June 17, 2013 — Walking, biking and swimming are the highlights of this triad of activity, but you can breathe easy, because it’s not about the competition, it’s about how much fun you can have, whether alone or in one great big fun-loving group! All you have to do is pack the gear. The rest, our sunny city takes care of for you.
Walking – The Village
“Walk, don’t run.” In fact, slip on your sandals and stroll leisurely. Wander Sainte-Catherine and Amherst Streets to get an eyeful of the sweet boutiques, antique shops and crowds of gorgeous people. On Amherst, you can also admire the beautiful art deco of the Marché Saint-Jacques and L’Écomusée du fier monde, a public bathhouse-turned-museum. To really get a feel for how people here live, step off the busy arteries onto quiet residential streets (Lartigue, Sainte-Rose, Panet, de la Visitation, Robin, Alexandre-de-Sève) Take a peek at charming brick houses, cool shaded gardens and lush back yards.
Cycling – The Quays of the Old Port of Montréal
Get your wheels at Montréal On Wheels, a bike rental shop facing the bike path. You can sign up for a guided tour or take one of our two suggested routes:
Take the Quays of the Old Port–parc Jean-Drapeau shuttle ferry across the St. Lawrence River to gorgeous Île Sainte-Hélène.
Follow the bike path west from the Quays to the Cité du Havre, site of architectural marvel Habitat 67, designed by architect Moshe Safdie, and reach Île Sainte-Hélène by crossing the Concorde Bridge.
Swimming – Île Sainte-Hélène
You’re at parc Jean-Drapeau, Montréal’s lush outdoor playground and each Sunday, site of Piknic Électronik. But that, another time: right now, we’re here to get wet! Follow the directions to the Complexe aquatique de l’Île de Sainte-Hélène, site of Montréal’s first swimming pool. Renovated in 2005, this impressive complex boasts a competition pool, a recreational pool and a diving pool.
Hooray! You’ve finished the triathlon! Now get back to the Village for a night of partying!