My Favorite City: Montreal


Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | 1:15 PM

Montreal, it’s not all about Poutine and Strip Clubs…..

Growing up in Montreal, my perception of the majority of tourists that came into town was that they were here for the clubs. I imagine that’s because that’s where I would run into most of them.

Now call that a failing of the tourism industry at the time but Montreal’s reputation as a destination city for travelers is finally coming around.

Let’s face it; there are a ton of things to do there if you’re visiting that you just couldn’t do anywhere else in North America.  It truly is a great blend of a modern cosmopolitan city with the old world charms of its French Ancestry blended in.

So the nice thing about getting to Montreal is that the Airport is located about 10-15 minutes away from downtown. All the information you need is located conveniently here on our transit page for Montreal

There are plenty of great places to stay in Montreal but if you can afford it you should definitely check out the iconic Ritz-Carlton Montreal

Ritz-Carlton Montréal

(Photo courtesy of The Ritz Carlton)

For more great places to stay, check out our accommodations section

So what to do in Montreal…… …… For the sake of this article I will assume that you are in town for the summer where there is a ton of fun stuff going on in the city.

One of the biggest draws that brings people to the city in the summer is the Grand Prix de Montreal which takes place in June. This year it will be on the 7th, 8th and 9th of June and it’s a great way to experience the city. Not just for racing enthusiasts, The Grand Prix brings in people from all over the world and they are all there to have a good time.


(photo courtesy of Montreal Tourisme)

Most of the action will take place in the downtown core around the Crescent street area of the city but if you c heck out Saint Laurent street, it’s a great place to do some people watching. They close off the street for the race and the bars all open up extended patios to serve the influx of clientele. A good time for sure and you get to check out a lot of really nice looking cars….


(photo courtesy of Montreal Tourisme)

Now if you are not into big crowds and loud engines there are tons of interesting sites to check out in and around the city.

The Old Port De Montreal is a great way to spend an afternoon. Cobblestone streets line the area and it is much more pedestrian friendly than vehicle. Check out all the great old shops and there are always some activities going on.


(photo courtesy of Montreal Tourisme)

Stop into Jardins Nelson while you are at the Old Port. They have a gorgeous patio in the back that will make you feel like you are in a small town in France and not 10 minutes from the downtown core.


(photo courtesy of jardins Nelson)

If the weather isn’t looking that great while you are there, fear not, there are plenty of indoor activities to partake in.

The Casino de Montreal is a fun option if you are looking to kill a few hours, you can maybe grab a bite and watch a show. Located just off the island, it’s just minutes from downtown or the old port.


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Now you may have noticed that I haven’t really included a lot of restaurants in this post. The main reason being, we will be doing another one of our stalking Tour posts in the next week or so that will follow Anthony Bourdain as he ventures back to Montreal. One of his favorite destinations.

So be sure to check it out when it’s up. It will have lots more cool places to check out.

In the meantime feel free to send us your reccomendations for our next stop.


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