6445 boul Decarie , Montreal, QC, CA, H3W 3E1
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Whether rafting, jet boating or speed boating, there's no greater thrill on the water than a trip down the St Lawrence River's majestic and turbulent rapids. For jet-boating and the even faster speed-boating, all you have to do is show up at the Jacques-Cartier Pier in the Old Port. The tried and true rafting trips provide a slightly more sedate adventure. Reservations are necessary, and the rendezvous point is at the Clock Tower Pier.
Habitat '67 is a standing wave in the heart of Montreal. It gets its name from the iconic apartment complex that overlooks it. The waves are created due to the high speed of the water hitting boulders under surface giving rise to breaks as high as two meters (6.5 feet). It is a popular destination for adventure lovers. The futuristic architecture of the buildings make for a unique backdrop to surfing or whitewater kayaking.
This upscale private health club caters mainly to local residents on a year round basis. Visitors, however, can take advantage of a special cash-only pass for ten visits. Located in the underground La Cité shopping complex at the intersection of Avenue du Parc and Rue Prince-Arthur, the club features modern aesthetics and equipment, natural light in the cardio rooms, pool and tennis courts, and well-equipped locker rooms. It offers all the latest Cybex exercise equipment as well as squash, sauna, steam room and whirlpool.
Sometimes known as Parc des Iles, these two man-made islands in the St Lawrence River were created for Expo 67. They feature hiking, biking and roller blade paths (on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, site of the Montreal Grand Prix), recreational facilities and secluded picnic spots for the entire family. Other attractions include La Ronde amusement park, site of summer fireworks, the Casino de Montréal, the Stewart Museum and the Biosphere. Outdoor concerts are regular during the summer.
What better way to spend a winter afternoon in Montreal than to go ice skating in Lafontaine Park? Located on the large pond in the park, the ice rink is the epitome of outdoor skating. During the day, you can enjoy the sights of the park with classical music as your soundtrack. At night, the ice rink is just as enjoyable lit up with white lights. Don’t have skates? You can rent skates in the Pavilion building starting at CAD8. -Williamina Deneault
Montreal opens its doors to the adrenaline charged Formula 1 fans for the Canadian Grand Prix. The zigzag circuit is named after Canada's favorite driver, Gilles Villeneuve who died an untimely death in 1982. The circuit ranks as the only venue to hold both, the Formula 1 and CART races. The lap length spans 4.35 kilometers (2.703 miles). You can book your tickets in advance online from the website.
Located in the beautiful Jeanne-Mance Park (Parc Jeanne-Mance), this wading pool and mini-water park is the perfect way for the kids to cool down on a hot summer's day. With the beautiful greenery of the park and Mont Royal in the background, this water park is a great way to experience the park as well. The kids will love the small water fountains and will be safe and sound as they splash in the wading pool as lifeguards keep watch. Be sure to call before hand to check if the pool is open, as it does depend on the weather. There are lockers and change rooms available to the public. - Williamina Deneault
If you're on vacation and in Montreal needing some time at the gym, then Allez-Up is the place to go! Whether you want to take the opportunity to learn or use the skills you already have, Allez-Up provides the perfect climbing environment. Make sure to call ahead anmake a reservation for two if you are not a member of the gym already, or know someone who is. Allez-up also provides all equipment you would need. The gym is located in the historic Saint-Henri neighborhood right by the Lachine canal, you can bike along the canal and then enjoy a great couple of hours climbing the numerous levels of walls. - Williamina Deneault
CEPSUM, the Center for Physical Education and Sports of the University of Montreal (CEPSUM), is located in the heart of Montreal. It is one of the largest sports complex in Quebec. Sports facilities like skating, a swimming pool, badminton courts, and gymnasiums are all present at the complex. For more details, visit the website.
One of the best-equipped downtown fitness clubs, the facilities at the YMCA include a pool, seven squash courts and two racquetball courts. The building has recently been completely renovated, and features a padded combat room for wresting and boxing, as well as a weight room, cardiovascular room and sauna. There are numerous payment options for residents and visitors, but call ahead for availability of day passes.