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A day on the town

Published on
June 3, 2015
It’s easier to get the pulse of the city when you go out and about exploring. Here are some suggestions to discover Montréal from a few new angles.

Peaceful pauses in the heart of the city

With lively city blocks, pedestrian zones and public squares, vibrant new public spaces are popping up in neighbourhoods all over town. Here are a few examples: 

Place Shamrock (Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie):
Located between the Jean-Talon Market and boulevard Saint-Laurent, this friendly space is complete with a carousel, an ice cream stand and relaxed spaces to chat.

Place du Village-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles
(Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles):
Stroll from rue Notre-Dame toward the St. Lawrence River and you’ll find yourself on the lively and welcoming public square with a unique view of the River.

Rue Sainte-Catherine est (Ville-Marie) in the Village:
With its kilometre-long canopy of pink balls coupled with sunny terraces and ephemeral works of art, it’s hard to resist its festive atmosphere.

Rue Saint-Dominique (Le Plateau-Mont-Royal):
Between the church of Saint-Enfant-Jésus and Parc Lahaie, bring a picnic and take a moment to admire Les anges domestiques, the public work of art by Catherine Bolduc.

Rue Victoria (Ville-Marie):
This pedestrian zone is an initiative of the McCord Museum, which wanted to exhibit its collections outdoors. It’s a great place for workers to meet up at lunchtime and for families to discover on weekends.

 

Jump on your bikes!

With 680 km of bike paths available, there are plenty of choices for cycling. Here are two favourites:

  • Take the bike path along boulevard Gouin and ride across Pointe-aux-Prairies regional park and the large agricultural farms in the west end of the island, passing through the old village of Sault-au-Récollet.
  • If you’re up for a challenge, tackle chemin Camillien-Houde or take chemin Olmsted if you’re in the mood for a more peaceful ride. At the top of the mountain, the breathtaking views of the city make it worth the effort! Useful tip: you can stop for a snack at Maison Smith.

 

Velo techno

With Mon Résovelo, a free application that provides a bike path map, you also have access to a wealth of data on your speed and your itineraries. It's motivating for you and useful for everyone because the information collected through this application is used to plan future routes based on cyclists’ habits. It can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

BIXI, my love!
Want to show the city to visiting family? Why not rent some BIXIs? Good news! Half-season subscriptions are available for $55 and the fare for a one-way ride is $2.75.