Romance is in the eyes of the beholder, which makes this a tricky tour to propose. Sitting hand in hand on a quiet park bench might be all you need for a moment to be luminous—while your best friend might dream of dropping C$300 on a luxurious dinner in a sky-high restaurant. Options here range from the modest to the opulent. This day starts in Plateau Mont-Royal then moves to Vieux-Montréal and stays there.
Start: Mont-Royal Métro station.
1. Stroll Parc La Fontaine
Start at the park’s northern end, along rue Rachel est. This park in Plateau Mont-Royal is one of the city’s most popular. Half is landscaped in a formal French manner, half in a more casual English style. A central lake is used for ice-skating in winter (you can rent skates), while in summer you can rent rowboats, walk the paths, and cuddle up lakeside. (Alternately, if you haven’t been yet, head to Jardin Botanique, the city’s lush, year-round botanical gardens.)
Travel back to Vieux-Montréal, where the rest of this itinerary takes place. To get there, hop a BIXI bike or take the Métro to Place d’Armes.
2. Take the Waters
Do like the Swedish do to relax and hit the baths. There are two options in Vieux-Montréal: Scandinave Les Bains, and Bota Bota. At Scandinave Les Bains, visitors (in bathing suits) have the run of the complex that includes a warm bath the size of a small swimming pool with jets and a waterfall and a steam room thick with the scent of eucalyptus oil. Bota Bota is uniquely housed in a transformed ferryboat docked in Vieux Port and offers a circuit of dry saunas, steam rooms, and Jacuzzis, two of which are outside.
3. Find Some Sweets for Your Sweet
Perhaps cupcakes from the cute bakery Les Glaceurs in Vieux-Montréal (453 rue St-Sulpice)? Or maybe treats by local chocolatier Les Chocolats de Chloé, which spices up offerings with cardamom, pistachio, and Earl Grey tea? The chocolates are sold in their shop at 546 rue Duluth est in the Plateau and at the Vieux-Montréal restaurant Olive et Gourmando.
4. Check into Auberge du Vieux-Port
Exposed brick and stone walls, massive beams, and polished hardwood floors define the hideaway bedrooms. Rates include a “welcome cocktail,” which can be enjoyed from an intimate rooftop terrace.
5. Dine on an Evening Cruise on Le Bateau-Mouche
This glass-enclosed vessel is reminiscent of those on the Seine in Paris. It’s a floating restaurant and terrasse, and the dinner is a chichi affair. The staff is outfitted in black-tie, and women will be comfortable in cocktail dresses. If you coordinate your trip with the summer fireworks festival, the pyrotechnics will explode right above you.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.