Practical information : Move & Laze around Montreal
Budget & Tips
There are ways to stretch your legs without paying a penny. The town halls of the cities and villages around Montreal provide a variety of sports facilities, from swimming pools to baseball fields. Access is generally free or at a very low cost. There is also a whole network of free multi-purpose trails for both cyclists and cross-country skiers. However, a few dollars are required in national parks and some nature reserves. To embark on adventures such as rafting or snowmobiling, however, you must have a substantial budget.
What's very local
In winter, in parks and other large areas, skating rinks grow like mushrooms. Most of the time, you have to provide your own equipment, but some rinks offer ice skates for rent on site. And it is beautifully maintained throughout the season!
Your documents please
Many activities require a valid certification or permit. This is the case if, for example, you wish to venture out on the St. Lawrence River alone in a kayak, or simply to rent a motorized watercraft. The same is true for driving a snowmobile, which requires that you carry your driver's licence with you. In short, find out in advance what the requirements are.
To be booked
As places are often limited, it is recommended, even mandatory, to reserve for guided outdoor outings, multi-activity excursions, raids (snowmobiling, dog sledding...), adrenaline activities (skydiving, wind tunnel freefall flight, indoor surfing, rafting, etc.) or treatments and massages offered in the spas. The same goes for the games of Montreal's professional sports teams, especially when it comes to hockey, the beloved sport of Quebecers. Although tickets can generally be purchased on site, during the playoffs, reservations become essential to secure a seat.
There are many high-calibre sporting events in Montréal, starting with games of professional sports teams (Canadiens in hockey, Alouettes in American football and Impact in soccer), but also those of the major junior or university leagues, which showcase the next generation of players. There is also the National Bank Open, which each year in August hosts the cream of world tennis, the Cycling Grand Prix in September (Quebec City and Montreal), and the Ski-Doo Grand Prix in February in Valcourt in the Eastern Townships. Some competitions are open to the general public, but one must be well prepared (Montreal Marathon, Ironman Triathlon at Tremblant, etc.).
To get a lot of ideas or to get moving, fairs and festivals are organized throughout the province and feature the outdoors, hunting and fishing (Salon Plein Air, Hunting, Fishing and Camping...), winter activities (Les Jardineries d'hiver, Fête des Neiges de Montréal...), and more.
During major sporting events, dealers are omnipresent in the vicinity of the event venue. Although it is true that you can save a few dollars by buying from them, it would be a shame to lose your money on fake tickets. So go through the official ticket offices.