avenue for the arts

lebeaucorbeau  asked:

So in juin I'm going to be in Montreal as part of a two week program to Quebec for credit through my university. There's going to be a lot of stuff planned but I'm sure we'll get some free time to do some stuff on our own. Is there anything you'd highly recommend for someone's first time in Montreal?

oh that’s awesome!! 

i’ve actually live in montreal for only a year and i’ve been working a lot and on the night shift for most of it so i haven’t checked out the city a lot yet, but that being said i was familiar with the city before coming living here so i can still recommend some stuff hehe 

old montreal is a nice place to take a walk and enjoy the architecture. it’s very cute and feel very european. if you have time to go to quebec city, i find the old quebec even better! downtown at night is nice too, near the peel/mcgill/place-des-arts subway stations. the mont-royal avenue is quite nice too, there are lots of local shops and foods if you’re interested.

there are also a lot of museums (my favorites are the museum of fine arts, the biodôme, the planetarium and the botanical garden) and lots of festivals all year long. the ones i know of for july: les francofolies for french canadian music, the beer festival (if you’re a fan of beer, montreal has a lot of craft beers), and the jazz festival but it starts at the end of june. if you’re here on the 24th, it’s the national holiday in quebec and there are always big celebrations. this summer is also montreal’s 375th birthday so there will be special stuff for that too i’m sure. a walk in the gay village is pretty nice too with the pink/rainbow balls in the sky! if you can go up the mont-royal you can get a nice view of the city too, it’s pretty nice. it’s a “mountain” but mostly it’s just a big hill lol

montreal has also so much food, you will love it! be sure to taste real poutine québécoise too, it’s a must! :D if you like shopping, there are lots of shops and places. montreal even has the largest underground city in the world, including many, many shops (and public transport).

i hope you have lots of fun here and don’t hesitate to ask more if you want! if any of my followers have other recommendations, go ahead!