An unforgettable bachelorette in Montréal

Jessica McGovern

This article was updated on March 20, 2019.

Ladies! We know that planning a bachelorette may leave you with the impression that it’s all kinky headbands and copious amounts of alcohol, but never fear, because here in Montréal, we’ve got 100 other things you can do to make this a day to remember for your bride-to-be. And hey, if naughty headgear and brightly coloured cocktails are your thing, then you’re in luck – we’ve got those too!

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Gastronomic bachelorette

For a day perfect for female foodies, start with a brunch cruise with Croisières AML - because what goes better with your first coffee than a view of the water and the city skyline - then hook up with the in-the-know guides at Montréal Craft Beer Tours or Broue-Tours, Local Montréal Food Tours or Spade & Palacio Tours, where you can learn about some of Montréal’s trendiest neighborhoods while tasting everything from local chocolate to craft beer. If you’re starting to feel full, mix it up with a cocktail class at Ateliers & Saveurs, or one of the city’s fantastic cooking classes such as the dessert workshops at The Lincoln Apartment Bakery or a pasta class at Mezza Luna. Feel like you might need to burn off a few of those calories? Get into a festive mood with a little pedal-pushing on a giant party bike with Vélo Festif‘s beer and picnic combo tour of the Plateau or a nightlife ride down Mont-Royal Avenue. Still hungry? Finish your culinary journey at one of Montréal’s many gourmet restaurants (too many to single out just one, but you can search restaurants by neighborhood here on our website), then, if the gourmet day hasn’t gotten the better of you, slip into something sexy for late night drinks and dancing at an intimate Montréal natural wine bar and toast your stomachs and your stamina!

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Shopaholic bachelorette

If you’re here to splash out on some Montréal style, then get some good walking shoes on and put your credit card in an easy-to-access pocket! The Plateau neighborhood is a great place to discover unique, indie boutiques, with everything from unique jewellery to one-of-a-kind art pieces; be sure to cover Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Saint-Denis Street, quaint Laurier Avenue West, and bohemian Mont-Royal Avenue. Or, if the high-street brands and everything-under-one-roof malls are what you’re looking for, check out Sainte-Catherine Street downtown (you could spend a half day alone wandering through the Underground Pedestrian Network, which connects all the downtown malls). Need guidance? Well, you’re in luck. If your bride and her entourage would like some expert style advice, you can make an appointment with the complimentary Personal Shopper available at Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, and when you’ve found the perfect outfit, get your makeup done at Hudson's Bay beauty counters. For something really special, check out the made-to-measure perfume workshop at the Ritz-Carlton Montréal, where you’ll learn all about perfume, and each go home with a bottle of your own personalized scent. And finally, if you’re intent on picking up some of those ‘naughty accessories’ that any traditional bachelorette party calls for, then you can’t go wrong at the adult boutiques on Sainte-Catherine Street in the Village neighbourhood - happy headband hunting!

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Cultured bachelorette

If you’ve come to Montréal for a helping of culture and the arts, you’ve come to the right place. This is a city full of high-end design spaces and seriously beautiful, interesting and affordable art. You could spend an entire day perusing the collections and drinking tea at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts (check for special exhibits: they often host stunning exhibits on famous fashion designers) or the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, but we highly recommend you also make time for the Space for Life district in the east of the city, which is home to the fantastic Planetarium, the beautiful Botanical Gardens and greenhouses, as well as the Olympic Stadium (great photo op from the viewing platform at the top - the tallest inclined tower in the world!) and the Biodôme (closed for renovations until the end of the 2019 summer), a giant dome full of the flora and fauna of four different eco-systems (note it is full of families on weekends, so hide those risqué accessories if you have them). And if you’re the kind of group who loves finding one-of-a-kind pieces, or want to gift the bride-to-be, check out fantastically eclectic spots like Monastiraki (a “curiosity shop and art gallery”) on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, or playful antiques store Deuxièmement on Notre-Dame Street. In the evening, get your glitziest outfits on and take in a performance and a celebratory glass of bubbly at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, a play at Centaur Theatre, or some homegrown Montréal circus at La TOHU.

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Pampering bachelorette

If you and the girls are intent on getting some blissful downtime during this bachelorette celebration, you can get your Zen on at a private yoga bachelorette session at Yoga Vieux Montreal before soaking in the Nordic-style baths of one of the city’s world-class spas (we love Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau, a floating spa in the Old Port; the extremely peaceful Scandinave Spa Vieux-Montréal; and the ethereal Spa Eastman Montréal). Ready to look as good as you feel? Buff those nails with luxurious mani-pedis at Spa Diva downtown, then take a walk down McGill Street to Blome Blow Dry and Nail Bar, for big, beautiful blow-outs. Now that you look and feel gorgeous, book a glamorous pin-up photoshoot with DG Entertainment, where a professional photographer will capture gorgeous shots of your pampered selves.

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Adventurous bachelorette

If your group is more about hiking boots than high heels, then you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to organizing an unforgettable, action-packed itinerary. To start, you’ll need appropriate transport, so get to Dyad, where they’ll get you all set up with electric bikes or scooters to whizz around the city in style. To get to know Montréal a bit better (and get those competitive juices flowing), check out scavengerhunt.com, who offer an app-led Bachelorette Scavenger Hunt that combines sightseeing with fun challenges for everyone in the group. Once you’ve got the lay of the land, scoot over to the Old Port, where you can get your adrenaline pumping with a zipline ride over the water, then put those forearms to the test with a spot of indoor climbing at Horizon Roc Climbing Center, one of the largest climbing centres in the world. Not tired yet? How about a taste of Montréal’s favourite winter pastime – any time of year? Atrium Le 1000 offers a huge indoor ice-skating rink that will have you humming Frozen tunes and dreaming of Olympic glory as you glide by your girlfriends. Now, for something completely different and very “Instagrammable” - mermaids! Montréal boasts Canada's first ever mermaid school, so if flippin' your fins while working your core in a cute, brightly coloured mermaid tail sounds like your thing, AquaMermaid's got you covered! And how to finish a day like that? Well, if you’re lucky enough to be in town on the day of one of Montréal’s legendary fireworks shows (most Wednesdays and Saturdays from June to July), then the best way to soak up the magic is on the water – book a fireworks boat tour with Le Petit Navire and prepare to be as dazzled as a fiancée with a brand new diamond.

Jessica McGovern is a journalist, editor, and teacher with published work around the world in newspapers, magazines, blogs and Websites.

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