One Day in Montreal: Our Best Travel Tips

Only have a day to explore Montreal, Quebec? Relax, we've got the can't miss highlights of this Canadian city

One Day in Montreal: Our Best Travel TipsPhoto by McGill College Ave Photo, Stéphan Poulin

Source: Best Health magazine, January/February 2016

First called Ville-Marie, the island of Montreal was later renamed after the mountain that sits at its centre, Mount Royal. It is Canada’s second-largest city, with about 1.65 million people calling it home. French is the official language, spoken by more than 60 percent of the population. It’s nestled between the shores of the mighty St. Lawrence River. While many visitors arrive with a list of go-to hotels and restaurants, there’s so much more to enjoy. Here’s how to play tourist in style.

Best Greens

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the visionary behind New York’s Central Park, Mount Royal is one of the city’s great outdoor escapes. You can bike and hike ‘the mountain,’ as it’s known locally, in summer and cross-country ski or skate during the winter months. You can also just hang out and enjoy the plants and bird life.

Best Tour

Montreal is known for its culinary delights, and a food tour is a great way to learn about the various communities and the cuisine that defines each of them. Check out Local Montreal Tours for its Mile End Montreal Food Tour. The three-hour walking tour lets you soak up the rich history of this district while nibbling on a variety of foods, from a vegan falafel at La Panthère Verte to a Montreal-style bagel at St-Viateur Bagel to bonbons from Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois. Delish!

Best History

A visit here would be incomplete without a trip to the old quarter ‘ you’ll feel like you’ve landed smack dab in the middle of Europe. With narrow cobblestone streets dotted with galleries, restaurants and boutiques, Old Montreal is the perfect way to top up your cultural quotient.

Best Spa

For a spa with a little something-something extra, check out Bota Bota. It’s a ferryboat that’s been reimagined as a spa, and it’s anchored at the base of Old Montreal, floating gently on the St. Lawrence River. You can spend the day luxuriating at this full-service spa or just an hour enjoying the water circuit. Either way, plan for lunch: Michelin-starred chef Eric Gonzalez runs the kitchen.

Getting There

You can fly into Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and you’re only a quick cab ride from the city. The train is also an option from some destinations, and Via Rail Canada will deliver you right into the heart of the city, ready to start your adventure.

Secrets to Staying Healthy & Happy

hannukal

Have your latkes and eat them, too!

It’s the first day of Hanukkah and I’m getting ready to chow down on my mom’s famous latkes (potato pancakes). I can’t wait. I don’t know how she does it, but they always come out perfectly: crispy on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside and glistening with oil. Eating foods that have been […]

kids-summer-fun

Fit Mom: Why I’m Not (Over) Planning My Kids’ Summer

Jen Walker knows how challenging it can be to keep a family (and herself!) healthy’she’s raising three boys and working full time as our senior content editor. How does she do it? Follow her family stories here every Thursday to find out.Recently I’ve been wrestling with scheduling my sons’ summer holidays. Should I schedule every […]

Turkey

Sage-Brined Turkey Breast

Try a new spin on on a holiday classic. Brining turkey imparts flavour and creates a moist breast that will leave your mouth watering.

Daffodil

Events: What’s happening this week

Here’s a list of things to do this week, including supporting cancer research, checking out a health show and going for a run.Wear a daffodilAprilAcross CanadaShow your support for a cure with this pretty daffodil pin. Funds raised go toward cancer prevention, research and support through the Canadian Cancer Society. While the flower is meant […]