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Montreal, Canada PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen   

Montreal, Canada - 1967 Olympic StadiumAlthough Montréal, located in the Province of Québec is Canada's second largest city, this charming city is easy to walk and offers visitors much to discover with its rich history, culture, gastronomy, and attractions that are sure to please.

After spending several days discovering Québec City, Edward and I boarded a VIA Rail Canada train to discover the charm of Montréal. From the comfort of our first class seats we had the opportunity to experience the vastness of Canada, which is the second largest country in the world by land mass.

View from Train - Quebec City to Montreal - Photo by Luxury Experience
View from Train

During the 3.5-hour morning train ride to Montréal, we enjoyed a breakfast of a Mushroom and Smoked Cheddar Omelet with roasted red skin potatoes, turkey sausage and herb roasted eggplant, red pepper, zucchini and onions (Omelette aux champignons et au cheddar fume) and a Fresh Fruit Plate served with cereal and yogurt (Assiette de fruits frais accompagnée de cereals et de yogourt), while watching the changing landscape that alternated between large acreage farms and a few small towns along the way. We arrived in Montréal refreshed and ready to explore the city.

Via Rail Canada
Toll-Free:      +1-888- 842-7245  
Website:      
www.ViaRail.ca

Although Québec City is the capital of the Province of Québec, population 491,000, Montréal, founded in 1642 and established in 1832, is the second largest Canadian city with 1.6 million, trailing Toronto, which has a population of 2.5 million. Yet despite its size, Montréal is very easy to navigate and walk, which is really the best way to explore its many neighborhoods that have their own distinct personalities.

We stayed at the Hôtel Le St-James in May 2009, a tiny gem with 61 total rooms (23 rooms and 37 suites) located in Vieux-Montréal (Old Montréal), which opened in 2002 in what was formerly the Merchants Bank.

Hotel Le St. James, Montreal, Canada
Hôtel Le St-James

The property is architecturally stunning with rich details, and the hotel is filled with antiques and other interesting artwork that the owners purchased during their travels around the world that add to the Hôtel Le St-James' charming and prestigious ambience.

Hotel Le St. James, Montreal, Canada - Library
Hôtel Le St-James - Library

Guestrooms are opulently furnished and designed with guest comfort in mind, and the Hôtel Le St-James' many amenities include a comfortable Library with a wide selection of newspapers and books available for guests to enjoy, a Spa, XO Le Restaurant, and Afternoon Tea. The hotel's prestigious location on rue Saint-Jacques is perfectly located from which to explore the city, and is located 12 miles (20 km) from the Dorval International Airport.

XO, Le Restaurant, Hotel Le St. James, Montreal, Canada
XO, Le Restaurant

Read about Hôtel Le St-James in the Hotels and Resorts section.

Hotel Le St. James, Montreal, CanadaHôtel Le St-James
355, rue Saint-Jacques
Montréal, (Québec), Canada H2Y 1N9
Telephone:      +1-514-841-3111
Toll-Free:        +1-866-841-3111
          
Fax:                 +1-514-841-1232    
Website:        
www.HotelLeStJames.com 

From the convenient location of the Hôtel Le St-James we were able to walk and experience the city. There are numerous interesting museums and sights to visit in Montréal, and we experienced as many of them as possible.  

We began by first exploring Old Montréal (Vieux-Montréal), making a stop at the BMO Groupe Financier, which was Canada's first bank founded in 1817, and is located down the street from the Hôtel Le St-James, and across from the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal.

Early Currency - Musee de BMO Groupe Financier, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Currency at BMO Groupe Financier

We visited the Musée de BMO Groupe Financier, housed in the Bank, which was built in 1847 in the neo-classical style. Small, yet interesting, the museum had old passbooks on display, a selection of currency, and other historical artifacts.

BMO Groupe Financier, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
BMO Groupe Financier

The Musée de BMO Groupe Financier is open Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and is closed during non-banking hours. Admission is free.

Musée de BMO Groupe Financier 
119, rue Saint-Jacques Ouest
Montréal, (Québec), Canada H2Y 1N9 
Telephone:       +1-514-877-6810 
Fax:                  +1-514-877-7341   
Website:       
   www.Old.Montreal.qc.ca 

Crossing rue Saint-Jacques through the park we went to the magnificent Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal (Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal) constructed between the years 1824 - 1829 in the Gothic Revival style, that is just a bit smaller than Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York to give a reference point as to its size.

Basilique Notre Dame de Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Basilique Notre-Dame Interior

A few of the many noteworthy details of the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal are the twin towers, the 10-bell carillon, the pulpit, the impressive stained glass windows, the altar, and the organs.

Basilique Notre Dame de Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Basilique Notre-Dame Exterior

Stained Glass Window Basilique Notre Dame de Montreal, CanadaThere is an admission fee that was introduced in 1999 to help defray the costs of conserving and restoring the building. No contribution is required, however, to attend mass, participate in other religious services or for personal prayer. Admission: Adults (18+): $5, Children (7- 17): $4, Children (6 and under): Free. The church is open for prayer daily from 7:30 am. Out of consideration for those taking part in religious worship, there are no guided tours between 4:00 PM on Saturday and 12:30 PM on Sunday afternoon. The church is open daily to visitors from Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm.

Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal
424, rue Saint-Sulpice
Montréal, (Québec), Canada H2Y 2V5
Telephone:       +1-514-842-2925
Fax:                  +1-514-842-8275
Email:             
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Website:        
www.NotreDameBasilica.ca

We also visited the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier National Historic Site of Canada, which consists of two houses that were the former residences of Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier and his family from 1848-1872. The museum provides the history of Montréal and is a beautiful retrospective of the family's life with diaries, furniture, and other items in display.

Sir George Etienne-Cartier National Historic Site, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Display Items

The Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier National Historic Site of Canada is open daily from June - September from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, and from April - May, and September - December from Wednesday - Sunday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission: Adults (17-64): $3.90, Seniors (65+): $3.40, Youth (6-16): $1.90, Family/Group (up to 7 with maximum of 2 adults): $9.80. 

Sir George Etienne-Cartier National Historic Site, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Display Items

Sir George Etienne-Cartier National Historic Site, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury ExperienceSir-George-Étienne-Cartier National Historic Site of Canada 
458, rue Notre-Dame Est
Montréal, (Qué
bec), Canada H2Y 1C8
Telephone:       +1-514-283-2282
Toll-Free:         +1-888-773-8888   
Website:          
www.pc.gc.ca/cartier

Musee de Chateau Ramezay, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Musée de Château Ramezay

Another museum highlight was the Musée de Château Ramezay (Château Ramezay Museum), a former mansion with French hand-carved mahogany, exquisite furnishings, a British Army uniform circa 1838, and period-dress docents who provide an interesting view into 18th century life with weaving and other demonstrations. In addition to their permanent collection, during our visit there was also a very nice exhibition, Le Grand Tour du Vélo (The Great Bike Tour runs until September 7, 2009), and the New French Style gardens (orchard, ornamental, and vegetable), surrounded by ivy covered stone walls, which were just beginning to come into bloom providing a delightful place to stop and relax and enjoy the ambience.

Musee de Chateau Ramezay, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Musée de Château Ramezay Tour

Musée de Château Ramezay is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm, and daily during the summer from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Admission: Adults: $9.00, Seniors: $7.00, Students: $6.00, Children (5-17): $4.50, Children (4-0): Free, Families: $18.00. Discounts available for CAA and AAA members.

Musee de Chateau Ramezay, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Musée de Château Ramezay Gardens

Musée de Château Ramezay 
Jardin du Gouverneur 
280, rue Notre-Dame Est 
Vieux-Montréal, (Québec),
Canada H2Y 1C5 
Telephone:     +1-514-861-3708  
Website:       
www.ChateauRamezay.qc.ca 

The Pointe-à-Calliere Musée Archéologie et d'Histoíre is interesting from both an architectural and historical standpoint, as it one of the few places to see the remaining walls of Vieux-Montréal and the cemetery.

Pointe a Calliere Musee Archeologie Montreal Old Wall, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Pointe-à-Calliere Musée Archéologie et d'Histoire

During our visit, there was a wonderful exhibition, "Pirates, Privateers and Freebooters" (runs until January 3, 2010), which provided insight into the history of pirates, including the story of the most notorious of the pirates, Blackbeard, as well as pirates equally interesting, but less well known, including the female pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonney who teamed up with the infamous Calico Jack.

Pointe a Calliere Musee Archeologie Montreal Old Wall, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury ExperiencePointe-à-Calliere Musée Archéologie et d'Histoire is open Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday from 11:00 am -5:00 pm, and is closed on Monday. During the summer the museum is open June 25 - August 30, Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, and Saturday - Sunday from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. Admission: Adults: $14.00, Seniors (65 +): $10.00, Students (13-30): $8.00, Youths (6 - 12): $6.00, Children (0 - 5): Free, and Families: (1 adult and 3 children under 17 or 2 adults and 2 children under 17): $30.00.

Pointe-à-Calliere Musée Archéologie et d'Histoire
350, Place Royale (Corner of de la Commune)
Vieux-Montréal, (Québec),
Canada H2Y 3Y5
Telephone:    +1-514-872-9150
Fax:               +1-514-872-9151  
Website:      
www.PACMuseum.qc.ca 

We visited the DHC/Art Fondation Pour L'Art Contemporain (DHC/Art Foundation for Contemporary Art) where we saw the video art exhibition "Particulares de réalité" by Israeli-born artist Michal Rovner, who now resides in New York. The exhibition requires the viewer to take a closer look to discern that the tiny moving images are actually people moving in a succession of patterns.

The DHC/Art Fondation Pour L'Art Contemporain is open Wednesday - Friday from 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, and is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free.

DHC/Art Fondation Pour L'Art Contemporain 
451, rue Saint-Jean
Vieux-Montréal, (Québec),
Canada H2Y 2R5 
Telephone:       +1-514-849-3742    
Website:         
www.DHC-Art.org 

The Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, built in 1771, also called the Sailors Church, is another beautiful church that we visited. Of interest on the exterior is the statue of the Virgin Mary facing the water, in the interior, the many miniature ships hanging from the ceiling that were gifts received from sailors asking for protection during their voyages.

Chapelle Notre Dame de Bon Secours Ship hanging from celling
Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours

Also of note are the stained glass windows depicting the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary by D. Adolphe Beaulieu (1910), the painted ceiling, metal heart votive offerings, and the tomb of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours. You may also visit the interesting Musée Marguerite Bourgeoys on the premises.

Chapelle Notre Dame de Bon Secours
Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
400, rue Saint-Paul Est 
Vieux-Montréal, (Québec),
Canada H2Y 1H4 
Telephone:      +1-514-282-8670 
Email:             
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Website:        
www.Marguerite-Bourgeoys.com 

Down the street from Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours is the Marché Bonsecours the former site of city hall until 1878, and designated as one of Canada's heritage sites; we enjoyed browsing through the many attractive Québec artisan and designer shops in the historic Classical Revival building that dates to 1847.

The Marché Bonsecours opens at 10:00 am and with varying closing hours according to the season. From April 1 - June 23, and September 5 - December 31, it is open Sunday - Thursday until 6:00 pm, and on Friday and Saturday until 9:00 pm; daily from June 24 - September 4 until 9:00 pm; and from January 1 - March 31, it is open daily until 6:00 pm.

Marché Bonsecours
350, rue Saint-Paul Est
Vieux-Montréal, (Québec),
Canada
Telephone:    +1-514-872-7730  
Website:   
     www.MarcheBonsecours.qc.ca

For visitors who would like to know more about the history of Vieux-Montréal, Guidatour offers professional 90 minute Old Montréal Walking Tours, which depart in front of Notre Dame Basilica near the Boutique du Parvis. Tours are conducted in French (at 11:00 am) and in English (at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm). Tour Fees: Adults: $17.50, Seniors and Students: $15.50, Children (6-12): $8.50. Check their website for hours which may vary according to season.

Guidatour 
360, rue Saint-François-Xavier, Suite 400 
Montréal, (Québec), Canada
H2Y 2S8 
Telephone:     +1-514-844-4021
Toll-Free:       +1-800-363-4021    
Website:        
www.GuidaTour.qc.ca
 

Scandinave Les Baines We also experienced the attractive 12,000 square foot Scandinave Les Bains located in Vieux-Montréal, which opened in January 2009. The Scandinave Les Bains' vision is Sanitas Per Aquam "health through water" and provides locals and visitors with the opportunity to enjoy a healthful thermal bath experience, which is the first of its kind in the city. The experience includes dry and steam saunas, thermal water and plunge pools, relaxation rooms, and massages are also available. Scandinave Les Bains is open daily from 10:00 am - 10:00 pm with the exception of Christmas.

Scandinave Les Bains
71, rue de la Commune Street Ouest 
Vieux-Montréal, (Québec),
Canada H2Y 2C6 
Telephone:       +1-514-288-2009
Fax:                  +1-514-288-0999 
Website:          
www.Scandinave.com 

Edward F. Nesta - Le Bateau Mouche, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Edward boarding le Bateau Mouche

One of the best ways to experience and learn about the island of Montréal is from the water. We took a 60-minute cruise on the Saint Lawrence River aboard a Bateau-Mouche that is the same type of boat that gained acclaim in Paris that travels along the Seine.

View from Le Bateau Mouche - Habitat 67 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Habitat 67

View from Le Bateau Mouche - Jacques Cartier Bridge Detail - Photo by Luxury Experience A few of the many highlights of the cruise included the dramatic Montréal skyline, Habitat 67, which are block shaped apartments layered on top of one another that at the time were designed as affordable housing and today have skyrocketed in price to be exclusive condos; the 1922 Clock Tower that is a replica of Big Ben in London and is a memorial/lighthouse for all the sailors who died; passing under the Jacques-Cartier Bridge which has miniature Eiffel towers on each of its points; Saint-Heléne amusement park where the colorful roller coasters looked like contemporary art sculptures; the 1967 Olympic Stadium with its white tower; and since it was a sunny and clear day, we could see all the way to Mont Royal with its cross prominently visible.

View from Le Bateau Mouche - 1967 Olympic Stadium - Photo by Luxury Experience   View from Le Bateau Mouche - 1922 Clock Tower - Photo by Luxury Experience
            Olympic Stadium                         1922 Clock Tower

Le Bateau-Mouche offers a variety of cruises including 60 minute and 90 minute cruises, as well as dinner cruises. The 60-minute Day Tours run at 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:30 pm. Prices and Schedules subject to change. Adults: $23.00 (plus taxes), Students and Seniors: (65+) $21.00, Children (6-16): $11.00, Children (0-5): Free, and Family: $54.00 (2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children).

Le Bateau Mouche - Photo by Luxury Experience
La Bateau-Mouche

Le Bateau-Mouche 
Boarding and Ticket Office: Jacques Cartier Pier
Old Port of Montréal, (Québec), Canada
H2Y 1Z1
Telephone:   +1-514-849-9952 
Toll Free:      +1-800-361-9952 
Fax:              +1-514-849-9851  
Website:     
www.BateauMouche.ca 

We also enjoyed discovering at the Centre des Sciences de Montréal (Montréal Science Centre) where we saw the interesting IMAX presentation, "Agua - A Journey Into The World of Water" (Un Voyage au Coeur de L'Eau) created by the One Drop® Foundation, and we also experienced the many exhibitions.

Centre des Sciences, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Centre des Sciences de Montréal

The Centre des Sciences de Montréal is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, and Saturday - Sunday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission prices vary according to program. Please check their website for information.

Centre des Sciences de Montréal 
Located at the end of Boulevard Saint-Laurent (Pier King Edward)
Montréal, (Québec),
Canada
Telephone:   +1-514-496-4629
Toll-Free:     +1-877-496-4724 
Website:     
www.MontrealScienceCentre.com 

Architecturally, the landscape of the city is a fascinating and eclectic mix of contemporary and historic buildings. One of the more interesting contemporary buildings is the Palais de Congrés de Montréal with its colorful façade. Nicknamed the "lifesaver building" it takes up an entire block and runs between Saint-Antoine and Av. Viger. 

Palais de Congres de Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Palais de Congrés de Montréal

Across the street from the Palais de Congrés de Montréal, is Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, which features the artist Jean-Paul-Riopelle's large-scale sculpture and fountain, La Joute. We had seen an exhibition of Riopelle's work at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and were delighted to see La Joute on display in a public space.

Jean-Paul-Riopelle Fountain - Photo by Luxury Experience
Jean-Paul-Riopelle Fountain

Another wonderful museum that we visited was the Musée d'Art Contemporain, where we particularly enjoyed the photographic exhibition of 59 images by Robert Polidori taken between the years 1984 - 2007. His photographic detail showing the beauty and the decay of Versailles, as well the damage to New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, were especially poignant. The Sculpture Garden was also very nice with its tranquil setting with ivy-covered walls, fountain, and lilacs that were in full bloom and lightly perfuming the garden.

Musee Dart Contemporaim, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury ExperienceThe Musée d'Art Contemporain is open Tuesday - Sunday from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, and Wednesday from 11:00 am - 9:00 pm. The museum is closed Mondays, with the exception of public holidays. Admission: Adults: $8.00. Seniors (60+): $6.00, Students (30 and under with Student ID): $4.00, Family: (maximum 4 persons including at least 1 adult with adolescents aged 12 to 17): $16.00, Children under 12 and members: Free, and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Free.

Musée d'Art Contemporain
185, rue Saint-Catherine Ouest (at the corner of Jeanne-Mance)
Montréal, (Québec), Canada
H2X 3X5 
Telephone:     +1-514-847-6226 
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Website:       
www.MACM.org 

Strathcona Music Building, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Strathcona Music Building

Walking along rue Sherbrooke we saw the noteworthy statue of Queen Victoria dated 1895 that was created by her daughter, H.R.H. Princess Louise, who was a sculptor, in front of the Strathcona Music Building at the intersection of rue Sherbrooke and Union.

Queen Victoria at Strathcona Music Building, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Queen Victoria Sculpture

Musee McCord d'Histoire, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury ExperienceContinuing on rue Sherbrooke, we visited the Musée McCord d'Histoire Canadienne and found the exhibition "Being Irish O'Québec" (runs until April 4, 2010) to be very informative with displays of Irish artifacts depicting its rich history, culture, music, dance, and religion.

Also of interest were the exhibitions, "Simply Montréal" and "Montréal Winter," highlighting the winter sports of snowshoeing, skiing, skating, and curling, with antique sports equipment, clothing, and even a sleigh on display.

 

Musee McCord d'Histoire, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury ExperienceHowever, it was the fashion exhibitions that captured my attention with 100 years of fashion from 1856 until the 1950s. A few of the fashion highlights included a black 2-piece bathing costume from 1920, bathing boots circa 1900, men's top hats, wedding dresses from 1856 and 1927, and women's dresses that ranged from the 1920s to 1950s.

Musée McCord d'Histoire Canadienne is open Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and is open on Monday during the summer from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission: Adults: $13.00, Seniors (65 and over with ID): $10.00, Students (full-time with ID): $7.00, Children (6 - 12): $5 .00, Children (5 and under) and members: free, Families (2 adults and 2 children 16 or under, or 1 adult and 3 children 16 or under): $26, and Free Admission the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Musee McCord d'Histoire, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Musée McCord d'Histoire Canadienne

Musée McCord d'Histoire Canadienne 
690, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, (Québec),
Canada H3A 1E9
Telephone:    +1-514-398-7100
Fax:               +1-514-398-5045
Email:           
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Website:      
www.McCord-Museum.qc.ca 

McGill University, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
McGill University

McGill University, founded in 1821, is often referred to as "Canada's Harvard" as it is the oldest university in Canada. We walked through the pillared entrance on rue Sherbrooke Ouest and strolled the beautiful grounds. Musée Redpath (Redpath Museum), on the grounds of McGill University, is also interesting. The museum is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, and is closed on Saturday. Admission is free.

Musee Redpaht Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Musée Redpath

We also made a stop at Holt Renfrew on rue Sherbrooke Ouest, which is the place for upscale shopping. Major designers and an attractive setting have made the department store a favorite with locals as well as tourists. The store is open Monday - Wednesday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Thursday - Friday from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm, Saturday from 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Holt Renfrew, Montrea, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Holt Renfrew

Holt Renfrew
1300, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, (Québec), Canada
H3G 1H9
Telephone:    +1-514-842-5111  
Website:       
www.HoltRenfrew.com

A definite museum highlight was the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts), which is so large that that it consists of two buildings on either side of rue Sherbrooke.

During our visit, there was a fascinating exhibition, "Imagine" on the lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono to commemorate the 40th anniversary of their famous visit to Montréal where they held a "bed-in" at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel and wrote the legendary song, "Give Peace a Chance" with a who's who participating on the song that included Timothy Leary, singer Petula Clark, Tommy Smothers, and Hare Krishna drummers, which was recorded on June 1, 1969.

Debra Argen Experiencing Art Musee des Beaux-arts Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Debra Experiencing Art at Musée des Beaux-Arts

We also saw a wonderful exhibition on Napoléon from the collection of Ben Wieder, featuring an impressive collection of his paintings, porcelain, silver, clocks, furniture, and clothing.

The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal is open Tuesday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Wednesday - Friday from 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and is closed on Monday. Admission: Free with the exception of temporary exhibits.

Musee des Beaux-arts, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal 
1379-1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, (Québec), Canada
H3G 1H9
Telephone:   +1-514-285-2000  
Website:      
www.MBAM.qc.ca

Basilique-Cathedral Marie Reine du Monde, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury ExperienceThe Cathedral-Basilica Mary Queen of the World and St. James the Greater (Basilque-Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde et Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur) is a spectacular city landmark with its green dome, and if it looks familiar, it because it is a scaled down replica of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy. It was built between 1870 and 1894, became a parish in 1904, and a cathedral-basilica in 1909.

 

Be sure to notice the 13 statues by the sculptor Olindo Gratton (1892 - 1898) along the roofline that represent the patron saints: Saint Anthony of Padua, Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Hyacinth, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Paul, Saint John, Saint James, Saint Joseph, Saint John the Baptist, Saint Patrick, Saint Ignatius, Saint Charles Borromeo, and Saint Francis of Assisi. Inside, the reference to Saint Peter's continues with a replica of Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Baldacchino.

Basilique Cathedrale Marie Reine du monde, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Basilique-Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde

Basilique-Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde et Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur
1085, rue Saint-Catherine Ouest 
Montréal, (Québec),
Canada H3B 2V4 
Telephone:   +1-514-866-1661 
Website:     
www.cathedralecatholiquedemontreal.org

For visitors seeking a little adventure in their lives, the city has instituted a special bicycle rental program where for the price of $5.00, you can rent a bicycle for 24-hours. There are bicycle locations throughout the city and you may pick-up and return the bicycles at any of them.

Montreal Rental bikes - Photo by Luxury Experience
Debra Checking out Bike Rental

The culinary scene in Montréal offers visitors great diversity and options that range from casual cafés to elegant fine dining restaurants. We had an excellent lunch at the trendy Cavalli Ristorante & Bar located on bustling Peel Street where the ambience is contemporary and the food is well executed.

Cavalli Ristorante and Bar Montreal, Canada
Cavalli Ristorante & Bar

Culinary highlights of our lunch included a delicious Caprese Salad made with slices of yellow and red heirloom tomatoes, yellow cherry tomatoes, mozzarella de bufala, niçoise olives, basil, mint, reduced balsamic and olive oil (Salade Caprese, tomates heirloom, mozzarella de bufala, olives et basilica); Paillard of grilled veal with mozzarella de bufala, with rocket and artichokes, panzanella, and salsa verde (Paillard de veau grillée au mozzarella de bufala et roquette avec artichauts, panzanella et salsa verde); and Grilled Shrimp in an Asiatic marinade with pineapple sauce, coriander, and avocado (Crevettes grilles dans une marinade à l‘asiatique avec salsa d'ananas, de coriandre, et d'avocat).

Cavalli Ristorante and Bar Montreal, Canada - Shrimp - Photo by Luxury Experience
Grilled Shrimp

Cavalli Ristorante & Bar is open daily for lunch from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, and for dinner from 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm.

Cavalli Ristorante and Bar Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Cavalli Ristorante & Bar

Read about Cavalli Ristorante & Bar in the Restaurants section.

Cavalli Ristorante and Bar Montreal, Canada

Cavalli Ristorante & Bar
2040 rue Peel
Montréal, (Québec),
Canada M3A 2R4
Telephone:    +1 514-843-5100  
Fax:               +1 514-843-3855
   
Website:       
www.RistoranteCavalli.com

Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Curtat of Nuances, Montreal, CanadaWe had a gastronomically exciting five-course dinner at the elegant fine dining restaurant, Nuances léveil des sens, located at the Casino du Montréal where Chef Jean-Pierre Curtat's culinary focus is to "awaken the senses." Spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River from the wall of windows and attentive service by the all-Sommelier waitstaff add to the overall appeal of the restaurant.

 

A few of the many culinary highlights of our dinner included the Amuse Bouche of Chilean sea bass with puree of asparagus, tomato compote, and lime; Lobster with milk and coffee emulsion, chow mein noodles, seafood gastrique, and Sauvignon cappuccino jelly; and Pan-seared foie gras with Asian pear chutney, jellied honey and mead white wine sauce.

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Nuances Foie Gras

Nuances léveil des sens is open for dinner Sunday - Friday from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm, and on Saturday from 5:30 pm until 11:00 pm.

Nuances Dining Room, Montreal, Canada
Nuances Dining Room

Read about Nuances léveil des sens in the Restaurants section, and Chefs' Recipes section where Executive Chef Jean-Pierre Curtat shares a delicious taste of the restaurant in English and in French.

Nuances, Montreal, Canada

Nuances léveil des sens
Casino du Montr
éal
1 Avenue du Casino
Montréal, (Québec),
Canada H3C 4W7
Restaurant:   +1-514-392-2746
Toll-Free:      +1-800-665-2274 ext. 2708
Email:            This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it     
Website:      
www.CasinosduQuebec.com/Montreal 

We also had an excellent dinner at the historic Le Saint-Gabriel, located at the Auberge Saint-Gabriel, which holds the distinction that it was the oldest inn in North America. Although the name Auberge (Inn) remains in its name, today Le Saint-Gabriel is only a restaurant. Le Saint-Gabriel also has the distinction of receiving the first alcohol license from the British in 1754. As appropriate, Le Saint-Gabriel has an excellent cocktail menu, which of course, we sampled. Stonewalls, wood beamed ceilings, wood burning fireplaces, and antiques add to the overall charm of the restaurant.

 

Auberge Le Saint-Gabriel - Photo by Luxury Experience
Auberge Le Saint- Gabriel

Executive Chef Jean-Marc Mathieu's menu features French and traditional Québécois recipes complemented by a large international wine menu with wine available by the bottle as well as by the glass, and there is an attentive waitstaff.

 

Chef Jean-Marc Mathieu of Auberge Le St. Gabriel, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Executive Chef Jean-Marc Mathieu

A few of the many culinary highlights of our dinner included Escargots Provençale with licorice flavor; Black Tiger Shrimp with Chipolte Pepper and Crisp Vegetables (Crevettes "Black Tiger" piment chipolte, légumes croquants); Roasted Salmon with Coconut Milk, Mint, and Lemongrass (Saumon rôti, lait de coco, menthe, citronnelle); traditional Québécois Sugar Pie (Tarte au Sucre) made with maple syrup and cream and served with vanilla ice cream; and Saint-Gabriel style Lemon Pie (Tarte au Citron - façon Saint-Gabriel).

 

Auberge Le St.-Gabriel, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience - Escargots Provencale
Escargots Provençale

Le Saint-Gabriel is open for lunch Tuesday - Friday from 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm, and for dinner from Tuesday - Saturday from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

Read about Le Saint-Gabriel in the Restaurants section and in Chefs' Recipes where Executive Chef Jean-Marc Mathieu shares a traditional taste of the Québec region in English and in French.

 

Auberge Le St.-Gabriel, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury ExperienceLe Saint-Gabriel
Auberge Saint-Gabriel
426 Saint-Gabriel Street
Montréal, (Québec),
Canada H2Y 2Z9
Telephone:    +1-514-878-3561
Fax:               +1-514-878-4492
Email:           
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Website:    
   www.LeSaint-Gabriel.com 

Montréal offers a unique experience for visitors during any season, and has a number of interesting festivals throughout the year including the Just for Laughs Festival, Montréal Chamber Music Festival, International Jazz Festival, International Pop Music Festival, and much more. No matter when you choose to visit Montréal, there is much to discover in Canada's second largest city.

Carriage Rides Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience  Carriage Rides, Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Have a Fashionable Ride Through Montréal

Important Information for Montréal:

The currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). As of May 2009, the exchange rate was 1 US Dollar (USD) to 1 Canadian Dollar to 1.17 Canadian Dollar (CAD), 1 (EUR) to 1.59 Canadian Dollar (CAD). The Canadian Dollar is divided into 100 cents, with coin denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 1 dollar, and 2 dollar; bank note denominations are: 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 dollars.

Electricity is 110 volts/60 cycles, which is used throughout North America. Bring a converter if your appliances do not have dual voltage and plug adapters if traveling from outside North America.

Montreal, Canada - Photo by Luxury Experience
Montréal, Canada

French is the official language of Montréal, and while many people speak English, it is always helpful to have some basic language knowledge when traveling.

Basic Vocabulary

 


English

French

   

Do you speak English?

Parlez-vous anglais?

I do not understand

Je ne comprends pas.

Hello

Bonjour

Good-bye

Au revoir

Good evening

Bonsoir

Good night

Bonne nuit

Please  

S'il vous plaît

Excuse me

excusez-moi

I would like

Je voudrais

Thank you

Merci/Merci beaucoup

You're Welcome

de rien

Yes/No

Oui/Non

Where is ... ?

Oû est ... ?

Airplane

avion

Airport

l'aéroport

Boat/Ferry

bateau

Bus

autobus

Hotel

hôtel

Taxi

taxi

Ticket

billet

Train

train

Train station

gare ferrovaire

Here/There

ici/là

Close/far

près/loin

Right/left/straight ahead

à droit/à gauche/tout droit

How much is it?

Combien?

The price?

Le prix?

Open/Closed

ouverte/ferme

 

 

Time

Temps

   

Monday

lundi

Tuesday

mardi

Wednesday

mercredi

Thursday

jeudi

Friday

vedredi

Saturday

samedi

Sunday

dimanche

Morning/Day/Night

matin/jour/nuit

Today/Tomorrow

aujourd'hui/demain

 

 

Health

Santé

   

Back

au dos

Dentist

dentiste

Doctor

médecin

Fever

fèvre

Flu

la grippe

Headache

mal de tête

Help!

Au secours!

Hospital      

hôpital

Ill

Mal

Pharmacy

pharmacie

Stomach

au ventre

Throat

à la gorge

 


 


Restaurant

Restaurant

   

Breakfast

petite déjeuner

Lunch

déjeuner

Dinner

dîner

Bread

pain

Butter

beurre

Beef

boeuf

Cheese

fromage

Chicken

pulet

Clams

palourdes

Cod

morue

Crab

crabe

Duck

canard

Eggs

œufs

Fish

poisson

Lamb

agneau

Lobster

homard

Meat

viande

Oysters

huîtres

Pork

porc

Poultry

volaille

Prawns

crevettes

Salad

salade

Salmon

saumon

Seafood

fruits de mer

Scallops

pétancles

Shrimp

crevettes

Tuna

thon

Vegetables

légumes

Vegetarian

végétarien

The check

l'addition

 


 


   

Dessert

Dessert

   

Cake

gâteau

Ice cream

glace

Pastry

pâtisserie

Pie

tarte

 

 

Beverages

Boissons

   

Coffee

café

Tea

thé

Ice

glaçons

Juice

jus

Lemon

citron

Milk

lait

Sugar

sucre

Water/Mineral Water

eau/eau minérale

Beer

bière

Wine

vin

Montreal Tourism Read other articles on Montréal in the Hotels and Resorts, Restaurants, and Chefs' Recipes sections.

Province of QuebecFor more information on Montréal and Quebec, please visit the websites: www.QuebecRegion.com, www.BonjourQuebec.com, and www.Tourism-Montreal.org.    

For information on traveling by train in Canada, please visit the Via Rail Canada website at: www.ViaRail.ca or contact them at: +1-888- 842-7245.

For weather information in Canada, please visit the websites: www.Weather.ec.qc.ca and www.TheWeatherNetwork.com.

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