I only gave myself one weekend to see all of Montréal – no easy feat. Of course, I won’t have been able to see absolutely everything, but I did cram a lot into three days. These are my picks of what to check out if you are in Montréal for a short stay.
1) OLD MONTRÉAL
Old Montréal is a great place to start your Québec adventure. It is full of gorgeous old architecture, cute little boutiques and lovely cafés. It isn’t quite as impressive as it’s Québec City counterpart, but it’s still wonderful in it’s own right.
Jet Set Brunette Tip: Just remember that Old Montréal is famous with tourists (with good reason), so beware of pricey knick-knacks and overcrowded areas. You may be able to find more options outside this neighbourhood.
5) Mont Royale
For the adventuresome, there is Mont Royale. The last item on my Montréal itinerary, it was the most exhausting yet! I hiked up to the top of Mont Royale, a rather steep hill-mountain hybrid. The first half was easy, but then the second half nearly kills you. When I started my way up Mont Royale, the air was clear, but it wasn’t long until wind and ice pellets started flying around. When I finally made it to the top, I felt (and probably looked) like I had just made it up Everest. There was a nice, convenient chalet at the top of the mountain which I stepped inside to warm up. I sank into a big leather chair by the fireplace and listened to a couple play on the grand piano. The lodge is a huge structure with big vaulted ceilings and old French paintings hanging on the walls. Once the piano players had gone and the fire had done its job, I stepped out onto the lookout and watched the skyline of Montréal as the sun set. It was soon time for me to head to the bus station and return to Toronto. Bonsoir, Montréal.