Montreal

Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal

In the world of cathedrals, the name Notre Dame is probably best associated with the ancient Parisian version. Notre Dame in Montreal is the modern, colorful version that still inspires reverence. For anyone who has traveled Europe extensively, church fatigue is real. You’re prone to seeing so many historic and famous cathedrals with their incredible medieval...

Montreal Christmas Village

The festive game is strong at the Montreal Christmas Village (Village de Noel de Montreal). From the moment you enter the area past the giant marionette puppets, you’re transported into a world of Christmas spirit – Montreal style. There’s a thick, sweetness in the air. Despite the sub-zero temperatures, the atmosphere is warm and large fire pits are keeping the...

Our First Poutine Experience

Poutine. Cheese curds on fries, with gravy. It almost sounds disgusting. We were pleasantly surprised. We grew up eating chips and gravy in bars back in Australia. In our student days, they practically were our diet. Jugs of ice-cold beer and mountains of chips and gravy, with a squeeze of ketchup. Still, the introduction of some rogue melted cheese curds had us...

Beaver Lake, Montreal

Beaver Lake, Montreal isn’t exactly a mecca for winter sports, but for a short break, it gives a taste of the fun you’d get out at Mount Tremblant or one of the other regional resorts. Waking after a heavy snowfall that has escalated from the early hours, it’s the obvious choice to embrace it and make the most of the fresh coating. We head up Mount Royal on foot, in...

Montreal’s Street Art Scene

Montreal’s creative street art scene creates a rainbow of color in the bleak conditions and dirty snow of a Canadian winter. Exploring Montreal in the heart of winter, what really stood out was the creative vibe permeating every aspect of the city. Per capita, its theaters dominate the cultural landscape and its appreciation and encouragement of the Arts has to...