June 14, 2012 ─ Discover Montréal’s trendiest treasures in a few enjoyable hours (four, to be exact) while catching rays, breathing fresh air and burning a few calories. This entertaining and carefully crafted tour starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Fitz & Follwell headquarters (corner of Avenue Mont-Royal and Saint-Urbain Street) and meanders through four of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods: Plateau Mont-Royal, Mile End, Little Italy and Outremont.
Cyclists of all ages and aptitudes will enjoy rolling down boulevards and narrow streets, through lush green parks and into charming, hidden alleyways and green spaces that many Montrealers don’t even know exist. Your expert Fitz & Follwell guide will give you the lowdown on the history of the ’hoods visited as well as insights into the locals who’ve made them popular. And, it’s not all about pushing the pedals to the pavement – you’ll also experience the edible side to urban Montréal, from Catholic to Kosher foods, while stopping for rewarding breaks at an Italian café, a local farmers’ market and a Jewish bagel shop.
The unique ’Hoods & Hidden Gems tour runs daily from April 15 to October 31 and costs $79 (plus tax) for adults or $69 (plus tax) for teenagers (13 to 16 years). Each tour includes a state-of-the-art bike, safety helmet, bottled water, market lunch, Italian coffee and fresh bagels. Your best bike bet? Request one with a basket so you can load up on market finds and those famous Montréal bagels!