Another physical activity I got to take pleasure in was skating on the Bassin Bonsecour right in the heart of Old Montreal. Despite the really cold weather (about -20 degrees), I thoroughly enjoyed the breathtaking view of Montreal’s skyline from the frozen waters in the Old Port. It was a bit chilly, but once I got going it was pure enjoyment and I didn’t even notice the cold weather.
To get to know the city better I also took a driving tour and my expert local guide Ronald took me to some of Montreal’s key sites: Jean Drapeau Island, the city’s impressive downtown area, the upscale Westmount neighbourhood and the colourful Plateau area where we ate some oven-fresh Montreal bagels. We also stopped off at the Jean Talon Market which was hosting a special food festival that promoted local Quebec food products.
Cultural activities were also included: at the Centre d’Histoire de Montreal I learned about the city’s history and enjoyed the special exhibition “Made in Montreal”. I visited the historic Marché Bonsecours and explored the gallery inside the Café des Arts.