Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?
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Montréal. “Bienvenue au Québec!” Here I am, having finally gone all the way East on my trans-Canada journey. As my #VIARail train pulls into Montréal station from Ottawa, leaving the province of Ontario for Québec, I readily unpack my French language skills .. only to find that I first understand next to nothing. What an accent here! Brace, brace, my dear French-speaking friends from around the globe! But it would not be Canada, if the beautiful, over-arching & absolute friendliness of all Canadians did not prevail in Montréal, Québec too. The vast majority of people are bilingual after all, and exactly everybody is ready to help you out if you do happen to look lost. Which, trust me, an exciting city like Montréal will not have you for long anyway.
Jean-François, our guide for the day, is a young, enthusiastic local from Montréal, who takes it on him to educate our international group of foodie travellers on all things Montréal (food) history. “Essentially, we will be walking up one single street, Montréal’s Saint-Laurent Boulevard, as it is here in the centre of town that step by step, many migrant communities from around the globe have started filling the void between the ‘Two Solitudes’ .. the English to the West and the French to the East, bringing with them their food & flavours from the world over. Today, mind you, it is all mixing up much more anyway. Let’s start our tour in China town: Did you know that the first major community to arrive after both the English & French had settled here were the Chinese!?”
Looking for a great place to brunch? A beautiful dinner recommendation? Thanks to my wonderful friends and contacts in town (some of which I have only met as recent as in another Montréal tea shop!), I can now provide you with the following “tried & tested”, delicious little foodie gems around:
This time round, I am savouring the flavours of this exciting Québec city, the second-largest city in the whole of Canada, with our charming local guide Sebastian and his tour company Local Montréal Tours. The three-hour walking tour starts precisely at the above-quoted Brit & Chips and reveals many a foodie delight on the way around one of the most historic parts of Montréal. Check this out.
“Mont Tremblant! If you can, Elena, head out there … It’s beautiful for hiking in the splendid maple tree forests we have here in Eastern Canada ..!” Oh yes. I did go, though even just for the day, and loved my stays at both the HI Montréal as well as the HI Mont Tremblant Youth Hostels, charming me with their great value-for-money and cosy, community atmosphere. Here is to mixing with the locals & international travellers alike!
Interested? Hungry? Thirsty for more? Have a look at my entire gallery of Montréal travel photos here:
I have also produced a travel video that highlights some of my travel adventures in Western Canada, all the way from Vancouver to the vast open plains east of the Rocky Mountains. A fascinating, funky take on what has truly been a life-changing journey. Enjoy with sound & smile 🙂
Disclaimer: I have been supported by Tourism Montréal, Fitz & Folwell as well as Local Montréal Tours on this trip to Montréal. All opinions are my own.