In and around Montreal


Few North American cities are as perfectly situated to explore both the buzzing metropolis and the wonders of the great wide open as the Canadian city of Montreal. With its distinctive French culture, vibrant nightlife, and close proximity to beautiful rivers and mountains, it offers the perfect solution for the discerning traveller.

As the largest city in the old French colonial state of Quebec, Montreal is named after the small mountain Mont Royal that overlooks the surrounding area. Interestingly, the city is situated on an island between the Ottawa and Saint Lawrence rivers, and as such, is a delightful place to explore.

The Old Town in particular is a perfect starting place to get your bearings with the picturesque colonial buildings providing the home for many artisan boutiques and trendy cafes. Also worth exploring are the twin towers of the Notre Dame Basilica and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts that has an ever changing collection of internationally acclaimed works.

But it’s at nighttime that Montreal really comes alive. The vibrant bars and live music venues of rue Saint Laurent offer a great way to experience the multicultural flavour of the city. And also well worth a visit is the Casino de Montreal that is located on Notre Dame Island and is the biggest casino in the whole of Canada.

For those who prefer a quieter night, you can still access casino entertainment on your mobile with Royal Vegas Casino. This offers all of the games that you’d expect to find from the traditional casino including slots, roulette and poker. Royal Vegas Casino also has a blog for the latest updates. They also offers a wide range of promotions for new and existing customers making it a much cheaper alternative to a night out on the town.

And of course, enjoying the great outdoors around Montreal costs very little too. The surrounding countryside offers you the perfect chance to experience the beginnings of the Canadian wilderness that stretches out for thousands of miles in front of you.

A good place to base your outdoor adventures would be the former convent, Le Manoir D’Youville, that has been renovated into a no-frills two star hotel. But what it lacks in luxury, the hotel more than makes up for in its great selection of outdoor sports options such as kayaking, paddleboarding and surfing.

Should you miss the excitement of the big city, the picturesque resort in Chateauguay is only 30 minutes away from the bustling centre of Montreal, but once you’re in the beautiful 400 hectares of lush green countryside, you’ll find it hard to leave your own piece of Canadian paradise.

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    February 14, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Oh that’s great! Mid Aug was the same time Lauren came back from her adventures in Alberta, no wonder she had other things to do, adventures, fun, and travel rather than being busy with me!

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