Whisking Away to Montreal

A port call in Montreal will feel worlds away from the everyday

Montreal’s unique bagels are a must-eat – they are boiled in honey water and baked in wood-burning ovens.
As you step off your ship and into port in Montreal, you may feel more like you’ve arrived in Europe than in Canada. As you explore, you’re sure to find that the best of both these worlds are present in Montreal, combining a casual and friendly vibe with historic buildings and lively streets to create a charm all its own.

Vieux Montreal
Cruise ships dock near the Old Port in the heart of Vieux (Old) Montreal, the city’s original neighborhood. There’s much to see here, including the Musee Pointe a Calliere and the ornate Notre Dame Basilica, with one of North America’s biggest bells as well as an intricate interior with wooden carvings and a brilliant blue ceiling. There are many boutiques and sidewalk cafes in the area, with the major action taking place around Place Jacques-Cartier. Wander around the Vieux Port, a beloved recreation spot, for harbor cruises, rafting, biking, and skating.

Farther Afoot
Other attractions throughout Montreal range from the Olympic Park complex built for the 1976 Summer Olympics to the Lachine Canal, a National Historic Landmark with a park and a museum. The Boulevard St. Laurent is an excellent way to see Montreal’s multicultural appeal, especially around the off-the-beaten-path Plateau district. Finally, a hike to the peak of Mont Royal brings visitors to Beaver Lake and stunning views of the city.

Enjoy a Meal
The Vieux Port is home to a number of good bistros for lunch, while trendy dining options can be found on the lower strip of Boulevard St. Laurent. Stop in at the world-famous Schwartz’s to try smoked meat or beaver tail (a flat, fried doughnut).

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