Montreal is slowly starting to move indoors as summer fades away – things to do this week straddle the open-air events Montreal is famous for and the many sheltered options necessitated by the winter season. See films, dance and music shows in parks and in theatres, tour Tall Ships, meet Star Trek royalty, go to the Opera, or dance the night away…
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The InterContinental Montreal is truly one of the city’s most unique hotels. Following massive renovations in 2009, it manages to effortlessly combine its rich heritage with a contemporary design motive and the intimate feel of a boutique hotel with the service that only a luxurious Four-Diamond hotel can offer…
Last week I went to my first Igloofest. Or, as one friend put it, “You lost your Igloofest virginity.” [Insert happy face here.] While I can’t exactly say I’m a brand new woman, I do have a new appreciation for the month of January. How, I wonder, did the last three editions of this massive outdoor party ever pass me by?
The Happening Gourmand festival is happening right now (it started Jan. 10) and will run until Jan. 31. For any Toronto-folk reading this and scratching their heads, this is sort of like your Winterlicious. For Manhattanites, think New York Restaurant Week, only smaller and wrapped up in Old World charm and ambience.
Let’s face it, Montreal’s summer festivals have a pretty easy go of it. Have you seen Montreal in the summer? You could have an International Festival of Paper Clips and there would be 10,000 people partying downtown. But winter is a tougher sell, which makes the ongoing success of January’s Igloofest all the more impressive…
Get ready for the witching hour! Take a Ghost Walk in Old Montreal. Follow the guide over cobbled stones and hear about gruesome crimes committed in Montreal’s centuries-old river-side area.
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a bit of an obsession with boats – apparently, I’m not alone. The Old Port has been packed with nautical nerds and seafaring fans ever since five tall ships (Bounty, Pride of Baltimore, Lynx, Roald Amundsen and Unicorn) sailed into Montreal on Thursday.
Love animals? Run down to the Old Port. The photos are fabulous! On Bonsecours Island (sounds like a pirate place, non?) at the Quais / piers of Old Montreal’s port area, there are 140 of the best animal photos in the world. Fifty of these are being shown for the first time. The exposition also has a video, which is really great to watch. The show is a partnership between the famed Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the National Geographic Collection, and the renowned international photographer Vincent Munier. It’s fun for everyone. And the animal photos are amazing. They should be. Vincent has been awarded the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award – three times!
The Belvü, a swanky yacht, docked in Old Montreal is the kind of craft only the very well-off ( and their friends ) usually get to visit . Except that this handsome embarcation is made accessible to anyone looking for a glammed- up, Miami Vice- style nautical experience .
Remember those gorgeous, sleek, low, wooden boats that whipped by in the movies? Ladies usually wore a Hermès scarf and big Jackie Kennedy sunglasses. The men drove the boat. You’ll be able to see 80 of these classics at the Festival du Bateau Classique in the Old Port (McGill and de la Commune Streets) of Montreal, from August 20th through the week-end.