Best Activities to Share with Your Significant Other in Montreal and Beyond

Montreal, that most romantic of cities offers the perfect vacation for lovers of all stripes. The activities listed here include romantic walks through beautiful urban parks and stylish gardens found amongst Montreal's Jardin Botanique. A visit to the site of famous weddings, including that of Celine Dion inside Montreal's prettiest churches and peaceful architectural spaces allows you to be alone with your special someone - or feel like you are. Visit the Grande Bibliotheque with your intellectual equal or share some quiet time alone in one of the many Montreal parks and green spaces or take in the private walking trails of Mont Royal. Stare into starry skies at the Planetarium under cover of darkness or take a romantic cruise aboard a quiet and environmentally sensitive vessel from the Old Port area of Montreal, near the cobble-stoned streets of Old Montreal - itself a good location for romantic bistros and restaurants. The recommendations listed here provide a variety of activities for all interests and in all seasons with a special focus on quality time shared with a loved one. All of these venues are perfect for first dates or marriage proposals and all romantic encounters in between. Book a romantic vacation for two to Montreal to enjoy the best of the city or grab a first class seat on Via Rail for a getaway to the Byward Market area of Ottawa, the nation's capital less than two hours away. 

Outside the city

The Byward Market in the heart of Ottawa, Canada's capital city, is just under two hours away by a scenic and restful Via Rail train journey from Montreal. Sitting in the shadow of the magnificent parliament buildings along the Ottawa River...  Read More

Montreal's mountain is a gathering place for nature lovers throughout the year. At 165-acres, it's the largest green space in the city and is the playground for all. In summer, picnickers come to laze around Lac des Castors (Beaver Lake) or...  Read More

The Quays of the Old Port offer a romantic setting steeped in history. The first colonists arrived here on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, and it was thanks to the port that old Ville-Marie grew into the thriving international metropolis...  Read More

Enjoy picnicking, hiking or bike riding with your special someone in this nature park that's also a true historical gem. Located along the Riviere des Prairies, at the very heart of the history of Sault-au-Recollet, the park offers historical...  Read More

The Montreal Planetarium brings astronomy to Montrealers and visitors alike who appreciate the clear, light-pollution-free skies and the chance to handle samples of meteorites. The regular show is comprised of three events: the main...  Read More

A 15-acre swath of the Montreal Botanical Garden with Japanese touches including cherry blossoms, koi ponds and zen gardens. A visit to the Japanese Garden is best done with an open mind and spirit. Visitors should go right to its heart; to...  Read More

Angrignon Park sits on a 97-hectare of land in the west end of Montreal, near Angrignon, the last stop westward on the Metro's green line. It's an easy walk to Angrignon Park. Angrignon Park is a tranquil stretch of green space modelled on...  Read More

Grande bibliothèque

The Grande Bibliotheque is a contemporary-styled five-storey building with over 4,000,000 works, including 1,140,000 books. There are 1300 reading armchairs, 850 study seats and carrels, and 350 computer stations and plenty of space to relax for...  Read More

Constructed in 1829, the neo-Gothic Basilique Notre-Dame is built in the scale and manner of Europe's great churches. It's said that the protestant architect James O'Donnell, who designed the basilica, was so taken with the project that he...  Read More

Montreal's Botanical Gardens are a beautiful spot to visit with your sweetheart year round. When the weather is warm, you can jump on board the small train that takes you deep into the gardens where there are ponds with ducks, Montreal-Shanghai...  Read More


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