Guide To The Best Montreal Neighbourhoods
It’s not very often that the price of oil is a good reason to go on vacation, but that is the case in 2016 if you are heading to Canada. With the drop in oil prices, Canada’s currency, the Canadian Dollar, has dropped in value, making strong currencies like the US Dollar and Euro very valuable in the Great White North. One place in Canada that is a must-see is Montreal, Quebec. A city that represents the bilingual nature of Canada, Montreal is one of North America’s oldest cities. While the city is littered with well-known and historic attractions, there are a lot of unique treasures to be found in Montreal’s diverse neighbourhoods. I spoke with JustFly, an online travel agency, to get the scoop on some of the coolest places to check out in some of Montreal’s more off the beaten trail hoods.
The Plateau is hipster central in Montreal. Featuring some of Montreal’s most unique cafes and boutiques, The Plateau is more than just a place to grab a coffee or that weird decorator piece for your house. The Plateau is also home to two of Montreal’s most notable parks, Mont Royal Park and LaFontaine Park. Mont Royal Park is perhaps Montreal’s most famous park.
Sitting at the peak of Mont Royal, the hill Montreal is named after, visitors can grab an amazing view of the city from just about anywhere. Likewise, Beaver Lake is a great spot to go skating in the Winter. LaFontaine Park may not be sitting on a mountain top, but it provides excellent green space for relaxing outdoors according to JustFly’s review.
A newly reinvigorated neighbourhood, Saint-Henri lies West of Montreal’s downtown and makes up a swath of land along the Lachine Canal. Besides the chance to walk, lounge, and picnic along the canal, Saint-Henri is home to several of Montreal’s coolest bars and restaurants. Likewise, Atwater Market is a must-see and is a great place to test local produce. This includes Quebec-made cheeses and maple syrup according to JustFly.
Notre Dame De Grace (NDG)
An indisputably English neighbourhood, NDG, and neighbouring Westmount, is a district that looks more like Toronto than Montreal. Featuring many large parks, this largely residential neighbourhood is flanked to the North and South by Sherbrooke Street and Monkland Avenue. These two streets are loaded with small shops, unique restaurants, and old bars that have been staples in area for generations.