Visit | Montreal

Montreal, Quebec, Canada


For my birthday every year, well - since 2017, I make it a goal to go somewhere new for my birthday. Preferably out of the country, but I’ll take whatever I can get as long as I haven’t been there. This year: Montreal.

I headed to Montreal with one of my best friends to celebrate the big 3-0. Montreal was a winter wonderland. I would love to go back in the spring / summer to experience the city in the warmer weather. Some things were closed for the winter and we were told a lot of cool outdoor events happen then as well. We spent six days in Montreal, which was a great getaway, but I think a long {4-day} weekend would be best for Montreal!

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bri rinehart; montreal; canada; adventure
bri rinehart; montreal; canada; adventure

If you love listening to music on vinyl, definitely check out Sound Central Records. The owner is awesome and has some great recs if you’re interested in expanding your music library.

Vieux-Montreal {Old Montreal} was one of my favorite parts of the city. I loved looking at the old architecture. The Basilica Notre Dame is jaw-dropping-beautiful. It took five years to build the Basilica and twenty-five years to finish the “decorations” inside the building. The building is modeled after Westminster Abby in London instead of Notre Dame in Paris. Near Old Montreal, there is a ferris wheel. If you want to see amazing views of the city, I highly recommend purchasing a ticket. I am TERRIFIED of heights, but sucked it up because, hello, views. At first, I was a little scared, but once I realized I was okay, I enjoyed the ride.

bri rinehart; montreal; adventure; travel; travel photographer
bri rinehart; montreal; adventure; travel; travel photographer
bri rinehart; montreal; adventure; travel; travel photographer

St. Catherine’s Street reminded me a lot of Boylston Street in Boston. If you want to shop, this is the place to be. The street is filled with shops and restaurants. Even if you venture onto a side street, you can’t go wrong. We went into a few of the stores that caught our eye that aren’t located in the States.

If you’re interested in axe throwing, check out Sports de Combats! They offer an axe throwing class. It was not very expensive. The class lasts for an hour. An employee teaches you how to throw each axe, then you’re asked how you’d like the teams to be created. There are 10 rounds where each person gets to throw the axe of their choosing twice. The employee keeps track of your points. At the end, they’ll tell you which group won and who had the highest individual points. D and I were on a team and WON. I had the highest individual points - which I wasn’t expecting! I also discovered how much I loved axe throwing from this and want to do it again.

bri rinehart; montreal; adventure; travel; travel photographer
bri rinehart; montreal; adventure; travel; travel photographer
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Key Spots:

  • Sound Central Record Store

  • Old Montreal: Marché Bónsecours, Basilica Notre Dame, Le Grande Roue de Montreal

  • St. Catherine’s Street

  • Sports de Combats - Axe Throwing

  • Dine: Restaurant L’Avenue, Else’s, Nyk’s


Transportation

  • Metro

  • Uber

Language

  • French

  • English

Montreal primarily speaks French, but don’t fret - it’s not hard to get around or speak with others. Many people know English as well and when you go to a restaurant, you’re often asked if you want a menu in French or English.


bri rinehart; montreal; canada; adventure
bri rinehart; montreal; canada; adventure
bri rinehart; montreal; birthday; canada
bri rinehart; adventure; montreal; canada
bri rinehart; montreal; canada; adventure
bri rinehart; montreal; canada; adventure

Montreal was a great city to ring in my 30th. It was snowy, but luckily Boston has prepared me for the colder weather.

Leave your favorite spots in Montreal in the comments below so I can check them out the next time I go!

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