We arrived in Montreal at 4.15pm yesterday and in just 24 hours we have managed to see and experience the highlights of the city. Of course, this is only our opinion.
Once we had arrived at our accommodation, our first destination was Jean-Talon market which is literally about 100m from where we are staying. At this time of the year it is bursting with fresh, local fruit and vegetables.
Our plan for today included the basilica, beer and a bus to the park.
We began by catching the subway into one of the city stations where we walked a short distance to the Notre Dame Basilica. The architecture is more ornate than the one in Quebec.
The interior is something to behold.
Like Quebec City, Montreal has an old town area with a distinctly European feel, however, we had decided that it was probably enough to see the historic district in just one of them. We did walk through part of old Montreal on our way back to the subway and I felt our decision was justified.
From Mont Royal station we caught a bus to the summit of Mont Royal at an elevation of a little over 200m. Judging from the number of passengers who were also clutching tourist maps, we were not alone in this endeavour. The mountain is clearly most spectacular during the autumn months but we enjoyed a pleasant walk along the path to the lookout.
The view of the city and the St Lawrence River.
A return bus ride brought us back to the inner suburban area known as ‘The Plateau’. Like many inner city suburbs it has undergone somewhat of a rebirth in recent years. Hidden in an unassuming building is what is regarded as one of Montreal’s top craft breweries, Dieu du Ciel.
The beer ‘menu’ is on wall-mounted blackboards and there is no shortage of choices. Most are their own brews with some other specialty beers as well.
GMan tested a couple of different beers and we shared a vegetarian platter and some nachos. By the time we left at 3.30pm there was a queue beginning to form outside. It is clearly a very popular place with locals and tourists alike.
Here are a couple of views of residences in the area which caught my eye as we walked back to our accommodation.
We enjoyed our brief experience of Montreal. Our next stop is Ottawa.