BBQboy’s Walking tour of Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal

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Every guide to Montreal recommends a visit to the Plateau Mont-Royal. But I’ve yet to see anything detailed on what you should actually do or see. Having lived on the Plateau for the last 25 years, I’ve decided to make up my own detailed guide on the highlights of the area. Click on the map below for a full-sized copy and print it out.  Follow it to see the best of what the Plateau Mont-Royal has to offer. [Read more…]

‘Outside my Front Door’ – Montreal, Quebec.

Outside my front door, Montreal

Bloggers Paula and Gordon at Contented Traveller recently asked us to contribute to their ‘Outside my Front Door’ series. The objective behind these posts is to get a more personal perspective on bloggers, focusing not on their travel adventures but rather on where they come from and the routine of everyday life in their home environment. I’ve written extensively on Montreal on this site, covering the city’s highlights and providing tips on what to do from a tourist’s perspective – but this guest post was an opportunity to cover Montreal on a more personal level and share (to a mostly American audience) why Montreal is such a unique city to live in. [Read more…]

Photo Essay – Montreal in the Autumn

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The best of Autumn is coming to an end in Montreal. The vivid colours have started turning to different shades of brown and the trees are getting increasingly bare. It won’t be long until we start waking up to frost in the morning – Halloween usually signals a quick descent into the dregs [Read more…]

Photo Essay – Montreal in the summer

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With summer officially ending this weekend I decided to dedicate a post to summer in Montreal. Here are some of my better, or more interesting, photos of Montreal in the summer. [Read more…]

Review of a Montreal Food Tour

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Last weekend we took a walking food tour with Fitz & Follwell. They specialize in bike tours of Montreal but also have a couple of highly recommended food tours. I’ve mentioned it before – I get irked by non-Montreal bloggers who come here and write as if there’s nothing more to Montreal than poutine, smoked meat, and bagels. It is this generalization that prompted us to take the tour. We wanted to see firsthand how tourists are exposed to Montreal’s culinary traditions. [Read more…]

Montreal: options for cruising the Old Port and St. Lawrence river

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A lot of tourists coming to Montreal decide to take a boat cruise to see the city from a different perspective. Here are a few options and my recommendations.

There are 3 companies that do boat cruises of the St. Lawrence, I’ve detailed them further below. [Read more…]

Montreal museums part 2: museums on Ile Sainte-Helene

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Last weekend we decided to check out two museums on Ile Sainte Helene, the small island in the middle of the St.Lawrence. The island is easily accessible by metro or, alternatively, by [Read more…]

Highlights and Travel Tips – Tadoussac, Quebec

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Tadoussac is our favorite town in the whole province of Quebec. It is situated on the north coast of the St. Lawrence, about 3 hours east of Quebec City. The Saguenay river flows into the St. Lawrence here, the combination of salt and fresh water making it the perfect feeding ground for the different whale species that make Tadoussac popular with whale enthusiasts. It is not just a beautiful spot, it is a very comfortable place for tourists with its bohemian cafes, nice terraces, and small B&B’s. It is a very small town yet it has an international flavour (being very popular with Europeans). But the best thing is that it hasn’t been ruined by tourism. [Read more…]

Visiting the Montmorency Falls, Quebec

visiting the montmorency falls, quebec

12 km east of Quebec City are the Montmorency Falls, the highest falls in the province of Quebec at 84 m (275 ft) in height. Just to give you a sense of perspective, the falls are higher than Niagara Falls which are 51 m (167 ft) high.

The falls are the highlight of the Provincial Parc de la Chute-Montmorency. [Read more…]

My first guest post – How to Spend 3 Days in Montreal

how to spend 3 days in Montreal

My first guest post ever! The popular travel blog “Traveling Canucks” accepted my invitation to write an article on their site. Based in Vancouver (and I think some of the nicest Canadians you’ll ever meet are out west), they’ve never been to Montreal. So I figured that the perfect post for them and their audience would be an itinerary for a short stay in Montreal. Check out my post on How to Spend 3 Days in Montreal. If you like it, please consider Tweeting, sharing on Facebook, or emailing friends and help pass this along! [Read more…]