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Family Guide to Spring Break in Montreal

Spring Break, more commonly known as March Break or semaine de relâche in Montreal, isn’t all about escaping to warmer shores – relaxation, new discoveries and genuine family fun can all be had in Montreal as the sun shines even while the snow falls…

Hikes and treks in Montreal: Get active and see the city!

Montreal has many spectacular hikes and walks, which are a great way to see the sights while keeping active on vacation. So grab some sensible walking shoes and enjoy the nature, fresh air, and beautiful scenery of a city trek…

10 Great Montreal videos

We’ve curated what we think is a pretty great list of our favourite videos featuring Montreal-  check them out…

Spend a Sunday at Montreal’s Tam-Tams

The rhythm will draw you in from blocks away. You’re strolling after Sunday brunch, heading for a walk up Mount Royal, when suddenly, faintly, you’ll hear the beckoning beat. Drums, tam tams, tablas and wooden sticks striking the back of park benches all mesh together to announce the official, bona fide, arrival of summer in Montreal…

A DOUBLE-DECKER BUS TOUR OF MONTREAL

The Montreal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour is a unique way to see the landmarks of Montreal. Running from May through October, the bus tour has 10 stops along its route you can disembark, explore, and then rejoin at the next bus passing. The tour is narrated by a professional guide that paints a nice picture of Montreal history and joie de vie. From Habitat 67 to Saint Joseph’s Oratory, the tour spans much of downtown, bits of the Plateau, Mount-Royal and the Old Port. Tickets are $55 but combined with the tour guide and the hop-on hop-off style that allows you to explore all day makes the price well worth it. Tickets available at Tourist Information Center (1001 Dorchester Square)

WINTER SPORTS IN MONTREAL: SKATING, SKIING AND MORE

With Montreal’s official winter sport and pass time locked up behind the closed doors of the NHL, we look towards the sky of falling flurries for answers. And there it is, white powdery snow. Grab your tuque, mittens, and child-like wonder and check out some of the winter sporting activities in Montreal:

STREET PROFILE: MONT-ROYAL AVENUE

2010 has been a busy year for the Montreal Street Profile series. We started with Bleury, Parc, Maisonneuve, Saint-Paul and Saint-Zotique. We visited Crescent, Greene Avenue, Sainte-Catherine and Saint-Denis. For our final installment of the year (hint: make sure to come back in 2011!), we thought a stroll down Mount-Royal was in order, in no small part because it offers some very “a la Montreal” shopping that is perfect for the holiday season… Given that it starts at Mount Royal, it’s not hard to figure out where Mount-Royal Avenue gets its name. Of all the streets we’ve profiled, this one has perhaps the most iconic landmarks of them all: you can look down from its mountainous starting point and see the Big O, where it ends. (Our exploration will a bit shorter than that.) It is a totally charming street, as “Montreal” as they come, especially in the summer when a large portion of it is blocked off from traffic. It boasts some of the city’s classic diners, some great restaurants and cool bars and, while Saint-Catherine may boast the big name stores, Mount-Royal boasts the cool independent shops that you won’t find anywhere else…

GIVE JOHN LENNON’S PARK A CHANCE

When you tire of Zest & the City, take a break. Discover Montreal’s Mont Royal. The sprawling 200-hectare park is a signature space by Frederick Law Olmsted famous for his landscape design of New York’s Central Park . At the top of Peel Street, follow signs for GIVE PEACE A CHANCE. The garden is in memory of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famed ‘bed-in for peace’ that took place in Montreal 41 years ago.