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Bota Bota Spa

Refuel after several nights of partying at Bota Bota Spa, located in a boat remodelled into a high-end spa and docked in Montreal’s Old Port. Enjoy the ‘water circuit’, a treatment specifically targeted at rejuvenating skin and eliminating toxins (which might be just what you need), followed by a hot shell massage. Cap off the relaxation process with salmon tartare and a glass of white wine while enjoying views of the city on deck.

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  • Corner of De la Commune and McGill
    Old Port of Montreal
    H2Y 2E2

Hike up Mount Royal

If you’re looking to work off the poutine you’ve been inhaling over the past few days, hike up Mount Royal to catch the best views of the city. The park and lookout area on the mountain were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the mastermind behind Central Park, so expect to be charmed by trails curving through the woods, Beaver Pond, and the lookout chalet. If it works with your schedule, head up at night to admire the city lights – you’ll find plenty of locals doing the same.

Get Lost in Old Montreal

Start your day with a stack of paper-thin crêpes Suzette before venturing down one of Old Montreal’s winding cobblestoned alleys. Dotted with stunning art galleries and boutiques brimming with one-of-a-kind goodies, the area is a shopper’s paradise. In the wintertime, give the Old Port’s gorgeous outdoor skating rink a whirl and then duck into a cosy café for hot chocolate.

Cirque du Soleil

End your day of wandering the old part of the city by heading to the original Cirque du Soleil tent in the Old Port. The circus premieres all of its new shows in Montreal before commencing its world tour, so you’ll be the first to catch it.

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  • Jacques-Quartier Dock
    Old Port of Montreal

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Montreal is known for its happening art scene, so you won’t want to miss out on a healthy dose of culture in between parties and food comas. The Museum of Fine Arts’ impressive rotation of exhibitions places it on the world stage, with collections ranging from Rodin to Chihuly (check out the artist’s huge glass sculpture adorning the front steps to the museum).

Piknic Électronik Festival

Like a mini music festival every weekend, Piknic takes place on an island facing Montreal, making for incredible views of the city. Grab a bucket of sangria at one of the stands and dance the afternoon away as the sun sinks below the skyline.

Osheaga Festival

Ahh, Osheaga. This three-day music festival is every music lover’s dream come true. With the likes of Lana Del Rey, MØ and Flume taking the stage, the lineup only seems to improve every year. Not to mention that Montreal is the ideal city for such an event due to its impressive collection of homegrown musicians including Kaytranada, Arcade Fire and A-Trak.

Igloofest Festival

In this city, the party never stops, regardless of the weather. In fact, Igloofest is an opportunity to embrace the cold and don your brightest retro ski suit, goggles included. With top DJs spinning tubes at two different stages, massive bonfire, an ice slide and bar serving mulled wine, this winter extravaganza takes place almost every weekend in January and February and is the ultimate northern experience.

Bota Bota Spa

Hike up Mount Royal

Get Lost in Old Montreal

Cirque du Soleil

Piknic Électronik

Osheaga

Igloofest

Museum of Fine Arts

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