Montreal 2011

Montreal is a great getaway destination for anyone located in eastern North America. In recent years, I had visited Montreal several times during the summer, but I had never explored it in the winter. Known for its cold temperatures, Montreal became my special travel project in February of 2011 – I simply wanted to explore this great city in the winter. My travel partner and I stayed in a historic hotel right in the middle of Old Montreal and got to sample a wide range of the culinary delights available in this vibrant city.

Our outings included a culinary tour of Old Montreal, snow-shoeing on Mount Royal (so much fun!), a personal driving tour to get to know some of the city’s main sights and an afternoon at the circus. We also spent some time in a spa (located on a boat in the St. Lawrence River!) and I also went skating in the harbour against the beautiful backdrop of Old Montreal.

For our evening entertainment we checked out the busy action on Crescent Street and went to one of Montreal’s most famous jazz bars. Despite the rather chilly temperatures, Montreal turned out to be a phenomenal winter getaway destination.

With its famous summer festivals like the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Just for Laughs Festival, Montreal is a hugely popular destination in the warmer months. But the city’s winters are known to be… Read more.

Day 2 (February 19, 2011) of our Montreal trip started with a culinary walking tour of Old Montreal. We  linked up with our tour at Europea Espace Boutique, an offshoot of Europea, a fine dining… Read more.

After an interesting and tasty culinary tour of Old Montreal and a short rest back at the historic Auberge Bonaparte, we were in for a real treat in the afternoon: snow-shoeing on Mont Royal.  When… Read more.

Another packed day was in store for Day 3 (Feb 21, 2011) of our Montreal adventure. In the morning, expert tour guide Ronald Poiré from VDM Global met us for a driving tour of the… Read more.

Our guided driving tour in the morning had provided us with great background knowledge of Montreal, its history and culture. In the afternoon we were now going to have a chance to sample some unique… Read more.

After a nice breakfast at our window seat at the Auberge Bonaparte, overlooking the historic stone townhouses of Rue Saint François Xavier, I got ready to brace a chilly winter day in Old Montreal. Montreal… Read more.

During the last few hours in Montreal on Day 5 of our trip (Feb 22, 2011) I managed to get a few more things in. Right after breakfast I received a private tour of the… Read more.

Montreal  is always an amazing getaway destination from Toronto – in a bit more than 5 hours you can reach a vibrant destination that distinguishes itself with a special European flair. The city is equally… Read more.