What to do when your friends come visit Montreal

We can’t wait!

One of the best parts of living in Canada’s (arguably) coolest city, is that your friends from out of town will always want to come visit. Nothing makes you feel more at home and excited than a longtime bestie coming to your new city. The question then becomes, what to do? We have compiled a list of the best activities and places to take your friends from out of town when they come visit, showing them the best of Montreal!

 

Mount Royal

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You aren’t a true Montrealer unless you take your guests to the top of the mountain. #InstaPic anyone?

 

Old Port

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From the actual port and the food trucks to the terraces and zip line, Montreal’s Old Port is the prime place to take your friends. Not only does it display the Metropolitan yet historically rich vibe that ~basically~ defines Montreal, but there’s just so much to do! Spend the day exploring Old Port, ensuring to take a moment to chill in the beauty of the city.

 

Rooftop Drinks

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Whether you prefer the likes of Old Port’s Terasse Bonsecours or W&G on Crescent, you surely have to take your out-of-towner friend to one of Montreal’s rooftop terraces. Nothing says city afternoons like Sangria on a roof.

 

A Montreal Sunday

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From Tam Tams and Beaclub to Picnik Electro, there’s nothing like Sundays in Montreal. Show your friends what it really means to be a Montrealer by taking them to one of the city’s infamous Sunday parties. Whether your guests prefer to party hard (beach club) or relax and take advantage of the city’s Picnic Law (Tam Tams), there’s a Sunday event to suit everyone’s preferences.

 

Brunch

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Like most metropolitan centers, Montrealers love their brunch. Take your visitors to one of Montreal’s premier brunch spots during their weekend in town. A city famous for it’s culinary delights, they are sure to be blown away by any of these awesome spots. For an extra special experience, check out Old Port’s Le Bateau Mouche.

 

Place Des Arts

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Be true to Montreal’s artistic routes by checking out the latest instalment at Place des Arts. At the very least, you’ll be happy to stop by the musical swings.

 

St Laurent

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Check out some great shopping (1861 anyone?), Montreal’s famous gay village and rainbow balloons, and of course La Diperie, in the St Laurent area of the city. If you’re heading out later, don’t miss hitting up some of Montreal’s best clubs situated on the street!

 

Did we miss your favorite Montreal activity? Let us know in the comment section below. Need a place to stay with your friends for a weekend in Montreal? Our student housing serves as a hotel too! Get more information by clicking here.

The Pop-Up Shop You Can’t Miss

It’s a Big Deal.

Yesterday we published an article discussing which Montreal concerts you seriously cannot miss. Throughout the article names such as Lady Gaga and Jay-Z were mentioned as headliners worth checking out at Centre Bell. And well, we have more great news!

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Popular Instagram platform Hypebeast posted about a very popular artist (mentioned in yesterday’s blog) hosting a pop-up shop in selected American cities. Seeing that, we weren’t sure that Montreal would be on the list – we’re not an American city after all. But luckily for us, the entire story was not told. It was announced yesterday that alongside Kendrick Lamar’s upcoming August performance, he will be hosting a pop-up shop IN MONTREAL! This is not a drill.

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The Damn.-themed kiosk will be open from 11am-7pm on the date of the concert, August 24th. The boutique will sell his latest merchandise, specifically The Damn Tour clothing, album, and other similar merch. Although an official location has been yet to be determined, it’s sure that the system will be much better than waiting in lengthy lines at the Bell Centre with a crowd of excited concert goers. Our only advice is be sure to get there early if you want to snag some product, as the kiosk is sure to be a hit.

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Get updates on the official location here.

5 Concerts You Need to Attend!

Concert time!

Montreal is a city known for its strong culture and world-class art scene. Needless to say, the city attracts huge stars and great shows all year ’round. With energetic crowds and ~good vibes~, plenty of headliners ensure Montreal is a stop on their tour. With so much action and top of the line artists coming to the city, it can be challenging to narrow down which shows are worth checking out. To make it easier, we’ve curated a list of the next 5 concerts you need to be at! Trust us, you’ll be having some serious #Fomo is you neglect to attend one of these shows.

 

Jay-Z

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After the release of his new album, Jay-Z is heading on tour! We’re beyond ecstatic to announce that the king himself has decided to make Montreal a stop on his 4:44 Tour in November. The show will be held at the Bell Centre and tickets go on sale this Saturday, July 14th at 10:00 in the morning. This show is sure to sell out fast, so you’ll have to be quick to score yourself a ticket!

 

Imagine Dragons

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The famous indie-alternative rock band Imagine Dragons will be making their mark on the city at the Bell Centre on October 27th. Having had many hits within different genres of music over the years, the Friday night show is sure to attract a diverse crowd of true music lovers. Plus, with a newly released album that we can’t stop singing along to, we’re sure this show will be one for the books.

 

Queen & Adam Lambert

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Classic rock lovers, you won’t want to miss out on Queen in Montreal on July 17th. Sure to be a rocking’ Monday, former American Idol winner Adam Lambert serves as lead vocals with the band. Tickets may be slightly harder to score on such short notice, but if you are successful in scoring yourself a pair last minute, you won’t regret heading out to the Bell Centre for this show.

 

Kendrick Lamar

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Coming off his arguably best album yet “Damn.”, Kendrick Lamar has scheduled a stop in Montreal at the end of August. The rap superstar’s show is guaranteed to be electric, with thousands of fans gathering to show their support. We can’t wait to see if he brings any surprise guests (Rihanna anyone?)!

 

Lady Gaga

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If you’re in it for the theatrics, this is a show you won’t want to miss out on! Famous not only for her amazing voice AND throwing a great party but presenting a distinct performance, Lady Gaga is sure to provide you with an amazing experience. She will be performing at the Bell Centre on September 4th; the perfect way to spend your labour day.

 

I don’t know about you, but we’re ready to rock! Did we miss any amazing concerts coming to Montreal in the near future? Let us know who you’re excited to see in the comment section below.

5 Free Things to Do in Montreal This Month!

Get busy!

Montreal can be quite an expensive city, but who doesn’t love going out when it’s completely free? We sure do! Next time you’re bored and feel like saving some hard-earned cash, check out one of these five awesome activities that are available to you this July and best of all, completely free!

 

Montreal’s Gay Village

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Enjoy a walk under the rainbow balloons in Montreal’s Gay Village. These balloons are one of St Laurent’s must-see staples, with colours that change annually.

 

Atwater Market

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Soak up the sun and fresh flowers and take a walk in the Atwater Market. Make sure you have your phone because this vegetation is one of the city’s most picturesque.

 

First Fridays

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Check out Montreal’s world renowned food truck culture during the weekly First Fridays festival.

 

Free Yoga

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Change things up and check out Parc Lafontaine’s free yoga classes! Namaste.

 

Beats & BBQ

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Feeling like a party? Check out Abreuvoire’s Beats & BBQ event! We can’t help but check out a party with free admission and chill house music.

 

What are your favorite free things to do in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below!

5 Ways to Celebrate Canada Day This Weekend!

O’ Canada.

As you’ve probably heard by now, Canada is turning 150 years old this weekend! Celebrations and homages to the Great White North have been in preparation for weeks now; this Saturday marking the nation’s actual birthday. Whether you’re a visiting student, a Canadian national, or busy a tourist, everyone is invited to celebrate Canada day, alike. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of 5 great ways to celebrate our amazing country’s birthday this weekend.

 

Watch the Annual Canada Day Fireworks

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Enjoy a classic Canada Day watching fireworks from countless spots in the city. From La Ronde to Lachine Canal and even Clocktower beach, all of your favorite Montreal hangouts will be hosting an amazing fireworks show.

 

Canada Day Parade

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Take part in the festivities by enjoying Montreal’s annual Canada Day parade. Conveniently situated in the downtown core, grab your favorite red and white pieces and show some Canadian pride!

 

Take a Trip to the Nation’s Capital

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Get in on Canada’s premier birthday party in the nation’s capital. Canada day in Ottawa is unlike any other! Grab some friends and head to Parliament Hill to enjoy countless festivities, a free concert featuring Canadian artists, and some awesome parties.

 

Celebrate in Old Port

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The Old Port of Montreal will have tons of activities and festivities set up for Canada day. From a petting zoo and face painting to inflatable games and delicious food, grab your friends and family and celebrate your nation in Old Port!

 

Check out Montreal Open Air Gallery

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Spend the day outside in Montreal’s Gay Village, as it hosts an amazing open air gallery. With countless amazing art pieces and tents to see while walking the streets, this is the perfect excuse to spend your Canada day outside.

 

What will you do this weekend to celebrate Canada Day in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below.

5 Things To Do In Montreal This Weekend!

There’s nothing like Montreal in the summer.

With the first truly sunny week in Montreal, it’s beginning to actually feel like summer. Needless to say, we are slightly less hesitant to break a Netflix binge and actually go explore the city. Whether you’re going through Grand Prix withdrawals, or simply feel like being out and about in the sun, try one (or all) of these Montreal activities to do this June weekend.

 

Mural Fest

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Enjoy Montreal’s St-Laurent area during Mural Fest. With countless cool Montreal brands and artists showcasing their work, delicious food and entertaining music/performances, Mural Fest is the perfect destination for your weekend outing.

 

Weekend Du Monde

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Get your dose of world culture at the last Weekend Du Monde Event, held at Parc Jean Drapeau. This annual event will take your sense around the world through dance, art, music, and culinary experiences of different cultures. Oh, and did we mention it’s completely free?

 

Mount Royal

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Wishing you could get out of the city for a few minutes? Luckily Montreal’s Mount Royal will make you feel at one with nature for a few hours. With a gorgeous hiking path and even more stunning view of the city from the top of the mountain, Montreal’s Mount Royal is an ideal outing to make the most of the sunny weather.

 

Botanique Gardens

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Check out (and take some amazing photos of) Montreal’s most renowned outdoor garden. With over 70 hectares of vegetation, you will be able to experience gorgeous flowers and greenery, tropical rainforests, and an amazing Chinese-inspired garden, all in one place.

 

Fringe Festival

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Enjoy some cool performances during the last weekend of Montreal’s Fringe Festival. From theater and dance to music and comedy, there is sure to be numerous amazing performances, no matter your tastes.

 

Needless to say, we will busy this Montreal June weekend! What will you be getting up to? Let us know your favorite Montreal weekend activities in the comment section below.

Things to do in Montreal Grand Prix Weekend

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Love it or hate – there’s nothing like Grand Prix weekend in Montreal. From Crescent street and Old Port to the race track, the entire city is bumpin’. With so many events, it’s hard to decipher where exactly you should focus your time (and money). To make it easier, we’ve come up with a list of some of the top events this weekend for students, sure to give you the entire Grand Prix experience.

 

Races

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Head to the race track on Saturday or Sunday to experience the F1 races first hand. It may be loud, but these races are an exciting site to see.

 

Beach Club

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Beach Club is hosting their weekly party a day early this week to celebrate F1. The venue’s Montreal Grand Prix Party will feature top hardhouse DJ group W&W and an all-day beach party. What’a not to love?

 

ABGE Brunch After Party

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Why not start the festivities mid-afternoon? Auberge goes by that philosophy – hosting the exclusive ABGE Brunch After-Party. Get your champagne flutes ready, because this is sure to be an amazing party!

 

Crescent Street Festival

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As people flood into the city, Crescent Street will be completely shut down to make room for the festivities. With busy terraces, amazing car displays, street vendors, and Dj’s mixing throughout the day, Crescent Street is the perfect place to get the party started.

 

Le Richmond Red Carpet Grand Prix

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Want to party like (and with) the country’s elite? The Richmond’s party on Saturday is your chance. Although a slightly pricier option, this exclusive party is sure to have you feeling like a celebrity – and partying like one too.

 

Which Grand Prix events will you be heading to this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below. Need a place to stay? Book here. 

6 Terraces to Visit This Summer

Summer lovin’

Montreal is home to countless terraces, perfect for any summer outing. Whether it be brunch, drinks, lunch, or dinner, the city’s abundance of patios and rooftops are always a good excuse to enjoy a sunny day and some good food with your friends. When the sun finally does come back out (and we swear it will), celebrate by trying one of these 7 Old Port great terraces.

 

Terasse Nelligan

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A Montreal summer classic – just ask any local.

 

Chez Eric

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One of Montreal’s hidden gems, this patio is surrounded by gorgeous greenery.

 

Terasse Place D’Armes

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This terrasse is Montreal’s hot summer spot for rooftop drinks.

 

Terasse Bonsecours

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Hangout port-side on Terrasse Bonsecours’ rooftop.

 

Scena

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As one of Montreal’s hippest terrasses, this french eatery will have you coming back time and time again.

 

Terrasse Sur L’Auberge

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This Old Port venue is bumpin’ from day to night. With a great brunch and rooftop patio, this is the perfect spot for your next Sunday brunch/mimosas.

 

Six Resto Lounge

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This hotel lounge’s stylish rooftop makes it an ideal spot to hangout this summer.

 

Did we miss your favorite Old Montreal spot? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

 

10 Things to Do in Montreal This June

Get out there!

Montreal is always busy. From recurring weekend events like Picnik Electronique and Tamtams, to the abundance of terraces calling your name in Old Port, the city has something to offer every weekend. If you find yourself wondering what to do in Montreal this June, check out one (or all) of these exciting festivals and events occurring this month:

 

Check off a few items from the ultimate MTL Bucket List.

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See gorgeous art at Montreal’s Mural Festival.

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Enjoy Montreal’s premier event – the Montreal Grand Prix!

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Check out fashion from the 60’s at this month’s Fashioning Expo 67.

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Try one of these awesome 15 places to spend a night on the town.

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See the amazing digital creations at MUTEK.

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Eat some delicious food truck food at Montreal First Fridays.

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Beer enthusiast? Good thing Montreal’s Festival Mondial de la Biere is coming up!

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Wish a happy birthday and celebrate Quebec with the rest of the city during la Fete Nationale June 23rd-24th.

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Chase the thrills for a day at La Ronde – Montreal’s top amusement park.

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From partying to food celebrations, now that you know the best events around the city this June, which ones will you go to? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

YOUR MTL BUCKET LIST

Yeah, we got you.



Fill your weekends up, take your friends from out of town, find a date, blow off studying… find pretty much any reason to complete our Montreal bucket list. This list of 40 must-do Montreal activities will have you feeling the city’s vibe!

 

 

Walk, dine, and adventure in Old Port


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Get your dose or culture at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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Go shopping and grab an organic bite at Eva B on St Laurent

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Hit up a Montreal Beach (or topless beach if you dare!)

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Visit the ever-changing Mcgill’s Urban Forest, downtown on Sherbrooke

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Go hang out with the kitties (and maybe Dillon Francis) at the Montreal Cat Cafe

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Spend a lazy Sunday at Tamtams

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Rage at Montreal’s premier winter rave, Igloofest

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Learn something at the Montreal Science Center

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Check out one of Montreal’s renowned music festivals (Osheaga, Ile Soniq, Jazzfest, etc.)

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Be a ride warrior at Parc Jean Drapeau’s La Ronde

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Enjoy the themed gardens at Montreal’s Botanical Garden

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Watch the sunset at Parc Lafontaine


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Don’t stop the party at one of Montreal premiere after-hours bars like Stereo, open until a whopping 10am!

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Enjoy tea-time at the Ritz Montreal

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See a concert at le Centre Bell- Kanye’s coming on September 7th

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Enjoy Parc Jean Drapeau’s International Firework Festival

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Try rooftop drinks on a terrace downtown

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Dance the night away at Le Belmont

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Take an insta pic at Place des Arts (or any of these prime locations)

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Make it to the top of the Mount Royal lookoutmountroyal2

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Festival Mondiale de la Biere

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Picnic and take advantage of Quebec’s picnic law on a Sunday afternoon at Parc Angrignon

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Head to Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival (just don’t get pranked!)

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Get lost in the underground- you know it’ll happen

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Try a French delicacy from Le Maison Du Macaroon

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Visit the Montreal Biodome

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Go shopping on St Catherine Street

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Try a Montreal style bagel (and never go back)

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EAT. POUTINE. ANYWHERE.

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Lounge at one of Montreal’s many amazing spas

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Check out these secret swimming spots

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Hang out in Apartment 200’s living room

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Go night skating on one of Montreal’s gorgeous lit up skating rinks

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Take a ride on Montreal’s musical swing set

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Take the challenge and try finding some of the coolest street art spots you can in Montreal (hint hint: Old Port)

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Take the Mile End Food Tour

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Try some maple syrup and check out “La Cabane a Sucre au Pied de Cochon” (oh, so Canadian)

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Experience “Fete des Neige” at Parc Jean Drapeau this winter

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Experience the winter village at the Olympic Stadium

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