For those who aren’t familiar with North-American history, Montréal is a part of the Canadian province Quebec, colonised by the French in the 17th Century. It still remains a French speaking province, the Quebecois accent ressembling a mélange of American and old French.
Proud of it’s French roots, there’s evidence of Gallic influence all over Montréal, from architecture to the music, although the cuisine must have been overlooked. The Montreal national dish comprises of chips, gravy and cheese. Word. After spending a week in the city, I decided to draw up the top 8 things I you have to do in Montréal.
8. Eat a smoked meat sandwich. Everyone recommended Schwartz’s. We went to Nickels.
7. Party. The Quebecois aren’t too bad at that.
6. Buy a racoon hat. Cyril Sneer was a head of his time.
5. Check out the local sites. “La Caleche de Sexe” means “The Sex Wagon”, just in case you were wondering.
4. Eat a ‘Poutine’. Just so you can say you’ve tried it.
3. Go skating. Because everywhere is smoothly concreted, no cobbles, paving, etc, the ground screams to be rolled on. A European skaters’ wet dream
2. Take a photo of a Céline Dion poster. Because she’s Quebecois. And beautiful.
1. Pick up some souvenirs in DollaRama. Because there’s nothing more satisfying than buying a Canadian Ice-hockey hat / dreamcatcher ’Made in China’.