view from the top of Mont royal

Best 5 spots to go for a walk, in Montreal

With a not-so-ideal summer ahead of us, it’s a good time to be cherishing the little moments of life that we can get. One of the best ways we find to accomplish this goal is to go on a solo walk or walk with friends and family at a great spot you may have never been to before. Taking in new sceneries is a great way to feel refresh your brain and feel like a tourist in your own city all and can make for a fun afternoon or evening out. Walking is also a great way to not only keep healthy so why not do it with some incentives! but it’s a good chance to be a tourist in your own city once again.

Here are the top 5 spots to go for a nice walk in the city of Montreal:

1. Old Port

Old Montreal offers a great place to walk around and discover where Montreal’s roots came from. The Old Port offers a little bit for everyone as its scenery is able to transport you back centuries as you walk through the cobblestone streets and get to discover historical landmarks such as Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal. If you want a break from walking there are also Segway tours, paddle boat tours, and a handful of different activities to do. At the same time, the Old Port is also home to some of Montreal’s trendiest restaurants, stores, and bars which we can all hopefully enjoy to its full extent once again. Our pro tip is to walk around and find the Queues De Castor and enjoy the sights!

2. Mount Royal Park

One of Montreal’s green paradises, Mount Royal Park is the classic Montreal park for amazing and most scenics of walks. Mont-Royal Park is a great place to bring your family and friends to spend an afternoon and while you can definitely have small gatherings for bbq or just general social gatherings there are also walking paths to follow to the top of the mountain. If you’re looking to keep yourself in shape or just going to take in some views Mont-Royal will not disappoint. Making your way to the top offers up great nature scenery on the trail and eventually leading to the top where you get one of if not the best view of Montreal.

3. La Fontaine Park

La Fontaine Park is one of Montreal’s most interesting parks to walk, as it is quite large and kind of like the Old Port, in the sense that there is something for everyone. For general walking purposes, it is a great place to come for a stroll because of its many places for shade, great views, and awesome gardens. It also features very spacious greenery and has enough room for picnics and gatherings which makes it a great place to bring family but also offers up sports courts for tennis and volleyball for those who are looking to get a dose of sports. La Fontaine Park is located in the Plateau district where you can find trendy bars and of course two of Montreal’s favorite restaurants La Banquise and Ma Poule Mouillée. A pro tip would be to take either to go and enjoy it at the park for an unforgettable day.

4. Lachine Canal

The Lachine Canal is another classic walking spot in Montreal. Once the industrial beating heart of Montreal, it is now been mostly abandoned and transformed into beautiful looking condos. The city has taken care of it quite a bit as they have really aim to develop the canal into something a little more modernized. The Canal usually has a lot of visitors and is a welcome place of relaxation from the usual hustle and bustle of the city. The Canal itself is a multi-functional attraction that is welcoming to many different activities. While it has a dedicated bike and pedestrian lane that can take you from the Old Port all the way until Lake St. Louis, there is also entertainment and activities to do along the way ranging from Kayaking to stopping by the Atwater Market. The Canal walk itself is a great way to spend a couple of hours and also has areas to do a small picnic so it is a great way to spend an afternoon while taking in the sights. While this doesn’t have nature’s endless bounties it offers people a different vibe. The view along the Canal offers up different cityscapes as well as learning some history along the way making it a truly unique scenic walking trail.

lachine canal

5. Maisonneuve Park

Maisonneuve Park is located in the east end borough of Montreal, right next to the Olympic stadium, and is also a stone’s throw away from Montreal’s Botanical Gardens. The park itself is an amazing space with a massive amount of room and is of course a great place to walk around. The park can sometimes feel so big because of its vast openness and its natural surroundings and at times gives a feeling of a peaceful secluded area to yourself.It is a great place to spend an afternoon or evening or just for a bit of solo time. The park is also very well maintained as it features tons of picnic benches, tables, sitting structures, and plenty of great places to rest under some trees. Overall it promises for a good day no matter what you go there for!

Park in Montreal

This summer, choose your own adventure, be active while you can still enjoy our beautiful summer weather, and explore different parts of Montreal with your own two feet.


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World Trade Center Montreal

Montreal World Trade Center also known as Centre de Commerce mondial de Montréal), is a mix of both offices and a hotel located in the Old Port of Montreal, an area called the international quarter.

The place itself is beautiful, and I always tend to bring my friends who are visiting for a walk and a look around.

What makes this place special?

  1. History,  the place was built in the early 90s, yet the items on display inside go way back.

There is a piece of the Berlin wall on display, which I find a beautiful reminder, especially for our younger generation.

Montreal Berlin Wall in world trade center

There is also a fountain by French architect and sculptor Dieudonné-Barthélemy Guibal.

2. The architecture of the building

The whole area looks like two buildings have been put together, in the most intelligent and artistic way possible.

The ceiling is a transparent glass ceiling.

There is a mesh of stairways along the way that adds this modern effect, while keeping it simple.

3. The open space

In the open space through the building, there is a reflecting pool, coffee shops, boutiques and other services.

Here is how it looks:

World Trade Center Montreal World Trade Center Montreal

This is some panoramic footage taken June 2017.

If you are interested in discovering more history around Montreal. You might want to check the historic Fort de Chambly. 

Old Longueuil Church photo

Ville de Longueuil or Longueuil is a small city located right of the Jacques Cartier Bridge.

Longueuil Map

Longueuil has a really nice area called old Longueuil, Le Vieux Longueuil it is a great spot for eating, dinning, and walking around.

What makes this place more exceptional for me, is that view that you can get of the city of Montreal from there. 

It is the only place where you can see the Jacques Cartier Bridge with the City of Montreal in the back.

Here are some pictures from the old city of Longueuil and of the view of Montreal from Longueuil.

Old Longueuil Church photo East Montreal photo of sunset sunset over the new port of  montreal Montreal new port sunset View of Montreal from the bridge of Longueuil Longueuil Sunset Old Longueuil Church Montreal new port sunset Old Longueuil Church

To see more picture of Montreal Skyline Sunset from the south shore – Check these photos

For some photos of park close to Montreal and Longueuil Check out National Park of Yamaska Photos

 

View of Downtown MTL From Parc de la Cité-du-Havre

Right in front of the Old Port of Montreal there is a park called Parc de la Cité-du-Havre. As close as this park may look to the old port, truth is that it is ride away, yet it is worth it, the 360 view of Montreal, the Jacques Cartier Bridge, and the Jean Drapeau Island; is priceless.

The bike ride or the wake to this island is worth it as it is a nice walk along the water, through the hidden bike paths of Montreal.

Here is where you can see this park on the map.

It is a 4.5 Km bike ride from the old port, and a almost a one hour walk.

Still definitely worth it.

Here are some pictures that will reflect the view that you will see from there.
View of Downtown MTL From Parc de la Cité-du-Havre Montreal Bio-Sphere Canada View of Downtown MTL From Parc de la Cité-du-Havre View of Downtown MTL From Parc de la Cité-du-Havre View of Downtown MTL From Parc de la Cité-du-Havre View of Downtown MTL From Parc de la Cité-du-Havre View of Downtown MTL From Parc de la Cité-du-Havre View of Downtown MTL From Parc de la Cité-du-Havre View of Downtown MTL From Parc de la Cité-du-Havre View of Downtown Montreal From Parc de la Cité-du-Havre View of Old Port from Parc de la Cité-du-Havre Parc de la Cité-du-Havre benches Montreal Five Roses View of the Jean Drapeau Island Tower View of Montreal Old Port From the Islands The Picnic Electronic Spot

 

For other Hidden Gems in Montreal Visit Montreal Tips

Here is another beautiful island to visit in Montreal

MTL Fall time colors

In the Fall the color of trees in Montreal turn into different colors, creating a mosaic of the most beautiful landscapes. Here are some of the pictures.