A sports-packed day in Montreal

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A sports-packed day in Montreal

The Canadian city with its abundance of green, open spaces invites you to discover some unusual sporting experiences on the paths of Mount Royal Park. Time to slip on your trainers!

A sports-packed day in Montreal

Jogging in Mount Royal Park

Whatever the season, Montreal glows with ever-changing light like nowhere else on earth. Jog up Mount Royal Avenue and head to a location that Montrealers call “the mountain”, a hill almost covered in woodland. With this as its centrepiece, Mount Royal Park attracts cyclists and joggers who love to climb its steep trails.

This magnificent jogging location makes you feel like you are a world away from the city. From the George-Étienne Cartier monument on Park Avenue, head off along Olmsted Trail. After about 30 minutes' exertion, a long but steady climb takes you to Mount Royal Cross. Rest a while and get your breath back while enjoying the views from the belvedere overlooking the city-centre skyscrapers. To get back down, why not choose the cross option and race down the trail in the shade of maple trees? This slope takes you as far as Beaver Lake where centuries-old trees are reflected in its waters. Admire the sense of harmony that envelops this great urban park laid out in 1876 by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York.

Mount Royal Park
1260 Remembrance Road
Montreal, QC, H3H 1A2
Canada
+1 514 843 8240
lemontroyal.qc.ca/en

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A sports-packed day in Montreal

A Canadian brunch to re-fuel

After burning off so many calories, what would you say to a revitalising brunch? Head to L'Avenue, a trendy, relaxed institution located close to Mount Royal hill. Surrounded by street-art-covered walls, start with eggs Benedict garnished with mushrooms, rocket, caramelised onions and cheese made with Saint-Ambroise beer. Follow this with a strawberry, banana and blueberry pancake topped with dulce de leche whipped cream. A real treat to set you back on your feet for new sporting adventures.

L'Avenue restaurant
922 Mount Royal Avenue East
Montreal, QC, H2J 1X1
Canada
+1 514-523-8780
restolavenue.ca/en/home

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A sports-packed day in Montreal

Adrenalin-rush archery

To help digest your brunch, you decide to take a walk to Old Montreal. You are going to try out a fascinating new sport. Get ready to take on your loved ones at DodgeBow. This combat archery takes elements from dodgeball (also called prisonball) and paintball. Put on a mask with visor and an arm guard before stepping onto the padded floor of the arena. The first person to get hit is the loser. Your opponents hide behind inflatable obstacles. The first arrows with their foam heads come flying from all sides. All the excitement of childhood play comes rushing back to you as you find yourself immersed in an adventure story like a modern-day Robin Hood. Your marksmanship skills are really put to the test as you try and defeat the opposing team!

DodgeBow
202-4767 Dagenais Street
Montreal, QC, H4C 1L8
Canada
+1 514 360-6428
www.dodgebow.ca/en/

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A sports-packed day in Montreal

Zip-lining over the port

This rush of adrenalin has given you wings! Later in the afternoon, you set off in search of new sporting thrills by taking a spectacular zip-line ride. In the Old Port of Montreal, transform into a bird gliding over the city. An instructor tells you all about safety measures before you take a great leap into the unknown. Suspended in the air, securely fastened in your harness, fly out over the city on an exhilarating journey lasting almost five minutes. As you come to the end of this crazy 365-metre course, its feels like you are about to plunge right into the Saint Lawrence River which flows by on the other side of your landing platform.

MTL Zipline
Hangar 16
363 Rue de la Commune E
Montreal, QC
Canada
+1 514-947-5463
mtlzipline.com

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A sports-packed day in Montreal

On-board spa recuperation

To help you recover from all these thrills and relax your hard-worked muscles, make an appointment at the Bota Bota floating spa, anchored in the old industrial port. This former ferry boat was converted into a theatre before becoming a surprising wellness centre right in the heart of the Old Port. On the decks of this designer boat, plunge into a steaming bath above the icy waters of the Saint Lawrence River. To finish, give in to temptation and have a ‘Choreographed Bota Bota' massage, a unique method combining music and therapeutic techniques. A harpist gently plays her instrument while soft hands massage your back in time to the peaceful rhythm. It is a magical moment to round your sporty day in Montreal off to perfection.

Bota Bota
Old Port
Montreal, QC, H2Y 2E2
Canada
+1 514 284 0333
botabota.ca/en/