Toronto is an amazing city no doubt, but everyone needs to take a break from it eventually. So why not take a quick trip over to the closest thing we have to Europe: Montreal! Although, upon arrival in MTL whether you take a plane, train etc. you'll need a cheap and easy way to get around.
This is where car2go comes in. The service allows you to unlock a car with your phone and get you going on your own time. That means that it allows you to move everywhere without worrying about transit or parking. Yes you read that right, car2go lets you park the car when you get to your destination, and parking is free in all cities (forget about meters!). Once you get to Montreal you'll be able to go sightseeing around the entire city without the fuss!
Your next question is probably "well, what should I do when I get to Montreal?" Don't worry, we have your weekend itinerary covered:
A New Take On Brunch
In my book, every great Saturday starts with a hearty brunch, and Montreal's a city where brunch spots abound!
While you probably have your favourites from previous trips, why not try something new (and equally delicious) this time?
Grab a car and head over to St.Henri, a neighborhood that is getting cooler by the minute. You can stroll along Notre-Dame St. W. and go to Arthur's, Montreal's premier Jewish style nosh bar, for out-of-the-ordinary brunches; think Jewish classics, revisited.
Hop back into the car2go, direction downtown, to go...
Check Out An Architectural & Art Feat
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has a brand-new pavilion, the Michael and Renata Hornstein Pavillion for Peace, and you can visit it for FREE until January 15th! Not only does it house an incredible selection of art, from Old Masters to contemporary artists, but the building itself is worth the detour! While it is an architectural wonder, it also offers a mind-blowing view of the city.
LOLS and Luminothérapie
While you're downtown, you've got to check out this year's installation in Quartier des Spectacles. Between Jeanne-Mance Street and Balmoral Street, giant zoetropes are installed, waiting to be activated to bring fairy-tale images to life. Yep, you'll have to move inside of them to witness a story made out of images, which should create a magical moment indeed!
Late Lunch At Lola Rosa
Not only is Montreal an island, but they also have island parks right next to the big island. Parc Jean-Drapeau is a must-go due to the insane selection of activities that you can do year-round, and it's especially magical during the winter! You can go for a hike along the trails, check out the casino's festive activities, or attend the Fête des neiges de Montréal, which will happen every weekend from January 14th to February 5th, 2017.
Cheer Up In Chinatown
Chinatown is one of our favourite neighborhoods to go out to eat at: it is home to dozens of restaurants and has a mood of its own that brings a new perspective on the city. Our personal favourites? Vietnamese restaurants Pho Bang New York and Pho Bac.
Brunch on the weekend shouldn't be limited to one day only... Right? Get up nice and early and head to the restaurant before everyone wakes up because you'll want to make the most of your day!
We've heard only good things about brunch at Lawrence! Go early to avoid the lineups and enjoy a brunch out of the ordinary.
Sunday is the day of the week to take it easy, so why not go to a spa today?
Bota Bota offers a calming water-based experience. Not only is it situated on a boat, it also offers water circuits with lots of benefits including stress relief and the elimination of toxins.
Situated in the Old Port, you'll have fabulous #views of the city. If you go early, it's cheaper before 11 a.m.!
Grab your car2go and head a bit West to have a delicious lunch at Cafe Bloom, one of our favourite cafes in the city. The coffee delicious, but their food is all fresh and homemade! Try one of their vegetarian sandwiches or the chicken and avocado sandwich with one of their delicious side salads or soups.
Get Up There!
Since you're fuelled up and are in Pointe Saint-Charles already, why not try rock climbing at Allez Up? The sport has been seeing its popularity reach unprecedented heights recently, and there are reasons for that. It has amazing benefits for your physical AND mental health and changes from your regular gym routine.
Dinner At A Quality Restaurant
After climbing, you'll be craving food! Cadet is a new restaurant, opened by the same owners as Bouillon Bilk. The food quality is exceptional, and the decor is pretty. It's a great place to finish your weekend beautifully!
Indie Movie at Cinema du Parc
You've relaxed, worked out, and ate, and you deserve to be taken away by a great story. Montreal has a few indie cinemas that are worth the detour. Take your Car2Go and head to the McGill ghetto to Cinema du Parc, which offers a great selection of local and international movies in English and French.
After this weekend filled with adventures, you'll go home with the peace of mind that comes along with having lived your days off to the fullest.