Ah, Montreal… So Fall is definitely in full swing, you may have been caught in some rain recently, or a gust of cold wind may have shuddered you to your core. Get Away and Visit Montreal we say! Fall is a great season to travel in. Flights aren’t too outrageous, hotel suites are more affordable and easier to find, all the parks are beautifully coloured. So what are you waiting for? Relax and Restore in Montreal. Here are our recommendations for your trip.
5 things to do in Montreal
1) Visit one of Montreal’s great parks: Laurier Park: If you are in the Plateau Mont-Royal, take the time to visit this park! Or Parc Jean Drapeau, Parc du Mont-Royal both much-loved spots. If you visit the latter, be sure to check out Tamtam Jam sessions. Get Triple Crown Dinette to pack you picnic for you!
2) Go to one of the many festivals: In the winter, be sure to check out Fête des Neiges Snow Festival and MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival, a celebration of lights, gastronomy, arts and music. Major Summer events include the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, FrancoFolies, and the Grand Prix du Canada (Formula 1 Grand Prix), FestiBlues, Osheaga and Mondial de la Bière.
3) Visit historic Old Montreal
4) For art lovers: check out the Museum of Fine Arts or the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal
5) And don’t forget to see Basilique Notre-Dame, Montreal’s most famous landmark.
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Great places to Eat in Montreal
Montreal is well known for it’s smoked meat, bagels and Canada’s favourite comfort food: Poutine. Heres a list of the best places to try poutine, just so you know – it’s pretty hard to have a bad poutine!
1) Joe Beef: in the city’s Little Burgundy neighbourhood offers some of the continent’s most innovative cooking and was made famous due to it’s appearance on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain. They released a great cook book; buy it here (no affiliation).
2) Marche Jean Talon: Find this lovely market in the centre of Little Italy; a video tour of the market.
3) Mais: A rooftop edible garden.
Places to Stay in Montreal:
Main airport: Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL). The international airport, located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Montreal, offers regular and charter domestic, transborder (U.S.) and international flights
There are 3 primary neighbourhoods that are best for visitors – Downtown, Old Montreal, and The Plateau.
Downtown is more chain hotels and busy streets, lots of shopping.
Old Montréal is the historic area with boutique hotels in renovated old buildings, cobblestoned streets, cathedrals and interesting alleyways offering charm and history.
The Plateau is densely populated with a diverse population of hipsters, students, and young families.
Boutique hotels in Montreal:
Air BnB’s have some great options:
To totally get away from it all… This place looks really nice… Kenauk
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Have a great time and please let us know if you visited any of our recommendations, we’d love to hear what you think!