New things happening in Old 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.

Summer is the perfect time to rediscover Montréal’s beloved neighbourhoods. Historic, intimate and brimming with charm, Old Montréal has always been the darling of locals and visitors alike.

Good news!

Since May 25, Old Montréal has been gradually reopening, with special attention to the wellbeing of residents, workers and visitors to the area.

The neighbourhood’s “Bienvenue / Entrez” initiative, with its distinctive blue window decal, makes it easy to identify the local businesses that are eager and ready to welcome patrons again.

To support ongoing physical distancing recommendations, visitors are encouraged to check the blue window signs before entering to confirm if the commerce is at capacity, and if necessary, wait a few moments before entering.

Throughout the neighbourhood, you’ll find convenient terminals offering hand sanitizer and up to date explanations about the public health measures in place, so you can walk, shop, and discover in comfort.

Get your culture fix

Many of the area’s museums and galleries are opening their doors in June, including Pointe-à-Callière and Château Ramezay, as well as the contemporary art galleries Phi Centre and Darling Foundry.

It’s time to take care of yourself!

Personal care businesses are re-opening from June 15, so go ahead and book a refresh with your favorite stylist. Therapeutic care like massage therapy has been open since June 1 and local day spas are operating with measures in place to support the health and well-being of clients and staff alike.

Old Montréal favorites Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau, Spa William Gray, Scandinave Spa and Avie Spa are all offering special packages to neighbourhood residents. It’s a great time to indulge!

Walking and cycling in Old Montréal

This summer, the city of Montréal has made it even easier to stroll through your favorite neighbourhoods with the introduction of newly pedestrianized streets and designated cycling lanes.

To reach Old Montréal from other neighbourhoods, make the most of Montréal’s Safe Active Transportation Circuits, a network of temporary cycling and pedestrian lanes that make it easy to travel around the city, worry-free.

Have a great time exploring—and rediscovering—Montréal’s most contemporary historic neighbourhood!

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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