We Started Our East Coast Trip With A Short Stay In Montreal
On our road trip to Eastern Canada, we started with a short stay in Montreal. For our anniversary, we even booked a luxury pampering stay at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal.
The weather was great for our visit and we enjoyed wandering around the city. On a visit to the Old Port, we took a harbour cruise and saw the city from another perspective.
Montreal was the first Quebec stop on our month long trip. But we had several more stops planned in Quebec before and after we visited the Atlantic provinces.
A Great Return Visit To The Ritz-Carlton Montreal
On our first stay at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal we celebrated David’s birthday with a pampering treat. On that visit, it was so cold we barely left the hotel. But we sure enjoyed the hotel property. So when we planned our east coast adventure, it was an easy decision to start our trip in Montreal. It was the perfect spot to celebrate our anniversary.
The customer service at this hotel was always the best. A last minute cancellation meant we were upgraded at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal to an executive suite. A special treat waited for us in the room.
When we booked our stay, we planned to enjoy the pool and the spa at the hotel. But with nice weather, most of the days we wandered in the city.
Outdoor Art Was Everywhere
The hotel was close to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. When we went past, we were drawn in by a Chihuly glass art piece. When we visited Seattle we spent an afternoon at the Chihuly Garden and Glass and loved the work of this artist. But sadly there was just this one piece outside in Montreal.
But when we wandered around the building we found many pieces of outdoor art. We slowly walked the street and admired the pieces.
We saw a statue of a man made out of silver letters. This Plensa sculpture was similar to a piece we found when we visited the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art Outdoor Statue Garden (NOMA). Later when we headed to the Old Port, we walked down the green space along Robert-Bourassa Boulevard and saw a similar outline of a man made with white swirling lines (called “Source”).
Montreal was a city known for its street art. As we wandered around the city, we found many interesting pieces. But we were sorry we were not visiting when the Mural Festival was on.
On a short stay in Montreal, we got a glimpse of outdoor art in the city.
Wandering Along The Waterfront At The Port
From our hotel we walked and enjoyed some of the sights in the city. We found more art in the parks. And history everywhere.
We walked to the Old Port area and wandered along the waterfront. There were lots of things to see and do. If we wanted to relax, there was even a floating spa. And for fun, there was even a zipline!
The large ferris wheel, La Grande Roue de Montreal, was visible everywhere we walked along the waterfront. We crossed over and went past the ferris wheel to the water and got a view down to the Sailor Tribute Clock. Across the water, we saw the biosphere dome from EXPO ’67, the 1967 World Fair on Il e Saint-Helene.
We found much to keep us amused at the Old Port.
Wandering In Old Town
After we wandered along the waterfront, we strolled along the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal. Shops and restaurants lined the streets. We saw musicians set up to entertain the people as they strolled or sat for lunch.
Old Montreal was always an interesting spot to wander.
A Harbour Boat Tour
The tickets for our whale watching excursion in Tadoussac included a Montreal harbour cruise. The boat went slowly along the waterfront area. And we got a close up view of the La Ronde amusement park.
We cruised for about an hour and then turned back towards downtown. Everywhere we looked there was something to discover.
We loved when we got a different perspective on a city view. A water cruise was certainly a fun activity on our visit.
Of Course We Ate Well On A Stay In Montreal
We always ate well when we visited Montreal. On our previous stay, we enjoyed many great meals at Maison Boulud on-site at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. On this visit, we enjoyed the breakfast treats in our large suite.
One night we stopped in for drinks at the Ritz-Carlton bar. And on our anniversary, we enjoyed a tasty meal on the large outdoor patio.
As we wandered around we saw that many restaurants expanded their patio space out to the streets. We even found a few streets closed off for pedestrians and expanded patio areas. One night we enjoyed an Italian dinner at W&G on the upper patio.
It was never hard to find great food and drink when we travelled.
Much To See And Do On A Short Stay In Montreal
We had a busy few days on our short stay in Montreal. It was always tempting to stay and enjoy the luxury and great customer service at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. But with nice weather, we wandered further afield and enjoyed the city in summer.
Outdoor art and great food and drink were plentiful. When we visited the Old Port area, we found lots to see and do. And we enjoyed the view of the city from a water perspective.
Sadly we departed Montreal early for the long drive to visit the Saguenay area of Quebec. But we left with more fond memories. A great first stop as we headed to Atlantic Canada.
Have you enjoyed a short stay in Montreal? What was your favourite thing to do?
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