Steeped in history and home to a thriving arts scene, Montreal, in the eastern province of Quebec, is a beautiful modern city that ranks highly on the world stage.
With architecture dating back to the sixteenth century, and having managed to retain its old world charm to the present day, it’s easy to see why Montreal has become a popular destination for tourists and Canadian visitors alike.
The city itself offers a healthy spread of shops, cafes, markets, parks, and historic churches, notably the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal, which served as the first cathedral of the Diocese of Montreal in the early 1800s. Above ground, the city itself resembles a modern, vibrant thriving city like any other major city while below ground lies over twenty miles of tunnels that connect apartment buildings, hotels, shopping centres, and commercial buildings along with a network of bus and train terminals that connect many of the cities main attractions.
Montreal is not cheap, so if you’re planning to stay for an extended period you’d be wise to consider the best way to spend your hard earned money and make savings where you can, which is all very doable. The price for general transport can be quite expensive, so capitalizing on the underground metro network (or ‘met’ as the locals like to call it) would be a good place to start.
No visit to Montreal would be complete without attending an ice hockey game. With its unique electric atmosphere and high-energy fast paced action, you’re almost guaranteed to come away from Montreal highly satisfied. If this kind of thing appeals to you or if you’re intending on visiting one of the many arts performances or shows during your stay you might consider looking around before you buy tickets. There are services on the Internet, such as online shops or auctions that offer tickets on sale, and often at the last minute you’ll find that they can suddenly be available at an incredibly cheap price.
Montreal and its surrounding area is classified as having a humid continental climate, with generally warm and humid summers and crisp chilly winters averaging between zero and -10 degrees. Again, if you’re planning to be visiting for any length of time during the winter you’ll need to consider investing in good quality warm clothing.
Naturally, there are many outdoor shops and outlets that can accommodate your every need, though the price will have a profound affect on your travel budget. For this reason, you would be well advised to consider buying used all weather gear; after all there are plenty of bargains to be had. If you’re fortunate enough to find a local thrift shop they’re likely to have a variety of used items for sale which should be enough to set you up for the rest of your trip in a single visit. Other outlets offering used outdoor gear for sale would include online auctions or the used clothing section of an online shop. Many of these outlets are very well set up and you could easily take delivery of your clothing the very next day. Even the high street shops have promotional days where they offer discontinued lines for sale at reduced prices or items with minor faults. Whatever you opt for, it’s still a good idea to shop around and make the most of your budget.