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Drift the thrift: Budget-savvy Montréal

For those who’ve got their eye on a Montréal getaway, we couldn’t have better news: in this city, you can live large on very little. Get the most out of la belle ville—and your dollar—with these hot tips on cool deals. Where to stay With so many affordable hotel options available, you can tailor your accommodations to fit your exact needs. Yearning for a poutine fix over a long weekend? Check out The Sweet Deal package, where participating hotels offer the third night’s stay at 50% and you’re hooked up with a booklet full of exclusive citywide deals. For those on a family vacation, check out The Family Deal which offers savings specific to children under 12 (and don’t miss checking the attractions they can get into for free). If you’re traveling in a big group, try the apartment stay experience of Like a Hotel, where you can live like locals and pull a divide-and-conquer on the cost. Flown in and renting a car? Take a look at deals to be found at hotels near the airport; downtown is a mere 20-minute drive away. Student or solo travellers looking for a more social sojourn should try one of Montréal’s youth hostels or residences,… / Read More →

Go green: an eco-friendly stay in Montréal

Montréal, a green city? Absolutely! Discover our top 10 for a totally green stay. Catch some Zzzzzzzzzs Enjoy sweet dreams at either one of these choice establishments whose souci for the environment is always at the heart of things. At the pretty Cœur Urbain B&B, certified by Terroir et Saveurs du Québec, choose from five chic and refined rooms that boast green touches like bedding and towels made from organic cotton. You can wake up to gourmet breakfasts of homemade and local products in this lovely early-1920s building too. For a more downtown design experience, book at the Alt Hotel, in the industrial-chic neighbourhood of Griffintown, for its buoyant mix of flashy colour and environmentally responsible construction. For more options, check out Tourisme Montréal’s selection of sustainable accommodations. Enjoy the city’s culinary scene When it comes to dining, new Québec cuisine gets glowing reviews for its farm-to-table goodness. Tourisme Montréal teamed up with specialized publishing firm VIATAO to create a list of “green” restaurants in Montréal, based on its environmental criteria as well as social, economic and cultural factors. Our top picks from this list include Le St-Urbain, Pastaga and H4C, exquisite eateries that employ exceptional practices. Pamper yourself A… / Read More →

13 awesome apps to use when visiting Montréal

Whether you’re in Montréal for a quick weekend getaway or a twelve-month residency, these popular apps will help you navigate the city. Société de transport de Montréal (STM) Apple | Android As Montréal’s official public transit app, app users can consult bus and métro timetables, find fare information, obtain the fastest travel route using its trip calculator and more. Plus, the app is updated for events and service disruptions, so it’s often a more reliable choice than Google maps.   Transit Apple | Android An alternative option to the STM app, users can source public transit options and also alternative options, such as BIXI (bike share) information and Uber drivers in the area. Developed in Montréal, Transit works in 114 metropolitan areas!     BIXI Apple | Android BIXI is the official application of the bike sharing system in Montréal. This free application lets you know, in real time, the number of bikes and docking points available at each station while also providing handy maps.     P$ Mobile Service Apple | Android Driving a car around Montréal? This app enables you to pay for your parking space with your smartphone from wherever you happen to be.      … / Read More →

BEST MONTREAL APPS 2011

No matter what mundane, trivial task you might be doing, stop using your brain because there’s probably an App for it. It’s 2011 people! Ditch that dusty old Frommers, because this is travel in the time of iThings and ColorBerrys. Montreal is seriously connected, so check out the best Mobile Apps to inform, explore and aid you on your quest in around this city!

BIXI TOUR OF GAY VILLAGE, MONTREAL

With spring finally ours (thanks mother nature!), it means that Bixi is also becoming a daily activity of Montreal locals. Bixi is the public bike system phenomenon that has swept Montreal off their feet and onto the many (500!) kilometers of paths. I’ll show you my favourite ride starting in the Old Port and going right through Montreal’s Gay Village…

GAY MONTREAL: APRIL

April is essentially the summer’s pre-drink. The snow has officially melted and chances of a winter relapse are relatively slim. This time of year has the gays scrambling to the gym, in preparation for another scorching summer, but the fun has already begun! Montreal has oodles of gay or gay-friendly things to do in April and beyond…