Activities for a Rainy Day in Montreal

THE 10 BEST Indoor Things to Do in Montreal on a Rainy Day

Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Montreal

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  • Aoneeka
    Smyrna, GA74 contributions
    Oh my god! Pun intended. I love visiting extravagant churches with beautiful architecture and this one did not disappoint. I will say the tour doesn’t take that long and the reason I said oh my god about my visit is because we went to the Arua experience in the evening. The lighting designers for the Arua experience are incredible artists and put together an incredible immersive light show complete with moving projections and detailed lighting to highlight the beauty within the building. If the Arua experience is still around go because it is worth the price.
    Written February 22, 2024
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  • TheMahdi
    Boracay, Philippines164 contributions
    It's a beautiful and historical place and has a good terrace for photo taking asside from the different parts to visit inside.

    I think it was the largeat basilica i saw in Montreal. And has different levels and make sure to visit all of them since you are already there.

    The interior design of the main chapel was simpler than what i expected (comparing to ther churches and basilicas in Montreal but its minimal design still is beautiful.

    I believe in summer it has a better garden view and in summer usually they do the necessary repairs.

    Yoi have access through bus and after the main entrance wgich is the Parking gate you shall wait for the Shuttle to bring you up to the 5th level of basilica where the main entrance and exit is located.

    Remember my review is in Dec and winter season. I believe this changes in summer.
    Written December 17, 2023
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  • Larry10803
    Pelham, NY200 contributions
    Loved this market! So many options for fresh fruits, vegetables, prepared food, desserts, even flowers! Open air but covered market with a great variety of vendors. Underground and inexpensive parking is available. Also close to the Italian section if so inclined. Highly recommend!! If you enjoy going to markets do not miss this one.
    Written February 17, 2024
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  • Foodange
    Manchester, UK2,822 contributions
    A lot of just the kind of art that we love, with paintings and sculptures from all the great artists.
    Pop Art was a bit lame and too many of the galleries were closed for no particular reason, but still a real wow!
    Don’t forget your hiking boots as you’ll need them.
    Written December 6, 2023
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  • Tai C
    Oahu, HI22 contributions
    A nice warm place to get out of the winter weather while visiting Montreal. The kids had a memorable time and learned a lot about the different environments.
    Written February 14, 2024
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  • Jess_the_TravelBug
    143 contributions
    A very cool museum exploring the historical old city of Montreal. Loved the history and being able to see how the various time periods and construction overlapped. Could be a bit confusing at times to navigate with some back tracking but still a highlight of the trip
    Written February 19, 2024
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  • Chloe Thomas
    Russell Springs, KY979 contributions
    My mother and I had looked forward to visiting the Barbie museum in Montreal for months leading up to our trip.

    We were scared a few weeks before as it said temporarily closed, but did not stress as this seems to happen often and for short periods of time.

    The expo is free and inside a shopping center, which can be a bit tricky to find if you are not familiar with the area. Admission is free.

    We were amazed at all the Barbie’s. Each section was themed such as cultural, wedding, celebrity, fashion, and so on.

    Some people could get through the expo in 15 minutes, but we probably spent an hour here admiring the beautiful dolls.

    Great for all ages.
    Written November 13, 2023
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  • 250misstink
    Laval, Canada3 contributions
    The concert at the Bell Center August 9th, Earth Wind and Fire, and Lionel Richie, was AWESOME!!!!! What an amazing performance. These entertainers are all in their 70's!!!
    It brought me back to my teenage and early adulthood in the 70's.

    80% were about 60 + and boy did we ever shout it loud ..... :-)
    Written August 10, 2023
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  • md1mm
    Sheffield, UK1,604 contributions
    This is a large beautiful cathedral in central Montreal, nextdoor to the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Whatever is happening outside with the noise and cold of modern Montreal in November, is forgotten when you enter and appreciate the art, beauty and scale of this place. Even as a non-religious person I found this place to be quite extraordinary and definitely worth a visit.
    Written November 16, 2023
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,884 contributions
    Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, also known as the “Sailors Church,” represented one of the last major stops on our day tour of Old Montreal. This wasn’t for lack of things to do; rather, the foot issue I’d been dealing with at the time was starting to become a bother and made it quite uncomfortable to amble about. As such, my time visiting this lovely church was marred by increasing pain, which obviously detracted from my overall enjoyment from what is a lovely – and somewhat quirky – house of worship.

    In any event, the Sailors Church was built in 1771 on the foundations of an even older church (which, I think, makes it one of the oldest churches in Montreal). It was designed by Marguerite Bougeoys, one of Montreal’s first teachers. The design is at once opulent and practical: Opulent because of the ornate biblical scenes that decorate the ceiling concomitant with beautiful stained-glass windows; and practical because the church isn’t large and serves a clear and definite purpose. Yes, it’s no Notre Dame Basilica, but it carries its own unique charm and character.

    Besides the ornate ceiling work and obvious religious symbolism found throughout the sanctuary, this church’s most defining characteristic has to be the wooden model ships that hang from the ceiling, giving Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel its alternate name (“Sailors Church”). “But,” you might ask, “why boats?” And that’s where this church’s connection to the Old Port and sea comes into play. Beginning in the 19th century, sailors arriving from the Old Port would make a pilgrimage to this church and make offerings to the Virgin Mary as thanks for her help in safe sea voyages. The model boats and the church’s nickname are meant to emphasize this unique connection with Montreal’s Old Port and St. Lawrence River. I think this is a really neat touch and adds something special to the church.

    Marguerite Bougeoys Museum, which first opened in 1998, is also housed in the church; however, we did not visit it, nor did we visit the archeological site or lookout tower. Again, I blame the foot pain! That issue notwithstanding, we still enjoyed our visit to this church and highly recommend it to those exploring Old Montreal. It is much more than meets the eye!
    Written November 29, 2023
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  • Notablerose
    New England93 contributions
    Wonderful indoor farmers market with something for everyone. Fresh produce, honey, maple, meats, baked good, olives, flowers, pizza
    Written January 13, 2024
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  • travelingmom2674
    Bethesda, MD36 contributions
    Overall, this network of tunnels and venues is brilliant. My complaint is that the maps and signs are just not sufficient to help a first timer figure out where they are going. It is particularly confusing in the Victoria/Bonaventure area. We were walking around with several other tourists and none of us could figure out if we were really going the right way. I'm sure once you do it a few times it becomes second nature.
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • Patrick B
    Montreal, Canada5 contributions
    Superbe installation. The bugs installation was amazing. The presentation if the different species was simply amazing. So many beautiful colours and pleasantly disgusting bugs. The butterfly section was so peaceful.

    I’m not giving 5 stars because there were not many live specimens and maybe a little more guidance would be great throughout the visit to offer insights.
    Written February 21, 2023
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  • Kirsty
    Toronto, Canada5 contributions
    Excellent look at history in the city. The experience does require guests to engage with the content by listening to the audios. I’d recommend 1 hour or 2 if you’re really into history.
    Written November 17, 2023
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  • cnn73
    Jacksonville, FL768 contributions
    This is a very beautiful church. The Irish influences are evident in the stained glass windows. It’s not as grand as the Notre Dame but still very lovely! The statues and woodwork are very detailed and ornate. Definitely worth a visit! There is quite a bit of disrepair on the outside but don’t let that deter you from visiting!
    Written June 17, 2023
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