Ah Montreal such an interesting melting pot of French and English Canadian history and culture. This was my second visit to Montreal in the province of Quebec, Canada and although there is lots to see and do in the city, this trip was mainly about catching up with a local friend, eating Poutine and Montreal smoked meat (combining the two is even better!) and seeing an NHL pre-season game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Carolina Hurricanes.
Most sports around the world have rubbed out violence, making them somewhat pedestrian in the heated action stakes but not the NHL! I hoped for some blood on the ice and wasn’t disappointed with 3 fights and a melee in the first 15 minutes of the game. You just have to love ice hockey! Unfortunately for Montreal they went down 3:1 but it was still a fun night (p.s. there wasn’t really any blood, just plenty of fights and scuffles).
Poutine is a delicious French Canadian comfort food. Traditional Poutine is fries and cheese curds covered in a savoury gravy, but you can get so many different combinations of toppings to go with this that you can never get sick of it. Especially on cold night!
Apart from gluttony and sport I just like to wander around the city, especially Old Montreal. The buildings are so different from the other parts of the city and architecture wise it is a nice step back in time.
Spending time walking down the lengthy St. Catherine Street is worthwhile too. It runs through the heart of Montreal and provides shopping, food, entertainment, the arts (especially street art) and people watching (good and bad). It has it all!
Any visit to Canada is not complete without a trip to the province of Quebec. The French Canadian culture provides an interesting contrast to the rest of the country which is predominately English-speaking. Au revoir Montreal, it’s time to head to Ottawa.