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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)

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: SEPTEMBER 14-20

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…

The InterContinental Montreal

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…

THE HEAT IS ON AT IGLOOFEST

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?

OLD MONTREAL GOURMAND À GO-GO

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.

DANCE YOUR WINTER AWAY AT IGLOOFEST

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…

WALKING WITH GHOSTS IN MONTREAL

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.

AHOY! BOUNTY IN THE OLD PORT

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.

THE ANIMALS OF BONSECOURS ISLAND

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!

MONTREAL’S BELVU IS A BOAT AND A LOUNGE

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 .