As one of Montreal’s most prominent structures, Canada’s largest church and the third biggest oratory in the world, Oratoire Saint-Joseph is an absolute must for first timers to the city, regardless of their preferred faith. The building was even designated a National Historic Site of Canada on its 100th birthday in 2004, and has continued to welcome millions of pilgrims every year since then.
Few other places in the world are as charming as Montreal in fall; the beautiful Plateau Mont-Royal trees put on their most colorful coat, the air gets just a bit crispier and, most importantly, the Gardens of Light return to the Botanical Gardens. A yearly tradition for most Montrealers, this splendid exhibition is the perfect way to spend a chilly September or October evening out in Montreal.
Even though few people would think of the province of Quebec as a wine destination, it actually couldn’t be further from the truth. There is indeed a wine region that deserves to be known, both by visitors and locals alike, located just an hour outside of Montreal: the Eastern Townships Wine Route. It is easily one of the most enjoyable, hedonistic day trips from Montreal!
Montreal has changed quite drastically over the past few years, and one of the neighborhoods that was most affected by these transformations is Griffintown. Nuzzled between Old-Montreal, downtown Montreal and Saint-Henri, this once post-industrial area has become Montreal’s most trendy locale. Warehouses now host locally-sourced cafés while abandoned shops are renovated and transformed into tiny shopping meccas.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ permanent collection, albeit being extensive and captivating (and an excellent addition to a cultural outing at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art), doesn’t gather quite as much attention as the museum’s temporary, rotating exhibitions. With millions of visitors every few months, the success of these high-profile events is undeniable; and this includes the museum’s latest, “Fabulous Fabergé: Jeweler to the Czars”, the largest Fabergé collection outside of Russia.
Last year’s food truck pilot project was a humongous success; that much is obvious. Montrealers and visitors alike flocked to these moving kitchens throughout the summer and kept asking for more (even going on food tours afterwards!), so much so that food trucks are now back on the streets and ready to do what they do best.