5 outdoor activities for Montreal families to enjoy

The sun is out blessing us with some extra vitamin D. Heavy clothes are out too, leaving our skin to breathe the fresh air.

We pay frequent visits to ice cream shops. We enjoy the outdoor without a shiver. The days are longer, and nights shine from the stars above us.

As John Mayer said, “a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about.” There is no better way of spending the splendid summer weather than with your family. You have fun and bond as a family. 

Luckily for you, Montreal offers lots of activities for family fun. Check out our list of activities you can do this summer with your family. 

  1. Parc Jean Drapeau – Bike Link 

Grab your bikes and enjoy the 14 km well-maintained bike path. The route is one of the few places you can bike over Saint Lawrence River.

The path follows beautiful nature, combined with public art and heritage venues. The lane offers numerous facilities such as an information center, picnic spots, service areas, and washrooms.

The bile trip at Parc Jean Drapeau is free, and it is open every day.

  1. Come Aboard! Pirates or Privateers? at Pointe-a-Calliere

Aye captain! It is time to live the real pirate experience. 

This summer, Pointe-a-Calliere, the national archaeological and historic site, organizes daily trips for families to be part of the renowned D’Iberville ship.

Through this sea adventure, you and your family will live the escapades of the Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, the ship’s captain, known as the most famous privateer in Canada.

The journey follows games and activities that help children get an authentic experience of what a pirate and privateer journey was. They will learn what they ate, their punishments, how pirates smelled, and the maneuvers they did during the long trips in the sea. 

The experience is open from Tuesday to Sunday. The entrance fee goes from $21 for adults to $16 for youth, $8 for kids, and free for children younger than 5. 

  1. Rent a Pedal Boat at the Old Port

There is no better way to enjoy the beautiful views of Montreal than at the Old Port of Montreal.

There you can rent a pedal boat to explore Bonsecours Basin lake and experience the magical views of the park. 

The eco-friendly boats have a maximum capacity of 4 people (usually two adults and two kids), and it is opened every day from 10 AM to 10 PM.

A ride of 30 minutes costs $26.10, while an hour-long ride is $39.15.

  1. SOS Labyrinthe

Are you up for a 2 km adventure filled with laughter? Then try SOS Labyrinthe this summer for some serious fun.

Learn more about the history of Hangar 16 in the Old Port of Montreal through a maze. While exploring the labyrinth corridors, you will discover the four hidden treasures and the Hangar 16 history. 

The fun part is that they make a new maze configuration every week. 

The SOS Labyrinthe is opened every Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 10 PM. 

The entry fee is $19.75 for adults, $17.75 for teens, $15.75 for children, and free for kids younger than three years old. 

  1. A Railroad to Dreams

Another great bonding activity you can do at Pointe-a-Calliere is the Railroad to Dreams show. Here you can experience the world of trains and empower your family with trivia on the world of trains.

In this exhibition, you will see numerous model trains, railway tools, costumes, and other unusual materials used in trains. The activity follows an excursion through photos, videos, and sounds to embark on a real train experience. 

Besides, you will learn more about the railway history of Canada and Montreal.

The exhibition is opened Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM. It requires a mandatory reservation. 

The exhibition entry cost is $24 for adults, $16 for youth, $8 for children, and is free for children under four years old.  


Though travel restrictions due to COVID-19 may follow this summer, that doesn’t mean you can plan for fun days with your family. Without leaving Montreal, you can go on adventures and explore the city while bonding as a family.