When you live in an exciting metropolitan city like Montreal, there’s really no reason to head south for vacation. There’s plenty to see and do right here in your own backyard. If you’re planning on skipping out on traveling this year, here are a few great ideas to have the ultimate staycation in Montreal neighbourhoods.
Hit Up the Spa
You don’t have to travel to another country to relax and unwind. You can do it right here in Montreal at one of the world-class spas. Spend the day at one of the Nordic spas and immerse yourself in the healing baths or combine the benefits of hydrotherapy with a stress-relieving massage. The tension will melt away as you hop from the hot tubs to the thermal waterfall to the steam room and cold-water pools.
Take a Tour in the City
Like many residents, if you live in the city, it’s likely that you’ve never done many of the ‘touristy’ stuff. If this is the case, you’re missing out! Montreal has some pretty incredible tours that will give you a completely new perspective of the city. There are culinary tours that will introduce you to a number of food stops around the city, craft beer tours that showcase Montreal’s finest breweries, and cultural and historic tours that will give you an insight into how Montreal became the amazing city it is today. There are so many tours to choose from, it’s easy to find one to suit you and your family’s schedule and tastes.
Catch a Show
Broadway shows, stand-up comedy, plays, concerts – you name it, Montreal has a revolving list of top entertainment. Montreal is also home base to the Cirque du Soleil troop, where you can watch one of their newest shows, Axel, this year between December 19th and 29th. If you’re looking for a big night out, you can catch the spectacular acoustics by Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, along with a number of international performers at the Place des Arts throughout the year. The Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal also has a number of performances this year that are worth getting dressed up for. If live music is your thing, there are events happening every week all throughout the city. Whether you’re into jazz, house, rock, or indie, there will be something for you to see every night of your staycation.
Eat Until You Pop
Let’s face it when any of us go on vacation, we don’t just look forward to the downtime – we also look forward to the food. And in Montreal, there’s no shortage of world-class restaurants to enjoy. You don’t have to leave the country to experience international cuisine or a fine-dining experience. If you’re planning to take your vacation this year in November, you’ll be happy to learn that Montreal’s restaurant week (MTLàTABLE) takes place November 1st to 13th. From chic restaurants to cozy bistros, there are over 150 restaurants that will be serving 3-course meals at fixed pricing.
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