Walking tours are always a popular activity when visiting a new city. But how about one that revolves around everybody’s favourite topic: food! Visites de Montréal tour called “Flavors and Aromas of Old Montreal” does a great job of avoiding big crowds and cliché destinations. I should know, I tried it myself!
My tour guide, Ronald Poiré, turned out to be gold mine of information, even for someone like me who knows a thing or two about food. In fact, he did a great job of retelling Quebec’s history using a different food-related anecdotes. For example, did you know that the ketchup we eat on our traditional pâté chinois (that’s Quebec-style shepherd’s pie) comes from the Indonesian condiment called ket-tsiap?
As you walk, you’ll visit restaurants, shops and boutiques and you’ll also make stops at various points of interest. When I went, we took some time to admire the Notre-Dame Basilica the bank monuments on Saint-Jacques Street, and Old Montreal’s most lively street, Saint-Paul. Even though I went on a drizzly day, we still managed to have a great time!
If you’re worried about getting lost in translation, fear not: the tour is available in English. Just check their website for more info.
Flavors and Aromas of Old-Montreal walking tour from Visites de Montreal
Departure from Europea Espace boutique, 33 Notre-Dame West
Schedule: Every Saturday from 9:30 am to 12 pm until October 17, 2009
Private tours also available
Reservations: 514-966-9193 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $55 per person, including the guide, samples and taxes