Montreal Features Travel Articles

Montreal, Canada – November 1999
T.S. Eliot was wrong – April is not the cruelest month, at least not in Montréal, where that honor belongs to November. November. That cruel angry month that comes after the colorful transition of October, but before the festive year-end of December. Those vicious thirty days when the last warmth of summer lies dead under […]
Montreal, Canada – March 2000
As I write this, the air outside my apartment is breaking a record for warmth, despite the fact that this was also close to the snowiest February on record, and a mere week-and-a-half ago one couldn’t even walk the unplowed streets without snow shoes. Three snowstorms in short succession had buried the city, and it […]
Montreal, Canada – January 2000
The editors at BootsnAll are, no doubt, annoyed at the lateness of this dispatch. My first column of the new millennium and it arrives a third of the way into the month. To make amends, I will promise not to use the word “millennium” again until the year 2999. In my defense, however, I will […]
Montreal, Canada – February 2000
I sit here in my toasty apartment, gazing out the window at the deep snow and the frigid pedestrians slogging to and fro and wonder why anyone would visit this fair burgh in February. The answer, aside from the esoteric for which only those oddballs deplaning icy widebodies at Dorval airport can tell, can be […]
Montreal, Canada – December 1999
December is the last month of the year, and this December in particular is the last of many things. No, this is not a Millennium blurb! To the contrary, I’d like to mention a few of the lesser-talked about conclusions we are about to reach. 1999 is not only the end of this arbitrarily-numbered Millennium, […]
Montreal, Canada – September 1999
This is my first dispatch for BootsnAll, and unfortunately it comes at the end of the summer (summer being the best time to be here). Regardless, this city is alive and well year ’round, so here goes. September Festivals Bonsecours Market© Jean-Marc DiBattista Montreal is the land o’ festivals. With the first sign of spring, […]
Montreal, Canada – October 1999
Montréal is bursting with colour in October. The trees in the parks and on the mountain (in the middle of the city) are ablaze with yellow, crimson, and yes, green, and the weather is turning cooler so people are starting to wear clothes again! The city’s extraordinary summer party and festival life is waning and […]
Montreal’s Auberge du Vieux-Port – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Montreal’s Auberge du Vieux-Port – Montreal, Quebec, Canada Artwork by Lily Goldman Montréal’s Auberge du Vieux-Port Montréal, Quebec What can be more romantic than riding in a horse driven carriage called a calèche through the cobbled streets of Vieux Montréal (Old Montréal) and marvel at the surrounding heritage buildings. It is like visiting Europe in North America! An ideal way to savour the […]
Montreal’s Nature Parks – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Artwork by Lily Goldman Montréal’s Nature Parks Montréal, Quebec One of the great attractions of Montreal is that you are never very far away from the beautiful trails and nature parks where you can spend an enjoyable day walking or hiking without having to shell out too much money. There are nine nature-parks or, as […]
Montreal’s Smoked Meat Sandwiches – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Artwork by Lily Goldman Montréal’s Smoked Meat Sandwiches Montréal, Quebec New York may have its pastrami, Toronto may have corned beef, Italy may boast about its pasta, however, there is no place in the world other than Montreal which can offer you the most delicious smoked meat sandwich. If you do visit Montreal you must […]