Best romantic summer getaway ideas in Montréal

Janine Hopkinson

Janine Hopkinson moved to Montréal 25 years ago and has been in love with the city ever since. She mostly works, writes and hangs out in Mile End, and credits all her best ideas to her daily hikes in Mount Royal Park.

This article was updated on July 12, 2021.

Summer 2021 calls for memorable getaways sprinkled with romantic flourishes. Montréal is ready to welcome you with both! For a fun, hassle-free weekend away à deux, think wellness, private tours and leafy terrasses, discovering museums and galleries, and enjoying the best of our creative, vibrant city.

Slow romance

For those who like to go at their own pace, walking (and paddling!) are all great ways to connect with each other as you discover the city. For strolling hand in hand, the city has reconceived its outdoor spaces to facilitate exploration, culture and discovery, without the worry of crowds. If you’d rather roll with your love, rent bikes and explore from Atwater Market to Old Montréal along the canal. Or join one of the many themed bike tours throughout the city offered by Fitz and Follwell or Spade & Palacio. Feeling like getting closer, closer to the water? Explore the St. Lawrence River from a whole new vantage point on a kayak or a SUP.

After your day’s exploration, head to one of downtown’s scenic terrasses to refresh, renew and continue to enjoy spectacular views.

Renew your love… for downtown!

Whether you’re staycationing or in from out of town, this is the summer to rediscover Montréal’s vibrant downtown core.

With new creative spaces, art installations and performances emerging throughout the area, it’s the perfect setting for your urban adventure à deux. Stop by the vast terrasse at Jardins Gamelin, which offer an enchanting backdrop for an alfresco lunch or drink, plus live performances every day.

For a visual fix, don’t miss the summer’s must see exhibitions at the area’s museums and art galleries (safety measures are in place; check guidelines before visiting), and iconic outdoor installations and the incredible murals and street art that enliven the city’s already impressive architecture.

Staying in, staying close

What couple doesn’t need a little pampering for a few days? Plan a sumptuous bed-in with your boo at a luxurious hotel complete with spa experience for an unforgettably relaxing getaway. The legendary Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth and Ritz Carlton have in-house spas for the ultimate in comfort. Create your own experience by combining a stay at one of  downtown’s beautiful boutique hotels with an escape to the hydrotherapy circuits at Scandinave Spa Vieux-Montréal, or the unique spa on the water, Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau.

Follow the guide

Into the fun, but not the planning of a weekend away? No worries: we’ve done the legwork so you can focus on your experience. Grab our two-part guide to Montréal’s most “Instagrammable” spots to capture sweet pics of your sweetie with Montréal’s most amazing backdrops.

Montréal’s lively food scene has responded creatively to the current public health protocols, with many favorite fine dining spots now offering take out options. Why not plan a romantic picnic? Get inspired and call ahead to find out what’s on offer.

Janine Hopkinson

Janine Hopkinson moved to Montréal 25 years ago and has been in love with the city ever since. She mostly works, writes and hangs out in Mile End, and credits all her best ideas to her daily hikes in Mount Royal Park.

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