Happy weekend, Montreal! It was a quick work week, just the way we like it. We’ve tallied up a list of things for you to do this Saturday. If the weather holds up, there are some things happening around town and if it doesn’t – we’ve got you covered with some indoor activities.
Montreal’s Old Port celebrates the arrival of summer with a variety of deals for both water and land activities. Choose from a bunch of activities including paddle boarding, jet skis, ziplining, canal tours, the SOS labyrinth and much more – all for $10.
When: Saturday, May 26
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: 333 Rue de la Commune Ouest
Admission: $10 per activity
Swing by NDG’s Benny Library and de-stress by colouring and/or painting a variety of different scenes. The library provides coloured markers, pencils, crayons and colouring canvas, and books. Just show up and let your creativity run the rest of your afternoon.
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Benny’s Library, 6400 Avenue de Monkland
You may not be able to sneak off to Hollywood or New York City to see your favourite celebrities, athletes, and artists this weekend, but you can still see them, in wax form. If the rain’s too much today, check out Montreal’s only wax museum. The figurines are displayed beautifully through the 4-floor museum and it admittedly gets kind of creepy staring into Elvis’ eyes.
When: Open year round
Where: 705 Rue Saint Catherine (4th floor of the Eaton Centre)
Admission: $19.50 for adult, $13.50 for children, $15.50 for youth and students and $18 for seniors available online and at the door.
The giant chess boards are back at Quartier des Spectacles and today is the last day until August. So get your giant chess board playing in quickly. What better way to beat your friends at the strategic game than doing it in style, large style.
When: May 26
Time: Noon to 8 pm
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
Montreal’s beloved 21 Swings (or 21 Balancoires) has returned to Promenade des Artistes this spring. Participate in a collective, outdoor musical production in which every single swing set off a different note and several create a melody.
When: Saturday, May 26 and May 27 is the last day
Time: 10 am – 11 pm
Where: Promenade des Artistes
Even if it is raining today, take your kids to the Aquadome and they’ll completely forget about the mucky weather. Thanks to the Aquadome’s glass roof, this massive pool room makes you feel like you’re sitting outside. Swim in the 50-metre pool or enjoy the giant water slide, the water fountain or the baby pool for the younger ones.
When: Saturdays until June 3
Time: 1 pm to 8 pm
Where: Complexe Michel-Leduc
Admission: $2-$4, dependent on age
Hop on a 2-hour guided bus tour that takes you through 15 stops of historic buildings and public squares including some of Old Montreal’s most symbolic places. Listen to the stories of the men and women who have shaped Montreal.
When: Saturdays until June 3
Time: French tour at 1 pm – 3:30 pm, English tour at 3:30 – 5 pm
Admission: $26, tickets available online
Teenagers can enjoy a Saturday night out supervised by dynamic monitors. The Laval Rec Centre features a DJ booth for music, pool tables, sporting equipment, Nintendo Wii games, a foosball table and a canteen. Exams are coming up kids, take a Saturday night off to relax.
Time: 5 pm – 10 pm
Where: Dorval Community Centre, 1335 Lakeshore
Admission: $10 for a membership, $1 each visit
Get your animal fix by heading to Parc Safari, an easy 40-minute drive off the island. The park opened last weekend and offers an optional Safari Adventure upon entering where you can drive up and see a variety of exotic animals from your car including zebras, ostriches, buffalo, llamas, and camels. Inside the park, take a walk down the Forest Trail where you have an amazing vantage point view of monkeys, cheetahs, hyenas, and bears. Don’t forget the lions, but we didn’t have to tell you that.
When: From now until October 8
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: 280 Rang Roxham, Hemmingford
Admission: Prices vary depending on age. Tickets available at the entrance or online
Dip into your creative side this weekend. The Montreal Art Centre is offering a four-week course (meeting every Saturday) on drawing and sketching by a trained teacher and artist. Special attention is given to quality and tone, perspective, observation skills and composition for new artists and experienced drawers.
When: Every Saturday for four weeks starting May 26
Time: 1:30 pm – 4 pm
Where: 1844 Rue William
Admission: $150 for the four-week course, payable online.
Foonzo is a retro arcade bar that features hundreds of old school games and consoles. This nostalgic little basement bar will make you feel like you’re jamming out in a buddy’s basement in the 90s, except with booze. Everything is free to play too. Grab a drink and beat your friends at a variety of classics on everything from N64, Playstation, Super Nintendo, Sega, and Xbox. Duck Hunt and a rum and coke anyone?
When: Foonzo is open year round
Time: 5 pm – 3 am
Where: 1245 Rue Drummond
Admission: It’s free to enter and free to play (they hold your credit card)
John Roy is a Chicago-based comedian who uses a very laid back, conversationalist approach to his jokes. He’s instantly likeable and his energetic character voices, wit and clever dialogue makes him an absolute delight to watch live. Check him out tonight for his last show in Montreal. (18+)
When: Saturday, May 26
Time: 8 pm
Where: 2312 Rue Saint Catherine
Price: $12 general, $6 students. Tickets available at the door or online
If the weather holds up, check out Quebec’s only amusement park. La Ronde opened for the 2018 season last weekend 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 cheat day.
When: May 26 and 27
Time: 10:30 am – 8 pm
Where: 22 Chemin Macdonald
Admission: Available online or at the box office