On my second visit to Montreal, I had three days instead of the 12 hours back when I went in 2013 with my friends as a stop on our Toronto road trip. We did some of the same things, and some new ones. Here is what we got the chance to check out:
- Get a 360 view of Montreal at the Observatoire de Ville Marie. Bonus – if you still have your student ID, you can get the ticket for $15 (regular adult is $19). The entrance is a bit hard to find, which I guess deters a lot of tourists because when we got up there, there were barely any people
- Explore the Notre-Dame Basilica – so the first time around, we didn’t have time to go inside so we just snapped a few pictures outside. The second time around, I told myself that I would make it inside this time. But when we got there, there was a huge sea of people waiting in line. Neither Ben nor I are big church/architecture buffs, so we decided to skip it. Apparently, you can pre-purchase tickets online but at that point, we were already leaving the next afternoon and we didn’t think it was worth the trouble. Maybe third time will be the charm?
- See all of the different flowers at Montreal Botanical Garden – the grounds are HUGE. They do have some trolleys but they’re always full so we ended up walking a lot around the park. That being said, make sure you bring plenty of water. Especially during the summertime (we went in August)
- Admire the architecture of the Montreal Olympic Stadium – this is where the 1976 Summer Olympics were held. I’m not sure if you can actually go inside, but if you have time – check out the exterior. Especially if you’re planning on visiting the Botanical Garden, since they’re right next to each other
- Take a stroll around Old Montreal – you’ll feel like you’re in a European city
- Hike up Mont Royal to get a view of the city – don’t worry, it’s paved so it isn’t bad. The bad part is just the hoards of tourists so you should probably go early (unlike us)
- Get some produce at Marchés Atwater (Atwater Market) – this was a little disappointing because I thought there would be more food vendors there (or maybe we just went too early). It’s better for produce/meats so it would be a good place to get some ingredients to cook with if you are staying at a place with a kitchen