Old Montréal : Green Itinerary

© Bernard Pelsser - Terrace at the Old Port of Montréal© Parcs Canada (N. Rajotte) 2002 - Cycling at Moulin Fleming - Pôle des Rapides© Jean-Claude Bournival - Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada
© Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin - Old Port of Montréal© Martine Proulx - Old Port of Montréal

© Bernard Pelsser - Terrace at the Old Port of Montréal

August 1st, 2012 – Old Montréal offers a variety of activities and is home to Montréal On Wheels, which rents out a vast array of bicycles and accessories, including tandems, road bikes, cruisers, child trailers, and rollerblades. The centre’s accredited guided bike tours offer an amazing introduction to the city’s attractions.

After the tour, pick up a gourmet lunch box at Europea Espace Boutique or grab a take-out meal from the Marché du Vieux. You can reenergize by picnicking at the Quays of the Old Port.Or, you can go to Muvbox, a food stand created from an old harbour container. Powered by solar energy, this eatery is a modern reinvention of the old canteen, Just remember to throw your garbage out at the onsite sorting station!

Take the opportunity to drop by the PHI Centre, a new contemporary art complex built to the strictest environmental standards and in which you can enjoy a multitude of exceptional cultural events, screenings, and visual artworks.

Since you still have access to the bike you rented, why not benefit from a nice ride along the Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada. As you travel westward, you will arrive at the Promenade Père-Marquette and the Parc René-Lévesque, where cyclists, hikers, skaters, and pedestrians unite to be inspired by works from the Lachine Outdoor Sculpture Museum. You can even lock up your bike and kayak down the St. Lawrence River with KSF, a unique water sports club, school, and rental centre offering a one-of-a-kind aquatic experience.

When you are ready to head back to Old Montréal, take the Les Berges Cycle Path and make one final stop at the Fleming Mill Historical Interpretation Centre, a five storey renovated windmill that is the only one of Anglo-Saxon influence in Québec.

Once you have returned your bike to Montréal On Wheels and freshened up for the evening, have supper at Gandhi, a South Asian restaurant offering a menu with numerous vegetarian dishes served in a refined and gentle ambiance.

To top off the night, reward yourself for a day well-travelled with a relaxing spa treatment at Scandinave Les Bains Vieux-Montréal, a veritable Eden offering a multi-sensorial experience of hydrotherapeutic renewal. This spa offers natural and organic products, recovers food waste for composting, and recycles heat to warm the baths.