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Romance for all in Montréal

Beautiful views, European charm, award-winning dining, entertainment that never sleeps… Montréal has got all the markers of a winning romantic weekend for any type of couple. This Valentine’s Day, whether you like things sporty, luxurious or classic (because long-stem roses never go out of style), here are five getaway ideas from us to you – with love. A classic kind of love Wining and dining is a sure way to pretty much anyone’s heart. With hotel specials like the Valentine’s Day package at the beautiful Le Germain in Old Montréal, you’re already half way there. After picking up some chocolates at Maison Christian Faure and some flowers at the stand in Square Victoria, grab a horse-drawn carriage tour of Old Montréal across the street from Notre-Dame Basilica, where Céline Dion got married (it’ll set the mood). Next, book a tête-à-tête to sample the special V Day offerings at 400 Coups (a five-course meal featuring crab ravioli and foie gras mousse), Le Quindici (short ribs braised in wine, anyone?) or the warm, European flavoured Branzino. If you can’t choose, how about one on Friday, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday? Then stroll up from Old Montréal to downtown for… / Read More →

10 New Year’s resolutions you’ll keep… in Montréal

Whether we make them every year or we’ve sworn off them for life, New Year’s Resolutions can haunt us – the trick is to make your yearly promises as fun-loving as possible. And since Montréal is decidedly fun-loving, it’s easy to follow through on those quintessential New Year’s resolutions any time of the year. Eat a multi-course meal Eating is necessary to life, whether you’ve made a “lose-weight” resolution or not, and five-course meals aren’t something most of us enjoy every day – so why not dig in to Montréal’s best prix-fixe menus at award-winning hotel and independent gourmet restaurants serving delicious local creations, authentic French food, special late-night menus, and so much more. If you visit in late fall, take advantage of the slashed prices at dozens of restaurants during the MTL à TABLE Montréal restaurant week. If you’re here in February, look for gourmet specials at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. And from late February to early April, experience the Québec cabane à sucre sugar shack tradition. Drink the good stuff There’s no time like the present in Montréal to splurge on that cask-aged whiskey or gorgeous bottle of wine you’ve been dreaming about. Taste rare single malts and more… / Read More →

Free things to do this December in Montréal

We anticipate December’s holiday shopping, gift giving and celebratory meals and parties long before the first snow falls, yet Montréal also offers a flip side that doesn’t cost a thing and can often be just as glamorous. Read on for free and easy December fun! Merry making Old Montréal’s December-long winter extravaganza, Merry Montréal, adds shine to the Old World edifices and glitter to the cobblestones – drink free hot chocolate and coffee, watch Christmas-themed films like Home Alone and Elf on an outdoor screen, warm up around fires, bring kids to see Santa at the Christmas market at Place Jacques-Cartier, call the North Pole, broadcast holiday wishes on “Wish-a-Phones,” and top it all off at the end of the month with the Merry Montréal New Year’s Ball. Outdoor illumination Become a kid again – or just join the kids at play already – at this year’s edition of Luminothérapie, an interactive-art playground filled with 30 seesaws emitting sound and light at Place des Festivals, beginning December 10. Also watch for state-of-the-art video projections on nearby Théâtre Maisonneuve and UQAM’s President–Kennedy building as well as the Grande Bibliothèque, UQAM bell tower and five more looming facades. Winter in the parks… / Read More →

Catholic religious landmarks and heritage of Montréal

Writer Mark Twain once famously said of Montréal, “This is the first time I was ever in a city where you couldn’t throw a brick without breaking a church window.” The history of Montréal – a city nicknamed “La ville aux cent clochers” (The City of a Hundred Bell Towers) – has been steeped in religion since its beginnings, when Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve (who founded Montréal on May 17, 1642) erected the first cross atop Mount Royal on January 6, 1643, to thank God for sparing his colony from rising flood waters. The current steel cross was erected in 1924. Here are some other popular and historic religious landmarks to visit in Montréal:   Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montréal was originally the small parish church of Notre-Dame built in 1672. Montréal’s Roman Catholic Sulpician Order commissioned New York architect James O’Donnell to design the new church on the same site in 1824, and when the Basilica was completed in 1829 – its Gothic Revival architecture and grand interior among the most dramatic in the world – it was the largest church in North America for the next half-century. More recently, the Basilica was the site of Luciano Pavarotti’s famed… / Read More →

Come to Montreal and save with the amazing Sweet Deal Hotel Package

There’s no doubting, in many if not most instances, that food tastes that much tastier, entertainment is more entertaining, and relaxation is perceptibly more relaxing when you feel like you’re getting the best bang for your shiny plastic Canadian bucks. Life, in fact, feels sweeter when you’re getting a deal, and Montreal continues to outdo itself when it comes to the offer of Sweet Deals for lodging, gastronomic adventuring, stimulating activities and cultural exploration of all kinds…

Cruise ship tours: Montreal in three hours or three days

The island of Montreal offers the contemporary cruise ship passenger innumerable possibilities for their own three-hour stopover tour of the city. Or make it a three-day tour, depending on how long you’re docked…

Plunge into the city aboard the Amphi-Bus

You’re new to the city and you want to get a lay of the land. Do you choose a bus tour or a boat tour as an introduction to this island town? With the Amphi-Bus, there’s no reason to choose!