With scenery that mixes the historic with the contemporary, Montreal isn’t your typical metro. You’ll find a culture rooted deep in its French history, yet with nightlife and entertainment that competes with the best of them. This travel guide to Montreal gives you the basics of what you need when taking a trip to the Canadian city.
Montreal is one of the most easily accessible and convenient cities in Canada. You’ll typically always be flying into most cities in Canada, however, since Montreal is right on the U.S. border, it’s a popular spot for northeast U.S. residents, as well as tourists to the area. Boston for example, is a half-day’s drive from Montreal.
If you’re looking to be at the center of it all where you don’t have to rely on public transportation and can walk most places, then I recommend Old Montreal. The historic area of Montreal features many of Montreal’s attractions and is within walking distance of shopping and restaurants. Many of the more popular streets of Old Montreal are closed off to traffic, making it easier to get around.
Montreal is well-known for their wine and dining, and one of the most exciting features of many Montreal restaurants is what’s affectionately known as BYOB/BYOW. That’s right, you can bring your own beer and wine to many restaurants in Montreal and they will even uncork and serve at no charge. Now how’s that for service?
Surprisingly to some, French is not only the official language of Montreal, but it’s also the second largest French-speaking city in the world. Don’t be alarmed though, almost everyone is very fluent in English, however, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep a French/English dictionary or phrase book on hand when you might need it. This is a draw for many, as it gives North Americans the experience of the French culture without having to travel overseas.
[photo courtesy of Michael Filion]