A visit to Montréal doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are some cheap and free things to do in the City!
It would be easy to spend an entire day exploring Mount Royal (entrance is free).
Take a hike to the top of Mount Royal’s highest peak (764 ft/233 m) or stroll down one of the park’s many walking paths. Bike rentals are available from Bixi for about $5 a day in the warmer months and Mount Royal is a beautiful setting for a bike ride. Mount Royal is a great place for birdwatching year round and the park offers free birwatching walks.
In the winter months, Beaver Lake is turned into an ice skating rink (free admission, skate rentals are around $10) and in the warmer months, Mount Royal is a great place to toss a Frisbee or soak up some sun.
Take a stroll through Montréal’s Underground City – the largest underground complex in the world. It houses more than 200 restaurants, 1700 boutiques, 30 movie theaters, museums and hotels. Montréal is sometimes referred to as “Two Cities in One” because of its Underground City.
Take a Self Guided Walking Tour
Visit a Museum
Some of Montréal’s museums offer free admission on certain days, suggested admission (pay-what-you-wish) or half-price days. Days and hours are usually limited so plan ahead if you want to take advantage of this. We also have a list of Montréal museums.
On Montréal’s Museum Day on May 30th 2010, 30 of the City’s museums will be open to visitors, free of charge.
Montréal has four public markets filled with farm fresh produce, bakeries, cheese shops, flowers shops, wine and beer shops restaurants and more. Enjoy the delicious sights and smells as you sample your way through a market or two for a free to inexpensive afternoon.
Montréal is host to some amazing festivals. Many have free events from live music and dance to comedy shows and fireworks. Here is a list of Montréal’s festivals.