Things to do

What to do on your Montreal Layover

Smart Choices for the Healthy Traveler

SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR YUL LAYOVER

We are creating a series of “things to do” at each airport.  This is to help you use your layover as wisely as possible.  We can’t always help that we are held up at an airport but if we can take advantage of the time we have there, then we hope you find the following suggestions useful:

Don’t forget how flexible your membership to the Sanctifly gym, swimming or spa is.  You can use it for an hour or more to suit the time you have available.  You can get single use membership or come onboard for full corporate membership for your business.

1 Hour

 
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READ SOME BOOKS

From inside the airport you are able to download digital books via the platform lirevoustransporte.com. Download to your smartphone, tablet or e-reader the first chapter of any books available in five categories: Novel, Youth, Thriller, Essay/Bio, and Guide. Complete instructions for downloading are posted in the airport's rest areas around the international area. After enjoying the preview chapter, you can read the rest either by borrowing the complete e-book from the BAnQ portal or by purchasing it from the leslibraires.ca site (in print or digital format).

VIEW SOME ART

There are art exhibitions throughout the airport. In the international arrivals baggage-claim area there are works by various artists. There are also showcases in the U.S. departures area, illuminated columns in the public areas, and photos in the passenger return and international arrivals corridors. In the passenger return and international arrivals corridors, there is an integrated light installation by Alex Morgenthaler. Throughout the terminal there is a permanent collection, comprising works by Molinari, Pellan, Wesselow, and more. The mission of the Aérogalerie art program is to help support Montréal’s artistic and cultural development.

WALK IN THE PARK

If you enjoy taking a moment to marvel at the wonders of flight and watch the complicated movements of aircraft traffic, visit Jacques-de-Lesseps Park. It was inaugurated in 2012, and provides aviation enthusiasts with one of the best possible vantage points for observing the runways at Montréal–Trudeau. The park is located facing runways 24-L and 06-R, at the intersection of Halpern Avenue and Jenkins street.

2-3 Hours

 
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FALL IN STYLE

If you need a bit of an adrenaline rush, but in safety, check out SkyVenture Montreal. It is the only recirculating indoor free-fall simulator in Canada. Experience the thrill of skydiving from the complete safety of an air tunnel guided by professionals.

GO SPEED RACING

As North America's premiere racing simulation centre, Vortex Racing brings the thrill and experience of racing to Montreal, a city immersed every summer in the excitement of the Canadian Grand Prix. There are eight professional-level simulators identical to those used by top Formula 1 teams to train their drivers. From first timers who want to know what it's like to be in a race car, to professional racers who want to practice in the most realistic setting possible, participants can sit in the driver's seat and feel the extraordinary rush of adrenaline unique to the sport.

STRETCH YOU LEGS

Stretch your legs and take a nature walk at René-Lévesque Park. It is an urban park located on a jetty between the Saint Lawrence River and the Lachine Canal. It features a sculpture garden with works from Quebec artists, and an arboretum.

HIKE THE LANDSCAPE

If you need even more exotic nature pay a visit to the Refuge faunique Marguerite-D'Youville located on the Île Saint-Bernard. It offers eight kilometers of trails, beautiful natural landscape, local wildlife spotting, and a guided pontoon tour.

TAKE A FITNESS CLASS

If you need to get your blood pumping and want to meet some locals check out Econofitness. They offer group fitness classes and are located only 9 minutes from the airport. They offer classes with titles like Dance Party, Combat, Flex, and Zen Yoga so there is sure to be something for whatever you are in the mood for.

4+ Hours

 
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GO ROCK CLIMBING

If you have time for a good work out and aren’t afraid of heights check out Clip ‘n Climb Laval and explore the adventure of rock climbing in a safe environment. There are more than 30 individually themed climbing walls that provide healthy, challenging fun. Automatic belay devices on every wall take in the slack as you climb and then lower you gently down to the ground. Not your average climbing gym, they offer bright, colorful, and unique climbing spaces.

HIT THE LINKS

Get out of the airport, stretch your legs, and get some fresh air with a round of golf at Golf Dorval. Be sure to check the schedule as they close during the winter months. There are five levels of difficulty are offered on their public course, and prices vary by season. There is also a practice field if you are interested in working on your swing or blowing off some steam hitting a few balls.


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What to do on your Calgary Layover

Smart Choices for the Healthy Traveler

SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR YYC LAYOVER

We are creating a series of “things to do” at each airport.  This is to help you use your layover as wisely as possible.  We can’t always help that we are held up at an airport but if we can take advantage of the time we have there, then we hope you find the following suggestions useful:

Don’t forget how flexible your membership to the Sanctifly gym, swimming or spa is.  You can use it for an hour or more to suit the time you have available.  You can get single use membership or come onboard for full corporate membership for your business.

1 Hour

 
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INTERNATIONAL SPACEPORT

If you have an interest in space travel head over to the Calgary International SpacePort. They are located in the airport, and admission is free. They are an educational and entertainment facility focusing on space and aeronautics. There are hands-on exhibits and displays and they showcase the latest computer and communication technology.

2-3 Hours

 
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PATHWAY SYSTEM

Stretch your legs and get some fresh air by heading to the Calgary Pathway System for a stroll. Calgary communities, parks and natural areas are connected by an extensive network of multi-use pathways available for all to enjoy. There are approximately 850 km of regional pathways and 95 km of trails.

FLIGHT MUSEUM

If you want to learn more about flight and aeronautics check out the Hangar Flight Museum. It showcases the history of aviation in Western Canada. It’s a constantly growing museum whose mission is to foster the understanding and appreciation of the evolution of flight through stories told about airplanes, helicopters, and the men and women who designed and flew them. The collection holds rare and historically significant military and civilian aircraft.

4+ Hours

 
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LAZY DAY RAFTING

Take a lazy few hours and relax with Lazy Day Raft Rentals. Lazy Day Raft Rentals is a self guided tour down the Bow river in Calgary. They give you everything you need to float through parks and neighbourhoods on the lazy river. They are located opposite Princes Island Park, and you can choose from a 2 hour float to 4 hours. Bring a snack and sit back and enjoy.

ADULT PLAYGROUND

If you need something more active and want to blow off some steam check out Injanation, Calgary’s playground for kids and adults of all ages. Enjoy 55,000 square feet of high flying trampolines, ninja warrior courses, climbing, obstacles, and more. It is one of Calgary's largest trampoline parks with dodgeball courts, foam pits, and a high performance area. Test out our two ninja warrior courses and see if you've got what it takes to be on the next American Ninja Warrior.

ROCKIES TRAIL RIDE

If you enjoy horses or bonding with an animal on a trail ride, head to the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies. The Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies is an experienced non-profit registered society celebrating 95 years of taking people from all over the world into the backcountry of Canada's Rocky Mountains. Riding experience ranges from beginners to the experienced and they can accommodate everyone’s abilities.

ARCHERY

Test out your aim by visiting Calgary’s Archery Games. Archery Games is the very first indoor archery tag facility in Calgary Alberta. Teams of 3-10 battle it out in the indoor archery arena. This could be a fun way to spend time with your coworkers or meet new people.


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What to do on your Charlotte, North Carolina Layover

Smart Choices for the Healthy Traveler

SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR CLT LAYOVER

We are creating a series of “things to do” at each airport.  This is to help you use your layover as wisely as possible.  We can’t always help that we are held up at an airport but if we can take advantage of the time we have there, then we hope you find the following suggestions useful:

Don’t forget how flexible your membership to the Sanctifly gym, swimming or spa is.  You can use it for an hour or more to suit the time you have available.  You can get single use membership or come onboard for full corporate membership for your business.

1 Hour

 
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MEET THE CANINE CREW

If you need to calm down after your flight enjoy some dog therapy. The CLT Canine Crew, a team of four-legged volunteers greeting passengers, is a new amenity at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. All dogs are registered, professional in-service therapy dogs with at least one year of experience working as a therapy dog. Each member of the crew wears a Pet Me dog vest, and handlers wear a CLT Canine Crew t-shirt.

2-3 Hours

 
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RAPTOR CENTER

Check out the Carolina Raptor Center, they help rescue a variety of birds and raptors, with over 100 residing permanently at the center. To meet the creatures at the Raptor Center.

AVIATION MUSEUM

If you don’t have enough time to make to Charlotte, you can find the Carolinas Aviation Museum only a 5 minute taxi ride from the airport’s main terminal. The museum has an extensive collection of planes and a great observation deck.

NASCAR HALL OF FAME

If you’re into cars and want to go fast. The NASCAR Hall of Fame offers amazing artifacts, interactive exhibits, simulator rides and special events at the High Octane Theater.

4+ Hours

 
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BOTANICAL GARDEN

Stretch your legs and take a walk through the UNC Botanical Gardens. The gardens include a greenhouse complex, a 3-acre Susie Hardwood Garden and a 7-acre Van Landingham Glen – each offering a variety of different plants.

TOUR THE CITY

If you want to get out and explore the city Charlotte NC Tours provides Segway, bicycle, van, tasting, and walking tours of Charlotte. They have daily Segway tours at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. They even have Haunted Segway Tours, Segway Taste tours, and Tours of beautiful Dilworth/Myers Park. If Segway is not for you, they also have bike tours that focus on history and architecture as well as gastro/pub tours on bikes.

MINT MUSEUM

The Mint Museum Uptown is a five-story, 145,000-square-foot facility that combines inspiring architecture with cutting-edge exhibitions to provide visitors with unparalleled educational and cultural experiences. It is part of the Levine Center for the Arts, a cultural campus that includes the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, the Knight Theater, and the Duke Energy Center. Mint Museum Uptown also features a wide range of visitor amenities, including the 240-seat James B. Duke Auditorium, the Lewis Family Gallery, art studios, a restaurant, and a museum shop.


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What to do on your San Francisco Layover

Smart choices for the healthy traveler

Suggestions for a San Francisco layover

1 HOUR

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1. MUSEUM

Not every airport has an accredited museum. The SFO MUSEUM in San Francisco International Airport was the world's first. Today. there are many different exhibitions across all the terminals including ceramics, motorcycles, ancient art, and pop culture. One great exhibition displays the history of airline uniform design. Over 85 years of uniform history. Those old stewardess outfits: real style, big colour. They don’t make them like they used to. The museum trail is a nice way to stretch the legs and get the mind off work. A quiet library located at the Aviation Museum (pre-security on the Departures level of the International Terminal Main Hall) is an ideal place to charge your device and escape the chaos.

2. YOGURT

Possibly the healthiest food option at the airport is to be found in terminal 3 (Boarding Area F, by Gate 81). Fraiche is a local, artisanal snackbar specializing in homemade organic yogurts. All their yogurt is homemade. In Palo Alto they actually have a small-scale dairy plant right inside their shop. Using only whole fruits and veggies they maximise the nutritional value and minimize the sweetness. Certainly the best frozen yogurt in the airport and one of the best in San Francisco. Open from 4:30am in the morning and until 10:30pm most nights. A fresh and nutritious way to sharpen up.

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 3. YOGA

There are two nice Yoga rooms at SFO, one in Terminal 2 (Boarding Area D) and another in Terminal 3 (Area E, near Gate 69). Well-equipped with a hardwood floor, sanitizing wipes, yoga mats and a mirror. The rooms are free to use, which is great, but for that reason not everyone uses it for its stated purpose. Be prepared for the possibility of having to finish your vinyasa to the sound of clicking laptop keys. Still, it's better than rolling out your mat at the gate. A useful amenity.

 2-3 HOURS

4. JAPANESE GARDENS

The Japanese Garden, in San Mateo Central Park, is one of the finest gardens in California. It was designed by landscape architect, Nagao Sakurai of the Imperial Palace of Tokyo, and features a granite pagoda, tea house, koi pond and bamboo grove. It is beautiful throughout the year, but be sure to visit the Garden in the late Winter and early Spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. Glorious. The Park is a 13 minute cab ride from the airport and the perfect natural antidote to the din of the terminal.

5. BAYSIDE

Take a hotel shuttle or short taxi out to the Marriott and you can enjoy a walk nearby along a pleasant stretch of water. This 6 mile trail is lined with benches where you can sit and watch the planes land and take off. The roar of the jets on the runway; the open air; the calm water: good head space. Glorious for a run, a walk, or just to sit down and enjoy the view. Return to the airport a new person.   

6. BIRD SANCTUARY

The Embassy Suites shuttle will take you to yet another lovely waterfront walkway. From the Shorebird Sanctuary in Burlingame you can watch the planes on approach, where the scenery changes constantly, along with the tide and the weather. Depending on the time you visit you might see a beautiful sunrise or enjoy incredible views along the esplanade of wading birds at low tide. Lined with benches for plane watching and picnics it’s a great spot for a stroll. For those visiting with binoculars keep in mind you may or may not get lucky with the birds.

4 HOURS

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7. BURLINGAME

10 miles from the airport there is a cute, up-scale town called Burlingame. The avenue is a long street of many and varied shops: some quirky, trendy places and some classy stores. It’s a relaxed stroll and there are plenty of places to eat. If it is a nice, healthy food option outside the airport that you crave, then The Plant Cafe might be for you. This popular spot sources its produce and goods from local Bay Area growers and artisans, working with small organic farms to take advantage of the great variety of seasonal produce Northern California has to offer. A great organic snack or meal in a lovely little town only a short cab ride away.

8. TAKE THE BART 

The Bay Area Rapid Transit has been the public metro in San Francisco since 1972. It couldn’t be easier to travel to the city directly from the airport. Arriving at SFO Airport every 15 minutes the BART takes half an hour to get downtown. Once you’re in the city you have any number of things you can do or see. We suggest shopping at Union square or people watching at Fisherman’s Wharf. Wander around. Take it all in. San Francisco is a wonderful place. Just don’t relax too much and miss your flight.

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9. GOLF

There are two golf courses near the airport if you have the time. Poplar Creek is a good, flat course, less than 7 miles from the airport and reasonably priced. Fees depend on time of day and week but as a guideline you could for example pay €30 for clubs and $24 for an early morning back nine. Bear in mind that it can get busy at times so you might want to allow for delays. Crystal Springs is a challenging course located in a wildlife refuge with spectacular views of the reservoir. The surroundings are more impressive than Poplar Creek but it is a little more expensive. Their nine-hole earlybird is priced at €32. The journey from the airport to Crystal Springs is 12 miles. Doable with a four hour plus layover.   

10. M LOUNGE AT THE MARRIOTT

To get to the Marriott in Burlingame take the complimentary shuttle bus straight from the airport. There you will find the M Club lounge at the Marriott. The lounge offers a relaxing atmosphere and flexible spaces to work, connect and recharge. A breakfast buffet in the morning and hors d'oeuvres in the evening allow you to eat while you check your emails. WIth 24 hour access and business services available including free premium WiFi The M Club really is a valuable amenity.  

 

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