Montreal 2006

Montreal, with its vibrant cultural and entertainment scene and its European flair, is one of the top travel destinations in Canada. Summer, in particular, is an amazing time in Montreal because the city hosts one festival after another. In July of 2006 I spent four days in Montreal and got to taste the pulsating energy of this metropolis first hand. Several different tours really helped me to get to know the city and its background: I started with a guided driving tour the first day, went on an architectural walking tour of Old Montreal and even sampled a ghost tour in Old Montreal that made history come to life.

I had a chance to explore many of Montreal’s signature sights: the Olympic Stadium, the Botanical Garden, the Insectarium, the Jean Talon Market, the Marché Atwater and many more. As an avid bicyclist I was excited to go on two bicycle tours: one through the leafy neighbourhoods of Montreal’s Plateau area, and one along the historic Lachine Canal. Along the way I savoured delicious food at various Montreal restaurants, including Nuances in the Casino de Montréal. And I got a chance to see Montreal’s talent for celebrations during the Canada Day festivities and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Despite the fact that Montreal is one of the closest and most easily accessible cities from Toronto, I had really only been there once, for a couple of days ten years ago. We also did… Read more.

It was an early day today, I got up at 4:30 am, and my husband dropped me off at 5:45 am at Toronto’s historic Union Station. Several buses of young students were already unloading their… Read more.

Shortly after my arrival in Montreal, right around 1 pm, I met Carole, a licensed professional tour guide from Guidatour in the lobby of the Holiday Inn and she was going to be my local… Read more.

After my initial introduction to Montreal through my driving tour, my next step was to explore the city on foot. I set out on my first walk through Old Montreal (Vieux Montreal). Literally five minutes… Read more.

After an enjoyable dinner at Modavie I was ready to head to my next scheduled activity: a ghost tour of Old Montreal. Old Montreal Ghosts or Les Fantomes de Vieux Montreal was founded about 8… Read more.

Every time I go to a new city, the spirit of adventure and discovery heightens my energy level and 6:10 am I was already awake. I read my guidebook for a while and then doze… Read more.

Well, as much as the walking tour through Old Montreal nourished my senses and architectural sensibilities, my stomach was in dire need of nutrition and I was debating whether I should plunk myself down at… Read more.

The Plateau area is one of the trendiest areas of Montreal, so I decided to explore it a little further after my discoveries of Old Montreal. From my hotel I hopped into the subway at… Read more.

Well, after a more than filling dinner at La Iguana and a brief excursion to Montreal’s Jazz Festival last night it was time to burn some calories and an official biking tour through the city… Read more.

I had thoroughly enjoyed my guided tour of Montreal by bike and being the bicycling enthusiast that I am I knew this would be a highlight of my trip. The great thing was that even… Read more.

I had thoroughly enjoyed my guided bicycle tour with Ça Roule and Bruno, a licensed city guide from Guidatour, really introduced Montreal up close to us. And my own independent explorations of the bicyle trail… Read more.

After my official Montreal bike tour, my individual explorations of the Lachine Canal and my chat with André from Ça Roule, I decided to go for a little stroll to explore Montreal’s Port area which… Read more.

Appropriately rested from my action packed day yesterday I had a leisurely breakfast and headed out on the subway at 9:30 am. I love the subway system in Montreal since it’s safe, efficient and all… Read more.

My lengthy explorations of the Olympic Stadium, the Botanical Gardens and the Insectarium, and my visit to the Jean Talon Market in Montreal’s Little Italy had definitely stimulated my appetite for a good meal. By… Read more.

After an enjoyable late lunch at Mañana and after learning about the interesting life story of its owner, Angel Broncales, I was ready for enjoying a little bit of afternoon relaxation and right across from… Read more.

After my lovely cheerful encounter in the Square St. Louis I briefly went back to the hotel and then took the subway to the exit at Jean Drapeau Park. There are two large islands in… Read more.

My personalized tour of the Casino de Montreal was very interesting and taught me many different things that I had never known about casino operations. My learning experience was followed by an opportunity to sample… Read more.

My exciting long weekend in Montreal unfortunately had to come to an end. After an exciting day of exploration yesterday that ended with an absolutely delicious dinner at Nuances, the fine dining restaurant at the… Read more.