Are you travelling to Montreal on a budget? Pay for the hotel and restaurants in Montreal, but experience many of the best attractions of this great city for free. Montreal is a beautiful Canadian city with European flair, but that doesn’t mean visiting has to be hard on one’s wallet. There are a multitude of things to do in Montreal that are absolutely free. You will find below 5 free things to do in Montreal with the family!
5 Free Things To Do In Montreal
1. Jean Talon Market
The largest of four Montreal Markets, Jean Talon has a local feel to it. The market is a feast for the senses with it’s many booths of produce, cheeses, oils, meats, and specialty items. The best Gelato can be found at Havre-Aux-Glaces. Pick up lunch at the market for picnicking later in the day on the Mountain or at the Old Port.
Historic Old Port of Montreal is a place for photos and wandering. Enjoy a self guided walking tour. The cobble stoned St Paul Street is home to many great restaurants and art galleries showcasing Canadian art. St. Pal takes you to Place Jacques Cartier, an area often filled with Buskers and artisans selling their wares. Green space along the water has benches for enjoying a picnic and people watching.
3. Parc Du Mont Royal
The gem of many great parks in Montreal, Parc Mont Du Royal is 101 hectares of wilderness that sits on Mont Royal. The park offers great views of the city and a place to relax, picnic or read. There are many cleared trails for hiking, biking, or cross country skiing. Enjoy watching the ducks or the sunset near Beaver Lake. On Sundays (except winter), pull up a piece of grass and enjoy an impromptu free spirited drumming jam session. The free music of Tam Tam is found at the base of the mountain near Parc Ave.
4. Angrignon Park
Angrignon Park sits on a 97-hectare of land in the west end of Montreal. You can access the Angrignon park via the Subway (Metro) or by car. It is known for its tranquil green space with a long pond in the middle. The park has six miles of walking trails and seven miles of cross-country skiing trails. It also has large community gardens with more than a hundred plots. Don’t forget to bring your picnic and eat on tables along des Trinitaires street.
5. Explore The Underground City
Safe from the outdoor elements, the Montreal Underground City links thousands of boutiques, hotels, restaurants, universities, and franchise stores. It is a network of 30 km of underground tunnels that are accessible via Peel, McGill, and Bonaventure Metro stations.
Visiting the cosmopolitan city of Montreal doesn’t have to be expensive. No matter what the weather, there are lots of free attractions to enjoy in Quebec’s Montreal. Come see the history, parks, and markets of the city.