Cycling adventures in Montreal

Ah Montréal, je t'aime.

My third trip to Montreal did not disappoint. There is something so unexpectedly magical about this city. Awesome food (ahem, poutine!), nightlife, arts, and history. It’s got it all!

This visit was a beautiful combination of all things geekdom in the world of Shannon. Bikes, Star Wars, and Harry Potter for the win!

First step, complimentary upgrade to first class. Having a friend who works for your favourite airline (YAY Westjet) definitely has its perks!

 
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Upon arrival, we were greeted by a blast of scorching hot weather. After a welcome pint and calamari (my weakness), we headed to the Best West Ville Marie, where two complimentary hotel nights awaited. Air-conditioning for the win!

The main purpose of this trip was to participate in the annual Go Bike Montreal Festival. along with 25,000 other enthusiastic cyclists of all ages and abilities. We were given race packages for both the evening Tour la Nuit ride and the daytime Tour de l'Îsle de Montreal.

 
 Photo credit: Mathieu Deshayes Photographe

Photo credit: Mathieu Deshayes Photographe

 

Sandwiched in between those two fabulous cycling events, was the highlight of the trip. Any Star Wars fans out there will appreciate my visit to the Force Academy. Jedi school, anyone? The release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” was also shortly before the trip, so a screening at the IMAX theatre was a given.

 
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A trip to Montreal is not complete without a hike to the top of the city’s namesake, Mount Royal, for breath-taking views of the city down below. For an added insider tip, I highly recommend doing this hike in autumn when the fall colours are in full play.

 
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While many who visit the city are familiar with Notre-Dame Basilica, a rather unexpected find was the show AURA. This sensory experience of sound and light is sure to take your breath away!

 
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Now, for all you Potterheads out there, be sure to check out Lockhart’s, a Harry Potter themed bar! The food is incredible and the potions (aka cocktails) are divine.

 
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Lastly, the gem of this city is definitely Vieux-Montréal. The old port and area has such a lovely romantic, European vibe. Be sure to scroll through the rest of these pics to take in beautiful of my favourite Canadian city.

My favourite way to explore a city is on foot. In these 5 days, I managed over 70km on bike, and close to 112,000 steps. What is your favourite way to explore a new city? What destinations are on your bucket list? I’d love to hear where you are headed next!