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375 things to do in Montréal in 2017

As you probably heard, Montréal is celebrating a big birthday this year – and it might get a little noisy. Sorry. To keep the fun going all year long, we asked locals and Tourisme Montréal staffers to recommend some of their favourite things to do in the city. Here are just 375 of their suggestions. Winter Make a plan to get in on the panoply of activities of Les Hivernales. Make a clean sweep and toss a few rocks at Curling en lumière in the Place des Festivals. Grab your thermos and watch 40 teams compete on icy waters of the St. Lawrence in the Montréal Ice Canoe Challenge. Warm up with a delicious hot chocolate at Juliette & Chocolat or Cacao 70. Don your tuque and mittens and watch outdoor hockey at the Classique Montréalaise at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Take the kids skating in huge outdoor rink in the Old Port. Indulge in everything chocolate, from cocktails and workshops to a chocolate-infused fashion show, at Je t’aime en chocolat! Strap on your cross-country skis or snow shoes and head down to the river to meet the Grande Traversée du Saint-Laurent. On Chinese New Year or year round, fill your plate… / Read More →

An introduction to Montréal’s most popular neighbourhoods

Every neighbourhood in Montréal exhibits a unique character of its own, encompassed in its historical sights, restaurants, hotels and art galleries, nightlife, parks and people. From west to east, we’ll introduce you to the neighbourhoods that form the core of urban Montréal, before circling outwards in additional articles to introduce more neighbourhoods. Old Montréal Where historical New France meets the modern world, cobblestone roads intersect with digital art installations and celebrated chefs astutely twist traditional dishes, Old Montréal embraces a unique blend of old and new. Walk along the Saint Lawrence River boardwalk in the Old Port, with views of Habitat 67 and Parc Jean-Drapeau, Bota Bota spa and more. Step back in time in the gorgeous Notre-Dame Basilica, Chateau Ramezay and Pointe-à-Callière Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History and leap into the present at the PHI Centre and DHC/ART gallery. Find luxury and boutique hotels along quaint, narrow streets lined with excellent restaurants such as Accords Wine Bar and Restaurant, Le Club Chasse et Pêche, Restaurant Les 400 Coups and  Taverne Gaspar. Downtown The heart of Montréal’s entertainment district, the Quartier des Spectacles, centres on downtown’s Place des Arts, where world-class music, opera, dance and more grace the stages and festivals take over the streets every summer. Nearby, incredible art, culture and history exhibitions… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 23 to 29

Montréal slows its pace this week for the holidays yet there’s still so much to do – go gift shopping or ice skating, see The Nutcracker or a hockey game, warm up by a fireplace or dance late into the night. However you celebrate, Montréal wishes you a happy holiday season. Let it snow  Downtown’s Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal stays open throughout Christmas Eve –  find gifts, food and drink, kids activities, live music and Canada’s tallest Christmas tree on Sainte-Catherine Street outside Place des Arts. Right around the corner, art lights up when you push levers in the 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie. Listen to live music, eat, drink and roast marshmallows over open fires at Noël dans le Parc at Place Émilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie, open right up to and including Christmas Day. Go ice skating at the Old Port’s Natrel Skating Rink or at Village Mammouth, turning the Olympic Stadium Esplanade into a winter fun zone with a refrigerated rink, tube sliding, food trucks and a market. See our round-up of winter activities for all ages for more things to do, including tropical adventures at the Botanical Garden and Biodôme, hosting Christmas for the Animals on Dec. 26. Last-minute shopping Outdoors, in beautiful Old Montréal there’s a… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Kirk Muller

It’s professional hockey-player-turned-coach Kirk Muller’s third rodeo as a Montrealer, this time as the hugely popular associate coach of the city’s beloved Montreal Canadiens. He’s lived in the West Island, Westmount and now Old Montréal, and as such has cultivated a broad appreciation of the city. We caught up with the friendly and fun-loving Muller in between games to talk about the town he calls home (again) and, of course, hockey. What’s the coolest, or if you prefer, most satisfying thing about your job? “I’d say the most satisfying and cool thing about my job is all the hard work that you do behind the scenes that people don’t see, the day-to-day working with players and seeing them develop. That’s the satisfying part. And then you walk out at 7:30 and the rink’s full at the Bell Centre and the fans are excited for the anthem and you’re like, ‘Here we go again!’ You can’t replace that feeling and that energy, so that’s the coolest thing, especially on a Saturday night.” What’s something you do every day that you love to do every day? “A big thing that I love to do [laughs]… it’s nice to relax. After the hockey… / Read More →

Igloofest goes Nordik for Montréal’s 375th

There may not be any actual igloos, per se, but the same concepts of warmth and community under one roof are still two of the big drivers behind Montréal’s annual Igloofest outdoor dance party. And this year, as part of the wintry Hivernales portion of the city’s year-long 375th birthday party, Igloofest is far more than simply a celebration of the best that electronic music has to offer: it’s an expanded, family-friendly festival for all. With a beat. Over the course of six (up from four) weekends this year – January 12 to February 19 – dance enthusiasts by the tens of thousands will warm themselves to the sound of leading edge electro while immersed in Igloofest’s magical multimedia environment. Custom-designed stages, as well as immersive video and laser light displays, are all diamonds in a setting that’s equally spectacular in its own right: the Jacques-Cartier Quay in the picturesque Old Port of Montréal, in the glow of Old Montréal. As mentioned, Igloofest falls under the umbrella of Hivernales, which runs from January 6 to March 11. It’s a blanket term covering numerous events, from the opening Barbegazi Winter Action Sports Festival to the Classique Montréalaise pond hockey tournament; from the Montréal en… / Read More →

A traditional holiday shopping guide to Montréal

If you’re doing your holiday gift shopping in Montréal, you’ve certainly got plenty of options, from Sainte-Catherine Street brand-name shops to the local creativity of artisanal craft fairs. But if you’re specifically looking for that “holiday spirit” or “Christmas-y feeling” or “winter wonderland” in uniquely-Montréal retail form, read on. In its second year, outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal turns its charm factor way up with  a massive, illuminated Christmas tree on the Place des Arts esplanade, Blending traditions from around the world, the Grand Marché offers all kinds of locally made gift items, gourmet food and drink – be sure to try an array of creative food truck fare and the homemade goodies from Labonté de la pomme Verger & Miellerie – as well as free live shows and family-oriented outdoor activities to complete the experience, December 2 to 24. The two biggest professional art and craft fairs in the city are always a sure bet for one-of-a-kind items that add a little more holiday sparkle to the season. Walk among Christmas trees and historical holiday displays as you peruse the handiwork of Québec artisans, artists and craftspeople at the impressive Salon des Métiers d’Art –… / Read More →

A horn o’ plenty of things to do on U.S. Thanksgiving

If your name is Cobbler, Popcorn, Cheese or Abe, the last four years of the Obama administration were good ones, because those were the names of the Thanksgiving turkeys that – per White House tradition – the president pardoned in his final term. But you don’t have to be a lucky turkey to enjoy U.S. Thanksgiving, at least not in Montréal, and the following represents just a small sampling of the bounty that awaits those who visit during the holiday. American Thanksgiving is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November, which this year falls on November 24, and marks the (un)official puck drop on the holiday season. Traditionally an expression of gratitude for a healthy harvest, it’s only fitting that we begin with one of the things that Montrealers themselves are most grateful for: the city’s incredible crop of topnotch restaurants. Congrats to Agrikol in Montreal, ranked #6 on our list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2016! Check out this year’s winners for Air Canada enRoute Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2016 by clicking the link in our bio. . Félicitations à Agrikol à Montréal, qui se classe en 6ème place sur notre liste des Meilleurs nouveaux restos canadiens… / Read More →

MTLàTABLE sets the table in every Montréal neighbourhood

Everybody knows that Montréal neighbourhoods are singular destinations, each with their own personality. Explore them on foot or by bike and you’ll constantly find a new beat, fresh vibe and renewed creativity. Now that MTLàTABLE is happening, why not head to the four corners of the city to discover new attractions, new charm and—of course—new restaurants. To whet your appetite, hop on this guided tour! Downtown Montréal’s business and cultural centre is located due south of Mount Royal. It’s home to one of Canada’s busiest commercial arteries, Sainte-Catherine Street, so consider doing some shop-cercising before dinner. Your culinary journey begins at Pullman, the equally beautiful and scrumptious wine bar, then it takes you toward the skyscrapers to sample the fine fare at Decca 77 or the Italian cuisine at Fiorellino Snack Bar – Ristorante. Your other option is to aim high with the chic brasserie-style menu at Enfants Terribles (Au Sommet Place Ville Marie). To see all participating restaurants in the downtown area, click here. Mount royal, Outremont and Westmount Welcome to the posh end of town, where the grass really is greener. Feast your eyes on spectacular Victorian homes, verdant alleyways, manicured gardens and ubiquitous good taste. Nothing’s too… / Read More →

Double the love on a double-decker bus

No matter how deep the relationship, when we see the object of our love on a daily basis – whether it’s the cobblestone streets Old Montréal, the gravity-defying tilt of the Olympic Tower or the graceful silhouette of Mount Royal – we run the risk of taking them for granted. We’re happy to report that there is, however, a quick, red and rumbly fix for that: an authentic London double-decker bus tour. While visitors to Montréal can profit monstrously from bus tours – essentially a mobile city sampler pack that offers a taste of everything – they are also the ticket for Montrealers looking to reconnect. Take it from one who knows: there’s nothing quite like taking a tour on a vintage London double-decker bus for falling in love with Montréal all over again, for seeing the city through the eyes of a visitor, and feeling like a tourist in your own town. Hop-on Hop-off #MTLmoments Une photo publiée par Amélie St-Cyr (@astcyr) le 21 Juin 2016 à 14h43 PDT There are a variety of double-decker bus tours on offer from May through until the end of October. There are no-stop tours of varying lengths, night-time tours (highly recommended –… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Nathan Beaulieu

Montréal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, a strapping young man originally from Strathroy, Ontario, first gained national attention as a member of the bronze medal-winning Canada hockey team at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, and today smiles broadly when he recalls how proud he was to represent Canada at the World Juniors. Which is why Beaulieu is thrilled Montréal will host (with Toronto) what promises to be a passionate, action-packed 2017 World Junior Championship beginning on Dec. 26, as well as the medal round on Jan. 5, 2017, at Montréal’s Bell Centre, home of the Canadiens. Fittingly, 2017 also marks the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League’s founding in Montréal. Job: Montréal Canadiens defenseman Favourite pastime: Golf, fishing Do you have a favourite memory from the 2012 World Junior Championship? The best thing about it was the bunch of guys I played with. It’s cool now playing some of them in the NHL. Canada is always a favourite going into that tournament, so not playing for the gold medal was a bittersweet ending. But coming home with a medal was something special. What is it about the World Junior Championship that makes it exciting for you? In Canada, Christmas is… / Read More →