5 Things to do in Montreal
Hi, my name is Tatiana and I run Family Road Trip Guru blog. I would like to share with you 5 great things to do in Montreal, Canada, which I had a privilege of visiting recently. There is a saying that Montreal is a “poor person’s Paris”. I found out it to be quite true because Montreal has great culture, great French inspired food but it is less expensive and more accessible (at least for North American dwellers) than the City of Light. So start your visit to Montreal with some Parisian-like experiences.
5-Visit Notre-Dame Cathedral
Now that the original Notre-Dame in Paris is closed for restoration after the devastating fire, the Cathedral in Montreal is the next best thing. It is located in the old part of town and it is beautiful inside and out. It is totally worth a small entrance fee. And I also should tell you that the crowds are much smaller here compared to Paris.
4-Ride a Bateau-Mouche down St. Lawrence River
Bateau-Mouche is a French word for a long skinny river boat. There are many of them cruising the Seine in Paris. You can easily replicate the experience in Montreal. You can choose a day or evening cruise with or without food. The cruise highlights many of the best sights in the city and the departure point is in Old Montreal.
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Walk pedestrians-only streets of Old Montreal, enjoy the atmosphere and get some great French food. My favorite place in the area is Creperie Chez Susette. This restaurant offers a huge selection of sweet and savory crepes prepared in accordance with the best French traditions.
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But it would not be fair to Montreal to view it as Paris’ younger brother only. Montreal is unique in its own ways and you should definitely experience some of the things that can only be found in this city.
2-Visit the Olympic Park
Montreal hosted Summer Olympics in 1967 and the city made great efforts in preserving the history and re-inventing Olympics venues as tourist attractions. There are several points of interest within the Olympic Park, the best ones are: Olympic Stadium, Biodome (nature center/zoo type venue built inside the former Olympic velodrome) and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium.
Hike the many hiking trails on Mont Royal, which is a “mountain” (aka big hill) in the center of the city from which Montreal derives its name. Mount Royal is home to a 494-acre park with phenomenal views of the city.