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Top Things to Do in Montreal: Highlights of a Family Vacation

Updated on November 4, 2014

Old Churches, Butterflies, Mummies and Science Experiments in Montreal!

Montreal, the largest French-speaking city in the Canadian province of Quebec, was chosen as the site of our Spring Break family vacation this year. My daughter, the younger half of goldenrulecomics, is an honors student in French, and she wanted to practice.

Late March is an awkward time to vacation in Montreal, however. The winter activities were over -- though there was still plenty of snow on the ground. Many of the attractions considered it the off-season, so some activities were curtailed or just hadn't started.

Even so, we found plenty for the whole family to enjoy. We're offering this online diary of what we did in Montreal to help anyone who is thinking of a trip to the city.

The photo here is of Montreal's Olympic Park. All photos in this review are by us unless otherwise noted.

Day One

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Angel
Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Angel

The Former Market and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Church

Visiting Old Montreal

On our first day we drove down to the Vieux-Montreal area, which is the oldest part of the city. Street parking is horrendously difficult throughout the city, with lots of restrictions. But it was a Sunday and out of season, so we were able to find a free space near the old port.

Our first stop was the Marche Bonsecours, a neoclassical building from the 1840s that once served as the city's vegetable and meat market. It doesn't look like a marketplace from the outside. The building, which is gorgeous, seems more appropriate for government or judicial offices, or maybe a museum or library.

While the old market is gone, inside are boutiques and stalls selling jewelry, art and tourist souvenirs. That wasn't the way we wanted to start our trip so we went next door to the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel and its museum dedicated to Marguerite Bourgeoys, who founded the congregation that led to the original church's construction.

The museum does a very good job of explaining how Bourgeoys traveled to Montreal in 1653 from France, started the congregation, taught and basically helped civilize the early city. The original chapel was built in 1657 but burned down. The current one dates from 1771.

The main attraction for me was the steeple. You climb 69 steps to an outside walkway at the top, which gives you a great view of the old port, the Rue do la Commune and the Bonsecours market. I didn't see any way for handicap access, and it is a pretty steep climb, so just be aware that it might not be accessible to everyone.

The photo here was taken from the steeple and shows one of the church's angels, with the Bonsecours market directly behind.

For More Information... - on The Marguerite Bergouys Museum

Montreal's Museum Of the First Canadian Female Saint: Marguerite Bourgeoys and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
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This was one of the tour books we used during our visit.

Montreal Archeology Museum
Montreal Archeology Museum

Visiting the Museums of Montreal History and Archeology

And Grabbing a Canadian Maple Winter Treat!

After the chapel, we walked over to the Musee du Chateau Ramezay, the former home of the city's 11th governor which is now a history museum. The museum does a solid, if slightly dull, job of telling the history of the city, from its founding to its growth as a trading post to the industrial revolution and onward.

The exhibits include furniture and household items from various periods, examples of clothing and medicines, and is just about what you'd expect to see in any city's historical museum. It does a credible job, but very little stood out for me.

After lunch, we walked over to the archeology museum, which has the official title Musee d'Archeologie et d'Histoire Pointe-a-Calliere and is located on the site of the former customs office. Or perhaps I should say under the former customs office, because you need to go down through the basement to the actual archeological digs.

Here, amid the ancient walls that once protected the city, is Montreal's history told in layers from its founding on May 16, 1642. You can see remains of the old ramparts that once surrounded Montreal, and you learn that the road next to the museum -- along Place D'Youville -- was once a stream called the Little River that became so polluted that it was bricked over and made into a sewer. The photo here is of some of the walls that have been uncovered.

Though completely off the subject, the museum had a temporary exhibit of Samurai costumes from Japan that also was really quite cool.

Afterward, we stopped by a snack stand to get maple syrup on a stick. The vendor poured the hot liquid into fresh snow, and after it melted rolled it onto the stick. Tasty, but very rich!

For More Information... - on the Musee du Chateau Ramezay

Highlights of Montreal's History Museum, the Musee du Chateau Ramezay
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An Old-Fashioned Maple Syrup Treat Being Prepared!

An Old-Fashioned Maple Syrup Treat Being Prepared!
An Old-Fashioned Maple Syrup Treat Being Prepared!

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The Maple Syrup Stand

The Maple Syrup Stand
The Maple Syrup Stand

Day Two

Notre Dame Basilica Montreal
Notre Dame Basilica Montreal

Montreal's Science Center and the Notre Dame Basilica!

Visiting the Old Montreal Area For a Second Day

Montreal's science center is located in one of the old port's warehouses, and we spent most of our second day there. The main exhibit hall has several dozen of the typical interactive exhibits that teach children scientific principles, includes leverage, water flow, electric generation, and heat conductivity. The children played for hours, while Mom took a short nap in one of the chairs.

One cool exhibit were three chairs with nails sticking out of their seats (the nails' points were face down, of course). The first had a few large nails set in a row, the second had a larger number medium-sized ones and the third many small nails. Sit in each and you really feel the difference, with the large nails sticking into you very uncomfortably and the smaller ones not hurting as much. The exhibit's sign says this is an example of how force can be dispersed.

The museum also had a TV room, where we made several silly TV reports on subjects like ``should cloning be allowed'' by splicing in short pre-recorded statements from students and scientists with our own opinions, Another room had interactive displays where you learned how to deal with environmental hazards, and there was also an exhibit on cargo handling (in reference to the old port.)

Our children really enjoyed the science center, and we were fortunate that it wasn't too crowded (because Montreal schoolchildren didn't have this week off).

After lunch we visited the Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montreal (see photo), which is a magnificent church opened in 1829. The inside is gorgeous, and this really is a must-see when you visit. Be aware that there is an entrance charge, which helps keep the church is such great shape.

We then walked over to Montreal's Chinatown, but it was only a few blocks long and very forgettable. It was toward the end of the day, so we thought we'd drive up to the top of Mount Royal in the center of the city for a quick view of Montreal.

Unfortunately, we ended up in the Mount Royal neighborhood, which is completely separate! So we decided we'd try again another day and headed back to the hotel.

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Highlights of Montreal's Science Center
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Highlights of Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica
The Notre-Dame Basilica in the Vieux-Montreal section of the city is well worth a visit, as it is considered one of the grandest churches in North America. C...

Day Three

Montreal biodome
Montreal biodome

Montreal's Olympic Park

The Biodome, Tower and Insectarium/Botanical Gardens

A visit to the Olympic Park takes a full day, so plan accordingly. We got the three-in-one combo ticket for the Biodome, tower and Insectarium/Botanical Gardens, and it was worth it.

The Biodome turns the stadium that was built for the 1976 Olympic bicycling events into natural eco-systems in a climate-controlled area.You walk through recreations of a tropical rain forest, a Laurentian Maple Forest, the Gulf of St. Lawrence habitat and a sub-polar Labrador coast area. In each area are plants and animals native to that particular region, including otters, Canadian lynx, caimans, and a Tamarin monkey.

My favorites were the bat exhibit, which included a Jamaican fruit-eating bat, in the tropical rain forest and the King Penguins of the sub-polar region.

A short walk away is the funicular that enables you to go to the top of the Tour Olympique, the world's largest tilting structure according to the Guinness Book of World Records (a record that is displayed at the base). The 890-foot tower helps hold the roof of the adjacent stadium. The view is great from the top, and you get a clear picture of how Montreal is laid out. And you can see for miles -- Mount Saint-Hilaire, about 18 miles away, was very clear on the day we went to the top. The photo here is a shot of the biodome from the tower.

A path under Rue Sherbrooke leads to the Insectarium/Botanical Gardens, and the walk is about 10 minutes. The Insectarium is on the grounds of the gardens, and if you are squeamish about bugs stay away as the place boasts of having 250,000 insects. Most are mounted, of course, but we were fascinated by the Malaysian stick insects that really are camouflaged.

Because of the season and the snow on the ground, none of the outside gardens were worth visiting. But there are 10 inter-connected greenhouses that are worthwhile. Most are divided by category, including begonias, ferns, orchids, arid regions, etc. I wasn't very impressed with the ferns, but the section on tropical plants that provide food -- including cinnamon, bananas and coffee was pretty cool.

My wife said she thought the gardens were as well-kept as London's Kew Gardens, and she is probably correct. I thought Kew Gardens had more variety, though.

The final greenhouse was turned into a butterfly exhibit, with hundreds of the insects flying around freely. It's always a lot of fun walking through a butterfly exhibit, and if you have children they will really enjoy it.

That night I had a true Montreal dish: smoked ground meat, gravy and cheese curds over french fries. It was called smoked meat poutine, and the waitress warned me that if I ate it every day my stomach wouldn't be happy. It was delicious, but she was right. It's a once-in-a-while dish.

Butterflies at Montreal's Botanical Gardens

Butterflies at Montreal's Botanical Gardens
Butterflies at Montreal's Botanical Gardens

Day Four

Montreal Biosphere
Montreal Biosphere

The Biosphere and the Old Fort

Visiting Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome!

We drove over to the neighboring island of Ile Ste-Helene, site of the 1967 World Expo (which I visited as a very young boy!). One of the iconic images of that fair was the geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller. Only the dome's frame still exists, as the panels were destroyed in a long-ago fire.

The site is now the Biosphere, and it is not to be confused with the Biodome we visited yesterday. The Biosphere is an environmental center designed to teach about the hazards facing the world today including climate change, overfishing, and unsustainable consumption. But there also lots of fun things for the children -- a water play area that kept ours busy for quite a bit of time and a lab area that the younger half of goldenrulecomics really enjoyed. There was also a display of artworks that used recycled materials, like a beautiful dress made out of crushed plastic pill bottles! You also get to go to the top of the tower inside, but the view isn't all that impressive.

Also on the island is the Musee Stewart in the Old Fort, which was built after the War of 1812 to defend the city in case the Americans ever attacked. Needless to say it has never seen any action! Inside the fort is a museum dedicated to telling the history of Montreal from before the city's actual founding to 1867, when Canada became a separate country. I thought this museum was better than the history one we visited on the first day, and would recommend this over that one. During the tourist season there are also re-enactors who talk about the fort's history, but we were too early in the year for that.

Inside the Musee Stewart

Musee Stewart Montreal
Musee Stewart Montreal

For More on the Biosphere... - See Our Separate Review Here:

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St. Joseph's Oratory Montreal
St. Joseph's Oratory Montreal

St. Joseph's Oratory and the Contemporary Arts

And Two More Montreal Culinary Treats!

Afterward we drove to the Oratoire Saint-Joseph, a huge church dedicated to St. Joseph on the side of Mount Royal. Its large copper dome can be seen from almost anywhere in Montreal, and my wife says she read in one tourbook that it is even noticeable from passing airplanes.

The shrine was the work of Brother Andre Besette, who was canonized as a saint in 2010. The main basilica is huge -- a sign said it sits 2112 and I believe it. There's lots of concrete to the walls and it was a bit too sterile for me. Behind it is the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, which was nice but had a sort of 1970s feel.

Down below from the main basilica is the crypt church, which was the main one before the basilica was built. In this the feeling was more traditional and even though the space was smaller it felt grander in a way. There were dozens of people in there when we walked through praying to the saint. Andre himself is in a plain tomb behind this room, and people were praying and laying hands on the tomb when we were there. It was pretty powerful to witness. Also on the grounds -- in a separate section -- is a small museum dedicated to the saint's life that includes his preserved heart.

After dinner, we walked through a small section of the contemporary arts museum, which is free on Wednesdays after 5 p.m. Abstract art isn't a big attraction to me, but I did enjoy a 1964 painting by Lise Gervais called Vorace Multiglore that was very long with different splotches of paint at different depths. There were a number of paintings by Jean-Paul Riopelle in the fashion of Jackson Pollock.

There were also a series of large photographs by Montreal artist Lynne Cohen. Her specialty is interiors without people, and a few examples were a police range, a swimming pool and a mannequin factory. For some reason they came across a bit creepy, but memorable.

We had two local dishes today. For lunch I had a smoked meat sandwich, which was very similar to a Reuben but without the cheese or Thousand Island dressing. The meat may have been a bit spicier, and it was served with mustard on rye bread. Tasty and filling.

My wife had a regional dessert called pudding chomeur, or poor man's pudding. Created during the Great Depression, the dish consisted of stale bread and hot syrup or caramel. Now plain cake batter is used instead of the stale bread. She thought it was grand.

Day Five

Redpath Museum Montreal
Redpath Museum Montreal

Mummies and a Fancy Lunch

Slowing Down on the Fifth Day

By this point in the trip we were a bit tired, so we slept in and didn't plan to do much.

In late morning we drove to McGill University's Redpath Museum, which is a small institution dedicated to the study of evolution and cultural history. Built in 1882, the museum's three floors are filled with

fossils, minerals and stuffed animals, and it is a real joy to visit. Newer, bigger museums are great, but there's something about an old museum with lots of old exhibits that I find fascinating.

Of particular interest is the Japanese Spider Crab on the first floor, with arms that probably were about six feet long. And the Egyptian and Theban mummies on the third floor. Also cool was the gorgosaurus libratus, a dinosaur that dominates the second floor (see photo). This meat-eater was about 9 feet tall and looked a bit like the dinosaurs from the movie ``Jurassic Park.''

After some shopping, my wife wanted to try a trendy place to eat a late lunch. We chose Olive & Gourmando in the old Montreal section, a very busy sandwich and soup place. It is small, so there was a bit of a wait. And once we sat we realized that this wasn't a particularly child-friendly place -- there really wasn't anything on the menu aimed at simpler tastes. The two children split a Cuban panini, with they liked but would never have chosen if there was anything else available. My wife and I had peanut soup, which was spicy but very good. The desserts were wonderful as well. A bit pricy, but if you are into hip places for lunch this would be a good one.

That night we only wanted a quick meal, so we decided to do takeout and bring the food back to the hotel. Near where we were staying was a true Montreal institution: the Gibeau Orange Julep stand. The building looks like a giant orange (see photo below), of course, and its claim to fame is its frothy orange drink. It takes a lot like an Orange Julius in the States, but the younger half of goldenrulecomics said the Orange Julep had a slight apple taste to it.

It's the only drink the stand serves, and except for a few picnic tables there really isn't any place to eat but your car. It serves mostly hamburgers, french fries and hot dogs, though my wife had a fish sandwich that she said was very good. One bonus is that it took U.S. dollars at par.

The Orange Julep photo is from WikiMedia Commons, and is used with permission from user Khayman. Note that you can see St. Joseph's Oratory in the distance to the right of the restaurant.

Gibeau Orange Julep Restaurant in Montreal

Gibeau Orange Julep Restaurant in Montreal
Gibeau Orange Julep Restaurant in Montreal

Day Six

Montmorency Falls Quebec
Montmorency Falls Quebec

Montmorency Falls and Quebec City

Escaping From Montreal For a Day!

For our last day in Canada, we decided to take a road trip to Quebec City. Or, to be exact, outside Quebec City to revisit Montmorency Falls, which is a beautiful waterfall that we last saw back in the early 2000s. It was a three-hour drive from where we were staying in Montreal, but worth it.

Montmorency Falls is about 272 feet high, which the park's literature says is almost 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls. It could well be. Both are very impressive. Montmorency was fascinating this time because the lake below it was still mostly frozen, and there was a mound of ice near the foot of the falls that we estimated might have been as high as 80 feet tall. The water was rushing down and hitting the mound, with mist rising all over it. Very beautiful.

The really neat thing about the falls is the promenade bridge cross it, so you can look straight down over the falls from about 10 feet above. There are two ways to get to the top -- cable car or a hiking trail. The trail was covered by snow and slush, though some people did go that route. We took the cable car, which afforded some very beautiful views of the falls.

There is a restaurant near the edge of the falls that is open during the tourist season and a cafe open year-round. But the cafe seemed a bit expensive so we decided to head into Quebec for lunch.

We walked around old Quebec and marveled at the Chateau Frontenac, a hotel that is the most prominent landmark in the city. Built in 1893, it is gorgeous and elegant and stands on a cliff overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The restaurants in the Old Quebec section seemed expensive, so we took a funicular down to the Petit Champlain section, where there were plenty of shops and restaurants. The younger half of goldenrulecomics was so caught up in the French atmosphere that she and I split an appetizer of escargot!

After walking around a bit more, we headed back to Montreal to pack and get a good night's sleep before leaving early the next day. My wife and I were very pleased when both children said it had been a good vacation!

Montmorency Falls

Here is a video montage of the falls taken by the younger half of goldenrulecomics!

Quebec's Chateau Frontenac with a Statue of Samuel de Champlain, who Founded the City

Quebec's Chateau Frontenac with a Statue of Samuel de Champlain, who Founded the City
Quebec's Chateau Frontenac with a Statue of Samuel de Champlain, who Founded the City

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The Canadian Flag Flying at the Biosphere

The Canadian Flag Flying at the Biosphere
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Montreal Travel Guides

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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      Always wanted to go!

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      CoolFool83 3 years ago

      Montreal is a beautiful place!

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Great Lens, I love Montreal and the surroundings, thanks for the inspiration to go again!

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      Nice lens. We do travel in the off seasons too. It is less expensive.

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      Well Canada would be on my list if I can ever get moving again. Travelling is not in my itinerary but you have certainly given a nice feeling for this part of the world. Well done.

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      evawrites1 3 years ago

      I would really like to visit Canada. This lens about Montreal is full of great tips and I love your pictures. And maple syrup on a stick? Well that sounds interesting!

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      Mohan Babu 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      A great visual treat about Montreal. The Montmorency falls and the Montreal's Olympic park would delight any nature lover.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I would love to see the colorful butterflies. Don't know that I'd like to sit in the mail chairs, though. : )

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      trevorjb1406 3 years ago

      Hi, Another nice lens packed with information. Thanks for producing it! I've never made it to Montreal but I would like to one day perhaps!

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      skakati 3 years ago

      Most informative. Love Montreal and would like to see it some day.

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      PadmashriSriram 3 years ago

      Wow! Must visit Montreal. Informative lens.

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      Nathalie Roy 3 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Lived there for 20 years. My favorite spot is on a terrasse drinking coffee on St Denis Street

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      aleereviews 3 years ago

      Montreal is one of my favorite places to visit!

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      We went to a basilica somewhere in that area. I don't remember which city it was in, or what the name of it was. It consisted mainly of a very large dome. There were piles of crutches there. Many of the things you mention weren't there when we went, unfortunately, particularly, not the exhibits you mentioned at the Olympics grounds. I would love to see a Malaysian stick insect! I would even let one onto my arm, for that matter. One thing I do remember seeing was the Chateau Frontenac. We were there in 1957 or 1958, and it was summer because school was out. We drove all the way up the St. Lawrence, to the Gaspe' peninsula, and came down the coast.

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      Bill Armstrong 4 years ago from Valencia, California

      Very nice, thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      so many things to see. thanks

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      MissRubyStars 4 years ago

      Wow! Such a beautiful and fascinating place to be.

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      cdhops 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I am a Canadian and I think Montreal is a great city. Beautiful and very friendly. You did a great job. Now you need to travel west and see my part of Canada.

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      shewins 4 years ago

      If I were in the area I would make it a point to visit the Science Center, the museums. Sounds like a wonderful trip.

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      wogadget 4 years ago

      After seeing all these pictures. I have decided to change my vacation destination for this year to Montreal. It looks like an awesome place for relaxing.

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      MaggiePowell 4 years ago

      I NEED to go to the Orange Julep stand. I do love a restaurant shaped like a fruit.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Definitely sounds like an exciting trip - hopefully I'll get to enjoy it too sometime in the not too far away future.

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      tomoxby 4 years ago

      The best way to explore Montreal is on the extensive bike paths.

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      tomoxby 4 years ago

      The best way to explore Montreal is on the extensive bike paths.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Montreal really is a beautiful city. I was a teenager when I visited there but it has remained in my mind because of the beautiful old buildings it has.

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      Avi Wolfson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very well written, would love to visit someday.

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      Mommy-Bear 4 years ago

      Montreal it really gorgeous. Great lens thanks for the travel guide

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      CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. I enjoyed reading about the places I've been and the places I'll have to go to next time. The biosphere is really interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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      CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. I enjoyed reading about the places I've been and the places I'll have to go to next time. The biosphere is really interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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      jen becht 4 years ago

      very informative and beautiful lens

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      Great lens

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      junkcat 4 years ago

      My family enjoys visiting Canada and especially Montreal. We have had some wonderful trips there.

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      I've been to Canada a few times, but never to Montreal. It's one of those places I'd really love to go! Enjoyed reading this and your fantastic photos!

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      dakadare 4 years ago

      interesting lens, thanks!

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      Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I definitely want to go to Montreal. I enjoyed your sites covered. I have not been able to visit the east side of the U. S except for the D.C. area, and I feel very much deprived.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would love to visit one day. Great Lens! :)

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the kind words. It is true that we pack a lot in -- we've just never been the type of family that wants to sit on a beach all day. We'd rather be exploring. One year we took a cruise vacation so my wife could recover after having pneumonia and I was bored silly after 2 days!

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      Montreal looks like a beautiful place to visit! I've never been to Canada, so I'm sure that would be a fun and interesting experience for me if I ever got to go.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Also, congratulations on your purple star!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      When you travel you seems to have a the gift of squeezing out every possible delight to be found and have very full days. The farthest I've ever gotten is Fort Francis, Ontario and would sometimes walk there over the bridge from International Falls. Maybe one day I'll get to enjoy the delights of Montreal in person and I just did through your starry eyes....delightfully presented with enthusiasm!

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      NightMagic 4 years ago

      I've made it as far as Toronto but never farther. Hopefully I'll make it out to the east coast this spring & after reading your lens I will definitely stop in Montreal. Thank you for a list of all the places to see & what to expect in each one.

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      sounds like a great place for a visit. i would love to visit montreal

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You make it sound so inviting. Nice lens!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      I've made it to Toronto, Montreal is next on the list. Thanks for this introduction.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Really nice lens!

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      EliasZanetti LM 4 years ago

      Very beautiful place. Great lens!

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      wilsonkht 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your great moment. I will pay a visit to Montreal one day!

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      traveller27 4 years ago

      Great tour of Montreal, located in "la belle province".

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Montreal is a great place to visit. You did a fabulous job on this lens, it's terrific! :)

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star! Great article. Wish i had seen this before we went years ago. We just did a day trip so we didn't have time for much. All I really remember is the biodome.

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      Ardyn25 4 years ago

      I love Montreal, the city is an amazing contrast of history and modern architecture blending. We used to go often and its been a few years. Looks like you had a wonderful time, thanks for the photos and description of your journey. It was just like going back!

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Looks like you had a real fun time in Montreal, thanks for sharing :D