As an island city, Montréal is a fabulous outdoor destination. With 500 kilometres of bike trails, abundant green spaces, and water lapping up on our shore, Montréal has it all to get out there and get moving!
Montréal is elite on the international cycling scene. Our extensive network of cycling paths make us the envy of many a metropolis. Of course there’s the BIXI bike rental system, likely Montréal’s most enjoyable export that is now rolling across major cities around the world. It’s not surprising that Montréal was ranked as the 5th best bike city in North America by Outside Magazine in 2012.
And let’s not forget Festival Go vélo Montréal, a major annual bike fest that draws swarms of cyclists for one bike-crazy week where streets are closed to motorists, pedalling is de rigueur and riders are invited to ride around the island either day or night.
In Montréal, pedal boat and pleasure craft aficionados can float to their heart’s delight while the more adventurous enjoy the Lachine Rapids and the Saint-Lawrence River to kayak, surf or go rafting.
Parks and Gardens
Including downtown’s unique Mount Royal, Montréal is home to some 17 major public parks. Our Botanical Garden is recognized as one of the most beautiful in the world. This summer, it will host Mosaicultures 2013, an exceptional competition that attracts over 250 leading international horticultural artists.
A 4-season playground
Montréal offers tons of year-round outdoor fun right across the island. Winter sport enthusiasts have it all: snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, tobogganing…and that’s just downtown on Mount Royal! Come summer, golfers take to the island’s many impressive golf courses. In fact, Montréal hosts the annual PGA Montréal Champions Tour that features world's premier golfers age 50 and older competing for a $1.8 million purse.
Being active and enjoying the outdoors is part and parcel of the Montréal urban lifestyle. From jogging, skateboarding, inline skating, rock climbing and more, when it comes to open-air pursuits, Montréal is a breath of fresh air!