We spent the night at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain hotel in Montreal. We wanted to stay somewhere in the city with a parking garage because we had heard how awful finding parking could be. We couldn’t see much from our hotel window besides a lot of lights that night we got in, but the next morning we were rewarded with this view!
On Sunday morning, we woke up and hiked the 40 minutes from our hotel to the top of Mount Royal. There were so many people running, walking, and hanging out on this hike! It was definitely the most crowded one we experienced during our Canada road trip. The stairs were a little torturous and I definitely felt weak watching people sprint up them, but it wasn’t too miserable! We made it to the top and saw the city of Montreal from afar.
At the top of Mount Royal, there was a building with free wifi, bathrooms, visitor information, and most importantly, water fountains! I saw a woman pick up her small dog, cup water in her hand, and the dog drank from her hand. It was super adorable!
After Mount Royal, we walked to the Notre Dame Cathedral and were able to hear the bells! The area was pretty crowded, but it was the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, so it was understandable.
I had downloaded a walking map of Montreal from here, labeled Walking Tour: Vieux Montreal. We followed the map around the city to see different buildings, squares, and markets. We made our way to the old port where there was some sort of festival going on with shops, a zipline over the port, and more!
On the way back to the hotel to get our car, we passed by the Red Bull Soapbox Race that was taking place in the city. We had seen the soapboxes earlier in the day and were wondering what was going on! We stuck around to watch one of them race through the path! I was very impressed with the design of the soapboxes and corresponding costumes that went along with the theme!
After our day in Montreal, we drove the 2.5 hours through traffic to Quebec City to walk around a little and enjoy some dinner. You can read all about that in my next post!
Have you been to Montreal? What was your favorite part?
- Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain – This was a very nice hotel with parking. It was a 40 minute walk uphill from the hotel to the top of Mount Royal, and also quite a hike in the opposite direction to get from the hotel to Notre Dame and the Old Port, but it was centrally located between the two! Montreal does have public transportation, but we didn’t bother trying to figure it out since we were doing our own walking tour of the city.
- Mount Royal – The hike is strenuous and was crowded the day we went, but we enjoyed the view of Montreal from the top.
- Notre Dame Cathedral – Beautiful cathedral on the outside. We decided not to go inside.