Travel Guide: The hub of French-Canadians, Montreal

Welcome back to Travel Month! We hope you’ve got booked some time off work because we’re dedicating some time every day in June to giving you everything you need to know about visiting some primary holiday spots, all over the world. Today we’re travelling to the hub of French-Candians, Montreal! (No better time to move to Canada, honestly)

With the EU Referendum over and done with, for worse or worse, take solace in the fact you can still go on holiday. Moving away from our Europe-heavy travel guides, today we’re jumping the pond to the largest city in the Québec province, Montreal!

While many visit with the intent to ski, let us assure you that there’s more to Montreal than just proximity to rad slopes. Here is almost everything you need to know about visiting Montreal.

Getting there

If you don’t have a map to hand, let me assure you, Canada is pretty far away. The flight is about seven hours long and might cost you a fair whack – it is worth it though!

Looking at SkyScanner for flights from London around mid-July, you’re going to be looking at flights for about £250 – £350 each way. Expect to pay upwards of £600 for a return trip.


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So, you’ll need somewhere to stay? If you’re one of the three people in the world that doesn’t “have a mate that lives in Canada”, Air BnB and Hostels are your best bet!

Looking at Air BnB prices for mid-July and a group of three, the average flat comes to about £81 a night for the group. Of course there are cleaning charges and the like but with properties as cheap as £47, you won’t be paying any more than £30 a night, a head.

If you’re looking for something cheaper, Montreal has hostels available for about £15 a night, per person. You won’t get the privacy but you can stay for twice as long!


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Things to do

Here are our top three recommendations for things to do in Montreal. However, don’t let us dictate your trip, explore the city, ignore Trip Advisor and make your own path:

  • Montreal Biodome: This isn’t your run-of-the-mill botanical garden, this facility allows you to walk through four different ecosystems found within the Americas. A decent substitute if you don’t have the means to get out into the frontier.
  • Old Montreal: There will be plenty of walking tours, but this one visits the oldest area in the city of Montreal dating back to the fascinating New France.
  • Notre Dame Island: An artificial island built only 50 years ago, Notre Dame has a small lake with opportunities to swim, play volleyball and take part in watersports.


Image credit: Instagram – @montreal