Summer in Montréal

© Inès Anane - Mount Royal Park

November 12, 2014Here's a brief guide on how to enjoy the better life in balmy Montréal temperatures.

Start with a terrasse

The pretty umbrellas pop up in spring, and mark the beginning of leisurely meals or cool drinks out in the urban open. Enjoy a tête-à-tête under a lush canopy of green, clink champagne flutes on a chic hotel rooftop or get an up-close view of the daily goings-on streetside. Lingering is especially fun when everything is closed to cars, and the people-watching possibilities endless.

Play or lounge, park-side

If you're the athletic type, Montréal's parks offer a wide range of sports and are an excellent way to mix with the locals. Picnics, too, are par for the course, with people toting along barbecues and gathering friends to share a good meal and lively conversation. Or if park time is you time, just find a spot, throw down a blanket and chill out with a book or music, piped in through your earphones.

Catch a festival

In this town, it's next to impossible to miss one. The city pulses with music, fireworks, sports events, along with many other indoor and outdoor happenings. It's an adventure in the making whenever thousands of tourists and locals come together to create experience and share Montréal's unique festive vibe. And you don't want to miss downtown's Place des Festivals, the nerve centre of Montréal's cultural calendar.

Get wet

With the St. Lawrence River right beside, you can suit up for a wild jet boat ride or try some kayaking. If calmer suits you better, a cruise is a great way to enjoy the water and the beautiful city skyline. Or a stroll along the Quays of the Old Port lets you soak all the activity up.

Hop on a bike

With over 600 kilometres (375 miles) of bike paths and BIXI, the vast public bike system (that you can enjoy with a swipe of your credit card), this city is fast becoming a pedal-pushing mecca. Or make it an exercise/sightseeing/culture combo by going on a guided bike tour. One of the best ways to see the all-Montréal is often on two wheels.