13. Montreal, Quebec

September 27, 2015

Reasons to Visit

Canada, the United States’ neighbor to the north, maintains its own intrigue. While I’ve had the opportunity to visit Toronto and Niagara Falls (from the Canadian side, which is much better), I haven’t visited the French Canadian province of Québec and specifically want to visit Montréal. This North American city, which seems plucked from France and placed in the coldest part of our side of the globe. The city boasts a strong history that mirrors some of that of the U.S., with a culture and class that is both French inspired, but unique to this part of the world.

Must See

  • A visit to the past is a given with Old Montréal and Old Port. From a history lesson at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology and History or the boutique shops and restaurants, this part of town is travel back in time and to Europe.
  • While not necessarily my cup of tea, the shopping districts within Montréal are famed. Depending on the exchange rate, this could be valuable to the foreign traveler. I do enjoy good window shopping.
  • If visiting in the summertime, the Just For Laughs comedy festival is world-renowned and attracts huge talent. The two-week-long festival is sure to leave a smile on your face, whether you enjoy a big-name act, or an up-and-coming artist.
  • Speaking of festivals, the summer in Montréal ends with the Montréal Film Festival which rivals festivals such as Cannes and Sundance.
  • If the arts and culture aren’t enough, the city has an established foodie scene that rivals most major cities. With gastropubs, Michelin star dining, and continued growth in locally sourced, slow-food movement, if food and wine are on your agenda, you won’t be disappointed.
  • Looking for more action? Montréal features some great professional sports, including Formula 1 racing, Major League Soccer, National Hockey League, and more.

For couples looking to take a romantic getaway, Montreal should be at the top of the list. The city is considered beautiful year-round, whether it’s the green of spring and summer, or the snow of winter.

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