Cycling & In-line Skating

Montréal is a cyclist's haven. With the recent unveiling of Bixi, a self-service, solar-powered bicycle rental system with more than 300 stations downtown, it's easy for anyone to reap the benefits of Montréal's more than 500km of bicycle and skating paths. If you're planning a longer cycling sojourn, you're better off visiting a rental shop for a greater selection of bikes and maps.

One popular route parallels the Canal de Lachine for 14.5km, starting in Old Montréal and passing a lot of history en route. Picnic tables are scattered along the way, so pick up some tasty victuals at the fabulous Marché Atwater.

The smooth Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Île Notre-Dame is another cool track. It's open and free to all from mid-April to mid-November – except in mid-June when it hosts the Grand Prix du Canada Formula One car race.

For more ideas, stop by a bookstore, tourist office or any bicycle and in-line skate rental outlet.