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Montreal for Foodies: Enjoying The Sights—And Tastes

Jun 29, 2020 11:19AM ● By Story and Photos by Lisa Ballard

Normally I eye a trip for its adventurous or cultural offerings, then I figure out where to stay. Fantastic food is an afterthought once I arrive, a bonus, except for France and Italy, of course. Last summer, I added Montreal to this shortlist of cuisine-motivated destinations.

Don’t get me wrong. I love a memorable meal as much as any foodie. When I happen upon a place that serves up not only an intriguing time but also delicious dining, it gets five stars in my travel book. Last summer, the fare that my 23-year-old son Parker and I found on a weekend getaway to Montreal became one of the high points on the trip, starting with lunch shortly after our arrival.

More Things to Do in Montreal - Food is not the only attraction

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel: Full-service luxury hotel with spa, centrally located in downtown Montreal.

H2O Adventures: Boat rentals on Lachine Canal (kayaks, electric boats, pedal boats and swan boats),

Musee des Beaux-Arts Montreal: Five pavilions containing a world class collection of visual art, sculpture and design, including works by First Nation and Quebec artists.

Jardin Botanique: 185 acres of themed gardens and greenhouses. A national historic site considered one of the most important botanical gardens in the world due to its extensive, diverse collection of 22,000 plant species.

Parc Olympique (Olympic Park): Spectacular 360-degree view from the leaning observatory tower. Watch athletes training. Olympic museum. Public skatepark.

Pointe-a-Caliere: Montreal’s archeological and history complex preserves the birthplace of the city.

MTL Zipline: In the Old Port.

La Grande Roux: A Ferris wheel with climate-controlled cabins and grand views of the city and St. Lawrence River.

Aura: Outstanding sound and lightshow using the interior of Notre Dame Basilica as a backdrop.

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