Five Ways to Experience Montreal’s Culture
With non-stop festivals and foodie delights at every turn, Montreal attracts hordes of tourists eager to sample the culture and style of this sophisticated metropolis. But after you’ve viewed a Cirque Du Soleil performance and munched on a St. Viateur bagel, it’s time to dig into Montreal’s more unexpected experiences. Here are some alternatives to the big-ticket attractions.
Go on a public art crawl, either DIY or guided.
Montreal is filled with art — in fact, 1 percent of any city building or renovation budget must be allocated for a piece of public art. That makes for a whole lot of interesting sculptures, paintings, or murals to liven up just about every Montreal street. We especially love the murals that line Saint Laurent Boulevard; it’s easy to simply stroll and enjoy the art on office and commercial buildings all along the street.
If you prefer a more organized self tour, try the tourism office’s handy map, which plots public art pieces on five different Montreal routes. Or for a guided tour, check out Urban Marmotte’s tour of Montreal’s art-covered Metro system ($19 CAD, or about $15 USD). The tour, which lasts between two and two and a half hours, has been regularly scheduled from January through the end of this month but can be booked privately for the rest of the year.