Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto have always been on my bucket list, and I finally got to spend a day in Quebec’s largest city, Montreal! After spending time in Quebec City two days prior, I was sure that no other Canadian city was going to take over my first love of Quebec City, but Montreal came close with its artsy and friendly vibe! Driving in from Trois Rivieres, I could tell this city was fascinating as I approached and saw a massive ferris wheel in the distance. The skyline is impressive, and I noticed right away Montreal takes pride with the old and the new.
We stayed at the Hilton downtown, which is walking distance from Montreal’s old town. Even though we had only a day, I will let you know what I did and enjoyed during my short time there, and also give you a few tips I think anyone should know when in Montreal! Also click here for further advice from “The Lonely Planet” https://www.lonelyplanet.com/canada/montreal
Here is where to start!
- Go straight to the “Old Montreal” and visit the famous Cathedral “Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal. I was amazed after seeing Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral in December, how much this one resembles it! You can’t miss it because its beautiful! One of the interesting facts about this Cathedral is that it’s where Celine Dion got married in 1994! Here is the link for directions, and hours. https://www.mtl.org/en/what-to-do/heritage-and-architecture/notre-dame-basilica
2. Check out “Royale street” and have dinner at a local restaurant in Old Montreal! We had a pitcher of sangria and Poutine at “ Boris Bistro.” it is a great street to sit outside, enjoy the live music around, and spend hours people watching! There is plenty of shopping on this street as well!
3. Make sure you walk by the Pier and check out the Montreal Ferris wheel called ” La Grande Roue.” It is beautiful at night and along the pier is local vendors that sell items such as honey, chocolate, and trinkets. The Ferris wheel is perfect for a typical Montreal photo! You can also walk around and view the yachts and boats near the Ferris Wheel. Click this link to find out prices and hours for Ferris Wheel. (Try to go in the afternoon when there will be less tourists around.) . Enjoy the pier day or night for spectacular views all around!
4. Lastly, take a carriage ride through the town and explore all of Old Montreal. There is art and life all around, and many monuments to be seen and people to be watched! Most of the restaurants have patios outside where you can sit down and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to street performers. If you only have a day in Montreal like me, Old town is the place to be!
Enjoy the rest of my photos below and fill free to contact me for any more information about Montreal! Happy Traveling!