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5 Things for Cruisers to do in Montreal

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Montreal, Canada. photo: Flickr/martinvalliere

Whether calling on Montreal for the day or embarking from this port, you should definitely consider exploring this picturesque city. The cruise season in Montreal is from May to October, perfect for the Fall Foliage cruises.  Montreal is booming with entertainment, history and most great food.

Here’s some of our recommendations for Montreal:

  1. Take a food tour and try out the flavors of the city. According to Forbes Magazine, Montreal has one of the Top Ten steakhouses in the world. So why not have a fresh bagel; check out little Italy and experience the food as you can only in this unique city. The tour comes with a professional foodie tour guide with many tastings included.
  2. Rent a bike. Montreal has over 250 miles of bicycle paths around the city, designated just for cyclists. Rent a bicycle; explore history and a perfect way to see Montreal on your own.
  3. Visit the local market, Marche Jean-Talon. Located in Little Italy, this market has everything from fresh food, a fabulous selection of local wines, crafts, cheeses, meats, herbal beauty products, homemade sorbets and more. You could spend a few minutes or a few hours walking through the vendors and stores. One of the more notable stores is Marche des Saveurs du Quebec (flavors of Quebec) they have over 7,000 local groceries, all unique to the area.  This is easily accessible by an easy to use subway system or a 15-minute cab ride from the pier.
  4. Layout on Urban Beach, designed after popular Sugar Beach in Toronto, a man-made beach along the waterway. Just a stone’s throw away from the cruise terminal, you will view the boats along the St. Lawrence River while enjoying some Canadian sunshine.
  5. Star Wars exhibit is around in Montreal during the 2012 cruise season, ending September 16, 2012. This great for the sci-fi enthusiasts. Children start at $13.50 and Adults $23, reduced family tickets can also be purchased.

Since the ship docks right among the action in the city, finding something to do in Montreal won’t be hard.

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