IT’S RAINING. WHAT CAN WE DO?
There’s nothing like exploring the depths to help you forget the rotten weather outside: the Saint-Léonard cave is open to visitors all summer long. Spelology on the island of Montréal!
Would you rather be somewhere up high?Try climbing in the converted silo that is now the indoor climbing centre Allez Up in Pointe-Saint-Charles. And to vary your enjoyment, the centre d’escalade Horizon Roc, in Mercier, offers not only international-level climbing walls but also two slack lines, a 25-metre zip line and “AcroParc,” a “tree-to-tree” type suspended path.
Learning is fun
Delight paleontologists and anthropologists at the Redpath Museum, home to dinosaur fossils and a rich collection of cultural objects from all over the world. Next, head for Space For Life: travel into deep space at the Planetarium, immerse yourself in four ecosystems at the Biodôme and enrich your botanical and entological knowledge at the Botanical Garden and Insectarium.
Discover 200 years of Montréal’s foodhistory at the Écomusée du Fier Monde, then satisfy your hunger cravings at the Marché Saint-Jacques, just across the street.Discover Montréal’s history from another angle at the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner, in Saint-Henri, then let yourself be touched by testimonials from Montréal survivors of the Shoah at the Holocaust Museum.
There’s no way to remain stone-faced before the artistic and architectural treasureshidden away in Montréal’s places of worship. Just downhill from the hustle and bustle of Rue Sainte-Catherine, you can find peace and quiet in the majestic St. Patrick's Cathedral, and enjoy the 150 portraits of saints and stained-glass windows in this beautiful neo-Gothic church.
Art deco lovers, head for Avenue Masson and the Église Saint-Esprit, the only one of its kind in Montréal. Also to be included on your tour of Montréal’s religious art: St. George's Anglican Church, a little Gothic jewel among downtown’s skyscrapers; the Église de La Visitation, in Ahuntsic, whose nave dates back to French rule, and Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs, a Baroque church in Verdun.
If contemporary art is more your style, explore some 25 art galleries in the Belgo Building, on Rue Sainte-Catherine. The tour is free, and gallery owners are always pleased to present the work of the artists they represent. No pressure to buy!
You just can’t get bored in a library. From books, magazines, newspapers and films to music, board games and video games: there’s something for everyone. Why not seize the opportunity to discover one of the city’s most recent libraries?
Marc-Favreau in Rosemont, Benny in NDG, du Boisé in Saint-Laurent and Saul-Bellow in Lachine will welcome you to spaces that are as beautiful as they are comfortable. You might just find yourself hoping that the sun doesn’t come back out too soon!