Bleisure travel: how to incorporate a slice of leisure into your Montréal business trip

published on May 23, 2017
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If you’re travelling to a wonderful new destination for work, you might as well tack on a few days for fun, right? That’s the essence of “bleisure travel” — the merging of business and leisure travel. A recent study by Expedia Media Solutions found that 43% of all business trips, both international and domestic, are extended to include some kind of leisure activity.


Interestingly, bleisure travel is not terribly new. Skift Magazine reported that, “Every year, 20 percent of business travellers take bleisure trips. These values have remained largely unchanged since 2011, which indicates that this is not a new phenomenon.” Conversely, bleisure travel is probably not going to disappear anytime soon.

Perhaps you’re taking a trip to Montréal for a convention. Or maybe you’re organizing a meeting in Montréal, and looking for leisure options for your attendees. Either way, here are some ideas to bring some extra enjoyment to a Montréal business trip. Bleisure travel!

Take an afternoon at the spa. Arrive a day early to enjoy a few hours at one of Montréal’s decadent spas. A destination for relaxation and healing, Spa Scandinave is a veritable Eden in the heart of Old Montréal. Docked at the Old Port, Bota Bota is a contemporary spa, magnificently fashioned in an old ferryboat, takes on the allure of a chic liner with minimalist décor. Strøm spa nordique is the only nature spa in Montréal, with outdoor whirlpools, thermal baths, Finnish saunas, eucalyptus steam baths and more. 

Make “food” the theme of your trip. Montrealers have an unshakable love affair with food. Restaurants across the city are affordable, and we eat out often. Whether breakfast, lunch or dinner, each day select one new restaurant that you want to sample. Then, before heading home, dash to one of our public markets to load up on maple syrup, local cheeses or other regional products.

Bookend your conference with museum visits. Plan your flights so that you arrive with a free afternoon and depart with an entire morning to explore. Use the free time to visit one Canada’s most important art galleries, such as the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts or Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Or discover one of our more niche museums!

Walk everywhere. Montréal is a safe and walkable city, and the some of the most exciting discoveries happen when they’re unplanned. By giving yourself a bit of extra time, you can opt to saunter from the hotel to the meeting venue to the restaurant (and back to the hotel). Keep your eyes peeled for public art and food trucks!

Invite the whole family. Why not turn the trip into a family affair? While your networking at the conference, your family could be exploring the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal. 

Take advantage of conference leisure activities. Oftentimes we get so focused on networking or presenting that we forget that most major conferences offer delegates opportunities for sightseeing tours or guided walking experiences. A quick change of scenery might be exactly what you need to recharge your brain (and subsequently make the meeting even more productive).