Are you thinking of spending a few days in Montreal this summer? The city is gorgeous, but it’s not cheap, and lots of tourists get sucked into money-draining tourist traps that severely harm their travel budget. In this article, I am going to highlight 4 free things you can do in Montreal this summer, so that you can make the most of your travel budget.
Look at Some Art
Montreal is one of those cities that is very proud of its art scene, and so the city boasts lots of art galleries that are free to the public either all the time, or on certain days. Try visiting the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ permanent collection, which is free throughout the year; you can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday nights between 6 and 9 in the evening for free; and you can visit the Centre of Canadian Architecture on Thursday evenings after 5:30 in the evening for free. Of course, be sure to visit the university galleries as well, as those are almost always free no matter where you go.
Have a Laugh
Remember the Just for Laughs Festival I wrote about a while ago? That’s still happening this summer, and they’re still offering over 100 free concerts and events!
Catch Some Music
I haven’t written about the Montreal International Jazz Festival, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth seeing. The jazz festival celebrates some of the best and brightest jazz musicians, and there are over 300 free concerts that you can enjoy.
Get Up High
Mont Royal gives you some of the best views in the city, but getting there can be a bit challenging if you don’t know what to do before hand. You can potentially walk to the top of the peak, which takes between 45 to 80 minutes depending on your starting point and your fitness level (it took me an 65, no shame). You can also bike, but there are buses that can drop you off quite close to the summit, reducing the hiking time considerably.