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The most Instagrammed spots in Montréal [part 2]

If you saw part 1 of our round-up of the most Instagrammed spots in Montréal and wondered why some of your favourite places were not on the list, fear not: part 2 of our series serves up ten more photogenic spots for capturing amazing #MTLmoments. Do you have a place to recommend? Drop us a line. Biosphere Hotspot: There are lots of great views of the Biosphere from Chemin Tour-de-l’Isle on Île Sainte-Hélène. Just hop the metro to the Parc Jean-Drapeau station and start strolling along the paths for a vantage point that sparks your inspiration. The Biosphere is a geodesic dome designed by architect Buckminster Fuller as the pavilion of the United States for the 1967 World Fair, Expo 67, and is now the only environment museum in North America. Parc Jean-Drapeau – Biosphère ♻️🐝 #montreal #biosphere A photo posted by Armelle G. (@armelle18) on Jun 15, 2016 at 11:02am PDT Nearby: Once you are at Parc Jean-Drapeau there are tons of things to see and do nearby: the aquatic complex, Jean-Doré Beach, the Casino de Montréal the former French Pavillion, plus, if your timing is right, you can take in music festivals and happenings like Piknic Électronik, Osheaga and Heavy… / Read More →

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 →

Summer in the Gay Village: Patios to discover

Montreal is famed for its hundreds of summertime patios where locals and visitors alike while away leisurely hours sipping hot cappuccinos or cold cocktails while people-watching. One of the city’s finest strips is the lively one-kilometre pedestrian mall on Sainte-Catherine Street in the Gay Village, stretching east from Place Émilie-Gamelin near Berri metro station to Papineau Street. Here, the city’s iconic “Boules Rose” cover the entire pedestrian mall, including the patios outside the many bars, cafés and restaurants. Here are some great patios to discover in the Gay Village: After its spectacular 2015 debut, Les Jardins Gamelin returns to Place Émilie-Gamelin at the western end of the Village, from May 12 to October 2. Les Jardins Gamelin features a hosting bar and restaurant services with a large patio from Thursdays through Sundays, and is covered by a spectacular suspended sculpture that forms a luminous canopy. In 2016, Les Jardins Gamelin again hosts a variety of cultural programming, including renowned DJs.  The site is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free admission and free Wi-Fi. The terrace at Cabaret Mado is one of the busiest bars in the Village and a great place to spot celebrities and drag queens. Named for Montréal… / Read More →

Your Spring Break guide to eating, drinking and partying, Montréal-style

Spring Break amazingness? You can have it all in Montréal. With its 3 a.m. closing hours, drinking age of 18 and hugely depreciated dollar (the whole city is basically a 30% off sale), Montréal is a win-win-win Spring Break party proposition. Let the following be your guide to doing it up right. Eats and pre-drinks There are those of us who would argue that the eating and pre-drinks portion of the evening is the most critical phase: not only are you laying a base for the remainder of the evening, you’re setting the tone. If you’re starting out on the Plateau Mont-Royal, imaginative hipster magnet and oyster/cocktail bar Le Majestique is all eye candy and killer cuisine. Fab fun food and drinks are also the raison d’être of L’Gros Luxe (Caesars topped with hamburgers, ’nuff said), and Big in Japan’s delectable small plate menu and vibrant vibe have also made it big in Montréal. If downtown, head to Sainte-Catherine Street West for Imadake, another Japanese small plate pub with a fun bordering on raucous atmosphere (which may have something to do with their signature “sake bombs”). Dominion Square Tavern is a must if only for the beautiful 1920s setting, though the… / Read More →

12 Reasons for LGBT travellers to visit Montréal in 2016

As one of the gateway cities to the New World, underground gay life has flourished in Montréal for centuries. Montréal’s legendary joie-de-vivre and queer-positive embrace has turned the city into a choice LGBT international tourism destination, and there is much to see and do in Montréal for LGBT travellers in 2016. L’Opéra de Montréal presents the world-premiere of the opera adaptation of legendary gay Québec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard’s internationally-acclaimed 1987 play Les Feluettes which premiered in 1987 and was also made into the 1996 movie Lilies, directed by John Greyson. Les Feluettes, about a gay love triangle involving a Catholic bishop, runs from May 21 to 28 at the 3,000-seat Salle Wilfred-Pelletier at Place des Arts. Summer kicks off with Montréal drag legend Mado Lamotte’s 16th annual Drag Race – the over-the-top two-hour outdoor live show predates RuPaul’s Drag Race – at the Montreal Fringe Festival, whose 2016 edition runs from June 9 to 19. Several professional Montréal drag queens team up with their amateur counterparts for a side-splitting outdoor afternoon competition in Parc des Amériques. Mado’s Drag Race is usually held on the final weekend of the Montreal Fringe Festival. Free admission. Montréal’s Gay Village is home to the 16th edition of Mtl en… / Read More →

Make your Montréal holiday stay happy – and affordable!

The holidays are about getting together with family and friends, sure. But sometimes sleeping on a lumpy hide-a-bed or a futon in a friend’s basement can put a kink in your holiday spirit – and your back. So if you’re not the couch-surfing type but you need to watch your budget, here are some affordable Sweet Deal offers (rooms under $150 and 50% off the second night) that will make your holiday visit to Montréal a little more merry. The tasteful and warmly appointed Hôtel Manoir Sherbrooke has everything going for it including the all-important, as they say, location, location, location. Situated on Sherbrooke Street a short walk to the popular restos, bars and shopping of major entertainment arteries St. Laurent Blvd. to the west and St. Denis Street to the east, the Manoir is also only a few blocks north of downtown and close to the Quartier des Spectacles. The classic, converted Victorian home comes with all the modern amenities and a complimentary continental breakfast is offered. If you want to live life like a Montrealer in one of its quintessentially Montréal neighbourhoods, the Plateau Mont-Royal, look no further than the Auberge de la Fontaine. Situated directly across the… / Read More →

10 (more) wonderful ways to explore Montréal

A second (or third or fourth) visit to Montréal is a time for really getting to know the city and its people – but where to start digging deeper? We’ve compiled a top-ten list that’s all about going beyond the main attractions – check our 10 Montréal “musts” for first-time visitors first so you don’t miss any of those! See a Show at Place des Arts Live music, theatre, dance and more is all under the roof of Place des Arts, the city’s biggest theatre complex, right downtown in the Quartier des spectacles. Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Orchestre Métropolitain play classical favourites and new music in the new Maison Symphonique, Opéra de Montréal stages lush opera productions, Danse Danse brings international dance stars to the Montreal stage, and rock stars and Broadway shows make appearances at PdA throughout the year. Shop the Plateau Find speciality stores and Canadian and Quebecois designers’ boutiques as well as bookstores, furniture and more on the streets of the Plateau neighbourhood, especially on Saint-Denis Street and Saint-Laurent Boulevard north of Sherbrooke, Mont-Royal Avenue in the several blocks east and west of the Mont-Royal Metro station, and along Laurier Avenue west of Saint-Laurent. and if… / Read More →

Guide to New Year’s Eve in Montreal 2014

Consider this your invitation to New Year’s Eve in Montreal, but be sure to note that, as always, it’s BYOB: Bring Your Own Bedtime. Whether it’s delectable dining, wintery walking or skating, champagne-fuelled dancing and/or every other manner of party prancing, Montreal has the solution to your New Year’s Eve resolution, all night and – in some cases – all the next day long. Strap in…

The world’s an art gallery at FIMA

You get the picture: from graffiti festivals to performance festivals, Montreal is a John Mayer-worthy wonderland of live, free fun all summer, with a surprise on every block. And one of the outdoor art events not to be missed happens along Sainte-Catherine in the Gay Village between June 11 and 15: FIMA, the Festival International Montréal en Arts…

Aires Libres & Les Boules Roses light up Montreal’s Gay Village

Summertime in Montreal’s Gay Village is a dream. When the sunlight diffuses through the 200,000 pink balls strung above the pedestrian-only road, it casts a rosy glow that sets a beautiful atmosphere for sangria drinking, people watching, and club hopping. Check out what’s going on during the 2014 edition of Aires Libres in the Gay Village…