Montreal has so much to offer tourists every year, with a wide selection of music and comedy events, as well as theme parks, museums and beautiful gardens to visit. However, if you’re jetting off to Canada this year, then here are a few alternative tourist destinations and activities which should spice up your holiday.
Catch a film at the Montrel Science Center and 3D Imax
Sit back and relax with an incredible 3D Imax film at the Montreal Science Center and 3D Imax center. Grab some popcorn from the Snack Bar and fully immerse yourself in an unbeatable cinematic experience.
The permanent science exhibitions make this a perfect educational day out for children as well, with a great selection of temporary exhibitions, such as Dinosaurs Unearthed, Star Wars Identities and Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology still to come later this year.
Be entertained at TOHU Circus
TOHU, a non-profit organisation, hosts incredible performances from the best circus companies from across the globe. Upcoming exhibitions include the acrobatic Traces, which is in Time Magazine’s Top 10 Must-see shows as well as the provocative Jeux De Cartes: Pique and From the Ground Up! by one of Australia’s very first contemporary circuses.
In addition, TOHU also host a number of free activities, exhibitions, workshops and guided tours.
Test your skills at the Full Tilt Poker Montreal Fetival
Running until 3rd October 2013, the Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival boasts a huge schedule of exciting live poker events. The 13-day event will take place in the Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, just a stone’s throw away from bustling downtown Montreal.
There is something for players of all skill and budget, with buy-ins starting as low as $50 + $10 and ranging all the way up to $200 + $20. The event’s highlight will be the $1,000 + $100 Main Event game, which guarantees a massive $1 million prize pool.
Enjoy the beat of the Tam-Tams in Mount Royal Park
The free event gathers thousands of vendors, dancers, visitors and drum-players to the foot of Mount Royal Park every Sunday. The lively, improvised drum session also attracts an array of musicians and is the perfect entertainment for picnickers.
The Tam-Tam festivities usually kick off around 1pm and continue until sunset from early May to late September. It has become a fantastic tourist attraction, with locals and visitors coming together for an afternoon of fun and music.
Surf the waves at St Lawrence
Although Montreal is located a couple of hundred miles away from the sea, the St Lawrence River offers the perfect opportunity for all those adrenaline-seekers hoping to catch a wave.
As one of the longest rivers in the world, the St Lawrence has a standing wave known as the Habitat wave, due to its location near the distinctive Habitat 67 apartment complex. A visit to the river also offers breath-taking scenic roads, waterways that are ideal for sailing and cruising as well as islands just bursting with flora and fauna waiting to be discovered.