7 things to do in Old Montreal now that the weather is warm

Mar 29 2021, 2:02 pm

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Montreal, Lanaudière, Laval, Laurentides, and Montérégie remain in the government’s COVID-19 red zone (Level 4–Maximum Alert). Restricted measures in red zones prohibit non-essential activities where the risk of the virus “cannot be sufficiently contained.” The government urges citizens to avoid gatherings, wear face masks inside public spaces, maintain two-metre physical distances, limit their social ‘bubble,’ and frequently wash their hands.


Old Montreal was the original site of the city. Today, it makes up one of the most vibrant parts of the city with its cobblestone streets, colonial buildings and the almost 200-year-old Notre-Dame Basilica.

Considering we can’t really travel, it’s a good alternative these days if you want to feel like you’re strutting the streets of Europe.

Now that the weather is getting a bit toastier and we’re more comfortable venturing outisde, these Old Montreal events should be on your radar.

Because the Old Port is a sight to see in the winter but nothing can really top it come spring and summertime.

Take note that the Old Port is following all COVID-19 protocols and ensures

Quadricycles

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Everyone knows Montreal is a bike-friendly city but the Old Port is quadricycle-friendly.

The multi-seater bikes are a fun way to zoon across Old Montreal, perfect for families, couples, or pals (and octopuses).

The three to six-seater lets you explore the promenade at your own pace and prices range from $26 (30 minutes) to $39 (60 minutes) for the three-seater and $52 (30 minutes) to $78 (60 minutes) for the six-seater.

La Grande Roue de Montréal

Open every day from 11 am to 7 pm, La Grande Roue de Montréal, the tallest observation wheel in Canada, offers breathtaking views of Montreal.

The wheel has 42 individual cabins which are fitted with ultra-clear tempered glass windows, allowing you to feast your eyes on a limitless panoramic view all four seasons of the year, which is specifically gorgeous in springtime — especially at dusk.

Tickets cost a smooth $25 for aduts.

MTL Zipline

 

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For a smooth $20, zipline from one side of the Old Port to the other.

Because nothing really takes in the sight of Old Montreal like you screaming down a zipline.

Bota Bota

We could all use a little bit of time off from the real world these days.

Located on a ship anchored in the Old Port, Bota Bota spa-sur-l’eau offers its passengers the healing benefits of a spa while being lulled by the natural movements of the St-Lawrence River.

From water circuits to full body massages, prices range from $60 to $250, based on what you’re looking for.

Clock Tower

The Clock Tower was built between 1919 and 1922 and is one of Montreal’s most iconic sights. It’ forty-five metres high and it marks the entrance to the port and is a memoriial to sailors lost at sea during wartime.

The top of the Clock Tower is usually accessible to people but it’s closed due to the ongoing pandemic. You can still get up close to it and marvel in its beauty, though.

The port

What is the Old Port without the actual port?

From any of Old Montreal’s gorgeous vantage points, soak up the seriously gorgeous boats that usually fill up the port’s seaway from the boardwalk.

Notre-Dame Basilica

 

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Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica was the largest church in North America when it opened in 1829. The church is still in operation today, nearly 200 years after it was originally erected.

It’s closed to the public to enter inside but it’s a gorgeous photo opp from the outside, especially during the spring.

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