Montreal is a cuisine capital in North America. As such, ensure to have it in your Canada travel plans. Montreal has temples that serve Arctic char, Kamouraska lamb, and poutine. You will surely love the city’s English pubs, patisseries, food markets, and Jewish delis. If you want to have fun on a lazy afternoon, you can try its hipster bars with cafes and bowling alleys. Also, Montreal’s late-night eateries offer food and drink.
The city of Montreal is Canada’s cultural juggernaut. It lives to celebrate art, with its 90 festivals, 250 theater and dance troupes, and neighborhoods of musicians, writers, and artists. It is also a city of design. You can spend a day in Old Montreal then go on a biking tour of Canal de Lachine. You can also go to the different restaurants and shops before accepting the invitation of Plateau Mont-Royal’s terraced cafes. You’ll find heritage churches and icons like the Habitat 67, Stade Olympique, and the Basilique Notre-Dame.
As the hub of culture, Vieux-Montreal is the site of its original city. You can take horse-drawn carriages to take you around cobblestone streets and to notable sites like the Vieux-Port, the Hotel de Ville, the Basilique Notre-Dame, and the Marche Bonsecours.
You can mingle with the locals at sidewalk cafes overlooking the river. During the summer, you can enjoy the Place Jacques-Cartier street performers. Also, this place is popular for its souvenir shops, clubs, and bars.
Parc du Mont-Royal
As the largest park in Montreal, Parc du Mont-Royal is a 761-foot hill that towers over central Montreal. It is popular among cyclists, dog walkers, picnic goers, and joggers. During the warmer months, you can take a boat ride to Beaver Lake or Lac des Castors.
However, if you want a breathtaking view of the park and the city, head to Chalet du Mont-Royal. You can also make a shortstop in the two cemeteries located in the park, as well as the Mont-Royal Cross or the Croix du Mont-Royal.
Located near Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Jean-Talon Market is an open-air market that sells Quebecois cheeses, grilled sausages, homegrown spices, fresh produce, and handmade chocolates. You can mingle with the locals as you stroll through the market.
St. Joseph’s Oratory
St. Joseph’s Oratory is nearest to Mont-Royal and is a monstrous basilica at Montreal’s highest point. In Italian Renaissance style, its dome is made from copper and is 318 feet high. The inside has intricately carved murals. Thousands of votive candles will lead you the crypt.
You can check St. Joseph’s Oratory any day. But, hours differ because of the seasons. If there is no mass being held, you can avail of the tours. Entrance to the church, however, is free. You need to pay for the tours and the museum visit. Because it is a church, ensure that you dress appropriately.
Even on a budget, you can visit Montreal. Some popular tourist spots are free. You’ll surely enjoy your stay in this historic city.