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Planning Your Trip

Montreal can be easily explored with a weekend trip, though it means you’ll find yourself in an array of situations, from biking around the city to sitting down for a formal meal. Here is some advice about what to bring.

The front entrance of the hotel lit up in the evening off of Sherbrooke Street in Montreal
The front entrance of the hotel lit up in the evening off of Sherbrooke Street in Montreal
What to Pack

If you’ll be in Montreal during hockey season (October to April) it can’t hurt to pack your bleu, blanc, rouge — blue, white and red. The NHL team plays at Bell Centre (off season, the arena hosts concerts and other large events). Grab a Molson for the action — you can also head to the arena’s own brasserie, La Cage, for cocktails and bistro fare before the game.

Exploring the City

Montreal is relatively small, and it’s wonderfully easy to walk (or cycle, or use public transportation — see more for how to get around). Here’s what to pack to take advantage.

  • Winter in Montreal is cold; spring and fall can be too. Embrace it, as Montrealers do, with warm outerwear, winter accessories and boots.

  • That said, nothing is more Montreal than basking outside in warmer weather. Bring sunscreen and sunglasses to take advantage.

  • Sturdy, grippy boots are best for snowy or icy conditions; otherwise, bring a pair of walking shoes or sneakers to get around in style and comfort.
Day Trips

If you have time for a quick jaunt outside the city, be sure to strategize what’s in your suitcase based on your interests.

  • To visit one of the many sugar shacks, or cabanes à sucre, outside Montreal, bring comfortable clothes suitable for a rustic atmosphere — and for indulging your appetite.

  • Bring hiking boots or sturdy sneakers as well as sunscreen and active clothes to explore Parc National des Îles-de-Boucherville or the Calvaire d’Oka hike.

  • Water sports (swimming, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding) and snow sports (downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding) abound around Montreal; pack accordingly for your favorite.  
Weekend Getaway

Montreal is ideal for exploring over a weekend, though you’ll find plenty to occupy you for longer. The key to packing for a two- or three-day trip? A little forethought.

  • Bring season-appropriate basics that can be easily mixed together: a pair of jeans, collared shirts and a sport coat for men; jeans, blouses and a cocktail dress for women.

  • Bring shoes that are comfortable, stylish and versatile. For women, think ankle boots or loafers. For men, weatherproof boots and minimalist sneakers are a good bet.

  • Take along sneakers, swimwear and activewear for workouts and outdoor adventures.
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What to Reserve

If you’re planning a romantic getaway, there are a few experiences not to miss: dinner at the hotel’s Maison Boulud, a stop at the Montreal Museum of Art and a couple’s massage at Spa St. James. These, and other activities, are best reserved prior to your arrival.

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Montreal is Canada’s second-largest city and offers a lot to discover: local culinary delicacies, beautiful parks, charming neighborhoods, art museums and European-inspired architecture. The hotel’s experts have crafted custom itineraries to ensure you make the most of your stay.