Will you be spending Easter weekend in Montréal? Great choice! Here are some activities to help you get your fill of culture, food, relaxation and nightlife over the long weekend. Whether you’re here with that special someone, friends or family, there’s something for everyone!
Easter with that special someone
This long weekend is your chance to indulge and pamper yourself! Book a room at a boutique hotel and head out, hand-in-hand, to explore Montréal’s food and arts scene. Between prestigious exhibitions at the city’s museums, a rich repertoire of dance and theatre performances, and a superb program of classical music and opera, prepare to be enchanted on your romantic getaway. Next, take the time to relax at one of these sublime spas, load up on mouth-watering chocolates at Montréal’s best chocolate shops, then share an intimate moment over cocktails at a speakeasy or a quiet, low-key spot. Finally, grab a table for two at a great restaurant, because we all know that food makes the heart grow fonder. You can’t go wrong with these trendy new restaurants and hand-picked designer restaurants and cafés. What happens next is up to you.
Easter with friends
Fun with friends is in store this Easter long weekend! To strut the latest fashions, kick off your trip with a shopping spree at mall downtown, like the Eaton Centre, Promenades Cathédrale, Simons, Holt Renfrew, Ogilvy, Place Montréal Trust and Cours Mont-Royal. Once you’re dressed to the nines, dig into Montréal’s incredibly diverse food scene. This is the perfect time to satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to a sugar shack in town or outside the city. Looking for something more exotic? Sample a world of flavours at the many Indian, Korean, African, Tex-Mex, Brazilian, Caribbean, Greek and Italian bars and restaurants that Montréal has to offer. Learn a thing or two about Jewish food and culture, or try some smoked meat, a grilled cheese sandwich, a vegetarian poutine or succulent roasted Portuguese chicken. Give the super trendy food bowl a day in court, pop into the best places to enjoy natural wines and sample yummy lattes and espressos from independent cafés. Want to experience Montréal’s bumping nightlife? You’re in luck, because the possibilities are endless. If you’re into jazz and blues, get your groove on with excellent music at these clubs. Or catch a show at one of the city’s top venues for indie music. And to get down till the sun comes up, hit the dancefloor at the best nightclubs in Montréal. When the clock strikes noon, recover from your big night out at one of these brunch spots around downtown Montréal or, if you’re feeling adventurous, set off on a culinary world tour.
Easter with the family
To honour the Easter tradition, take your little ones out for some fresh air at the Ecomuseum Zoo, where they get to find Easter eggs and meet the Easter bunny (April 15 and 16). You can also make your way to the Dufresne-Nincheri Museum for an Easter egg hunt in the garden followed by a guided tour with the game Muséo Bingo—a few lucky winners get a chocolatey surprise!—and learn about the history of the Château Dufresne (April 15 and 16). To stretch your legs and commune with nature, head to Mount Royal Park, Parc La Fontaine, Parc Jarry or Parc Jean-Drapeau. Farther from downtown, the Bois-de-Liesse, Pointe-aux-Praries, l’Île-de-la-Visitation and Cap–Saint-Jacques nature parks are ideal for a family stroll. And if your kiddos are clamouring for more, the list goes on. They can wield a sword and channel their inner Luke Skywalker at Laser Quest, scale a climbing wall at Horizon Roc Climbing Centre or Allez Up, play a round of glow-in-the-dark minigolf at Putting Edge, ride the waves at Oasis Surf or solve mysteries at A/Maze Montréal. And that’s not all. You and your crew can cruise around in a kart and get a paint job at Action 500 Karting & Paintball, take the plunge at SkyVenture Montréal or hop till you drop at the iSaute trampoline centre. Winter lovers can practice their turns at Atrium Le 1000, an indoor skating rink that’s open year-round. To expose your little ones to the world of art, check out fun workshops and exhibitions at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Pointe-à-Callières Museum, the McCord Museum, the MAC or even TOHU, a centre for circus arts. Encourage them to flex their brains at the Montréal Science Centre, or blast off into Space for Life and explore the Botanical Garden, the Insectarium, the Biodôme and the Planetarium. Phew! Time to unwind after a long day of family fun. Round out this holiday weekend with a feast at one of these kid-friendly restaurants, or warm up with some tasty hot chocolate. A trip to Juliette et Chocolat, a master of the craft, is sure to put a smile on all faces, young and old!
Easter to reflect
Easter is about more than just food and fun; its origins are religious, and it remains an important holiday for Christians. Saint Joseph’s Oratory will hold masses, celebrations and events for the faithful during Holy Week (April 8 to 16), while the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal will host an Easter Triduum (April 13 to 16). Nicknamed “the city of a hundred bell towers,” you’ll find more religious events in this list of 10 churches and sacred sites to see in Montréal.
Have a wonderful Easter weekend!
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