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How to celebrate a Victorian Christmas in Montréal

Did you know that much of how we traditionally celebrate Christmas today has origins in Victorian Britain? In fact, at the beginning of the 19th century, Christmas was barely celebrated in England and her colonies—many businesses didn’t even recognize it as a holiday! “Bah, Humbug!” indeed. But by the dawn of the new century, Christmas had evolved into the massive celebration as we’ve come to know it. So as a nod to the origins of our modern yuletide celebrations, we invite you to discover some Victorian Christmas treats hidden around Montréal. A Victorian Christmas From November 21 until December 20, immerse yourself in the magic of a Victorian Christmas at the Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site in Old Montréal. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, visitors will be transported back to a 19th century home in the midst of mirthful holiday preparations. Discover the origins of many modern Christmas traditions as you wander opulently decorated rooms and warm up with some festive old-fashioned hot drinks. More activities include storytelling for children, a card and decoration workshop, and clips showcasing origins on Victorian Christmas. Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site: 458 Notre-Dame Street East On… / Read More →

10 of Montreal’s Best Sandwiches

When well made, a sandwich can be heavenly, a perfect portable meal that’s entirely satisfying. Below is a list of 10 of Montreal’s best sandwiches– from a sandwich starring grilled halloum cheese topped with crunchy coleslaw to an in-house cured gravlax on freshly baked rye and caraway seed bread, there’s something here guaranteed to knock your culinary socks off. And they’re all tried, tested and highly recommended by yours truly…