If the bride-to-be is more interested in an active weekend, you can choose from a variety of adventures in and around the city. Try getting around the city via the urban Bixi bicycle system, or check out Dyad, which offers electric bikes or scooters that you can use to get to know Montreal better. You can also explore the city through a professionally organized scavenger hunt in Old Montreal or other neighborhoods, as offered by Guidatour (there are even ghost tours available!).
In the Old Port, your group can try an exhilarating zip-line ride across the waters of the St. Lawrence River. Another fun activity is indoor rock climbing at one of the city’s numerous venues, or take a breathtaking helicopter tour of Montreal. In the evening—if you’re in the area during the summer—you can watch the elaborate fireworks displays that occur every Wednesday and Saturday night from June to July. For the best views, look into a fireworks boat tour with Le Petit Navire.
Montreal is a hub of arts and culture, and this is something for which the city is celebrated. If your group is interested in exploring the creative side of Montreal, you could spend an entire afternoon going through the collections at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Contemporary Art Museum, or venture into smaller venues such as Arsenal or Centre Phi. There are also more compact, private galleries close to the fine arts museum along Rue Sherbrooke, and for a different edge, your group can explore Montreal’s neighborhoods via its brilliant and renowned street art.
Along the same lines of creative exploration, you could hop over to the Espace pour la Vie complex, where you’ll find the city’s botanical gardens, a planetarium, and the Biodome. In the evening, you can attend a fun Paint Nite experience, combining painting and wine and a bit of creative release. Otherwise, you can dress up and head out for a memorable performance and champagne at the Montréal Symphony Orchestra.
There is an incredible array of restaurants and foodie experiences in Montreal, from brunch to dinner and those inevitable late-night eats. Check out a Montreal craft beer tour or a local food tour to experience some of the best that the city has to offer. Other great experiences can be found via Bateau Mouche, which features a sunset dinner cruise, or a cocktail workshop given by Ateliers Saveurs. You can also take one of the great, specialized cooking classes available across the city. In the evening, your group can head to a BYOB restaurant and then to a wine or cocktail bar for some classy drinking and dancing.
Shopping in Montreal is as fun and diverse as the city itself. You can explore the huge mall complexes connected to the Underground City, where you’ll find no end of shops that cover all of your top designer needs. For more local and indie boutiques, head over to the Plateau neighborhood, including Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Rue Saint-Denis, and Avenue Mont-Royal. You can also aim to be in the city during the glamorous Fashion and Design Show in August, which is the largest outdoor fashion and design event in North America. Of course, you’ll also want to explore the risqué goods in the numerous adult boutiques found along St. Catherine in Montreal’s Gay Village.
For a laid-back, pampered bachelorette experience, you can venture to one (or more!) of Montreal’s high-end spas. Try the unforgettable Bota Bota, a floating spa designed from a refurbished ferryboat that offers spectacular views of the city’s skyline, or the peaceful Spa Scandinave—also in the Old Port. Your group can also attend a yoga class at a renowned studio, get blowouts together at BLOME, and then connect with Montreal Glamour Parties—they’ll arrange a fun pin-up-style photo shoot for your group.