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

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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...]

The Montreal Just for laughs festival: what to see and do (and a few videos)

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The Montreal Just for Laughs festival is the World’s largest and most famous comedy festival. Since it’s [Read more...]

Exploring the best of Montreal’s museums (on the cheap)

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This summer we decided to vacation here at home and re-discover Montreal. One of the things we did was explore Montreal’s museums, and since we had many rainy days to chose from, we got through 4 of the better and lesser known museums in town. Some I’ve been to in the past – but there a couple that I have never stepped foot in during my 27 years in this city. Here are our thoughts, and tips, on exploring Montreal’s museums. [Read more...]

3 bars with the best views in Old Montreal

3 bars with the best views in Old Montreal

Above: View from L’Auberge du Vieux Port

For some reason it seems very hard to find a website listing the bars with the best views in Montreal. So after a bit of googling, and some asking around, we decided to do a beer crawl to investigate the bars with the best views in Old Montreal. Here they are:

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Eating recommendations in Montreal

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Above: Première Moisson at the Jean Talon market.

As a Montrealer, one of the things that rubs me the wrong way are the posts on Montreal food from other bloggers. Maybe they all go on the same food tours – but I’m tired of hearing that you HAVE to eat poutine (I personally think poutine is gross), that you HAVE to eat bagels at St. Viateur (they’re ok, but a must?), or that you HAVE to go [Read more...]