It’s no secret that Montreal is a great biking city. Living here, I’ve never felt the need to use a car to go to work or to go out on the town. I don’t even have a driver’s license! I think iking is the best way to get to know a city!
That’s why I think you should try one of Ça Roule’s Montreal bike tours. I’m just back from one! It’s called Vista Architecture, a three hours ride along the St-Laurent river and Lachine Canal, which tells the story of Montreal through its buildings and landmarks.
Ça Roule’s bike store is conveniently situated in the Old Port, so the tour starts chronologically, with an introduction to Montreal’s oldest buildings. We’re then taken along the Lachine Canal, passing under the highway, to make a first stop in front of the Atwater market building, at the edge of Griffintown and St-Henri neighbourhoods. The tour then cuts off through the streets of Pointe-St-Charles toward the Maison St-Gabriel – and at some point even passes through a narrow residential alley, making cyclists feel as if they were secretly crossing someone’s backyard.
This tour offers access to the unique point of view of various sites that would not be so accessible on foot or by car. You’ll get to experience the grandeur of it all in true-scale. I must admit that, even from my I’ve-seen-it-all-done-it-all Montrealer standpoint, I got a kick out of speeding up on the F-1 Gilles Villeneuve circuit, revisiting Buckminster Fuller’s Biosphere and biking under the Alexandre Calder sculpture (“L’Homme”) on Île-St-Hélène. And yes, Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67 may look like a bunch of colorless Legos from the shore, but riding through its parking lot had the geek in me dreaming he was riding a small spaceship through a futuristic cityscape!
By the time we returned to Montreal’s Old Port to return our rented bicycles, I was almost starting to like that fluorescent yellow and orange vest…
More on Ça Roule Guided Tours:
- Schedule: Click here to view the 2010 schedule
- Departure: 9:00 am. Meet-up between 8:30 am and 8:45 am for a 9:00 am departure.
- Departure point: Montreal On Wheels bike shop
- Duration: 3 hours approx.
- Minimum age: 14 years of age and older * Ability to handle a bike
- Reservations required
- Price: 49$ plus taxes
- Includes: bicycle * professional guide * helmet * lock * bike path map * full-day bike rental (bikes can be returned at the end of business day, click here for our store hours) * emergency shuttle
ÇA ROULE / MONTREAL ON WHEELS
27, rue de la Commune Est Montréal (Québec) H2Y 1H9
Telephone: 514 866-0633 Toll-free: 1 877 866-0633 Fax: 514 866-8908
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