March 20, 2012 ─ Water has always been an integral part of Montrealers lives, not to mention an inexhaustible source of entertainment. And while there’s plenty to keep you busy for several days straight, we recommend this day itinerary to get your feet wet first.
First stop: Environment Canada’s Biosphere at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Here you can listen and learn about important environmental issues related to water, air climate change, sustainable development and waste reduction. By the time your visit is over, the St. Lawrence River will have no more secrets.
Before hopping the ferry back to Montréal, make sure to stop at the foot of Man, the gigantic steel sculpture by Alexander Calder. Enjoy the arresting view of Montréal’s downtown, with Old Montréal in the foreground. A picture-perfect moment!
At noon, make your way to Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History. From you perch at its L’Arrivage restaurant, soak up the arresting scenery of the Old Port and the St. Lawrence River, and choose from a menu that features some of the finest catches in fish and seafood.
Head to the Lachine Canal. For the adventure-seeker, there’s rafting on the rapids or riding the waves freestyle on a jet boat. Thrills guaranteed!
If you prefer calmer waters, take a historic cruise, where you’ll learn about the history of the canal, cradle of the Canadian industry and precursor to the St. Lawrence Seaway. It’s the perfect way to experience travel through the locks and soak up stunning downtown vistas.
Don’t miss: cycling along the river on the Les Berges bike path. This pedal-friendly path hugs the St. Lawrence and the rapids, and winds through residential zones and parks.
Add a finishing touch to a beautiful day with dinner and dancing on the Bateau-Mouche. Night (and day), it offers one-of-a-kind views of the city. Taste buds are pampered with menus created by the chefs of the grand Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth, served to the sounds of French song with helpings of jazz and accordion music.