Posted on March 20th, 2010 by .

Though Montreal’s winters have a reputation of being unreasonably cold, over the past couple years they’ve been getting increasingly mild. This, however, has not stopped Montrealers from embracing the annual spring tradition of spending every last second they can outside. For this reason, there are an incredible amount of outdoor exercise opportunities to explore…

One of Montreal’s strongest selling points is accessibility- I’m able to get to pretty much anywhere worth going in the city by metro, bus, bike or foot. If “by foot” is your preferred means of exercising, then a walk up Mount-Royal is perfect. If you start at the statue of Athena and follow the path up, around and back down the mountain, it’s about 5 km (about 3 miles for you Americans) round-trip. And if you happen to get one of the best views of the city while doing so, all the better.

Right across from the mountain is Park Jeanne-Mance, which many Montreal residents use for the entirely less strenuous activity of BBQ’ing and people watching. The more frisky among you can also find space for some soccer or Frisbee, not to mention a game of tennis on one of their courts. But, if tennis is what you’re really after, get yourself to Stade Uniprix in Jarry Park. The home of the Rogers Cup tournament, they’ve got 10 outdoor (and 12 indoor) courts open to the public. If you’re looking for a way to get there, biking is the way to go. Montreal is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world and the super cool Bixi service makes it easy for visitors to join in on the action. Another great way to experience the city by bike is by signing up for the ever-popular Tour de L’Ile and its night-time cousin, Tour la Nuit.

There are, of course, a ton of other exercise options that we’ll get into further on this blog, but why not try one of these out right away. After all, we Montrealers are already out there working on our tennis game, getting into biking shape and improving our walking – ok, you can’t really get better at walking, but you get my drift…


  1. ipub

    / Mar 22nd

    CAN’T WAIT FOR Bixi ? Do you know when is the opening season ?

  2. Daniel Baylis

    / Mar 22nd

    Hey Mr. Murphy, we should go jogging together.

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