What to Do in Montreal Over a Long Weekend

May 28, 2017

The four of us took off from New York to Montreal, Canada on a road trip to see The Killers and visit the city of Montreal. We took a taxi to Newark airport early in the morning because we were going to rent a car from there, however my friend who was going to rent the car only realized once we got there that he did not have a credit card to rent a car. After this, we had to find another car rental and one of the girls managed to rent a car at another shop for twice as much as we were going to rent it initially. We were delighted to take off for Canada after a couple of hours of hassle with getting a car. After driving for about an hour, I asked everyone if they had their passports ready for the Canadian border. It turned out that the guy, who had already messed up the rental car did not have a passport. He said his passport was expired and all he had was a birth certificate at home in Brooklyn. So we turned around and went to Brooklyn to pick up his birth certificate. We were about 4 hours behind and I was quite concerned that we were not going to make to The Killers concert at night. Luckily, we were able to cross the Canadian border quiet quickly. At that point, the only thing I could think of is how to get to the concert as quickly as possible. Montreal was a neat town. We quickly checked into the hotel and ran to the stadium to see Brandon Flowers and The Killers. what to do in Montreal

The Killers Concert

The Killers Performing in Montreal - What to do in Montreal

The Killers Performing in Montreal – What to do in Montreal

Peter Bjorn & John was playing before The Killers. I really liked them as well. The Killers pulled off an exceptional performance. The concert had an amazing atmosphere. I had an amazing time!

Things to Do in Montreal, Canada

After the concert we ventured out to discover the night life of Montreal. It was very much underground and punky, with lots of colourful characters. There were lots of pot smoking going on around town. It was quiet cold even though it was only September.

What to do in Montreal

Montreal is a neat city with many skyscrapers and lots of underground shopping malls. Shopping in Montreal mostly takes place underground as it gets too cold in the Winter. Montreal has a big underground network underneath the town, so when it gets unbearably cold in the Winter, people will not even have to go outside in the cold. We spent the next two days sightseeing around the city. It was a great city. In this city, you never wonder what to see in Montreal as there are so many cool street art on the walls.

Street Art in Montreal, Canada - What to do in Montreal

Street Art in Montreal, Canada – What to do in Montreal

Montreal points of interest included the McGill University. So we made an effort to visit it.

McGill University, Montreal - What to do in Montreal

McGill University, Montreal – What to do in Montreal

It had a beautiful old campus. Other things to do in Montreal included China Town and the river. We walked along the river and observed all the nice boats.

Port of Montreal, Canada - What to do in Montreal

Port of Montreal, Canada – What to do in Montreal

Other places to visit in Montreal included a group of statues called “The Illuminated Crowd”. These statues were near MCGill University. We stopped and took some fun photos with these funky statues on the street.

Funky Statues in Montreal

Funky Statues in Montreal

The whole town seemed really artsy and progressive. Montreal tourist attractions were endless, but we had to return back to the USA and we could not stay longer. Sunday afternoon we drove back to New York. It was an eventful and fun packed weekend in Montreal. It is amazing that the city is so close to New York, yet it is all so different. So much more open-minded and hipster and it also feels more European.

US - Canada Border

US – Canada Border

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About Barbara

Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.

  • Barb

    Yes, it s true. Street art makes the cities more fun!

  • Suruchi Mittal

    Montreal seems like a fun city. The skyscrapers and underground shopping malls is a real take. I loved those graffitis too. Moreover Canada is in a special glow these days because of its 150 years. Will love to visit it this year.

    • Barb

      Yes, Canada is a wonderful country, but so huge that it will take a while to see it all. I hope you will make it.

  • Montreal looks amazing to explore, the university campus looks great for photography stroll i love the buildings.

    • Barb

      Yes, it is an incredible city. That university is the Harvard of Canada.

  • Veronika Tomanová

    Montreal looks a like a great place to be. As you said – there is a ton of things to do, it could be hard to choose from. I would like to visit Canada, especially now after its 150s birthday.

    • Barb

      Yes, I think it is a paradise for nature lovers. You will surely enjoy it very much.

  • Montreal looks to be a great experience, I have not been and would love to spend some time here. There are so many areas of Canada that I need to get to, so thanks for introducing me to Montreal.

    • Barb

      I know, there is so much to explore outside of Montreal. Canada is like a continent itself.

  • Melody Pittman

    Montreal is amazing! And you got to see the Killers, that is so cool. I will be in Quebec City in the spring and hoping to add some additional days in Montreal. I know they are very blogger friendly. 😉

    • Barb

      I m not sure whether they are blogger friendly, but you will surely enjoy it very much. Have a great trip there!

  • Danik Bates

    Montreal is a fantastic city with lots to do. I love walking around the old town but also love taking walks beside the river and on the islands 🙂

    • Barb

      Yes, it must be a very relaxing activity to do there. Sounds like a good way to relax in the big city.

  • Katherine Nairn

    Jealous you saw the Killers! I loved Montreal and it’s been years since I have been back. Your article makes me want to go back and check out how it’s changed. 🙂

    • Barb

      I m glad to hear that. Yes, these big cities change so rapidly. It s good to go back and see them over and over again.

  • Sherianne Higgins (SherianneKa

    I was scheduled to be there this weekend but cancelled because I’m so far behind. Kicking myself! Huge street art and sculpture fan — pinning this for a future trip

    • Barb

      Oh wow, I hope you will have a chance to go there and see it soon. It s a very cool city for street art.

  • Karla Ramos

    Skyscrapers and underground shopping malls! That’s a steal. I would love to visit Montreal. Is it easy to get around ?

    • Barb

      Yes, it was not hard at all. Everything is in English. It s a cool place. I hope you will get to see it.

  • This is an interesting guide for who wants organize a trip to Montreal 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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