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Vintage Gifs of Montreal

Considering that Montreal is often described as “old world charm with modern conveniences,” we thought it would be fun to relive some of the city’s old world charm with the help of a modern convenience: the animated GIF! A horse-drawn firesleigh races to save the people of Montreal from flames! This video of Montreal is likely one of the oldest in existence. It was originally copyrighted March 19, 1901 by Mr. Thomas A. Edison. Yes, that Thomas Edison. He shot it as some early test footage from one of his many inventions: the motion picture camera. Some early footage of a streetcar, automobiles and pedestrians hustling through an intersection in downtown Montreal. The Montreal Canadiens built their dynasty sans helmets. How did their faces not get totally busted up? Also, why is the door to the rink so tiny? Oh old things. Still unclear why Montreal ever got rid of these things. Look at how quaint they make everything look! The monorail zooms along Expo 67 with massive crowds milling below. While many of the pavilions have been demolished, the golf ball shaped American pavilion still stands. It’s now known as the Biosphere and houses an environmental museum. Maybe in… / Read More →

BEAUTIFUL TIMELAPSE OF MONTREAL AT NIGHT

Watch as Montreal flutters through a night in this gorgeous timelapse entitled “Night Lights” by Simon Huang. The phenomenal video features viewpoints of Montreal’s skyline from Mont-Royal, blinking lights and massive projections from Quartier des Spectacles, the spinning spotlight on Place Ville-Marie, and mesmerizing footage from Montréal en Lumière. The 2014 edition of Montréal en Lumière runs from February 20 – March 2, 2014, with Nuit Blanche (the all-nighter cultural event) taking place the evening of March 1, 2014. Take advantage of your stay in Montreal with this Sweet Deal package!

#MTLMOMENTS: 10 Places to Take Amazing Pictures in Montreal

Montreal is a very photogenic city. The architectural and natural beauty gives endless inspiration to both amateur and professional photographers alike. Here are 10 spots favored by a few Tourisme Montreal photographers! Click on the maps below the photographs to see the locations on Google…

Brunch, coffee, chocolate and keeping cozy in the Village

During the winter months, the beloved Boules Roses of Montreal’s Gay Village neighbourhood go into hibernation and people retreat from the streets to cozy up inside for delicious brunches, creamy lattes, and baked goods. Check out the lighter side of a Village more known for its crazy night life…

Winter Wonderful #MTLMOMENTS from Instagram

Even with the temperature dipping thanks to the polar vortex, Montrealers and visitors alike have been braving the cold to capture some spectacular (and sometimes peculiar) #MTLMOMENTS…

Montreal Holiday Shopping Guide 2013

The holiday season in Montreal is one of natural beauty, comfort food, piping hot drinks, and giving gifts. If you’re looking for a gift for someone special this Christmas, consider checking out the range of shopping options that pop up around the city this time of year…

Extreme sports and activities in Montreal

Looking for an adrenaline rush in Montreal? There are lots of thrilling activities around the city designed to get your palms sweaty and heart racing. From rock climbing to simulated skydiving, these wild sports are great to get active and have fun…

IMAGE+NATION 26: Montreal International LGBT Film Festival

Image+Nation is raising the curtain on their 26th edition, making it the longest running LGBT film festival in Canada. From November 28 to December 3, Image+Nation will screen the best queer cinema at venues around Montreal. Organizers have focused their curation of films this year around the global fight for LGBT rights…

Where to Stay for Cheap in Montreal

A traveler or tourist doesn’t have to spend a lot of money to be in the heart of all the Montreal action. Many budget friendly hotels, hostels, lofts and bed and breakfasts in Montreal are centrally located downtown with easy access to the metro system; so exploring all corners of the city is super easy. So for individuals, couples and families who would rather spend their dollars eating, shopping, and doing activities in our beautiful city, then consider the following places to stay…