MONTREAL TRAVEL GUIDE

Montreal is one of the most popular places in Canada, but you might feel as if you have just been dropped in the middle of Paris. Everyone speaks French, and I really do mean everyone, it can sometimes feel as if you are causing them a nuisance requesting they speak in English. Fortunately you are still in Canada so the language does not become an issue, phew. As you can probably guess by now Montreal has a very long French history that you can learn about in many of the museums scattered around the city.

 ATTRACTIONS

Montreal is one of the most popular places in Canada, but you might feel as if you have just been dropped in the middle of Paris. Everyone speaks French, and I really do mean everyone, it can sometimes feel as if you are causing them a nuisance requesting they speak in English. Fortunately you are still in Canada so the language does not become an issue, phew. As you can probably guess by now Montreal has a very long French history that you can learn about in many of the museums scattered around the city.

Attractions

Montreal is full of history, with a bit of imagination you could have travelled back in time over 100 years. You wont find many modern shopping centres or arcades, but that’s probably why you came here.

Basilica Notre Dame

This has some of the most dramatic church architecture in the world, and is hands down the most beautiful church interior we have ever seen, in fact the interior is in a league of it’s own in comparison to anywhere we have been before, even Rome! Because of the main Chaple’s beauty and grand scale a small more modest Chaple was built to the rear of the building, you can get married in the smaller Chaple if you are willing to put your name on the five year waiting list!

Old Town

Any trip to Montreal would not be complete without vising the old town, our favourite part of Montreal. If you didn’t know any better you would have thought you was walking down an old historic street in the middle of Paris. By the day the old town is bustling with market stalls but is transformed by night with street entertainers and fine French dining.

 ACCOMMODATION

Montreal is a very popular tourist destination and there are many hotels to choose from but if you want to try and save some pennies take a look at the university. It offers private double bedrooms with shared bathrooms for £26 a night where the cheapest hotel was about £50. It’s worth mentioning that we could not find any hotels with free parking and had to pay £7 to hold the car overnight.

FOOD

Lacking some of the more well known restaurants in place of small French establishments that are brimming with delicious foods. To our surprise eating out was not that expensive, with most main meals costing around £10. One dish that we kept seeing everywhere was Poutine. A French invention that once explained does not sound quite as fancy. It’s cheesy chips and gravy, well worth trying even for the budget conscious.

TRANSPORT

If you are visiting Montreal you are probably driving so you should be aware that you will have to pay for parking at around £9 per day. The good news is Montreal is fully accessible on foot and is the best way to explore the city so once the car is parked you don’t have to worry about it again.

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