Looking for a fun weekend adventure? Make your way up to Montreal and enjoy French Quebec.
If you are on the east coast of the United States (Upstate New York, Boston, Maine, etc.) you have to set aside a few days to visit our neighbors of the north, Canada.
This was my first visit to Canada and while it was quick, I know it won’t be my last.
Today I wanted to share with you some of the activities I participated in while visiting this beautiful city.
The 24-Hour Guide To Montreal
Okay, so you are probably wondering why this is a 24-hour guide and not an entire weekend. When I visited with a friend of mine, we were planning to spend the entire weekend exploring the area. However, Mother Nature had different plans. With an incoming snow storm, we knew we would be stuck in the city (which both of us couldn’t miss work) thus we has to leave the next day to avoid the snow. It was a good thing we did; our Airbnb host told us there was over 6 inches (well he said 15 cm) of snow on the ground a few hours after we had left.
How To Get Here
Montreal is located in the Canadian providence of Quebec. It is just north of Burlington, Vermont.
Montreal is serviced by Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport located about 12 miles from downtown. As the headquarters of Air Canada, this airport is one of the largest in Canada.
By Car or Bus
If you are leaving from New York City, take the 87 and settle in for a 7 hour drive. Be aware that the border lines tend to be longer on the weekends.
The Adirondack services passengers daily from New York City to Montreal and vice-versa. The 11-hour trips takes you through scenic Hudson Valley and the Adirondack Mountains.
Where to Stay
Like any large city, Montreal has large chain hotels and small airbnbs to rent.
Personally, I love staying in Airbnb’s when visiting new cities so I can enjoy the comforts of home. Plus you feel like a total local!
- LHotel – Located in Old Town, this hotel’s fun and unique decor is a favorite.
- Hotel Le Cantlie Suites – Walking distance to many of the main attractions and the restaurant serves a delicious breakfast bar.
- Hotel Le St-James – If an elegant hotel is what you have your eyes set out for, this is the hotel for you.
What To See
If you only have a day in this city, try to check out all of the top sites.
This expansive park located on an island in the middle of the St.Lawrence River is a great place to walk around during the winter or summer.
Cobblestone streets and historic buildings make this quick stop well worth it.
Did you know that Montreal has an entire underground city? With over 32 kilometers of tunnels, this underground passageway was built in mind of the harsh winters. With over 1,600 stores, businesses and restaurants, you can spend an entire day without seeing the sunlight.
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