Things to see and do in Montreal

A sight to see in Montreal.

Montreal is the second biggest city in Canada and the biggest city in the province of Quebec. Placed on an island and named after the small mountain in the city, Mont Royale has a bit of everything for everyone. This beautiful Canadian city is an excellent destination for any tourist. Here we put together a list of things to see and do in Montreal.

Visit some museums

If you enjoy visiting museums while traveling, know that Montreal won’t disappoint you. With more than 50 museums and galleries throughout the city, be sure that you will find at least one that will spark your interest. Some of the most fascinating museums include:

  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Montreal Science Center
  • McCord Museum
  • Biodome
  • Montreal Insectarium
  • The Holocaust Museum
  • Canadian Center for Architecture

Besides the indoor galleries and museums, you can take a stroll through the Botanical Garden. There you will find an impressive collection of flora with over 20,000 species displayed. There is something extraordinary to be seen all year round, and it’s a great place to visit if you are traveling with kids. The little ones will surely enjoy the annual Butterfly Go Free exhibit.

Facade of the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal.
The Museum of Fine Arts is on the list of things to see in Montreal.

Sightseeing in Montreal

If sightseeing is the thing that you enjoy the most when you are a tourist, you are in luck. Montreal has beautiful sights that you can admire. You can go around the city on organized tours or just go on a walk through the streets. You will find that there is something beautiful to see on almost every corner.

Discovery trips along the Lachine Canal

The Lachine Canal is one of the most impressive sights to be seen in Montreal. The long path that runs along the canal is full of interesting attractions. If you want to sit back and relax, there are restaurants and cafes with amazing views of the canal. Picnic areas are also an excellent spot for relaxation and for spending quality time with friends or family. If you want to stay fit while you are traveling, rent a bike or take a walk along the banks. During winter, skiing is also an option. This historic site connects the city with nature and makes a great escape from the urban hustle.

Walking through Saint-Louis Square

When looking for architectural grandeur, Saint-Louis Square is the perfect place to find it. Beautifully colored Victorian houses make up what is one of the prettiest residential quarters in Montreal. During summer, musicians and street artists can be found in the square. This adds even more to the “je ne sais quoi” of the place.

Colorful buildings.
A sight to see in Montreal.

Visiting Chinatown

Multiculturalism is fully embraced in this Canadian city, and Chinatown is the spot to prove it. Founded in the late 19th century by the Chinese workers who came to build the railroads, this colorful neighborhood has so much to offer. Montreal’s Chinatown fascinates its visitors with beautiful buildings, shops, and specialty restaurants.

Head down to Mary Queen of the World Cathedral

Montreal was established in 1642 by French settlers. Therefore, you can see the Catholic influences in churches and cathedrals found around the city. Mary Queen of the World Cathedralis one of the finest examples.Built at the end of the 19th century, this neo-gothic cathedral was designed as a smaller version of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Travel through time in the old town

If you want to have a better understanding of Montreal, you should go to Vieux-Montreal.The old part of the city is packed with tourist attractions. You can discover beautiful architecture and historical sites at any step. Furthermore, there is always something happening in this part of the city. Different festivals are held throughout the year. It’s a tourist’s paradise.

A view from old Montreal.
Old Montreal is the place where you can learn about the history of the city.

Explore the public markets

After visiting museums and significant landmarks, it’s time to look at what else is on the list of things to see and do in Montreal. It seems to be a great time to take a peek at what’s fresh in town. If you like to wander through markets and taste local food, the Jean-Talon Market is the place to be. Here you can find fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, cheeses, and fish. It is an excellent place for shopping and eating. This vivid and busy agora is one of the locals’ favorite spots for having coffee on Saturday mornings.

Another great place for gastronomic discoveries is the Atwater Market. You can find local products all year round, and you can also engage in interesting activities. Culinary demonstrations and cooking workshops will open your appetite, no doubt about it.

Have a taste of Montreal

Multiculturality is the word that comes to mind when talking about the food in Montreal. Here you can find a great mixture of French and Canadian cuisine with a splash of Mexican, Chinese, and Middle Eastern influences. Tasting local food is a must on our list of things to see and do in Montreal.

Montreal’s food has the reputation of being one of the best in Canada. Local dishes, as well as foreign recipes, are prepared in such a way that they make you ask for seconds. One of the first things to try in local restaurants is poutine. A bowl of french fries, fresh cheese curds, and plenty of delicious gravy on top is enough to get you addicted.

Girl enjoying some poutine.
Have a taste of local food when in Montreal

Bagels are also a very popular food in Montreal. Served fresh out of the oven, with sesame seeds sprinkled on top, you can find bagels on almost any restaurant’s breakfast menu. The origin of this simple but delicious food in Montreal is still uncertain. But, in all fairness, it’s better to enjoy its taste than to think about how it came to be.

Let’s not forget that you are in Canada. We all know what that means. You can’t say that you visited Canadian lands if you didn’t try maple syrup. The golden, sweet sap that emerges from the maple trees each spring is a feast for your taste buds. Make sure you get some maple syrup back home to your loved ones. They will appreciate this golden treasure for sure.

Have you already fallen in love with Montreal?

While walking the streets of this Canadian city, you might be tempted to make it your new hometown. Although it might take some getting used to if you are coming from another part of the country, professional long-distance movers can help you move here from another province quickly and stress-free so that you can settle down as quickly as possible. With so many fun activities and things to do, you will surely never be bored!

In conclusion

Even though we mentioned some of the things to see and do in Montreal, the list is much longer. This vibrant Canadian city has something to offer to all its visitors. So pack your bags today and head to Montreal!

An Insider’s Guide to Canada

Riding on a boat on a lake in Canada

Canada is a big country, and you will find a ton of information on it in blogs and articles, but sometimes you need a quick rundown of the best bits to give you a rough idea of where to go and what to do. That’s the intention of this Insider’s guide to Canada. Since the summer is fast approaching and folks are starting to make their vacation plans, an insider’s guide can give you a reliable overview of the highlights to help your planning along. Here goes:

Niagara Falls

Most people have heard of Niagara Falls; they are regularly classed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. And sometimes they are included in the official eight wonders of the world. That’s not surprising; they are the largest waterfalls in North America.

If you decide to visit this iconic natural wonder, fly into Toronto and take the 90 minute drive down the highway. Watch this wonder before you, or get closer with a Maid of the Mist boat tour. In addition to the falls, there’s lots to see and do in the Niagara Falls area.

Whistler Mountain

Canada is known for its Rocky Mountains, and no wonder, with such a special landscape spanning much of Western Canada. But perhaps, one of the more famous mountains is Whistler. Whistler Mountain is located 125km north of Vancouver and is well known for its winter skiing and outdoor activities.

But Whistler Mountain has much to offer in the summer months as well. The mountain is 2,182 meters high, and there is almost always snow at the higher elevations, even in the summer sun. You don’t have to hike the whole way to have an incredible experience; just do what feels comfortable.

Quebec City

Quebec City is the capital of French-speaking Canada. It was established in 1608, making it one of the oldest cities in Canada and North America. The original Old Quebec City is a walled city and is home to some amazing historical architecture.

If you decide to travel here this summer with your partner or your family, you are in for a magical experience. The city offers a wealth of culture and cuisine you won’t find anywhere else. If you are visiting Canada, this is what happens after an eta application.

St. John’s

If historical cities are your thing, then take a visit to St. John’s in the northeast. St. John’s pre-dates Quebec City by around 100 years. It was established in 1497. It doesn’t have the same medieval feel as Quebec City; in fact, as a coastal city it has a distinct Maritime feel.

St. John’s is known as the San Francisco of the north because of its pastel-colored houses and artistic sensibility, but it has more to offer besides. Off the coast of St. John’s, there are Atlantic waters perfect for whale-watching, and you can take a trip to see icebergs as well.

Tofino

People don’t always realize how much Canada has to offer. It has the Rockies, of course, the wildlife, the cities, and the great lakes, but it also has something more exotic – an island paradise. Yes indeed.

Where is this island paradise then, you ask? The answer is Tofino on Vancouver Island off the west coast. Tofino is primarily a beach location that looks onto the pacific. It offers some incredible sunsets, excellent surfing, and much more besides.

Looking over the water in Tofino, British Columbia

Churchill

Canada is home to many famous places and landmarks that you could spend a lifetime visiting and getting value from, but it’s also how to some lesser-known places that can offer big wins in terms of value-adding, life-enhancing experiences.

Churchill is one of those places. It sounds a bit stuffy, like the top-hat wearing Prime Minister from the 1940s, but it’s way more interesting than that. This is polar bear country, and if you visit, there will definitely be a chance to see one of these towering giants – eat your heart out Churchill.

Old Montreal

If you love Quebec City, then you will also love Old Montreal. It dates back to around the same time as Quebec City, established in 1642. And like Quebec City, it can be found in the heart of the city. Montreal is a very culture rich and authentic place to visit.

Travel to Montreal if you want a continental experience within the Canadian borders. You will find plenty of historic buildings, nightlife, and seasonal events to keep you and your family entertained. This is the cosmopolitan Canada that will appeal to everyone.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park is a gateway to the Rockies and perfect if you have all the gear but lack some experience of hiking. Banff National Park is located around some natural hot springs and gives you the best of both worlds.

Spend some time hiking in the surrounding wilderness, following the well-trodden paths to low summits where you get the best view of the landscape. Absorb it all, then return to the springs for a well-earned relaxer.

Stanley Park

Stanley Park in Vancouver is a bit like Central Park in New York. It’s an extensive city park that is in all seasons and is famous for all the right reasons. Stanley Park is where many of the romantic fall walks in TV shows and the movies are filmed, even ones set in NYC.

Stanley Park is a big place, and there are tons of things to keep you occupied and entertained. You can spend all day at the park and take a leisurely walk, going hiking, lay on the beach, visit native totem poles, and drop by the lively aquarium.

Okanagan Valley

If you’re in Western Canada, and you’re in Vancouver, then you are a short flight or 4-hour drive to the Okanagan. Take full advantage of this and head northeast to the Okanagan Valley. Here you will find the Okanagan Lake and plenty of sunshine and native wine.

Okanagan Valley has it all. Food highlights include chef prepared outdoor farm to table dining experiences for small groups. The lake is clear and sparkling, the sunshine is pretty much continuous, and you can visit many orchards and vineyards.

The mountains of British Columbia

Essential tips for essential travel

Airplane seats waiting and ready for boarding

Not everyone is ready to get back in the air, but many people still have trips they need to take. Travel is slowly increasing with essential travel leading the way. If you’re in that boat (or plane, actually) there are some things you should know before you go, i.e. essential tips for essential travel.

Most importantly, you should know that the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has instituted several measures to ensure your security screening experience is as safe and secure as possible.

Wear A Face Covering

People travelling by plane from and within Canada need to bring their face covering. Face coverings need to cover the nose and mouth, be made of at least two layers of tightly-woven fabric (such as cotton or linen) and secured to the head. (Check out Public Health Agency of Canada’s guidelines, including instructions on how to make your mask.)

Use Hand Sanitizer When Out and About

At major airports, hand sanitizing units have been placed by the checkpoints to be used by the public. You can also have one bottle of hand sanitizer up to 355 mL in your carry-on – that is in addition to the 100 mL bottles that fall under the usual liquids’ restrictions. Keeping hands clean is especially important to help prevent the virus from spreading.

Screening Checkpoint at Security

Temperature screening at an airport in Canada

If you’re flying out of one of Canada’s 15 busiest airports, you’ll have your temperature checked when you arrive at the screening checkpoint. You will not be permitted to proceed through screening if your temperature, after two separate tests, is at or above 38⁰C. Note that if you exhibit symptoms of illness such as a cough or difficulty breathing, you will be required to leave the checkpoint.

While in the queue and the screening checkpoint, you must keep two metres between yourself and other passengers. Hold on to your own electronic or printed boarding pass or other documents of entitlement while they are scanned.

Travel Safely

Travel myths abound but the facts are the facts. Aviation is an essential service, ensuring people and goods get to where they need to go, and CATSA has taken every step possible to ensure this happens safely. You can go to their website for more information, or you can download their app for Android or iOS.

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