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The Perfect Weekend

Montreal is a jewel-box of a city, with a rich cultural history, a thriving culinary scene and plenty of natural beauty. Whether your idea of exercise is shopping until you drop or running laps in a park, the second largest city in Canada has something for every visitor (especially for those who speak French). Each neighborhood has a distinct personality, so you can easily spend your weekend exploring areas like Mile End and Old City — or just settle in for a plate of poutine and watch a diverse and dynamic city go by.  

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Day

1

MORNING
  • Fuel Up.

    Before starting your day properly, stop in for a freshly made coffee drink and a selection of pastries from local bakers at Café Myriade. The café uses beans from 49th Parallel Roasters, based in Vancouver, as well as guest coffee roasters from throughout North America.

  • Work Out.

    Montreal is named for Mount Royal, the iconic small mountain situated in the park in the middle of the city. Among other historic events on the mountaintop, McGill University was founded there (where a large illuminated cross now sits). Take in the beauty of the park by jogging or walking through to start your day off on the right foot.

MIDDAY
  • Art Time.

    Near the hotel, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts houses over 41,000 permanent works in addition to rotating exhibitions. The museum also boasts the most visitors and members of any museum in Canada. With five wings housing works from antiquity to contemporary, there's more than enough to occupy an art lover for a full day, but you can make a targeted trip through with advanced planning on its website.

AFTERNOON
  • Teatime.

    The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal has been serving afternoon tea for over a century, and it has become an institution in the city. Relax from a day of sightseeing with a steaming pot of tea or a chilled glass of champagne accompanied by scones and a selection of tea sandwiches. Tea is served in the famous Palm Court, considered to be the most glamorous hotel lobby in the city.

EVENING
  • Mile End.

    This small and eclectic neighborhood is a draw for its booming restaurant scene, curated stores and artsy appeal. Get a glass of wine off the extensive list along with a few small plates at Bar Henrietta before moving on to a perfectly prepared fish dinner at Estiatorio Milos, a Greek restaurant renowned for its fresh seafood.

Day

2

MORNING
  • Breakfast In.

    Maison Boulud at The Ritz-Carlton, Montreal is considered one of the top breakfasts in the city. Choose from a full buffet with plenty of freshly made viennoiseries, granola and eggs, or select an item off the a la carte menu, including the iconic Montreal-style bagel from St-Viateur served with smoked king salmon and garnishes.

MIDDAY
  • Green Streak.

     Inside Space for Life is an array of outdoor activities and gorgeous nature to take in. Start at the Botanical Garden, which has over 20 outdoor gardens and 10 exhibition greenhouses. Highlights include the Arboretum (especially when the leaves change in fall), the Rose Garden, and the Chinese and Japanese gardens. Leave yourself at least an hour and a half to wander and explore.

AFTERNOON
  • Old Montreal.

    The oldest part of Montreal dates back to settlers in the 1600s, and the area was declared a historic district in the 1960s. It continues to be a popular area for visitors to experience the city at its most charming, with twinkling lights reflecting off cobblestone streets. Stop in for an afternoon snack at Olive et Gourmando, with its selection of freshly made pastries and paninis. Luxury shopping awaits at the SSense flagship boutique, while window-shopping on Rue St. Paul makes for a delightful stroll. Visit the majestic Notre-Dame Basilica to see the once-largest cathedral in North America, originally built in the early 1800s.

EVENING
  • Fine Dining.

     It’s impossible to discuss dining in Montreal without mentioning Toqué!, which has been iconic in Montreal for 25 years. The restaurant combines a farm-to-table philosophy of freshness with a sophisticated take on traditional Quebecois dishes. Dedicated to the terroir of the region, expect to eat local heirloom vegetables, foie gras and lamb, followed by a tempting dessert menu.