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  • Michelle Bucher | May 22, 2015 9:00 PM ET

    How We Fell In Love With Montreal

    How We Fell In Love With Montreal

    I can’t help but love Montreal; it’s a beautiful city.  

    We recently spent some time in Montreal while on a road trip. I have family that live in Montreal, so we were able to get a local’s perspective on the city while in town. It was also great to have some much-needed family time while here, as we don’t get to see our East Coast family much.

    Here`s a preview of what we got up to while in Montreal.

    Day 1

    We arrived in Montreal just after midnight. We planned on arriving much earlier in the day, but got held up in exploring Toronto. Luckily, I have an aunt who lives in Montreal and she was more than thrilled to have us stay with her.

    When we arrived in Montreal, my aunt took us out for a bike ride around the town. Montreal is a great city to explore on bixies – bikes that you can rent to get around the city.

    We took our bixies and rode around the old part of Montreal, down by the water, and we even rode around McGill University.

    I was considering going to McGill at one point when I began my studies, but quickly realized I`d never survive a real Canadian winter. It was wonderful touring around the campus and seeing the old historic buildings from the early 1800’s.

    We spent a good three hours riding around on the bixies; they`re a great way to see the city. We also found it very handy to have a local guide pointing out things like the weekend market and historic buildings around town, while sharing general knowledge of the city.

    After our super fun bike ride, we headed back to my aunt’s house for a shower and some much-needed sleep. We spent the rest of the day sleeping and relaxing at my aunt’s house. Sometimes downtime is a necessity after long days road tripping.

    Day 2

    On day two we headed out to explore more of the city. My aunt took us up Mount Royal, the only mountain in the city; it offered stunning views of the city below. My aunt even pointed out some of our bike route from the night before, and it was interesting getting a bird’s eye view of the city we explored the night before on bixies.

    After our hiking experience we settled in the park below for an afternoon picnic. It`s been a long time since I`ve had a picnic.

    I learned a few interesting things about Montreal that day. If you have a picnic, you`re more than welcome to drink wine in the park. This is generally considered drinking in public in many other cities, but in Montreal it`s totally acceptable. I also learned that it`s illegal to turn right at a red light. This is something we do all the time in other cities, but in Montreal (and I think most of Quebec) it`s not allowed.

    In the evening we headed out to one of the local bars for some live music. My aunt said they do this all the time, and it`s kind of part of the local culture to get dressed up and head out to listen to live music on weekends.

    Day 3

    It wasn`t until day three that it hit us that we hadn`t tried any French poutine yet. I`m not sure why it took us so long to realize this, but we made it our mission to find some delicious poutine before we left. My aunt took us to one of her favorite places down the street for poutine, and it was amazing.

    We had dinner at a nice little café in the old part of Montreal before hitting the road again. I was a little worried about being in Montreal since I don`t speak French. I`ve been told that if you go to Montreal you have to speak French, otherwise people will be rude to you. This was not the case at all for us. My aunt of course spoke French, so this wasn’t a problem, but when we left Montreal and moved on to Quebec City we didn`t have any issues either.

    Montreal is a great city, and seems to offer a little something for everyone, especially for those who appreciate history. So many old historic buildings to see. We even found a McDonald’s that was in a 400-year-old brick building.

    Have you been to Montreal before? What was your favorite thing to see or do? Leave your comment below. 

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Michelle Bucher Road Rules From the Road Trip Blogger

Michelle Bucher Michelle Bucher is an avid road tripper, travel writer and social media marketer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michelle has spent the past six years on various road trip adventures around North America. She's road tripped through 48 states, 10 provinces and several other countries. Michelle runs a fun travel blog,, showcasing stories from her random road trip adventures.
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