Motreal Canada at Night
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Montreal is a centre of arts and culture in Canada. In this city, it is not difficult to splurge on great food, shopping and parties. However, there are certainly lots of free things to do in Montreal. Here is a list of some them:

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Free Things to Do in Montreal – Browse the Books at Westmount Library

While borrowing privileges are exclusive to members only, the public is free to browse the collections of books at Westmount Library. The building itself is already a sight to see, as well as its graceful interiors.

Free Things to Do in Montreal – Drop by the Galleries at Belgo Building

Built in 1912, Belgo Building once housed Scroggies, one of the first department stores in Montreal. These days, Belgo Building is home to contemporary galleries, artist studios, dance studios and architect studios. The public is free to visit all its galleries.

Free Things to Do in Montreal – Enjoy the Views at Lachine Canal

Lachine Canal passes through the south-western portion of Montreal. One can take in scenic views of the Montreal skyline from Lachine Canal. In the summer, there are all sorts of sights to see at the Atwater Market along the canal. There are also several Adirondack chairs and public benches along the canal where one can take a seat to enjoy the sights of canal life.


Explore the Underground City

The Underground City is a series of underground tunnels that go through different office buildings, hotels, shopping centres and other establishments. This underground tunnel network is a popular means of getting from one establishment to another during Montreal’s long, cold winters.

Gaze at the Fireworks over St. Lawrence River

Each summer, L’International des Feux Loto-Québec – an international fireworks competition – takes place in Montreal. One can watch the splendour of fireworks over St. Lawrence River from several spots in the city. The most popular spots include the Old Port, Village au Pied-du-Courant, Jacques Cartier Bridge and Parc Jean Drapeau.

Get Cultural in Montreal’s Museums

Montreal has several museums that hold a trove of exhibits. Some of these offer free admission, like the Musée de Lachine, Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain (formerly DHC/ART Foundation), Arsenal Art Contemporain, and Barbie Expo.

Relax at Montreal’s Parks

Several urban and neighbourhood parks dot the city of Montreal. Among these are Parc La Fontaine, Parc Maisonneuve, Parc Jarry, Parc Angrignon, Parc Laurier, Parc Notre-Dame-de Grâce and Esplanade du Parc Olympique.

Take Part in Free Activities and Events in Quartier des Spectacles

Quartier des Spectacles is the major cultural district of Montreal. It is the venue for the free outdoor concerts of Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and Festival International Nuits d’Afrique to name two of the free festivals and activities that take place all year round.

Tour Montreal through its Bike Paths

One can always get on a bike and explore Montreal through its bike paths. The bike paths offer great views of the city, like those in the Olympic Village, Parc La Fontaine and Lachine Canal. One can also explore the north and south shores of Montreal through these bike paths.

Visit Mount Royal Park

Mount Royal Park sits on top of a small mountain from which Montreal is named after. The park is open to the public and admission is free. While there, visitors can explore its historic sites, take breaks at its picnic spots and enjoy the scenic views. Beaver Lake at Mount Royal Park is also a good venue for summer activities and winter sports.

Watch a Parade

There are several parades that take place in Montreal at different times of the year. There are parades on holidays like St. Patrick’s Day, Canada Day, Halloween and Christmas Day. There are also commemorative parades throughout the year, like Pride Week and Carifiesta. It does not cost a thing to watch the floats, mascots and people in costumes go by.