Tours & Activities in Montreal

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Not a destination that can be experienced in a single trip or even a dozen, Montreal's history, culture, landmarks and physical location provide nearly endless opportunities for tours, activities and adventures. Located along the St Lawrence River in southern Quebec (not far from the US border), the Canadian city will entertain whether visitors are searching for excitement and adventure, looking for guided tours, seeking summer activities found on the water and golf course, or winter activities and sports. A city of two languages, travellers need not fear a language barrier as many of Montreal's activity and tour providers, as well as half of its residents, speak both English and French.

EXCITEMENT & ADVENTURE

There is no shortage of exhilarating and stimulating adventures to be had in and around Montreal. These activities give travellers an unparalleled opportunity to live the "joie de vivre" that the locals seem to exude in abundance. As the city is covered in an extensive network of bike paths, touring the city on two wheels is perhaps one of the best ways to see all that Montreal has to offer. In addition to the physical benefit, taking a bike or in-line skating tour allows travellers to make a green vacation choice and avoid the traffic congestion found within the city. Serious mountain bikers looking to challenge their skills can make use of the cities mountain bike parks and trails, such as La Route Verte, which makes its way through the city and outlying area.

For singles looking to meet up with other singles, the region is home to specialty tours such as rock climbing that are run specifically with them in mind. Climbers can also visit local climbing walls during the off season to keep their skills sharp. For something less vigorous, an airplane tour will put the sheer size of the city in perspective and provide excellent opportunities to see the surrounding areas. And both residents and visitors to the city can escape the noise and bustle for a time while on a journey to Quebec's wilderness—hiking, camping and backpacking tours are available for lengths of a single night up to week-long trips.
SPECIALTY & GUIDED TOURS

With its rich history and diverse culture, Montreal is home to a variety of guided tours that allow holidaymakers the opportunity to experience the best of the fascinating city and its numerous sightseeing and interpretive guide services are an excellent place to start. Guided tours such as those by Anderson Vacations offer great overviews of the area and its people in customized packages for individuals, travel agents, tour operators and corporate groups.

Specialized tours in the region can include everything from aboriginal history and culture or culinary tours to photography and painting tours. For those who fancy sightseeing by road, there are several companies that specialize in motorcoach and van tours. Visitors wishing to see the city on foot can choose from sight-seeing excursions for runners or a guided walking tour offered by companies such as Les Tours Voir Quebec, which gives guided tours of Old Montreal. Self-guided tours are a good choice for travellers who prefer to explore the city on their own and at their own pace, but still wish the aid of an itinerary or plan.

ON THE WATER

Surrounded by the St Lawrence River, this island city also offers plenty of fun on the water, whether visitors are looking to sit back and enjoy the sights or feel the spray of whitewater on their faces. Boat tours can range from dinner cruises on a glass-roofed boat to whale-watching tours and expeditions that move from land to water and back again on an amphibious vehicle. Holidaymakers can also learn about the Great Lakes and the cities located on them while touring aboard a Great Lakes cruise. Tours that get the adrenaline going include jet boat tours on the Lachine Rapids, as well as single or multi-day white-water rafting excursions on the Rouge River.

Those looking for something more hands on can try fishing for muskie on the Ottawa and St Lawrence Rivers, as well as other area species such as walleye, small mouth and large mouth bass. This region is also home to excellent paddling opportunities, including sea kayaking and white-water kayaking. H2O Adventures offers plenty of paddling excitement for individuals and groups of every level with multi day packages that include excursions on the Rouge River and around H2O Island, urban voyages on the Lachine Canal and off-season pool courses.

GOLF

Golfers will delight in the world-class golfing that can be found within the city of Montreal. Its courses vary in terrain and difficulty and include the historic Meadowbrook Golf Club, which was opened in 1949 as part of the Canadian Pacific Recreation Club of Montreal. Many of the region's golf courses have been designed by world famous golf course architects, ensuring that golfers of all levels will find a course to suit their skills and experience.

WINTER SPORTS

Not inclined to hibernate during the cold winter months, the city and its people celebrate the crisp, white world of winter with a passion in the form of a variety of events and activities. Visitors to Old Montreal during this time of year will have the opportunity to enjoy the sights tucked beneath a warm blanket in a horse-drawn sleigh.

Travellers inclined to explore winter's activities beyond the city’s borders will find numerous tour operators offering snowmobile trips, dog-sled tours and snowshoe expeditions. One company, Boreal Tours, provides round-trip transportation from Montreal, all meals, entrance fees and an experienced guide with each of their multi-day tours. Unmatched skiing and snowboarding can be found a short distance from Montreal at Mont-Tremblant in the Laurentian Mountains or, a little closer, the Mont Sainte Anne ski hill boasts the highest night skiing vertical in Canada, as well as an impressive Nordic centre.


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