Educational opportunities abound in Montreal as well: after visiting the famous 1976 Olympic Stadium, I learned about various arthropods in the Insectarium and enjoyed the gorgeous flowers and plants at the Montreal Botanical Gardens. I also visited the Chateau Ramezay where I learned about Montreal’s more than 350 years of history. My four days in Montreal had given me a chance to experience a wide range of cultural and physical activities that were perfect for a long weekend summer getaway.
In August of 2009 my husband and I headed to Montreal for a brief two-day getaway to watch the Rogers Cup, the Canada Masters tennis tournament that is held every year in Toronto and Montreal. The world’s best female and male tennis players alternate every year to play in Canada’s two largest cities. And in 2009 we had a chance to watch the world’s elite male players, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and many more. The atmosphere at the tournament was fantastic and we even had a chance to spend a bit of time relaxing (and playing tennis ourselves) in scenic Parc Lafontaine.
After these summer experiences, I wanted to explore Montreal in the winter. I knew that Montreal can get quite cold in the winter; temperatures in the -15 or -20 degree Celsius range are not uncommon. But the cold wasn’t going to deter me; as a matter of fact I wanted to explore Montreal specifically for its winter activities.