One of Montréal’s most famous treasures is the “Underground City, an underground pedestrian network right under the heart of the city that links metro stations to shopping plazas for over 32 kilometres (about 20 miles). It’s a lifesaver when you want to stroll, shop and eat away from the hot blazing sun or the freezing snow, but it’s also a go-to destination for the whole family anytime because of the world of entertainment it opens up. Your stating point? The Montréal Eaton Centre, a glittering multistory shopping centre uniting 175 shops and restaurants on Sainte-Catherine Street, connected directly to McGill metro station. Souvenir central If you’re looking for goodies to remember your trip by, Eaton Centre has got the made-in-Montréal shops for you: Rudsak leather goods, Squish gourmet artisanal candies, DavidsTea and Caroline Néron’s Swarovsky-enhanced jewellery are all great for gifts, whether they’re for yourself or your lucky loved ones. Sports fans will find everything they want in terms of Montréal sports teams regalia at Édition Limitée, while shoe fiends will want to check out L’intervalle, a Montréal-based women’s footwear label, or the Montréal-based, internationally famous ALDO shoes. Head-to-toe style Looking for a new look? Create your own extreme makeover at… / Read More →
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It’s American Thanksgiving on November 26, and while we understand that many of our neighbours south of the border will be celebrating traditional-style, we also know that the idea of basting a Butterball and getting stuffed on stuffing might not grab everyone. Thankfully, Montréal offers some fun options for a weekend getaway – especially with the current advantageous exchange rates and the fact that we are a short drive away from the New England states. It’s the perfect time to discover our city’s amazing cultural options, great food, crazy good shopping and effervescent nightlife. Plus, everything will be OPEN. So now that we’ve talked turkey, let’s help you make plans to enjoy our fall bounty. Getting here Air Canada offers a lot of direct flights from US destinations, which means you can easily jet here for all our Montréal excitement. With gas prices still low, you might want to make it a road trip: don’t forget that we’re just an hour from the U.S.–Canada border. Where to stay We’ve got a pretty awesome Fall Sweet Deal worth checking out that gives you 50% off the second night at participating hotels, plus a coupon booklet worth $455 CDN on major activities… / Read More →
Whether it’s stuffing the stockings of others or being Santa to yourself, Montreal comes with a sleigh-full of holiday shopping options – from Christmas markets to bountiful boutiques to original art and artisans – that are all sparkling with possibility…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The snow is making us cozy, the holidays are making us generous, and the typical holiday snacks are making us hungry. With unique outdoor activities to artisan shopping fairs, Montreal knows how to make the most out of the winter holiday season. Check out the very merry activities happening in Old Montreal from December 13, 2014 to January 3, 2015 for Merry Montreal!
Across the Lachine Canal from downtown Montreal and running westward, Verdun is one of Canada’s oldest neighbourhoods, and it’s in continual transformation: every visit reveals a new hip restaurant or cute bakery. With the path-lined canal running along its southern tip, Verdun is an ideal place for cyclists and cross-country skiers – and, in summer, even amateur fisherman! But it’s also a growing commercial centre, particularly on Wellington Street, the ‘hood’s happening main drag. We suggest you start your visit at De L’Église metro station, conveniently close to Wellington and inches from the visit-worthy Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs church, built in 1914… (chilling) Wellington is the perfect promenade drag, similar to Mont-Royal on the Plateau or Park Avenue in Mile End. There’s something new everywhere you look, and its crowd of wanderers encourage you to do the same, just walk, without trying to get anywhere too fast. When your feet ache or your tummy grumbles, there re a million convivial spots to stop at, whether to sit or to take out for a Canal-side picnic. If it’s the situation calls for brunch, stop by the neighbourhood favourite Ma Douce Moitié, complete with leatherette booths and indulgent specials like the French onion soup sandwich…. / Read More →
Is it right that all I’m thinking about is the holidays? The snow is barely sticking to the ground these days, but the twinkly magic of Christmastime is all around. This week is the perfect time to start on your gift shopping and visit Santa… in addition to seeing a couple of plays, catching some live music and sampling the best in local wines, of course. (gift shopping) The magic returns to the Palais des Congrès until December 7, for the fifth annual Nutcracker Market by Les Grands Ballets de Montréal. Find the toys, jewelery, knits and tasty treats you need for your list, and help out The Nutcracker Fund for Children, which supports all sorts of arts and culture initiatives for kids. The annual and beloved Souk@SAT is back too this weekend and until December 30: this holiday bazaar unites the contemporary creations of over 70 local artists, designers and craftspeople. Souk@SAT takes over the entire Society for Arts and Technology building to showcase fantastic purchasable fashion, home décor, toys, accessories and more. Get a dose of Santa at Plaza St-Hubert this Friday, November 28, during the 10th anniversary of the Défilé des rêves holiday parade: activities, music and merriment are… / Read More →
Sharpen your wits and ready your elbows… it’s Black Friday! It’s time for some serious, competitive deal hunting and Holiday shopping. But it’s also chilly November in Montreal, so how about we keep things indoors?
In the west end of town, between downtown and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, lives a lush land known as Westmount. Its main artery is Sherbrooke Street West, between Atwater and Décarie, and one of its most impressive features is beautiful Westmount Park, complete with paddling pool, tons of jungle gyms, an arena, a library and even a small but breathtaking botanical garden. As you hike up the hill north of Sherbrooke, you’ll find the mansions that give the neighbourhood its posh reputation. South of Sherbrooke, it’s still fancy, but it’s more accessible to the rest of us, with pretty streets punctuated with unique stores and great spots to eat.
The chilly winds of mid-November in Montreal inspire thoughts of long winters curled up by a fireplace with a pile of good books. Get your seasonal stack – and more – at two fun events this month, perfectly suited to literary types: Expozine and Salon du Livre de Montréal…
According to historical lore, that very first Thanksgiving, celebrated by the English Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1621 following a successful harvest, was said to have lasted three days. Roughly the same amount of time any visiting American cousins could have at their disposal while exploring Montreal’s bounty this upcoming U.S. Thanksgiving holiday long weekend, which begins with Thanksgiving itself on Thursday, November 27…