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Montréal Travel Guide

Montréal Sports & Activities

Most Montrealers would probably claim they hate winter, but the city is full of cold-weather sports venues—skating rinks, cross-country ski trails, and toboggan runs—that see plenty of action. During warm-weather months, residents head for the tennis courts, bicycle trails, golf courses, and two lakes for boating and swimming.

You don’t have to travel far from Montréal to find good downhill skiing or snowboarding. The many ski centers in the Laurentians and Eastern Townships are within an hour’s drive from the city. As for cross-country, excellent trails can be found right in Parc du Mont-Royal, or on the Islands (Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame).

Despite the bitter winters (or perhaps because of them), Montréal has fallen in love with the bicycle, with enthusiasts cycling year-round. More than 600 km (372 miles) of bike paths crisscross the metropolitan area, and bikes are welcome on the first car of métro trains during off-peak hours.

The city is truly passionate about Canada’s national sport, hockey. If you’re here during the hockey season, try to catch a Montréal Canadiens game at Centre Bell, or at the very least find yourself a good sports bar.


Most of the city’s municipal outdoor pools are open from mid-June through August. Admission is free on weekdays. On weekends and holidays there...


Weather permitting, one of the best ways to discover Montréal is on a bicycle. This is an incredibly bike-friendly metropolis and there are...


In Montréal you can climb aboard a boat at a Downtown wharf and be crashing through Class V white water minutes later. Lachine Rapids Tours...


Montréal golf enthusiasts have several excellent golf courses available to them, many less than a half-hour drive from Downtown. If you’re willing...


Ice hockey is nothing short of an institution in Montréal, the city that arguably gave birth to the sport back in the late 19th century. Although...


Come the winter months, you don’t have to look very far to find an ice-skating rink in Montréal. There are municipally run outdoor—and some...


Most city parks have jogging paths, and you can also run the trail along the Lachine Canal. Parc du Mont-Royal. The gravel Olmsted Road in...


Grand Prix. Every year in early June the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit plays host to this Formula One race, which attracts more than 100,000 fans...

Skiing and Snowboarding

There are pros and cons to skiing in the Eastern Townships and the Laurentians. The slopes in the Townships are generally steeper and slightly...



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