Whether you are going to Montreal for the first time or the twentieth time, here are five things that you absolutely cannot miss.

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1. Poutine from La Banquise

If you have any Canadian friends, you are likely already familiar with (and possibly slightly horrified by) this dish that has come to represent Canadian culinary culture. It’s a simple enough dish, comprised of french fries smothered in gravy and topped with a generous serving of cheese curds but the taste is pure artery-clogging deliciousness.

To see their menu and get directions, check out their website here.

2. Atwater Farmer’s Market

Atwater Market

This market is very colourful and exciting to walk around, even if you don’t plan to purchase anything. That being said, I definitely recommend getting a few kinds of cheese, salami and a bottle of wine to relax after spending the day walking around the city.

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3. Old Montreal

Old Montreal

A gothic cathedral (Notre-Dame Basilica) and cobblestone streets will leave you feeling like you have stepped into Europe. Although this neighbourhood is very touristy, the car-free zones make it a great place to people watch from a cafe or just walk around aimlessly. Keep an eye out for buskers and cute alleyways as there are a lot of hidden gems down these side streets.
4. Parc Jean Drapeau
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Home to an amusement park, a waterpark, the Biodome and the festival grounds that host Osheaga, VansWarped and many other events, Parc Jean-Drapeau has something for everyone. The island is easily accessible from its MRT station but be aware of what else is going on while you are there because the station can get very crowded right as events are ending.

Find more information about events and listings here.
Keep this page bookmarked to see next year’s lineup for Osheaga 2016.

5. St Joseph’s Oratory

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Giant Organ!

This has always been one of my favourite places in Montreal.  Although it has become much more popular with tourists over the last few years, due to the sheer size of the building, it never feels crowded. St Josephs is also home to a beautiful, world-renowned organ so I would recommend scheduling your visit to coincide with a performance if possible.

What are your favourite things to do in Montreal? Let me know in the comments below!

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