It’s inevitable – January is the time for taking stock of our lives and vowing to do a better job, whether that’s a shift in career, relationships, or bad habits. But we’re proposing something a little different this year – whether you’ve been living in Montreal for a long time or you’re here for a whirlwind trip – these are the 3 things you should resolve to do in Montreal this year. because if not now – then when?!
- Soak up some Montreal culture: You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you eventually get around to visiting Montreal’s galleries and museums. Even if you’re not a fan of 18th century art, the Musée des Beaux Arts has a really cool collection of quirky furniture and homewares in the basement. Think you’re not into the abstract nature of modern stuff? Well, the Musée d’art contemporain often has fascinating video installations and beautiful sculptures. Head to the McCord museum and stop in at their excellent restaurant for lunch, and don’t forget the Pointe-à-Callière museum, for a cool intro to Montreal’s humble beginnings, including a visit to the underground, original foundations of the city.
- Learn Something New: Montreal has a whole host of classes and workshops – whether you’re looking for a 10-week course or a drop-in class. If you want to shake it to a Latin beat, check out San Tropez on Peel street for Salsa classes; learn to make bread and other sweet treats with baking classes at The Lincoln Apartment Bakery; or improve your life drawing skills on Monday nights at the Montreal Arts Centre. Looking for training that could improve your career prospects? Montreal is the perfect place to learn French (Check out this list), get to grips with the basics of great photography, or even polish your public speaking skills.
- Get fit: We couldn’t mention new year’s resolutions without adding something about getting fit – one of the most common goals out there. Luckily, in Montreal, you’ll never be short of options. Love the outdoors? Climb Mont Royal mountain or cycle the Lachine Canal bike path. Prefer something high-energy? Take up a martial art or join a bootcamp. And if you need something that’s fun and will distract you from the fact that you’re getting a workout, how about pole dancing, acroyoga or aerial hoop at Alternative Fitness, or jump your way fit at iSaute trampoline centre. Trust us, you’re definitely more likely to stick with it if you’re laughing through the pain…!