Monday, May 19, 2008

What's to See in Montreal?

My mum and grandma are coming out for their first time ever this July. Neither of them have been this far east; mum's on Vancouver Island and grandma's in central Alberta, so this trip is A Big Deal for all of us.

Mum had the excellent idea of taking the train to Montreal for the day. T
his sounds like a lot of fun! I've never been there, so I don't really know the lay of the land. Do you have any suggestions of sights that we could go see? (Keep in mind we'll be restricted largely to walking, though a taxi here and there might be okay, too.)

Are there any yarn stores in the downtown core I should be aware of, so I can "accidentally" trip into one or two?


Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

So you don't want to hear about the Fabric district then????

Leanne said...

Oh, most definitely. No trip to Montreal is complete without a trip to Mouline ( It might not be easy to accidently come upon it, but it is quite easy to make a short side trip there.

Your best bet for getting around Montreal is to use the Metro (subway) - you can buy a day pass and have full access to the metro and all buses. Pretty much everything is close to a metro stop, and you can cover distances much faster than walking (thus leaving you more time to hit a yarn store!).

To get to Mouline, take the metro to Lionel Groulx (either the orange line or the green line will get you there). When you go outside, turn right and head down Atwater street (you'll be close to the Atwater market). Turn left on Notre Dame and walk a couple of blocks to 2657. Great store! There are lots of antique shops on that street, if that's appealing to any of you.

Besides yarn shopping, you should take them to see Old Montreal, including the port. The closest metro stop is Champ-de-Mars, which is on the orange line, just 3 stops from Bonaventure, where the train station is.

Have a great trip! I lived in Montreal for 12 years before moving to Ottawa, so if you have any other questions before you go, don't hesitate to ask!

~V said...

Old Montreal is beautiful to walk thru, however I haven't been there since grade 10 so things may have changed :) Enjoy your visit.