Montreal & Quebec City Canada Guide

What to do in 36 hours in Montreal & Quebec City

Montreal

Getting There:

  • Porter Airlines via Toronto, affordable fares, free food/booze, fly at a lower altitude to see Niagra Falls and views, breeze through customs at Billy Bush airport (downtown regional airport on the water)

Eat:

Drink

  • “The Ceasar” ie a Bloody Mary made with Clamato (tomato juice with Clam juice), much lighter/less thick than a Mary

  • Local Beer, tons of craft breweries

  • Maple Syrup, a Canadian Delicacy, put on anything and yes drink it too! (If you have time for a day trip go out to a Sugar Shack ie Maple Farm)

  • Canadian Whiskey

Stay:

  • Hotel Le Dauphin Montreal Downtown affordable, modern spot great location and free breakfast (Macs in every room and rainwater showers)

  • Hotel Le St. James Montreal (Old bank turned hotel, stay in a slice of history)

  • Queen Elizabeth, where Yoko Ono and John Lennon had their “Bed in” protest, a Fairmont property and across the street from train station

  • Airbnb in old Montreal with lots of affordable rooms and amenities

Do:

  • 3 hour walking tour of old Montreal (with local guide and includes admission to Notre-Dame Basilica) great way to learn about the city

  • Bota Bota, old ship turned spa with 4 levels of saunas, soaking tubs, hot tubs and steam rooms, no reservations needed unless you book a spa service. Perfect place to relax/unwind with views of the city (pro tip: go early to avoid crowds and specials for weekday water circuits)

Quebec

Getting There:

  • Take Train via VIA Rail (Business Class is worth the minimal extra cost for a meal, unlimited drinks and access to business lounge at Train Station)

Eat:

  • L’Affaire est Ketchup, reservations required (via phone only) make months in advance, menu announced nightly off chalkboard, two seatings nightly 6 and 8pm

  • Chez Muffy (inside Auberge Saint-Antoine hotel) weekend brunch for more affordable options, rustic meets chic

  • Bistro Le Sam, for snacks inside the Fairmont Hotel with views of the St. Lawrence River

  • La bûche, Quebec City's best sugar shack, cozy environment and delicious comfort food

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Sadie Cornelius