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Guidebook for Montréal

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Guidebook for Montréal

Parks & Nature
No trip to Montreal is complete without a lil La Fontaine. Breathtaking park full of families and weirdos and everything that makes life beautiful.
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La Fontaine Park
1619 QC-138
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No trip to Montreal is complete without a lil La Fontaine. Breathtaking park full of families and weirdos and everything that makes life beautiful.
Nearby park that's always bubbling with life-- you never know what you'll see here. Barbeques, parties, strangers salsa dancing with each other.. It's a gift.
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Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park
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Nearby park that's always bubbling with life-- you never know what you'll see here. Barbeques, parties, strangers salsa dancing with each other.. It's a gift.
Giiiiiinormous park just north of the apartment. Contains a beautiful lake and 8 million places to have a picnic. There's also a free swimming pool. Don't miss the little island in the lake-- circle around it until you find a trail of large rocks passing through the reeds and pop in for an extremely chill picnic.
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Jarry Park
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Giiiiiinormous park just north of the apartment. Contains a beautiful lake and 8 million places to have a picnic. There's also a free swimming pool. Don't miss the little island in the lake-- circle around it until you find a trail of large rocks passing through the reeds and pop in for an extremely chill picnic.
Just gorgeous. I was here for two years before I came across this spot on a bike ride. It's a sprawling linear park with amazing views (of Laval.. would you believe it?), some beautiful old ruins, intense rapids, and beautiful spots to set up for a picnic in the sun. Everytime you think it's over, it just keeps going. Love it.
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Nature Park of Île-de-la-Visitation
2425 Boulevard Gouin E
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Just gorgeous. I was here for two years before I came across this spot on a bike ride. It's a sprawling linear park with amazing views (of Laval.. would you believe it?), some beautiful old ruins, intense rapids, and beautiful spots to set up for a picnic in the sun. Everytime you think it's over, it just keeps going. Love it.
At the tippy tip of the Lachine canal you'll find this peculiarly pretty peninsular park full of interesting statues. It's worth exploring Lachine as well if you're in the area, it's a real looker!
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Rene Levesque Park
398 Chemin du Canal
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At the tippy tip of the Lachine canal you'll find this peculiarly pretty peninsular park full of interesting statues. It's worth exploring Lachine as well if you're in the area, it's a real looker!
Park tucked away near the famed Habitat 67. It's on the way to the casino and racetrack, and it's completely unlike either of those things. Rarely see tourists here, but you won't get a better view of the city skyline anywhere.
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Parc de Dieppe
3400 Av Pierre-Dupuy
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Park tucked away near the famed Habitat 67. It's on the way to the casino and racetrack, and it's completely unlike either of those things. Rarely see tourists here, but you won't get a better view of the city skyline anywhere.
When I first moved to Montreal, I always used to ask the Lavalois I met if there was anything pretty up there. Nobody ever had a straight answer for me so I went up and scoped out the scene for myself. I found this beach, and so should you-- this whole area is just beautiful.
Berge aux Quatre-Vents
925 Rue Riviera
When I first moved to Montreal, I always used to ask the Lavalois I met if there was anything pretty up there. Nobody ever had a straight answer for me so I went up and scoped out the scene for myself. I found this beach, and so should you-- this whole area is just beautiful.
Usually packed with families and ruled over with an iron fist by heavy-handed lifeguards, but very pretty. Nice cycling destination.
Plage Saint Jacques
21115 Boul Gouin O
Usually packed with families and ruled over with an iron fist by heavy-handed lifeguards, but very pretty. Nice cycling destination.
Food Scene
If you've chosen the Mile End as a destination, you've probably already heard of this place. Come by to check out their famous coffee and handsome baristas and watch the locals yell at sports on the TV.
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Café Olimpico - Mile End
124 Rue Saint Viateur O
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If you've chosen the Mile End as a destination, you've probably already heard of this place. Come by to check out their famous coffee and handsome baristas and watch the locals yell at sports on the TV.
I work here! Pop over on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night and I'll fix you up a Trinidad Sour, or drop by from 10am-3pm on weekends for some Mimosas and a ridiculously satisfying brunch. $1 oysters Monday-Friday from 5-7pm and drink specials daily after midnight.
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Bar Le Sparrow
5322 Boul St-Laurent
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I work here! Pop over on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night and I'll fix you up a Trinidad Sour, or drop by from 10am-3pm on weekends for some Mimosas and a ridiculously satisfying brunch. $1 oysters Monday-Friday from 5-7pm and drink specials daily after midnight.
Legendary ice cream if you can survive the lineup.
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Kem CoBa
60 Avenue Fairmount O
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Legendary ice cream if you can survive the lineup.
Great affordable brunch available 7 days a week.
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Le Vieux Velo
59 Rue Beaubien E
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Great affordable brunch available 7 days a week.
The best dang pulled pork sandwich in town, but more surprisingly, also the best dang fake pulled pork sandwich in town. It's made with jackfruit! Who woulda thunk.
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Dépanneur Le Pick Up
7032 Rue Waverly
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The best dang pulled pork sandwich in town, but more surprisingly, also the best dang fake pulled pork sandwich in town. It's made with jackfruit! Who woulda thunk.
Grab some fried chicken and hush puppies here and they'll serve them to you in a picnic basket to eat in the park across the street. Grab some drinks from a nearby depanneur (drinking alcohol is legal in parks as long as you have food!) and you're set for a quaint little evening. Just bring the basket back when you're done! Magic!
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Dinette Triple Crown
6704 Rue Clark
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Grab some fried chicken and hush puppies here and they'll serve them to you in a picnic basket to eat in the park across the street. Grab some drinks from a nearby depanneur (drinking alcohol is legal in parks as long as you have food!) and you're set for a quaint little evening. Just bring the basket back when you're done! Magic!
Vegans!!! Hello! This place is for you. Awesome sandwiches and local beers. Try the tempeh-tation or their classic falafel pita.
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La Panthère Verte
160 Rue Saint Viateur E
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Vegans!!! Hello! This place is for you. Awesome sandwiches and local beers. Try the tempeh-tation or their classic falafel pita.
Awesome, authentic Korean spot just up the road. Their dolsot bibimbap will have you bibbidy boppin' all night. Great ambiance and staff.
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Gaja Restaurant
177 Rue Bernard O
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Awesome, authentic Korean spot just up the road. Their dolsot bibimbap will have you bibbidy boppin' all night. Great ambiance and staff.
Up way past your bedtime? So is Claudette. Satisfying comfort food for those especially blurry nights. When you're in need, Claudette is there for you.
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Restaurant Chez Claudette
351 Avenue Laurier E
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Up way past your bedtime? So is Claudette. Satisfying comfort food for those especially blurry nights. When you're in need, Claudette is there for you.
Great staff and unbelievable wood-fired neapolitan style pizza. Fantastic wine list to go along with it. They've got all manner of za to choose from but I always go for the classic margherita because I'm clinically addicted to basil. I'm getting really hungry typing this.
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Pizzeria Magpie Mile End
16 Rue Maguire
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Great staff and unbelievable wood-fired neapolitan style pizza. Fantastic wine list to go along with it. They've got all manner of za to choose from but I always go for the classic margherita because I'm clinically addicted to basil. I'm getting really hungry typing this.
Great burgers on your doorstep. Always good music, friendly staff, and weird decor. Open fairly late.
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Nouveau Palais
281 Rue Bernard O
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Great burgers on your doorstep. Always good music, friendly staff, and weird decor. Open fairly late.
Join the children of the corn down at Maïs for some unbelievable tacos and a great selection of tequila and mezcal. If you're there in the fall, try the squash with queso fundido and thank me later.
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RESTAURANT MAÏS
5439 Boul St-Laurent
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Join the children of the corn down at Maïs for some unbelievable tacos and a great selection of tequila and mezcal. If you're there in the fall, try the squash with queso fundido and thank me later.
My go-to choice for Indian delivery.. I'm a philistine, so I get the butter chicken, maybe the channa samosa if I'm feeling risky, but everything's amazing.
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Bombay Mahal Express
3681 Boul St-Laurent
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My go-to choice for Indian delivery.. I'm a philistine, so I get the butter chicken, maybe the channa samosa if I'm feeling risky, but everything's amazing.
Absolutely killer Thai curry counter- but not just curry, all the good Thai stuff. Phenomenal fried chicken. No liquor license, so you can't 'thai' one on (sorry), but they do sell beer to take home.
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Épicerie Pumpui
83 Rue Saint-Zotique E
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Absolutely killer Thai curry counter- but not just curry, all the good Thai stuff. Phenomenal fried chicken. No liquor license, so you can't 'thai' one on (sorry), but they do sell beer to take home.
Awesome burger spot for a healthy dose of grease. Their 'Uniburger' is sort of like a Big Mac clone, only it's made with actual food.
Uniburger
302 Rue Ontario E
Awesome burger spot for a healthy dose of grease. Their 'Uniburger' is sort of like a Big Mac clone, only it's made with actual food.
Wee little Latinx grocery store on St-Laurent with awesome, cheap tacos, tamales, and of course, churros.
Sabor Latino 2
4387 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Wee little Latinx grocery store on St-Laurent with awesome, cheap tacos, tamales, and of course, churros.
Another weird little out of the way spot-- this place has long made a name for itself with its submarine sandwiches made of pizza dough. If you're this far out you're probably hungry and you sure as heck wouldn't do wrong to stop into Manzo.
Manzo Pizzeria
1033 90e Av
Another weird little out of the way spot-- this place has long made a name for itself with its submarine sandwiches made of pizza dough. If you're this far out you're probably hungry and you sure as heck wouldn't do wrong to stop into Manzo.
Unassuming little spot in NDG, pretty far away from the house, but with the best Korean gochujang fried chicken in the city (I reckon). Don't forget the sauce. You need the sauce. I walked all the way here in -30c February weather once just because I couldn't resist the sweet siren song of that beautiful breading. Trust me!!!
Dawa Chicken Restaurant
6135 Rue Sherbrooke
Unassuming little spot in NDG, pretty far away from the house, but with the best Korean gochujang fried chicken in the city (I reckon). Don't forget the sauce. You need the sauce. I walked all the way here in -30c February weather once just because I couldn't resist the sweet siren song of that beautiful breading. Trust me!!!
Cheskie's is a kosher bakery filled with pastries that will make you feel perfectly content to line your arteries with cholesterol. From the chocolate babka to the rugelach... it's a good way to die. Just go, you're on vacation, right?
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Boulangerie Cheskie
359 Rue Bernard O
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Cheskie's is a kosher bakery filled with pastries that will make you feel perfectly content to line your arteries with cholesterol. From the chocolate babka to the rugelach... it's a good way to die. Just go, you're on vacation, right?
À la carte tea service in a charming turn-of-the-century (not this century, mind you) styled room with a gorgeous chandelier and mezzanine with seats overlooking Blvd St-Laurent. Has a quiet little terrasse in the back for those sunny days-- and live piano on weekends! Bring a book, or bring your grandma.
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Cardinal Tearoom
5326 Boul St-Laurent
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À la carte tea service in a charming turn-of-the-century (not this century, mind you) styled room with a gorgeous chandelier and mezzanine with seats overlooking Blvd St-Laurent. Has a quiet little terrasse in the back for those sunny days-- and live piano on weekends! Bring a book, or bring your grandma.
Amazing cakes, big and small. Owned and operated solely by one lady who's about twice as sweet as all the goodies in the shop combined. Treat yo self.
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Cocoa Locale
4807 Av du Parc
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Amazing cakes, big and small. Owned and operated solely by one lady who's about twice as sweet as all the goodies in the shop combined. Treat yo self.
Not only 3 seconds from the front door, but also cheap and delicious. Great little rotisserie chicken spot-- grab their Sandwich Cuisse to fuel you up before you head out to adventure. Don't forget the spicy sauce.
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Serrano Bar-B-Q
161 Rue Saint Viateur O
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Not only 3 seconds from the front door, but also cheap and delicious. Great little rotisserie chicken spot-- grab their Sandwich Cuisse to fuel you up before you head out to adventure. Don't forget the spicy sauce.
Little hole in the wall spot owned by a friendly Guyanese couple. Their rotis totally crush it-- whatever flavour you get (I love chicken, everyone else in the world says to go for the goat), make sure to ask for pumpkin!! So delicious.
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Le Jardin Du Cari
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Little hole in the wall spot owned by a friendly Guyanese couple. Their rotis totally crush it-- whatever flavour you get (I love chicken, everyone else in the world says to go for the goat), make sure to ask for pumpkin!! So delicious.
Best bánh mì in the city hands down. Just a few minutes away from Marché Jean-Talon, so if you're in that area and feeling peckish, don't miss it.
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Marché Hung Phat
7099 St Denis St
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Best bánh mì in the city hands down. Just a few minutes away from Marché Jean-Talon, so if you're in that area and feeling peckish, don't miss it.
I ducked in here out of the torrential rain on a bike ride one day and immediately found myself neck deep in majestic heaps of curds and gravy. It was a good experience. Truly hedonistic poutine spot. A bit out of the way, but if you see it, stop in. Don't tell your doctor.
Restaurant Paulo & Suzanne
5501 Boul Gouin O
I ducked in here out of the torrential rain on a bike ride one day and immediately found myself neck deep in majestic heaps of curds and gravy. It was a good experience. Truly hedonistic poutine spot. A bit out of the way, but if you see it, stop in. Don't tell your doctor.
Drinks & Nightlife
Awesome venue for live music or just some drinks! Check out their website for show listings. https://casadelpopolo.com/en/
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Casa Del Popolo
4873 Boul St-Laurent
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Awesome venue for live music or just some drinks! Check out their website for show listings. https://casadelpopolo.com/en/
You know those ski-in ski-out bars they have in quaint snowy resort towns? This is sort of like a bike-in bike-out bar, if that's a thing. Great place for a drink outdoors, always full of interesting locals.
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Bar Alexandraplatz
6731 Avenue de l'Esplanade
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You know those ski-in ski-out bars they have in quaint snowy resort towns? This is sort of like a bike-in bike-out bar, if that's a thing. Great place for a drink outdoors, always full of interesting locals.
Great nightclub in the neighbourhood-- go there to scuff up your shoes to the wild sounds of an always changing cast of touring DJs and incredibly talented locals.
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Bar Datcha
98 Avenue Laurier O
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Great nightclub in the neighbourhood-- go there to scuff up your shoes to the wild sounds of an always changing cast of touring DJs and incredibly talented locals.
A touch divey-- with free snacks, amazing music, and super cool people. Where folks of all generations meet for free popcorn.
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Snack'n Blues
5260 Boul St-Laurent
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A touch divey-- with free snacks, amazing music, and super cool people. Where folks of all generations meet for free popcorn.
Divey spot with pool tables, jukebox and plenty of zesty Québecois flavour. Clientele is equal parts salt of the earth and bearded hipsters- it's like a meeting of two worlds. Ask for a "grande cinquante" and quickly find yourself treated to a massive bottle of what I can only assume is the best bad beer in the whole country.
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La Petite Idée Fixe
4857 Av du Parc
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Divey spot with pool tables, jukebox and plenty of zesty Québecois flavour. Clientele is equal parts salt of the earth and bearded hipsters- it's like a meeting of two worlds. Ask for a "grande cinquante" and quickly find yourself treated to a massive bottle of what I can only assume is the best bad beer in the whole country.
Essentials
Awesome grocery store minutes from the house. Almost always packed with people, and always packed with deeeeals. Recommended for all your foodly needs.
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Supermarché PA Du Parc
5242 Av du Parc
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Awesome grocery store minutes from the house. Almost always packed with people, and always packed with deeeeals. Recommended for all your foodly needs.
Voted best fruiterie in the city. Big outdoor stands full of fresh produce and even more inside. Good selection of middle eastern items. Super cheap Jamaican patties and samosas at the cash.
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Fruiterie Mile-End - Kosher Market - Grocery Delivery - Bulk Food - Tea Coffee Organic Foods
5686 Av du Parc
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Voted best fruiterie in the city. Big outdoor stands full of fresh produce and even more inside. Good selection of middle eastern items. Super cheap Jamaican patties and samosas at the cash.
Maybe you're wondering where the closest pharmacy is? Well, it's right here.
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PJC Jean Coutu
5692 Av du Parc
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Maybe you're wondering where the closest pharmacy is? Well, it's right here.
Great little dépanneur just minutes from the house with fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, and big plump kitty that waddles around the shop all day. The folks that run this place are lovely.
Fruiterie YM
186 Rue Bernard O
Great little dépanneur just minutes from the house with fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, and big plump kitty that waddles around the shop all day. The folks that run this place are lovely.
Operated, as far as I can tell, by a salty Polish lady that leaves lit cigarettes perched on the counter while she works the register. I took my mom there. She was disgusted but due to their RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING BEER SELECTION, she fought the good fight and stuck it out while we searched through the Library of Alexandria of Beer to make a selection. Worth it.
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Depanneur AS
5191 Boul St-Laurent
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Operated, as far as I can tell, by a salty Polish lady that leaves lit cigarettes perched on the counter while she works the register. I took my mom there. She was disgusted but due to their RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING BEER SELECTION, she fought the good fight and stuck it out while we searched through the Library of Alexandria of Beer to make a selection. Worth it.
Massive Asian grocery store in Cote Des Neiges, amazing selection of oddities. For the average westerner, it's as much of a museum as it is a cornucopia.
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Marché Fu Tai
6700 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges
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Massive Asian grocery store in Cote Des Neiges, amazing selection of oddities. For the average westerner, it's as much of a museum as it is a cornucopia.
Sightseeing
This is a bit of a gimme, but you shouldn't miss it. Mount-Royal is the city's namesake and it overlooks everything that matters to Montrealers. Go exploring everywhere else then come up here and point to the places you've been. Try not to get poked in the eye by anyone's selfie stick.
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Mount Royal Chalet
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This is a bit of a gimme, but you shouldn't miss it. Mount-Royal is the city's namesake and it overlooks everything that matters to Montrealers. Go exploring everywhere else then come up here and point to the places you've been. Try not to get poked in the eye by anyone's selfie stick.
Beautiful spot up on Mont-Royal. Great for a stroll, day or night.
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Beaver Lake
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Beautiful spot up on Mont-Royal. Great for a stroll, day or night.
Compared to the rest of the Old Port, a quiet, relaxing spot to take a look at the city lights and contemplate moving to Montreal.
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Clock Tower
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Compared to the rest of the Old Port, a quiet, relaxing spot to take a look at the city lights and contemplate moving to Montreal.
Must see for cyclists. This is a bike-only bridge that crosses from Ile Des Soeurs to Brossard. Great little adventure. When you hit the end, hang a left and it'll take you to the Gilles Villeneuve racetrack, then to you can either follow the signs to the Vieux-Port, or go on to Ile Notre-Dame and come back to town over the Jacques Cartier bridge.
Ice Control Structure
Must see for cyclists. This is a bike-only bridge that crosses from Ile Des Soeurs to Brossard. Great little adventure. When you hit the end, hang a left and it'll take you to the Gilles Villeneuve racetrack, then to you can either follow the signs to the Vieux-Port, or go on to Ile Notre-Dame and come back to town over the Jacques Cartier bridge.
Getting Around
Metro station a reasonably short walk from the house. You can also catch the 46 bus east on the corner of Esplanade/Bernard and wind up here in a few minutes.
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Laurier
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Metro station a reasonably short walk from the house. You can also catch the 46 bus east on the corner of Esplanade/Bernard and wind up here in a few minutes.
Another nearby metro stop. This one travels east-west, so if that's your vector, set your sights for Station Outremont.
Station Outremont (Van Horne / Wiseman)
Another nearby metro stop. This one travels east-west, so if that's your vector, set your sights for Station Outremont.
The de facto nearest metro station to the house. From the front door, take a left on St-Viateur until you hit St-Laurent, then another left, and when you see a set of stairs heading up to the overpass, go on up there, take a right and keep going straight until you wind up at the metro.
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Rosemont Station
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The de facto nearest metro station to the house. From the front door, take a left on St-Viateur until you hit St-Laurent, then another left, and when you see a set of stairs heading up to the overpass, go on up there, take a right and keep going straight until you wind up at the metro.
Everything Else
Okay, so I'm not actually recommending the Natatorium here. I'm recommending you set your GPS for the Natatorium and then walk directly past it to the dock at the water's edge where you can swim in the cool St-Laurent on a hot day. Pretty much anything goes here, as long as you're pleasant, and nobody will give you trouble for lounging in the water with a drink on a beautiful day. One of my absolute favourite places in town.
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Natatorium
6500 Boulevard LaSalle
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Okay, so I'm not actually recommending the Natatorium here. I'm recommending you set your GPS for the Natatorium and then walk directly past it to the dock at the water's edge where you can swim in the cool St-Laurent on a hot day. Pretty much anything goes here, as long as you're pleasant, and nobody will give you trouble for lounging in the water with a drink on a beautiful day. One of my absolute favourite places in town.