is that big green dome that you see on top if the Mount-Royal. It’s a very popular pilgrimage site and, personally, I love to go there to gather my thoughts and light a candle. There has to be a few thousands of candles there, different colours, different purposes, different Saints. When you go, make sure you notice all the canes and other orthopaedic equipment hanging on the walls. They were left as a token from people that had been cured by brother André, the founder of the oratory. On Queen-Mary Street, corner Côte-des-Neiges. (Short walk from Côte-des-Neiges or Université de Montréal metro stations.)
is a great destination for a picnic. You may choose to participate in some of our weekly drumming festivities – known as TAM TAMS
— or watch the crazy medieval fighters that go at it hard every Sunday. However, what I would like to suggest this month is a walk up Mount Royal, where you will get a great view of the city. WATCH THE VIDEO ON ME JOGGING IT.
Fun, healthy and free! (A 15-minute walk from Mount-Royal metro station.)
MARY QUEEN OF THE WORLD CATHEDRAL
is the closest you’ll get to Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica without having to cross the ocean. The Cathedral is in the heart of downtown Montreal on René-Lévesque Boulevard, amongst city lights, shopping malls and sky scrappers and is a scaled-down version of St-Peter’s. The only difference here is that the 13 statues on top of the basilica represent patron saints of Montreal parishes, while St-Peter was crowned with the 12 apostles. René-Lévesque Street, between Mansfield and Metcalfe. (Peel or Bonaventure metro stations.)
is a five-day music festival that kicks off August 12th and is fully dedicated to blues. Located in Ahuntsic Park, this is a great place for tourists to make some interesting musical discoveries and enjoy a night under the stars. Although it’s not quite free, Festiblues will cost you $5 a night and a passport for all 5 days is available for $12. We can afford that! (Ahuntsic metro station)