A Traveller’s Guide to Montreal
A city of proud of its history and French culture, Montreal is one of the most historic cities in Canada. Apart from having many museums and galleries, Montreal is also the home of the second largest botanical garden in the world. And if you are appreciate greenery, there are many oarks and gardens scattered all over the city to keep you occupied. And to spend your evening with your mates, there are spots known for its jazz music and world class cusisines.
Here are a few tips to help you plan your trip t Montreal.
- BUDGET HOTELS AND HOSTELS
Montreal can be exensive so can the middle ranged hotels. A single room can cost around US$ 50 – US$ 65 for a double. The farther you go from the city, the costs will be lower.
Hostels cost between US$ 20 – US$ 40 for a dorm room. Since these are one of the best hostels in Montreal, you have a various options to choose according to your budget.
- FOOD WITHIN YOUR BUDGET
Since Montreal is a little expensive compared to other cities, the food too is moderately priced. Average Restaurent dinners will cost US$ 30 for dinner (inclusive of a glass or beer). In case you are looking for cheep eateries, you will also find them within US$ 10. For those who will be cooking, an average US$ 50-75 should last you a week.
But if you want good food, you will definitely pay for it!
- TRAVELLING WITHIN THE CITY
One trip tickets will cost you US$ 3 while bulk of 10 tickets will gain you a discounted rate of US$ 24. For unlimited travel by bus and metro, you can opt for the Tourist passes. For unlimited travelling in the evening, you can avail the weekly passes for just US$ 22.
HOW TO SAVE WHILE ON TOUR:
- BE YOUR OWN WALKING GUIDE
Montreal is among those cities which are best discovered on foot. And yes, it is also the cheapest way to see the city. To avoid the crowded experience, head along the Lachine Canal, the historic buildings and scenaries are a must see.
- LEARN DESIGN AND ART FOR FREE
Bring out the artist within you at the Museum of Contemporary Art which is absolutely free on Wednesdays and costs between US$ 10-14 on other days. Designers from Quebec and Canada present their work at the Center of Design along with many international designers. Apart from this, the Center Candien d’Architecture is another place to visit. What better way of learning art for free!
- CHEAP FOOD AND GROCERIES
Try out the authentic French cuisines and drinks while you are out in the markets. These markets will give you an insight into the beautiful culture and local life of Montreal. Also, they have the most amazing sandwiches for as low as US$ 6 to keep you full for a while.
- OTHER FREE STUFF
The City Hall is open for free public tours during May to October. It is a 45 minute guided tour for locals as well as tourists.
In summers, you will find many dance instructors giving free dance lessons in Parc Jean Drapeau. A couple of dance lessons and surprise your partner with some of yur groovy ballroom dance moves!
And for all those ice-skaters, parks like Parc La Fontaine, Lac aux Castors, Parc Mont Royal have amazing rinks to skate for free!
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BEST THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN MONTREAL:
Now that we helped you save quite a few bucks while on your tour, here is a list of things you just can’t afford to miss.
- THE BIODOME
The Biodome features four ecosystems of the four most beautiful habitats of North, Central and South America. This Biodome is one of its kinds and is located in Olympic Games Volodrome.
- PARC LA FOUNTAINE
This park has a bit of everything – from beach volleyball to tennis or just simple picnic with your family and kids. A perfect way to spend quality time with your family while going easy on your pockets.
- BOAT RIDE
There are varieties of tours available for the harbour as well as the lachine Canal. With boats holding a capacity of 30 tourists at a time, you will surely get an exclusive experience here.
- LE PLATEAU
Le Plateau is known for its great combination of local residential streets and amazing shopping and dining areas.
- PLACE DES ARMES
From the three main squares in the Old City, Place des Armes is one of them and is the home of many historic buildings. The first building of the Bank of Montreal, the New York Life building and the Aldred Building are among those buildings.
- JEAN-TALON MARKET
The Jean Talon Market hosts the largest number of stalls in the middle of Little Italy. These shops specialize in groceries and fresh food items.
- ST JOSEPH ORATORY
St Joseph Oratory is the second highest dome after the St peter’s in Rome. It is also one of the most visited shrines in Canada, especially for its view from the basilica.
- A HALF-DAY BIKE TOUR
For US$ 70, you can take a three hour bike tour around with city and visit major tourist sites along with your guide. It is also an efficient way to see a lot in one day.
- VISITING THE JARDIN BOTANIQUE
Montreal has a lot to offer to even to the nature lovers. Opened in 1931, Jardin Bontanique is the second largest botanical garden in the world.
Montreal is a historic place known for its culture and lifestyle. These also make it one of the best tourist destinations in Canada. So, if you are looking to start afresh, Montreal will fetch you a great deal. Just fill in our FREE VISA ASSESSMENT form and let us assist you with the procedure.