Your honeymoon in Montreal embodies the exotic and the urbane with culture, beauty and cosmopolitan excitement to spare. Rising from triple peaks in the heart of downtown,Montreal means Mount Royal, a fitting name as it is with regal dignity and confidence that the city embraces its 400-year old heritage, while celebrating the new. This is the biggest city in the province of Quebec on Canada’s east side and has so much to offer. You’ll step back in time in the stunning historic district of Old Montreal; feel the spiritual significance of a by-gone time at the imposing Notre-Dame Basilica; and drift through glamorousshops and restaurants located in converted 18th and 19th century buildings.
As the second largest French-speaking city after Paris itself, Montreal elicits a stay in France, infusing a European sensibility into an experience that is surprisingly all its own. The nonpareil architecture is reason enough to visit—a remarkable blend of old, new and abstract that can never be mistaken for any place else. Perhaps most notableis the unmistakable upbeat energy that touches ever part of the city from the Montrealers themselves to the renowned beer, wine and culinary delights.
A honeymoon in Montreal is like several intoxicating trips wrapped into one. Old world tradition, a modern-day world-class metropolis and European sophistication form an unforgettable union that can be tailored to enjoy as you please.
There is so much to do and see and taste and experience, you could spend a month on your honeymoon in Montreal and never leave the city proper. Horse-drawn rides through the old city (Vieux-Montreal), exquisite dining at Plateau Mont-Royal, luxury shopping in the Underground City, or wandering among an endless sea of flowers in the Montreal Botanical Gardens, you’ll fall in love with the romance of this beautiful city.
- DRIFT AWAY TO THE MUSIC: L’OrchestreSymphonique de Montreal may be over 75-years old, but it is just as beautiful and significant a musical representation of Montreal as ever. Led by Maestro Kent Nagano, OSM performs at numerous venues, including the Notre-Dame Basilica, but now for the first time, it boasts a new concert hall all its own. An unforgettable night of magical music and romance is in store with OSM.
- SEE THE CIRCUS: From Montreal street performers to world-famous entertainers, Cirque du Soleil astounds in a live setting with their innovative take on what a circus can be. While they aren’t centered in the city anymore, the group returns often for their unique blend of music, dance, humor and spectacle. Be sure to check for their availability.
- EXPLORE THE ISLANDS: ÎleSte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame, nestled in the St. Lawrence River to the east, are home to Montreal's Parc Jean Drapeau. Having hosted the groundbreaking 67’ World Expo, the region now holds some of the city’s best shopping, dining and museums, plus the Casino de Montreal for honeymooners looking to strike it rich!
- STEP BACK INTO OLD MONTREAL: Vieux-Montréal(Old Montreal) is an absolute must for every visitor to the city. Cobblestone streets and beautiful centuries-old architecture surround an area that is as alive as ever, evident in its public squares, exciting waterfront and vibrant nightlife.
- VISIT THE PLATEAUMONT-ROYAL. Called the Plateau by the locals, you’ll wend your way among some of the finest shops and restaurants in the city. Known for its exuberant Portuguese community, the people, buildings and activities make this lovely district a wonderful opportunity to spend a one-of-a-kind, memorable Quebec afternoon.
- TRY A BED AND BREAKFAST. For many, Montreal is all about its abundance of beloved neighborhoods. A unique way to experience the city is to be immersed in an area such as Quartier Latin along the lower end of Rue St-Denis. This beautiful pedestrian area features host restaurants with terraces that allow you to bring your own wine as well as bars, dance clubs and street vendors.
Tips and Advice
- AREA CODES: Montréal area codes are 514 and 428.
- ELECTRICITY: Like the U.S., Canada uses 110 to 120 volts AC (60 cycles). If an international adapter is needed, stores and hotels generally have some available to purchase.
- LANGUAGE: The majority of Montrealers speak French, but English speakers shouldn’t have too much difficulty getting around and conversing with local residents.
- TIME ZONE: Montreal shares Eastern Standard Time with the rest of the eastern side of North America such as New York City. Daylight saving time is observed so check before you visit.
- GETTING AROUND: Whether or not you should rent a car for your honeymoon in Montreal probably depends if you are plan on visiting points outside the city. If you are only staying within the city, the Metro subway system is your best bet to get around. It’s clean, efficient and makes stops everywhere. Taxis and buses are also readily available in this large city.
- CURRENCY: The Canadian Dollar.
HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS
- SMOKING: Smoking is banned in Quebec’s bars, restaurants, clubs, casinos, and other public spaces.