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Montreal

A bilingual Canadian city, known for its vibrant arts scene, rich history, European flair, and the world-famous poutine and bagels.

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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.

leah 2 years ago

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.

seeker 3 years ago

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).

leah 3 years ago

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.

seeker 3 years ago

Montreal, Quebec is a vibrant city filled with history, culture, and art. Known for its architecture, beautiful parks, and excellent food scene, this city should be at the top of your travel list. Whether you want to explore the Old Port, take a stroll through Mount Royal Park, or visit the famous Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal is sure to charm you with its unique French-Canadian culture and warm hospitality.

seeker 11 months ago

On the first week of August, Montreal sparkles in rainbow colors, this laid-back European-esque Canadian city is easily one of the most gay-friendly in the world, and Pride season is no exception. Summer is one of the best times of year to explore Montreal's green streets and cobblestone pathways- from the Old Port to the Gay Village, make sure to include Montreal on your summer Pride itinerary.

seeker 2 years ago

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.

seeker 3 years ago

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

leah 2 years ago

Montreal, Quebec is a vibrant and historic city that offers a unique blend of European charm and North American attitude. The city is known for its rich cultural heritage, outstanding restaurants, vibrant nightlife, charming neighborhoods, and stunning architecture. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of attractions, including museums, galleries, parks, and festivals, making it one of the top-rated cities to visit in Canada.

seeker 11 months ago

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.

seeker 3 years ago

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.

madeleineray 3 years ago

Montreal, Quebec Canada is a vibrant city that seamlessly blends both European and North American cultures. Visitors can explore the historic old town, enjoy world-renowned cuisine, and attend a variety of festivals throughout the year. With its charming architecture, stunning parks, and lively nightlife, Montreal is among the most popular cities in North America.

seeker 11 months ago

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.

madeleineray 3 years ago

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.

seeker 3 years ago

June 2022

leah 2 years ago

Montreal Guides

  • Cozy Corners Of Old Montreal

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  • Best Cafes in Montreal's Old Port

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  • Legendary Donut Shops To Try in Montreal

    madeleineray (Madeleine Ray)
    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.
  • coziest cocktail bars in montréal

    leah (Leah Fishman)
    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

    leah (Leah Fishman)
    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.
  • the perfect laid-back weekend in montréal

    leah (Leah Fishman)
    Famous for its electric vibe and rockin nightlife, there are hundreds of things to do in Montréal after dark: crazy 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 weight in vegan comfort food? From snug brunch spots to serene floating spas, I vetted a ton of places to find the chillest escapes. Comfy up and get ready to enjoy a perfect laid-back weekend Montréal.
  • Best Nanaimo Bars In Canada

    madeleineray (Madeleine Ray)
    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.
  • Montreal Nightlife Guide

    madeleineray (Madeleine Ray)
    Nightlife in Montreal is unmatched, the city is known for its vibrant after hours. Amongst the juxtaposed old and new city streets are countless *must visit* spots for anyone in town. With the help of my 100% Quebecer boyfriend born and raised in Montreal and my absolute love of music and interesting nightlife experiences; I’ve compiled a list of the most one-of-a-kind Montreal nightlife venues for social butterflies and more low-key people alike.
  • Best Delivery Spots in Montreal For Your 14-Day Quarantine

    madeleineray (Madeleine Ray)
    Anyone returning to Canada needs to follow all of the safety precautions- which means completing a mandatory 14-day quarantine. So if you flew into Montreal, you may not be able to visit Mont-Royal or the Old Port for a while, but that doesn't mean you have to give up the cities best treasure- yes, I am talking about food. Since beginning my quarantine period with my Quebecer boyfriend, we have been enjoying plenty of delicious delivery options that can be left *non-contact* outside of our door for us to retrieve when the coast is clear. For those entering Montreal, or Canada, or simply looking for some delivery inspo elsewhere in the world, check out our picks of the best delivery options for our 14-day quarantine.
  • Coolest Places To Develop Film Around The World

    madeleineray (Madeleine Ray)
    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.
  • The World's Best Destinations For Creatives

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    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.
  • Weekend Getaways For Mothers Day

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    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.
  • Coolest Florists Around The World A Mother's Day Bouquet

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    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.
  • Artsy Things To Do in Le Plateau & Mile End

    madeleineray (Madeleine Ray)
    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.
  • Foodie Road Trip #seekerchallenge

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    Places to go to eat
  • Iconic Places In Canada

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    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.
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    cozy nordic spas in quebec
  • cozy winter weekend in quebec city

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  • Best Museums In The World

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    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.
  • The Most Colorful Places on Earth

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    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.

Montreal Articles

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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