Affordable Montreal: Where to enjoy the city on the cheap

Whether you’re a tourist or a local, you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy our fine city. There are plenty of places to explore on a budget (or no budget at all). Here are some of the best ways to enjoy Montreal with little to no money in your pocket.[Image credit: iStockphoto.com/ Marc Dufresne]

Les amis de la montagne

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1260, chemin Remembrance, Montréal, QC H3H 1A2

Mount-Royal is probably one of the most beautiful parts of the city, this gorgeous park is a must-see for both locals and tourists. Climb the mountain, stop by Beaver Lake, have a picnic outside, and view the city from the top. It can make for a magical day! Plus, it’s a great way to experience the city without spending a dime.

BeaverTails

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123 rue de la Commune E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1J1

Sightseeing works up an appetite! What better way to end your day of strolling through town than stopping for some dessert. Indulge your taste buds with a Beaver Tail treat, with all the toppings you can imagine. Located right in the heart of the Old City, you can cross the cobblestone road after grabbing your treat and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Old Port of Montreal.

Site Historique du Canal Lachine

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105, rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2E7

Take in the sights of this National Historic Site and stay fit by biking along the canal’s bike path. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a nice summer’s day and it’s absolutely free.

Repercussion Theatre

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460, rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3B 1A7

Appreciating an artistic performance doesn’t have to cost a fortune. This theatre troupe will be hosting Shakespeare in the Park at various parks throughout Montreal this summer. Admission is free and the performances will amaze you.

Yogasanteplus

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2089, rue de Chambly, Montréal, QC H1W 3J3

On Mondays and Thursdays, this yoga studio offers outdoor classes in Maisonneuve Park. You can start with a free trial class. If you want to continue, classes are just $6 each! This is an affordable way to stay fit and enjoy the beauty of one Montreal’s nicest parks.

The Comedy Nest

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2313, rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1N2

Treat yourself to a good laugh with some of Montreal’s funniest entertainers. Located in the old Forum, this comedy club features everything from newbie comedians to international headliners. Entry prices range from $5 during the week, to $15 on the weekends.

Gastronomia Roberto

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2227, rue Bélanger, Montréal, QC H2G 1C5

Going for ice cream is undoubtedly one of the best (and most affordable) summer activities. This Italian gelato shop is a staple in the city’s East End. Known for their delicious homemade gelato and elegant presentation, this is the place to go for delicious cool desserts.

Gibeau Orange Julep

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7700, boul Décarie, Montréal, QC H4P 2H4

Made with a secret family recipe, this establishment’s signature foamy orange drink, exclusive to the Julep, is one of Montreal’s biggest attractions. Plus, Wednesdays from May to October are Classic Car Nights. Owners of vintage hot rods and muscle cars bring their vehicles out to the parking lot, where patrons vote on the coolest car of the night while sipping their favourite local drink.

We may be saying goodbye to those blissful summer nights, but all is not lost. There are still tons of things to do in Montreal before the falling leaves turn to falling snow. Here are some of the coolest activities to occupy your time this fall.
When you’re not headed to the largest jazz festival on Earth – that would be our very own Montreal Jazz Fest – you can still get your music fix at one of these amazing clubs. From local talent to international stars, these top venues host some of the best musicians around. [Image credit: iStock.com]
Picking a hair stylist or colourist is a big decision. Just ask anyone who’s ever had a bad hairdo! Save yourself the trial and error of trying unknown salons and give these hair professionals a try. Montrealers all over the island are loyal to them – and for good reason. [Image credit: iStockphoto.com/ArtisticCaptures]
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