montréal is open after having gone major renovations over the past two years.

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.

The BiodÎme 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.

Jardins Gamelin


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It’s tough to get more Montreal than the Jardins Gamelin at the Quartier des Spectacles.

The space is full of thematic gardens, greenhouses, a butterfly house, and a musical atmosphere.

Grab a snack, soak up the sun, and chill out this week.

Check out a movie – CinĂ©ma Banque Scotia MontrĂ©al


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Remember movie theatres?

Cinemas opened across the province last week and Montreal’s most popular downtown spot is showing some good flicks including The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, A Quiet Place Part II, Cruella, Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, and Wrath of Man.

Plus, you can eat popcorn inside again!

Bota Bota

Bota Bota is open every day until 9 pm for people who are looking to get a massage, water circuit, or some serious spa time.

The past 14 months have been difficult, so take some time to relax.

Go to the gym


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We’re not trying to tell you how to live your life but gyms are finally reopening and believe us, it’ll do you good to get 14 months’ worth of frustration out at any of the city’s phenomenal fitness centres or studios.

B52 has an amazing setup and an even better steam room.

La Ronde


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Quebec’s biggest amusement park is open for any adrenaline junkies looking to tackle The Monster, Le Ednor, The Goliath, or any of La Ronde’s wild rides.

It costs about $35 for a single day pass, but the park is offering $49 season passes for people who want to spend the summer upside down.

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