With fitness centres and outdoor ice skating rinks closed, Old Montreal itself is calling to you to get out and stretch your legs within its streets! And of course technology is lending its helping hand. Nowadays, you can experience many of your favourite gyms, dance studios, and yoga studios virtually. So get up, it’s time to move!
The historic neighbourhood is all lit up this season in the spirit of creating a winter wonderland atmosphere.
Discover or rediscover these displays and light-up stars during your walks as night begins to fall, and feel your spirit warm as you get a good look at this city’s beauty.
If you need a little more structure, or you’re more the type that likes completing challenges, the Marguerite-Bourgeoys Historic Site has you in mind. The first running of their Three Kings Route will begin this year. It can be done by walking or running, and you can go as a family or solo. Just choose the length of the route you want to go (they have a 1 km, 2 km, and a 5 km), and once you return to the Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel after having visited the neighbourhood following an itinerary taking you through different patrimonial sites, you can add your star to the table of hikers who, like you, have conquered this challenge! For a more festive feeling, or if you’ll have a child with you, try to schedule your walk on any day from Wednesday to Sunday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to be welcomed and congratulated by a guide dressed up as one of the three kings, just for this jolly occasion. Takes place from December 19th to January 3rd.
Vsquare Gym 360, 360 Saint-Jacques
Fitness centre Vsquare Gym 360 offers online training so you can maintain your physical form as you patiently await their location’s reopening. If you don’t consider yourself to be in shape necessarily, that’s no problem; Vsquare has a whole team of physical therapists, nutritionists, osteopaths, and private trainers to help you out and remedy your sedentary state. Contact them without further delay!
U.N.I Training Vieux-Montréal, 507 Place d’Armes
Entraînement U.N.I. Training is hosting several virtual classes that even non-members can access for only $7 each. Those who already have a membership can join them for free. Between their karate, bootcamp, and kettlebell classes, as well as their HIIT prep courses, there is a lot to choose from!
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Luna Yoga, 231 Saint-Paul West
Yoga studio Luna Yoga has taken the virtual stage to continue serving its clientele during this pandemic. During the winter holiday, why not try it out for yourself? Subscribe to their newsletter and automatically receive one week of virtual yoga classes for free. They also have a well-stocked online store: books, mats, clothes for yoga practice, bar shampoos, and BKIND branded products. Note that delivery is free on all orders over $100, and you can get a 15% discount on your first purchase with the promo code FIRST2020.
All Under One Roof – 50 Saint-Jacques – Milan Pole Dance Studio and Yoga Old Montreal
Milan Pole Dance Studio is, as the name would suggest, a place where you can learn and master the art of pole dance. A mix of gymnastics and extreme sports (holding yourself up with really, really high heels and executing complex movements can feel just like an extreme sport to someone new to the art!). Download their app to gain access to their hours of operation and what courses they offer each week - virtually, of course!
Yoga Vieux-Montréal is a yoga studio that offers classes for all levels: from beginner up to the most experienced yogi. Their range of several types of yoga is also astounding: Vinyasa flow, restorative yoga, gentle flow, strength & flexibility, etc.
Photos: Guidatour; Mathieu Rivard; Élodie Le Pape; Hilary Chan; Yoga Vieux-Montréal