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10 Montréal “Musts” For First-Time Visitors

A first-time visit to any city can be overwhelming. What to see? What to do? And most importantly — how to prioritize it all?  To simplify your initial Montréal visit, we’ve compiled a simple list of crowd-pleasin’ attractions. Think of it as a “greatest hits” list of what to see and do in a diverse and exciting city. In no particular order, here are ten activities and attractions that first-time Montréal visitors might want to put on their “must see” list. Climb Mount Royal (The Lookout) Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (the same landscape architect who crafted New York’s Central Park), the “mountain” park at the heart of the city is the city’s most iconic landmark — and the most popular place to snap a Montréal selfie. Reach the viewpoint at the top of Mount Royal Park by walking up the stairs or with a guided tour. In the chalet at the summit, visitors will find washrooms and a small canteen for refreshments. Give yourself a breezy two hours. Spree on St-Catherine As one of the longest commercial strips in Canada, Sainte-Catherine Street is the perfect place for retail rehabilitation. You’ll find international fashion mainstays such as Gap, Victoria’s Secret… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Michel Rabagliati

Michel Rabagliati is the man behind Paul, the character of his graphic novels based in Montréal and famous worldwide for quiet adventures in which Paul explores the countryside, the metro system and the fishing pond. Translated from their original French (Les Éditions de la Pastèque) into many languages (including English by Montréal comic publisher Drawn and Quarterly), Rabagliati’s work is boundless in its charm. He told us about his Montréal. Job: Graphic novelist Favourite pastime: Singing in a choir. It’s something I love, first of all because it gives me a reason to leave my house (I’d probably stay chained to my drawing table for months without noticing otherwise), and second, because it’s hugely satisfying. Working in harmony and bringing human voices together in concert is truly a unique experience. Who knows, maybe song is the solution to war! How long have you been a Montrealer? I was born here, in Rosemont, in the 1960s. I had a delightful and worry-free childhood. I’ve never envied those who grew up in the countryside. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done so far this year? I think that would be going on set during the shooting of the film based on my work,… / Read More →

5 Montréal picnic and park pairings

Montréal summers are a thing to treasure. As the weather warms, our collective thoughts turn to how we can spend the most time outside, and there are few better activities than eating en plein air. To help you capitalize on this favoured summer activity, we’re offering a quick guide on where to buy a picnic, and which nearby green space you can go enjoy it in. All you’ll have to do is BYOB (by which, of course, we mean bring your own blanket). DIY: Atwater Market + the Lachine Canal Running since 1933, Atwater Market is home to a host of businesses ready to help you cobble together your perfect picnic. Start with some cheese at La Fromagerie Hamel to pair with fresh fruit from one of the outdoor vendors. Next stop is Les Cochons Tout Ronds for charcuterie, and finally a baguette from bakery Première Moisson (don’t forget to grab yourself an almond croissant for dessert). Cross over the footbridge right outside the market’s south end to find a bench along the historic Lachine Canal waterfront and delight in your spoils. Gastronomy-on-the-go: Food trucks + Mount Royal Park / Parc Jeanne-Mance Food trucks are still a relatively new thing… / Read More →

Double the Mothers! Family-Friendly Activities on Mother’s Day in Montréal

One mom, or two moms, Montréal is a fun place to bond on Mother’s Day and create great family memories. For little Montrealer Zoé, Mother’s Day is a very special occasion. Not only is it a few days before her birthday, but she’s lucky enough to have double the mothers to celebrate! Take a look at some great ideas for Mother’s Day in Montréal, whether you’re honouring one mom or two! Since cutie pie Zoé is only 2 years old, we asked her mothers Mélissa and Geneviève how they plan to celebrate Mother’s Day and Zoé’s birthday, and what their favourite family activities in Montréal are. Mother’s Day Brunch In Montréal One of Mélissa and Geneviève’s favourite places for a yummy family-friendly brunch is La Grand-mère Poule on Beaubien Street East. They serve typical brunch fare, with an extensive gluten-free section! If you want to treat mom to something a little fancier, try Birks Cafe by Europea. It’s located literally inside the elegant and iconic jewelry store. Keep mama away from the display cases though, unless you want to walk out of there with something sparkly and a considerably lighter wallet. A Sunday Stroll In a Park Zoé loves to… / Read More →

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: