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Arriving in Montreal you feel as if you’ve just crossed the Atlantic Ocean and landed in a cosmopolitan European city to one of the most luxury vacations around.
Although most residents are bi-lingual – 56% of the population speaks English and French
MONTREAL TRAVEL FACTS
- Montreal is the world’s second-largest primarily French-speaking city after Paris.
- It is popular among Getaway2Give members and people who appreciate luxury vacations, and for good reason.
- You’ll quickly get swept up in the savoir-faire of this vibrant city, with its lively cultural scene, year-round festivals and picturesque blend of history with modernity.
- Montreal is French for “Mount Royal”, which is also the signature 500-acre hilltop that affords panoramic views of the city. It’s a popular picnic and hiking spot, and on nice-weather Sundays, you may enjoy spontaneous entertainment from drummers and dancers. In colder months, locals gather to participate in favorite winter sports such as ice-skating, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and sledding.
Simply put, there’s something for everyone in any season in Montreal.
After a mountain climb, you’ll have no trouble satiating your appetite because Montreal is truly a foodie haven. Take your pick of casual outdoor cafes or five-star restaurants known for their imaginative culinary concoctions. Not surprisingly, a specialty is cuisine with a French flair. Ferreira, Tiradito, Les Enfants Terribles and Au Pied de Cochon are just a few of the city’s hot spots that assure you of an unforgettable dining experience.
When temperatures dip and it’s too cold for eating alfresco, you and everyone in your family can celebrate with a wintry mix of forthcoming activities…
- Igloofest (Jan. 18 – Feb. 3, 2018). Features the best local and international DJs, an igloo village and a snowsuit contest
- Montréal en Lumiere Festival ( 22 – March 4, 2018). Indulge your gastronomic urges with food and wine and all of your other senses with music and dance shows, circus acts, and artistic exhibits at one of the largest winter festivals in the world.
- Fête des Neiges (Jan. 20 – Feb. 11, 2018 / Weekends Only). Play outdoors in a winter wonderland at Parc Jean-Drapeau with activities for the whole family.
If you prefer to hunker down indoors, a tableau of tantalizing attractions awaits you. Escape the frigid air altogether in Montreal’s underground city, known as RESO. It’s a 20-mile network of hotels, stores, restaurants, galleries, banks, offices, museums, cinemas and more that wind underneath Montreal’s streets and connect with metro rail stations. Guests who take advantage of Getaway2Give luxury vacations such as our luxury Montreal residence appreciate these kinds of conveniences and creature comforts.
If art is your thing during luxury vacations, Montreal boasts an array of major museums and numerous galleries to suit every aesthetic taste. The McCord Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Contemporary Art Museum of Montreal (the MAC), Chateau Ramezay (built in 1705 and one of the oldest buildings in America), the Museum of Beaux Arts (Canada’s oldest museum) and the Center for Canadian Architecture are just a few that you’ll want to consider.
Got kids? Getaway2Give luxury vacations are designed for children, too. They – and you – can spend hours exploring Montreal’s Biodome. It’s the only one of its kind in the world, with some of America’s most fascinating ecosystems on display with thousands of animal and plant species exhibited in natural habitat environments. Children will also delight in Montreal’s Insectarium and Planetarium.
When you’ve had your fill of museums, top off your day with a stroll through the city’s trendy Mile End and Plateau districts. Its tree-lined streets are filled with eclectic offerings, including vintage home accessories, crafts, artisan foods, funky clothing and some of Montreal’s most acclaimed dining establishments. Feel free to satisfying your shopping urge, as the currency exchange rate is quite favorable for the American dollar this year!
Not ready for a full meal? Head for high tea at one of the city’s afternoon tea salons and dine on British-style scones and pastries.
Any walking tour should include Old Montreal [LINK], with its cobblestone streets, 18th-century architecture and the charm of a European village. The Notre-Dame Basilica is a stunningly beautiful Gothic Revival church that readily inspires awe.
Nearby is the 150-year-old Marche Bonsecours, a four-story market, and from there it’s just a short walk to the Old Port, where several fancy restaurants serve sumptuous dishes that are reimagined as an art form. After lunch or dinner, take a romantic stroll along the St. Lawrence River and imbibe in cocktails at your choice of bars and taverns.
As a modern, progressive city, Montreal honors its cosmopolitan aura with a diversity of cultural festivals all year. From food to fireworks, street parties to cinema, the city celebrates all year. Here are just a few enticements to consider:
- Nuit Blanch (March 3 – March 4, 2018). As part of the Montréal en Lumiere Festival Music, downtown Montreal comes alive for 24 hours of festivities during Nuit Blanche, which means “sleepless night”.
- Leonard Cohen Exhibit (Through April, 2018). View a retrospective of the songwriter’s art beginning November 9, 2017 one year after his death, and extending through April, 2018. Based at the MAC, the show will also include installations and street performance in additional locations.
- Butterflies Go Free (February 22 – April 29, 2018). The Montreal Botanical Garden and the Montreal Insectarium join forces to release up to 20,000 butterflies and moths in the confines of the Botanical Garden’s climate-controlled greenhouses.
- Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada (June 7 – 10, 2018). Fans come from all over the world to thrill at watching some of racing’s greatest drivers.
- Mondial de la Bière (June 6 – June 9, 2018). Montreal’s Beer Festival provides a taste sensation of beer, wine and spirits from many countries, while Montreal’s most audacious chefs are invited to create original beer-drenched dishes.
- Francos de Montréal (June 7 – June 16, 2018). The entire musical spectrum is represented in this annual celebration of French music, featuring nearly 70 indoor shows and 180 free outdoor performances from 1,000 internationally acclaimed singers, musicians and composers.
- Montreal Jazz Festival (June 28 – July 7, 2018). World’s largest jazz festival, featuring roughly 3,000 artists in more than 650 concerts; some of them are free.
As a bonus, June through August gives way to numerous sidewalk sales, which you are apt to stumble upon on any sightseeing journey. Go ahead… indulge in an impulsive shopping spree!
Montreal is a city that enchants. There is so much to see and do that you’ll want to return again and again so you don’t miss any of its all-season wonders. But you won’t appreciate it until you make your first visit. See our elegant Montreal residence available now.
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