Keeping Active Is Fun!
Skating: A Fun Way to Stay Fit
Did you know that Montréal has 275 outdoor skating rinks spread across all of the city’s neighbourhoods? This impressive number includes refrigerated rinks whose ice surfaces are immune to the vagaries of the weather: the Bleu Blanc Bouge skating rinks, the skating rink at Beaver Lake on Mount Royal, and the rinks at the Old Port and the Esplanade Financière Sun Life at the Olympic Park. Those who love skating can also shelter from the cold in one of Montréal’s 40 indoor rinks located in 34 arenas. There’s sure to be one close to where you live!
Cross-Country Ski Like a Champion!
In a historic first, the world’s best cross-country skiers will compete this year on Canadian soil in this presitigous event on the international cross-country ski calendar. The Montréal stage of the Ski Tour Canada 2016 – FIS World Cup of Cross Country Skiing takes place in Mount Royal Park on March 2. To mark the occasion, children ages 5 to 7 and 10 to 11 are invited to take part in a free introductory ski lesson between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. No registration required.
Go for a Dip
Diving into one of the city’s 48 indoor pools is another enjoyable way to spend a morning or afternoon. Some pools have “added features” that merit a visit to another neighbourhood, such as the Rivière-des-Prairies Aquatic Centre or the Complexe Michel-Leduc - Aquadôme (in LaSalle) with their palm trees and water games. During March Break, the pool in the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex (in Ahuntsic-Cartierville) adapts its hours to families. From February 29 to March 4, the time designated for free swim at the pool is extended from 9 a.m. to 3:55 p.m., and on the weekend of March 5 and 6, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Don’t miss the chance to go for a dip in the pool where Olympic diving double medallist Alexandre Despatie spent years training!
Let Loose at the TAZ
Great news! During March Break, the indoor skatepark is extending its hours and adjusting its rates. Let loose on a skateboard, scooter or BMX bike. It’s the perfect place for hours of guaranteed fun and laughter (especially when parents take part!). Private and semi-private parent-child lessons are available.
Dexterity, Agility and Balance at the TOHU
During the entire week of March Break, the TOHU will be buzzing with energy as it transforms into a hive of free outdoor and indoor activities during the Festival Montréal joue.