We had high hopes for Montréal and it didn’t disappoint. We’d been told that it’s a very trendy city full of young hipsters and students. And that was certainly true.
But what we hadn’t been told was that enjoying Montréal outdoors is something that shouldn’t be missed.
In fact, spending time outdoors in Montréal was one of the best things we did on our travels through Canada.
We’d arrived in Montréal exhausted. The drama with our van in getting to the city had left us feeling stressed and worn out. This wasn’t how I’d imagined our travels to be.
I thought it’d be relaxing, a time to step back from the busyness of London and unwind. But instead, because of the van, we arrived in Montréal burned out.
But if there’s one city you can unwind in, we’d found it was Montréal.
Like the Boris bike system in London, you can hire bikes in Montréal for about $7 for 24 hours. We jumped on a pair and rode them out to Montréal’s islands.
There are hardly any cars on the islands so you can pedal in the tranquillity of the green space, taking in the view of Montréal across the water.
We spent a good five hours riding our bikes through the islands and back into the heart of Montréal, feeling the stress fall off us as we pedalled.
Exercise is good for the soul and so the next day we decided to explore Montréal’s other green space – Mont Royal.
This grassy hill towers over the city and perched right on top is a giant cross which is lit up at night time.
The hill is a haven for fitness fanatics who were running up and down the steep slope as we clambered to the top. Our pace was more sedate yet even so, by the time we reached the summit we were out of breath.
The views were worth the hard work.
We could see for miles all over Montréal and it was nothing short of spectacular.
And just like that, we relaxed.
All the stress created from our van breaking down seemed to float away from us and over the tall buildings of downtown Montréal and into the distance.