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Festival Bach Montréal is a multi-event ode to Johann Sebastian Bach. Through a series of concerts and educational programs, the Festival Bach Montréal showcases Canada’s elite musicians to the world and brings world-class performers to Quebec. Festival Bach Montréal 2022: November to December, 2022 Locations: TBA

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Montreal Pride: August 8 – August 14, 2022 Founded in 2007 by Montréal’s sexual & gender diversity communities, Montréal Pride Festival, aka Festival Fierté Montréal, is now the largest Francophone Pride gathering in the world. The organization’s primary mission is to “support and promote local communities while serving as a beacon of hope for people around the world who continue to battle injustice.” This year, Montréal Pride Festival will attract more than 2 million local and international visitors over two weeks of community, cultural and festive activities including free shows, panels, the Community Day and the oh-so-famous Pride Parade. The 2.7 km parade’s route will “symbolically link the old and the new,” departing from the former west end LGBTQ+ sector to arrive at the very heart of the new Gay Village. The parade will begin at Metcalfe Street and end on Alexandre-DeSève Street. Don’t forget to celebrate Community Day on Saint-Catherine Street in the heart of the Village. Community Day draws over 90,000 visitors and is the perfect opportunity to meet local LGBTQ+ communities, promote your services and recruit allies. New to the city? Stay in one of our favorite downtown Village lofts thanks to Airbnb Montréal and check out some of our favorite things to do in Montréal.

Starting September first, the province of Quebec will be requiring proof of vaccination for all mandatory activities- think, restaurants, bars, music festivals, etc. Montreal- one of the most exciting cities in the province will welcome you back with delicious cuisine, festivals, and more.

Montreal takes gastronomy extremely seriously, home of fresh buttery bagels and uber greasy poutine- Montreal serves up comfort food in the best way possible. Along with endless amounts of delectable late-night snacks, Montreal has an incredibly diverse population that results in every cuisine imaginable being accessible in the city, along with plenty of high-quality French cooking that has stunned some of the most famous chefs across the globe.

Montreal has one of the most concentrated collections of visionary artists in North America. The eclectic city is lined with petite galleries to hop, immersive technological experiences, and massive art museums housing thousands of archival works. Explore one of the most unique and creative cities in the world, and embrace the cutting-edge art that seeps through the city streets.

Montreal is one of Canada’s most exciting cities, and don’t be afraid of any language barrier, as the city has been tailored to be a tourist-friendly destination. Montreal’s many neighborhoods each have something unique to offer, from the eclectic, youthful vibe of Le Plateau to the European essence radiating from the picturesque architecture of Old Montreal. Sit back this summer and take in the city's 'joie de vivre' at one of the plentiful outdoor terraces downtown, munch on authentic poutine, and laugh the delightfully warm night away.

Home of Poutine, fries covered in squishy cheese and gravy, and the center of art and culture in French Canada, Montreal is a slice of Europe tucked into North America. Canada is an extremely safe country to adventure alone, and while caution and street smarts are recommended, Montreal is one of the safer cities on the continent to explore solo. Montreal is incredibly walkable, with clean and dependable public transportation, and the majority of people are perfectly bilingual in both French and English. Enjoy the picturesque Old Port along with plentiful elegant boutiques and museums spread out throughout the dynamic city. We are big fans of both poutine and breakfast food- two things Montrealers take pride in, so be prepared for some hearty meals which will be easily walked off in your explorations of the charming city. We recommend Montreal for first-time solo travelers due to the vibrancy and friendliness the city provides.

Montreal has what every libra loves, a balance between two distinct aspects of the city. The old and new Montreal intertwine seamlessly, along with boutique shopping, a thriving art scene, and cozy cafes to daydream in. Montreal is a North American treasure that any libra would be thrilled to escape to for a dreamlike adventure.

Montreal has beautiful cobblestone streets, Christmas markets, and illuminations around the entire city to celebrate the season. The intersection of French culture with Anglo Canadian culture makes Montreal a truly unique experience. I imagine hiking up Mt. Royal in the winter and seeing the snowscape of the city makes for a charming and active activity for Christmas day.

Whenever possible, stay overnight. The food scene is insane, and the city is home to some of my favorite cozy cocktail bars in the world. But if you only have one day, take it and run. My favorite day trip is brunch and coffee at Tommy on St. Paul (get the avotoast) and an afternoon of R&R at Bota Bota. Pay for the 3-hour water circuit to enjoy 3 levels of hot tubs, saunas, cold pools and hammocks on a floating river spa boat. Distance from Burlington: 1.75 hours (passport needed).

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  • Cozy Corners Of Old Montreal

  • Legendary Donut Shops To Try in Montreal

    From classic chains to local joints bursting with creativity and sugary goodness- these staple donut spots throughout the city of Montreal are a must for any foodie. Enjoy neon colors, funky flavors, and just good old classic donuts- because Montreal has it all.
  • Artsy Things To Do in Le Plateau & Mile End

    The neighboring Plateau and Mile End neighborhoods of Montreal Island are easily described as the artsiest and most eclectic, ideal for any travelers looking for some creative energy in their adventures. As someone currently staying in these flourishing areas, who is always on the lookout for new activities and exhibitions, these are currently some of the top bucket list artsy destinations between the two. Whether you want to gallery hop and see some contemporary work, spend the day lost in thrift stores, or pick up some moody 35mm film- these are the sights to see.
  • Best Cafes in Montreal's Old Port

  • coziest cocktail bars in montréal

    Drop the shitty beer. Shovel down the rest of your poutine. When it comes to late-night eats and drinks, Montréal is one of the grooviest places in the world. While the city's club scene is world-famous, let's be real, I'm 30 and that just ain't my speed anymore. Why not cozy up at one of these dimly-lit, aesthetic AF, speakeasy-style cocktail bars instead? Sounds like a plan. Here are some of my faves (+ drink and vegan food recs)
  • the best record shops in montréal

    Clubs, cocktails, music, art: Montréal is hip AF. The best part? These niche scenes aren't at all intimidating. See ya never, snobby High Fidelity vibes. Each record shop on this list is cool, clean and welcoming. From vinyl/coffee shop combos to one of the biggest selections 60's rock tunes in the city, here are my favorite spots to pick up a record in Montréal.
  • Best Nanaimo Bars In Canada

    Crunchy, creamy, and coconutty- Canada’s special Nanaimo bars are little slices of heaven. Surprisingly hard to find outside of the country, I have been making it my mission to sample them during my stay here. A true Canadian classic that is actually a *no-bake* pastry, it rivals that of apple pie and brownies. Here are some highly voted Nanaimo bar destinations across the country, I have not been able to sample them all yet personally- so consider this more of a bucket list type collection of my personal, Canadian aspirations.
  • Coolest Florists Around The World A Mother's Day Bouquet

    Care to enjoy a glass of rose in Paris while looking through an overflowing array of blooming flowers, or pull up to a flower truck to purchase a freshly cut bouquet in Nashville? These flower boutiques all incorporate a unique twist into their atmosphere- and we guarantee to pick out a luxurious bouquet from one of these cool shops is sure to wow more than one from the grocery store. In case you're looking for some mother's day inspo- these incredible florists around the world are sure to show your momma just how much she means to you.
  • Weekend Getaways For Mothers Day

    Whisk her away this year at one of these gorgeous destinations for a Mother's Day to remember. Nothing says "Thank you" like a balmy day along the Florida coast or a night of sampling cocktails at a cozy bar in Budapest. Whether you plan to stay close to home or go on a 48-hour adventure, these cities are sure to impress and show your mom just how much she means to you.
  • The World's Best Destinations For Creatives

    Artsy travelers, this one is for you. Whether you're seeking cutting-edge individuals and innovative art events or massive museums to get lost in, these destinations are known for their overflowing creative energy. From the nightlife scene in Berlin bustling with artsy individuals to the breathtaking beauty of Brooklyn brownstone-lined pavements, these destinations encompass an aesthetic atmosphere that is guaranteed to inspire.
  • Coolest Places To Develop Film Around The World

    As someone obsessed with using film, I always have to look up the best and most reliable spots for development and printing in every city I visit. These are just a few cozy spots that stood out, diamonds in the rough, who provided excellent service and incredible quality. For those who are also obsessed with quality film development, or just looking to discover something new about the photography world, consider stopping by these off-the-beaten-path spots in some of the most exciting cities of the world on your next vacay.
  • Iconic Places In Canada

    Canada has no shortage of incredible experiences, from bustling international cities to untouched wilderness. These are a few of our favorite, quintessentially Canadian experiences that need to be on your travel bucket list. From the Quebecois charm of Old Montreal to Vancouver’s sprawling Stanley Park- East Coast to West Coast (and everything in between) we have you covered.
  • Girls trip ideas

    Gathering ideas for an affordable yet epic spot for a girls trip. Must haves:🍹 👙 🌊 💃🏽
  • The Most Colorful Places on Earth

    From Red to Black, here are the most colorful places on Earth. Stroll through picturesque lavender fields glowing with soft purple in southern France or discover the dynamic fiery reds of Antelope Canyon in Arizona. Our world is rich in color, and we have selected the most pigmented destinations for your list.
  • Best Museums In The World

    These museums are bucket-list worthy destinations that are on the top of itineraries worldwide. From ancient treasures to contemporary design, there is something for everyone. Enjoy our expertly curated selection of the most breathtaking museums from around the world, merely a plane ride away.
  • Theme & Amusement Parks

    Grab your favorite snack and get ready for the epic highs and lows that come with a good coaster. We are obsessed with sampling amazing theme parks during our travels, whether you want cutesy rides for the entire family or are seeking to scream your face off- we know a place! Check out this awesome list of crazy parks across the globe for your next exciting adventure.
  • Secret Speakeasy Bars

    Everyone has a fantasy of pushing a bookcase to uncover a hidden world, or simply deep inside the closet to an alternate dimension, speakeasies are our childhood dreams coming to life, plus some fancy cocktails included. We chose these destinations based on the ambiance created through moody lighting and carefully chosen interior design, the quality of the beverages and dishes served, and naturally the exclusivity provided by how well hidden they are. Follow us, seekers, as we explore the world's best-kept secrets.
  • Places To See Before I Die

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  • The Best Art Museums in Montréal

    It’s no secret that the art scene in Montréal is one of the best in North America; the city is known for spurring some of the world’s most famous and established art museums. There’s so much to experience throughout the city’s network of colorful neighborhoods. Whatever your niche is — architecture, fashion, tattoo art, or […]

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  • Where to Stay in Montréal: A Neighborhood Guide

    Throughout the sprawling parks, cobblestone pavements, eclectic villages, and chic up-and-coming hipster paradises, the island of Montréal is brimming with endless possibilities, world-class cuisine, and rich history. Steeped in multicultural diversity and celebrated authenticity, these neighborhoods are excellent destinations for immersing yourself into the creative life of the city. From the old European charm of […]

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  • The Biggest Pride Parades Around the World 2022

    Each June, we honor the anniversary of Stonewall Uprising: the historic event that marked the start of the modern movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual rights (LGBTQIA+) across the globe. To celebrate, hundreds of Pride parades will take place in every nook and cranny of the world. With demonstrations, seminars, parties, […]

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  • Montréal Itinerary: A Laid-Back Weekend in Montréal

    Famous for its electric vibe and rockin’ nightlife, there are hundreds of things to do in Montréal after dark: mad Montréal events, music festivals, swanky bars, and sexy cabaret shows. But where do you go if you just want to sunbathe in a park, see some art, soak in a hot pool, and eat your […]

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  • Airbnb Montreal: 22 Unique and Affordable Stays

    Known for its cobblestone streets, outdoor shopping centers, museums, antiques, world-class restaurants, pride parades, and vibrant art scene, Montreal is a city that guarantees to tick every box on your travel bucket list. There are endless things to do in Montreal—but what about when you sleep? From Insta-worthy apartments to NYC-style lofts and OTT penthouse […]

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  • 44 of the Best Things to Do in Canada

    Canada measures more than 9,000 kilometers from coast to coast, so it should come as no surprise that nature plays a huge role in Canadian identity and the collective psyche. Here, there’s no shortage of heart-stopping landscapes or face-to-face encounters with nature — you can discover some of the world’s best national parks in Canada. […]

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  • Montréal Events: Epic Festivals for 2022

    Montréal’s event and festival scene is out-of-this world. Think: circuses in the streets, high-speed car races, raves in an actual igloo, and neon lights lighting up the entire city. If you’re planning a trip and looking for a rockin’ Montréal itinerary, look no further. There are endless things to do in Montréal for the event-fiend […]

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  • 31 of the Best Things to Do in Montréal

    Montréal may only be Canada’s second largest city, but its cool and eclectic mix of culture, history, and art make it the first stop on most curious and adventurous travelers’ bucket list. The city is on an island. Street signs and menus are in both English and French. The drinking age is 18. There are […]

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