Looking for a great getaway–no passport needed? Montreal might be just the thing. Whether you’re seeking family fun, a romantic getaway or sight seeing, this island city’s diverse culinary delights and endless festivals make for a perfect vacation. No matter when you visit, you’ll never be bored. Here are 6 reasons to put Montreal at the top of your travel list:
Montreal is constantly putting on events for the public, and not just in summer. Check out all the happenings going on by visiting their event page.
Year-round Fun Thanks to the RÉSO
Don’t fear Montreal’s frosty winters or hot summers–it’s a fantastic destination any time of year. Even if you can’t make it when the weather’s to your liking, there are ways to get around the city in comfort. Montreal is home to the amazing RÉSO, a.k.a. the underground city, a subterranean network of walkways, shopping centers, restaurants, theatres and subway stations that covers an astounding 20.5 miles downtown (the largest in the world). If you plan your trip right, you won’t even have to go outside (unless you want to) while staying in our G2G residence.
Like the French, Montreal is known for its fashion sense and the city offers retail therapy to accommodate. Start at the Eaton Centre mall downtown, then wander west on Rue Sainte-Catherine and pop in at any of the more than 1,200 upscale chain stores (BCBG Max Azria, Mexx, Browns), department stores (La Maison Simons, Ogilvie) and independent boutiques that line the street.
Food Lover’s Paradise
With more restaurants per capita than any American city, Montreal has solidified itself as a foodie town. The city is a festival of flavor: from amazing seafood to the famous poutine, you can fulfill every taste and budget. Find suggestions here.
Winter Sports Galore
Montreal is a sport enthusiast’s dream, great for winter sports from December to April, and summer activities from May to November. There is always a game to see: the city’s pro sports teams and events range from hockey (the Montréal Canadiens) to football (Alouettes), soccer (Impact), tennis (Rogers Cup), racing (Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada) and more! Did we mention our residence is connected to the Bell Centre? You’re welcome!
Culture and History: Where Old Meets New
Once in Montreal, you can see historical sights all over the city, showcasing its rich history that predates the foundation of Canada itself. Some sights to visit include the SOS Labyrinthe, the Centaur Theatre, many amazing restaurants, Old Montreal, La Ronde, and so much more.