So, you’ve got your Montreal day use room booked. Now what?
Vibrant Montreal for the Day-Stay Traveler
A Stroll Up Mount Royal – Designed by the landscape architect behind Central Park, the beautiful Mount Royal Park offers year-long activities and spectacular views of the city. Walk under vibrant trees in the fall, snow tube down the mountain in the winter, and catch the Tam-Tams (a weekly drum-based music festival) in the summer.
Historic Old Port – Montreal is Canada’s third-oldest city and has retained its winding, cobblestoned Europeanism. Wandering around Old Port is like stepping back in time.
Canadian Cuisine – Montreal boasts the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada. Make sure to try some Schwartz’s smoked meat, authentic Montreal bagels, and, of course, poutine. Then nap it off in your Montreal day use hotel room!
Le Plateau – For a sample of Montreal’s architecture (spiral staircases, gorgeous townhouses, cobbled alleyways), stroll through the borough of Le Plateau. The neighborhood is also chock-full of some of the city’s best bars and cafés: make sure to check out Barfly for a classic Montreal dive-bar experience, and Cafe Melbourne for the best coffee in Plateau.
Hockey-town – This might be a shocker, but Canadians love hockey. Montreal is home of the Montreal Canadians (or the Habs, short for "habitants"), one of the original six NHL teams, founded in 1909. Since then, the Habs have won 25.3 percent of all Stanley Cups, more than any other team. Be sure to catch a game during your day stay!
Seven Nifty Little Facts about Montreal
Although nestled in the French-speaking province of Québec, Montreal is a fully bilingual city.
Over the decades, street art has become synonymous with Montreal. With two annual graffiti festivals, publicly funded mural initiatives, and street-art galleries, Montreal is truly an open-air museum.
If you ever find yourself turned around in windy Montreal, remember that the city streets slope upwards towards Mount Royal, which is situated just north of downtown, and is visible from most locations.
Montreal is actually an island, the largest in the Hochelaga Archipelago (also known as the Montreal Islands), a group of over two hundred islands scattered along the St-Lawrence river.
In the summer of 1976, Montreal hosted the first Olympics ever held in Canada.
To avoid a tower-building rush and preserve the best vantage point in town, Montreal regulations state that no building can be taller than the cross at the top of Mount Royal, which is 233 meters, or roughly 764 feet high.
It snows for sixty days a year in Montreal, and the city’s snow removal fleet isn’t a loose term for pushing snow to the side; they actually remove the snow.