Go cross-country skiing
Cross-country skiing is a fun winter sport that doesn’t even require leaving the city. Equipment (and a lesson, if needed!) is offered on Mont Royal by Les amis de la Montagne.
Explore the Montreal Botanical Gardens
Try your hand at an unusual sport together
Channel your inner lumberjack by trying out some axe throwing at Rage Montreal, an indoor range that offers different axe types and tips (and safety instructions!) from professionals. There is also Tir du Soleil, the only sport and recreational air-gun range in Montreal. Here, you can fire real guns, from rifles and revolvers to combat pistols and even semi-automatic weapons, at either moving or stationary targets.
Glimpse the stars at Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
Go on a walking tour
You can make your nightmares come alive by taking a ghost walking tour in Old Montreal, the city’s historic district. If spooks aren’t your thing, there are other kinds of tours that can be enjoyed as a couple: check out a Montreal craft beer tour or a local food tour to experience some of the best that the city has to offer.
Relax at floating spa Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau
Wander through Mont Royal Park together
Attend a festival
Montreal comes alive with festivals in the summer. From the International Jazz Festival to Just for Laughs, weekly outdoor techno concerts to a mural show, there are plenty of reasons to spend an afternoon or evening together.
Get classy at a secret speakeasy
There are a few “secret” bars around Montreal that are inspired by the classic speakeasies of the 1920s. With their often difficult-to-spot locations, well-dressed waiters, low lighting, and jazz-bluesy soundtracks, they’re the perfect opportunity to get a bit dressed up and pretend you’re in a different era.
Check out La Ronde Amusement Park
Laugh until you cry at a comedy show
Every summer, Montreal hosts Just for Laughs, one of the biggest comedy festivals in the world. For the rest of the year, you can have a fun date at The Comedy Nest. Tucked away near downtown Montreal, this place has been in operation for 30 years, and has been named one of the top 15 comedy clubs in North America. With a variety of intimate shows throughout the week, including Tuesdays and Wednesdays, it’s a great option for a light-hearted date night.
There are many natural areas around the island of Montreal where you can enjoy a nature walk. The Morgan Arboretum, for example, is a peaceful nature conservation area in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, on McGill University’s Macdonald Campus. Criss-crossed with easy forested hikes, you can enjoy a nature retreat within a stone’s throw of the city together, and then go for dinner along the waterfront. It’s especially beautiful during the autumn, as the leaves start to change.
Enjoy some water sports
During the summer months, you can go paddleboating, kayaking, or canoeing together at a few different locations around the city, including Beaver Lake on Mont Royal, Parc Jean Drapeau, the Old Port, or the Lachine Canal.
Play games at Arcade MTL
Enjoy some outdoor theatre
Shakespeare-in-the-Park gathers over 12,000 people in green spaces in and around Montreal every summer. Bring a blanket or fold-up chair and curl up together for a magical performance on a warm summer night.
Enjoy a dance party on ice at Natrel Skating Rink
Have a picnic with the Tam Tams
The Tams are a beloved Montreal tradition, bringing together hundreds of drummers, dancers, vendors, performers, and picnickers around the George-Étienne Cartier Monument in Mont Royal Park every Sunday afternoon during summer. Stop at a nearby shop for some snacks, bring a blanket, and enjoy the summer sun and laid-back yet festive atmosphere together.