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Downtime: May

Where to take a break around town

Try Cycles

What Cargo bike rentals

Where Allo Vélo in Saint-Henri

When Monday to Wednesday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Cost $35 for a half-day, $60 for 24 hours, $150 for 3 days

 Cargo bike rentals - Allo Vélo in Saint-Henri

Once used only by delivery boys and your grandmother, the cargo bike is making a comeback as a three-wheeled design object. The latest trioBike out of Denmark has a basket that can hold up to four children, two adults or up to 90 kilograms of cargo for the picnic of your dreams. Allo Vélo’s Saint-Henri bike boutique, which doubles as a full-service café, offers trioBikes for half-day and full-day rentals. Take one for a spin on some of Montreal’s 650 kilometres of bicycle paths; start with Marché Atwater and then unload your hamper beside the Lachine Canal. As sole North American distributor for this Danish brand, Allo Vélo owner Lamar Timmins has plans to see cargo bikes become a staple at city hotels looking to offer guests a new transit perk. Soon the city’s vaunted bakeries won’t be the only way to get your morning Danish.

5165, rue Notre-Dame O., 514-937-8356
velolifestyle.com
Contact: Lamar Timmins, owner, Allo Vélo 514-705-8711 


Water crafts

What Introductory Sailing Experience

Where Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Powerboating on the Toronto waterfront

When Monday evening, Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon starting May 2

Cost $119 for two hours

Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Powerboating on the Toronto waterfrontPhoto: Emma L. Wright

Float your boat with a two-hour Introductory Sailing Experience at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Powerboating. Learn the ropes – and how to tie a few knots – while you cruise around the Toronto harbour with an instructor from Sail Canada. Will you be tacking and jibbing by the end of your first tour? Probably not. The point of the introductory experience is to get your feet wet so that the next time you set foot on a boat, you won’t be all at sea. If you’re looking to become a frequent sailor, half the cost of this outing can be credited toward a Basic Course, which grants students Sail Canada certification (or you can opt for a motorized fleet to get you up to speed).

275 Queens Quay W., 416-203-3000,
harbourfrontcentre.com

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