Rain is natural; being bored isn’t, especially in Montreal!
“It’s raining on my parade.” You’ve surely heard the expression. And while it’s true that a rainy day can put a crimp in your plans, that won’t happen in Montreal.
Of course it rains in Montreal, but those grey days are usually few in number. According to Environment Canada, June and August receive an average of five days of appreciable rainfall—5 mm or more—per month. And even when the taps are turned on from above, the day doesn’t have to be a total washout. Montreal’s got everything to make you forget the lousy weather, especially if you’re planning an outing with the family.
You could, of course, make a beeline for any one of the scores of multiplex movie theatres across the island. And there are even more museums—roughly 50—to visit. Alternatively, you could head over to the Atrium Le 1000, rent a pair of skates and glide around under an immense glass dome.
If shopping is more your thing, you’ll want to go check out Montreal’s underground city, or RÉSO, as it is officially known. With its 32 km network of tunnels, used by close to 185 million people each year, it’s the biggest subterranean complex in the world. The proportion of Montreal’s commercial businesses, including many shops and restaurants, concentrated there is estimated to be 12%.
The Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan, the Biodôme and the Insectarium are other destinations that are sure to delight the whole family.
So much for traditional outings. However, if you feel like discovering a different side of the city, we’ve got some suggestions for original, off-the-beaten-track activities.