The second to last weekend in November, my dad and I took a quick but fun-packed trip to Montreal, Quebec. Even though we were at the tail end of the season, we were still able to enjoy all the beauty that autumn in Canada has to offer.
Montreal is a striking mixture of historic buildings and cosmopolitan offerings with a unique European flair. It’s a very “walkable” city, and taking long walks is the best way to take advantage of all there is to see. We certainly got our walking in – at least five miles each day! For those who are less excited about walking, there’s also a metro system that you can easily take advantage of, plus an “underground city”. It’s a system of pathways beneath the streets that pedestrians use to avoid the cold, which is definitely worth exploring.
Though French is one of the primary languages spoken in Montreal, it is easy to get along without knowing it. The Old Montreal area where we were staying has the largest concentration of French-speaking Canadians, but they had no trouble switching over to English. In fact, many used the greeting “Bonjour, hi!” giving us the option of using whichever language we preferred. If you have experience with French, Montreal is a great place to practice.
As a stop on a tour through Canada, or as a European-influenced destination right here in North America, I can’t recommend a trip to Montreal enough. I’ve been introduced to the French language through French-Canadians, and now I can’t wait for my upcoming trip to France in 2017 – I guess I have some studying to do!
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