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If you're visiting Montreal and like playing beach volleyball then there's a place for you! Now, so you don't get disappointed, it's not exactly at a beach but it is on sand.
Just East of Mont Royal (just across Park Avenue) is Milton Park. You'll see it as you leave downtown heading south on Park (du Parc en francais).
It runs throughout the summer between 12 noon and 9pm. Anyone can drop-in. The cost is just $2 for the day.
Equipment: Just bring a lot of drinking water and your suntan oil!
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Come and see the country's best jockey's race in this beautifull hippodrome! Recently renovated, it look very nice! You can even eaty while watching the race at the Centaur restaurant which is very good!
Sometimes there are fairs here or rock shows.
This is also where most pre-fight (boxing) training and press conferences are held.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 7440 Decarie (highway 15)
St-Bruno, St-Sauveur, Mont Habitant, Mont Orford, Mont Gabriel, Mont Rigaud, MontChanteclerc...these are only a VERY SMALL sample of all the mountains within an hour of Montreal. Some of them offering world cup quality trails!!
Equipment: Rent it at SPORTS EXPERT rather than at the hills.it's cheaper!
(find a store in the area at http://www.canada411.com
Updated Apr 4, 2011
My goal in life is to visit every Major League Baseball stadium.
Now, granted, the Expos are, sadly, no longer with us. They became the Washington Nationals, but when the Expos were around they played in Montreal's Stade Olympique. I loved this stadium! I visited in June of 2002 and had a wonderful time.
1) Arrival and Departure
This is a very important feature for ballparks. If it's a chore to get there and leave, you lose some of the excitement you have before the game begins and the excitement after the game (if it was a good game, but rarely are they not). So, on a scale of 1-5, 5 being fantastic and 1 sucking out loud, S.O. gets a 5. It is accessible via Montreal's subway system so you don't have to worry about parking or paying to doing so. It's a quick and hassle-free in and out.
S.O. had great hot dogs! That was all I tried while I was there and I was very impressed. They were hot, buns were soft, and the hot dogs had a lot of flavor. It's not typical French food, or even typical Canadian food, but it IS a ball game so hot dog consumption is required. On a scale of 1-5, hot dogs got a 5.
The seats were comfortable and there was plenty of room between the rows. I went to this game with my cousin, Jennifer, who is 6ft tall (with heels on) and her legs were not scrunched up in the row. It was also easy to find our seats and there were reasonable bathrooms. I give it a 4.
I give this a 5 because the crowd, altho small, was very enthusiastic. I also count the roof in the enjoyment category because it was fairly low and a couple of balls bounced off the roof and that always makes for an interesting game:-) I also give points for the game being in French because that's fun and definitely unique.
Overall, I give this stadium visit a 5 and I am sad that I can't go back and do it again sometime.
Updated Feb 1, 2009
L'impact de Montreal (Montreal impact) is the Montreal soccer team playing in the United Soccer Leagues (USL) first division, the season starts in late spring (May) and ends in September.
The pictures bellow are from the match when Montreal impact plays against Miami FC who plays with them the famoust brazilian player 'Romario' who was selected the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1994 when he partnered with Bebeto and the rest of the team to lead their country to a record fourth World Cup title.
Montreal impact plays in the complexe claude robillard stadium (near Metro Cremazie - orange line)
Written Jan 9, 2007
Address: complexe claude robillard
The whole world is watching, and Montreal is no exception. Without a good national team to cheer for, we have plenty of choices: many Montrealers are behind the favorite, Brazil; francophones are hoping for France to come thru; a lot of anglos dream to see England in the final; let's not forget the Italians, the Portugueses, the Spanish community and the Argentinians also.
Me, i'm going for the Netherlands, all the way !
Equipment: To stay tuned, you'll need a bar (St-Laurent and St-Denis streets, in Little Italia or downtown on Crescent street), a big screen, beer, pretzels or any other munchies and a group of dynamic fans. Game on !
Written Jun 22, 2006
Address: St-Laurent, St-Denis and Crescent streets
Montreal has many outdoor rinks in the winter, but you can go ice skating if you visit the city during the summer. The Atrium in the 1000 de la Gauchetière building has an indoor skating rink that is open everyday except Mondays.
In an attempt to attract families, the Atrium has set up "Tiny Tot Mornings" (Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.), during which it is only open to kids 12 years and under and their parents. Conversely, on Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Atrium is home to "DJ Nites", which are dance parties where people can skate (and dance?) to pop songs.
There are other activities, all listed on the Atrium's website. The entry fee is $5.50 for adults, $3.50 for children and $4.50 for elderly people.
The skating rink is surrounded by small cafes and restaurants.
Equipment: Don't worry if you don't have skates: you can rent a pair for an extra $5. As for clothing, just use common sense and remember that to maintain the ice, the temperature is bound to be cool.
Written Jun 17, 2006
Address: 1000 De La Gauchetière Street West
Phone: +1 514-395-0555
Ever wanted to join the circus? Montreal is famous for producing the cirque du soleil so give it a try yourself. In the summer they may be out at festivals with their equipment. The rest of the year you can go to a place such as "Trapezium" where you can have a session for $40 Cdn. It's controlled, safe, and a complete blast for something a bit different.
Updated Dec 24, 2005
Address: 2350 Dickson Street
Phone: (514) 251-0615
We took one morning to see the wilderness of La Belle in a very radical way, snowmobiles...It was my first experience and we did a lot, it is not easy running like crazy in the narrow snowy roads of the region but I saw many beautiful landscapes, and in one of our stops for pictures I could spot the Riviere Rouge, or Red River which cuts all over the reagion!!!
Equipment: A very high tech snowmobile, bombardier of course! The famous MOTONEIGE
Written Jul 18, 2005
Address: LA BELLE - LA MACAZA
Sturgeons can be found in the Montreal area at the beggining of summer. Many locations are good, we have a few we like best. This time in late june, we caught a huge sturgeon at around 10 pm in the Longueuil Marina area. I know it was 10 pm because the fireworks in La Ronde was just starting and we fought our big fish during the entire show (you can even see an explosion in the background of the pic!)... After that, this big mama went back in the water and on with her life!
Another great fish found in the Montreal area is the Alose, salmon-like fish. They are very fun to catch, mostly in Gouin bld and Carillon area. It's a happening for fisherman as they only come for a few days a year.
Equipment: Sturgeon need big rods and baits, rod holder, frontal light and warm cloth since you fish at night.
Alose can be capture on the shore (boots, basket, hat, sunscreen...) or in the river (boat...!).
Updated Mar 21, 2004
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