My best friend’s birthday is early May so we made plans to head to Montreal for the weekend. Even though I’ve been numerous times, I thought this time I could plan it like a real tourist and experience it as a “new person”. (Plus, it gives me some great blog content to plan it out and share it with you).
The cheapest accommodations normally go in this order: couch surfing, hostel, hotel. However, when travelling with two or more people, it’s often more cost effective to get a hotel room. A hostel charges per bed while a hotel charges per room. Also, we’ll be driving to Montreal so parking would be required and very few hostels had parking available!
In Montreal, a hostel bed is $80-$100/night (i.e. per person) whereas a hotel room in the same area was less than $200/night. With three of us going for a weekend, it makes the most sense to split a hotel suite between us.
We have one full day in the city so time is limited! I used my usual research methods (Pinterest, TripAdvisor and Atlas Obscura) to round up a few places to check out.
- Mount Royal for a picnic lunch (weather permitting)
- Saint Joseph’s Oratory
- Wander Old Montreal Port
- Montreal Biosphère
- Château Ramezay
- Notre-Dame Basilica
- Lachine Canal
- Beaver Lake (weather permitting)
- Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral
- Montreal City Hall
- Montreal Clock Tower
We have two nights in the city (Friday and Saturday) and birthday drinks are a must. Online recommendations include:
- Mile End, Montreal
- Quartier Latin, Montreal (for birthday drinks)
- Wander Old Montreal Port (for night pictures).
- Schwartz for the best smoked meat.
- Bonsecours Market (to pick up food for a picnic, weather permitting).
- Poutine. A MUST when visiting Canada and Quebec in particular. A delicious dish of fries, cheese curd and gravy. #drooling
Do you have any suggestions for things to do, places to see or restaurants to dine in?? Let me know in the comments.