5 Free Activities to Do in Montreal This Spring

The sun shyly pokes its nose, and with it, the urge to break out of our hibernation and find or rediscover the city … without breaking our little pig! That's good, because Montreal is full of free activities to keep you entertained this spring.

1. Enjoy watching the April 8, 2024 solar eclipse



Photo courtesy of Philippe Mousset, president of the Vega Astronomical Club of Cape-Rouge

We can't ignore the natural phenomenon of spring: the total solar eclipse on April 8. For the event, many free activities are organized across the city and can be accessed for free. The Science Center And this Jean-Drebeau Park Actions and scientific explanations mobilize available points during this exceptional event.

2. Stop at two parks celebrating their 150th anniversary



© Laurène Tinel – Tourisme Montreal

Montreal has many green spaces where you can relax at any time. What could be more Montreal than gathering with friends in a park to enjoy the first warm rays of the sun? Two large urban parks celebrate 150 years this year: Saint-Hélène Island and La Fontaine Park. At the heart of the latter, the Theater de Verdure offers free performances of all genres from June 28.

When it's time to go for a short walk or bike ride, Mount Royal Park is just a few steps away from the city center for some relaxing time in nature.

3. Enjoy Museum Month



@evablue / Montreal Tourism

May is the Montreal Museums Month, allowing you to discover many exhibitions by your favorite museum institutions for free. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Offers free entry to all collections for ages 20 and under Montreal Museum of Contemporary ArtThe McCord Stewart Museum And this Canadian Center for Architecture Providing free access to children under 12 years of age.

Note that most museums offer free entry every first Sunday of the month!

4. Start the festival season



© Stéphane Poulin – Tourisme Montreal

Spring also means the beginning of the festivals that will rock Montreal in the coming months, starting at the end of April. For readings, workshops and discussions, go to Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival From 27th to 30th April. for that Food eatersDiscover the best gastronomy Cook your city May 5 to 14 at the Place des Festivals. In the program in May, Japan weekMay 8 to 14, and Montreal Comic Festival May 26 to 28 on St-Denis Street.

5. Ride a bike



© Gaétan Fontaine / Tourisme Montreal

Montreal can be discovered by its cycle paths! Hop on your mount to comb every corner of the metropolis on two wheels. Explore the Berges Cycle Route, which takes you along the Saint-Laurent River to Lake Saint-Louis (21 km), Cape Saint-Jacques Natural Park (15 km) or the Christopher-Columbus Cycle Route to the surroundings of the 'Wonderland'. Île-de-la-Visitation Natural Park (25 km).

Bonus:

Free to explore this spring: pedestrian streets, mural parks, Cité Mémoire route, green alleys and public markets.

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