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The Best Time to Visit Montreal (And What to do Based on the Season)


Whether you're more of a summer or winter person, Montreal has something for everyone no matter what season it is. This is the best time to visit Montreal depending on what you want to experience in the city.

Whether it's your first time to Montreal and you want to take in all the sights, or you're more interested in attending one of the city's popular festivals, there's something for everyone when visiting Montreal. 

It's no secret that the winter months in Canada are not the most hospitable. That's why during the summer, Canadian cities like Montreal take advantage of the longer days and comfortable weather. If you're into much more temperate weather, this time of the year becomes the best time to visit Montreal. 

Montreal summers are known as festival season in the city, and locals and visitors spend a great deal of time outdoors in urban parks around Montreal. This French-inspired city feels like a little slice of Europe, especially when summer is in full swing. 

During the winter, much of Montreal retreats to its Underground City. Local residents and tourists can often spend the majority of their time in this underground web of shops, restaurants, businesses and public transportation. It is a sight to see on its own and a unique experience.

However, once summer comes around everyone wants to be outdoors and with good reason with Montreal's long winters. Not only is it a great time to visit Montreal, but summer is also arguably the best time to visit Canada. 

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The Ultimate Guide for Where to Stay in Toronto for Every Budget

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Where to stay in Toronto! The ultimate guide to the best neighborhoods, top attractions, and accommodation options for any budget.

Toronto is one of Canada's biggest metropolitan areas. It is the capital city of Ontario and home to nearly three million people. Over 43 million visit Toronto annually.

Where to stay in Toronto all depends on the kind of experience you want. There are plenty of distinct neighborhoods to choose from. Whether you want to stay in the heart of downtown or experience life for a few days in the heart of Chinatown, Toronto truly has it all.

I personally have a soft spot for Toronto. I spent four years of college in Buffalo, New York and often drove up to Toronto for a day or for a weekend. No matter how many times I visited, I kept going back.

And, I'm not alone with being a repeat visitor. It's easy to see why so many people keep making trips to Toronto. It hugs the coast of Lake Ontario and has awesome waterfront views. It's culturally diverse and one of the most important cities in Canada.

Toronto is filled with tons of character and charm. Accommodations in the city reflect that. No matter what kind of vacation you are looking for, Toronto has a number of attractions and hotels to choose from. Let's check out the best ones!

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The Ultimate Guide for Where to Stay in Vancouver for Every Budget

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Where to stay in Vancouver! The ultimate guide to Vancouver’s best neighborhoods, top attractions, and accommodation options no matter your budget.

Vancouver is one of the main cultural hubs in Canada with people from all over the world calling Van City home. It is the biggest metropolitan city in Western Canada. Because of its size and diversity, deciding where to stay in Vancouver can feel overwhelming. There are just so many unique neighborhoods and hotels to choose from.

Vancouver has a little bit of everything for everyone. There’s a good mix of upbeat progressive lifestyles with easy access to spectacular outdoor activities.

Choosing where to stay in Vancouver BC depends on your ideal type of vacation. There are neighborhoods full of local charm, delicious international cuisine, and plenty of outdoorsy options.

Let’s dive into my recommendations for the best places to stay in Vancouver!

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The Ultimate Guide for Where to Stay in Montreal for Every Budget

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Where to stay in Montreal! A guide to the best neighborhoods, things to do, and accommodation options no matter what your budget is.

It’s easy to get lost in the vast mixture of cultures in Montreal. With a a French-infused way of life, Montreal has a European flavor while remaining true to its Canadian heritage.

Montreal is the largest city in Quebec province and the second largest city in Canada. There are tons of things to do in Montreal, Canada that aren't available in other Canadian cities, especially when it comes to tasting its local flavors and restaurants.

There is no shortage of options when deciding where to stay in Montreal. From classic French hotels in Old Montreal to trendy hotels in Le Plateau, Montreal has accommodation choices to fit anyone’s vacation style and budget.

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101 Things to Do in Montreal | The Ultimate Bucket List

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The best things to do in Montreal! These are the places to eat, visit, and local experiences to have around my favorite city in Canada.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Montreal? Is it poutine? Francophone culture? Maybe cold weather? The aspect that I love about Montreal is that it doesn't fit into one box.

Yes, the poutine is wonderful, but you can find authentic cuisine from all over the world throughout the city. Yes, it is very Francophone compared to other parts of Canada (outside of Quebec), but it's also a multilingual and multicultural cosmopolitan city.

Yes, the winters are freezing and the city goes into hibernation for a good part of the year, but as soon as spring and summer hit, it's one of the most vibrant cities in Canada. There's always something going on.

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The Best Christmas Vacation Ideas for 2019

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The best Christmas vacation ideas around the world! From the US to South America and Europe, these are my top picks for holiday travel destinations to explore.

If you dislike Christmas, you may want to pass on this post because it’s all kinds of gooey hot chocolate goodness and holiday fun. I’m here to tell you about the best Christmas vacation ideas around the world. No matter what type of holiday trip you’re looking for, I’ve got you covered!

I’ve always been a fan of Christmas and winter in general. There’s something about curling up with a good book by the fire, the Mariah Carey Christmas album blasting, and the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree.

The holidays may be too obnoxious and materialistic for some, but I really appreciate the family time and Christmas cookies that come about this time of the year.

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2018, A Year of Finding Home

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After spending so much of 2017 on my own, I made it a plan in 2018 to build up more of a community in my life again.

I did this in two ways:

  1. Finding a home base so I didn’t have to live out of a backpack anymore.
  2. Planning my trips based on which friends I wanted to see and catch up with the most, above seeing as many new countries as possible.

Because I made community such a big focus of 2018, I felt constantly loved, supported, and surrounded by good energy this year.

It was a wonderful year in so many ways. Another year of growth, of nurturing my oldest and newest friendships, and leaning even more into my independence.

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6 Local Things to do in Calgary in the Summer

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A few local things to do in Calgary in the summer to show you why it’s still one of the most underrated cities in Canada.

The Atlas Heart is a place to find the best local experiences in cool cities around the world, and to throw out misconceptions we might have about other cultures. With this in mind, I sometimes seek out other perspectives on this blog to help with a more layered view of the world. 

Today, Cat Lin, a Calgary-based food and travel writer from For Two, Please, is sharing her love for “Cowtown” through her favorite local experiences to enjoy around the city. 

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A Guide to the Best Victoria Breweries & Brewpubs

A Guide to the Best Victoria Breweries in BC, Canada

A guide to the best Victoria breweries and brewpubs in BC, Canada, so you can spend more time drinking good beer and less time researching.

I didn’t have much in the way of expectations for Victoria breweries and the craft beer scene as a whole in Victoria, BC. If I’m being honest, I’d only heard mediocre reviews of Canadian beer from American and Canadian friends alike in the past.

However, I found myself impressed with the craft beer scene once I arrived in Victoria. It was a nice break for my taste buds to try easy drinking Canadian beer, not at all like the heavy IPAs you usually find in the Pacific Northwest.

I wanted to write up a guide to the underrated Victoria breweries I came across, so you know exactly what to expect, both with specific breweries and brewpubs and the unique liquor laws of British Columbia.

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Facing Fear Head-On: Whitewater Rafting in Golden, BC

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I’ve had a habit of facing my fears and getting (mostly) over them in the past decade. I’ve had a habit of getting out of my comfort zone and not allowing myself to think the worst until after I do something. The one fear that I can’t seem to kick, however, is the sheer terror I have of drowning.

For some reason, activities like scuba diving don’t faze me too much, perhaps because it’s so calm underneath the sea. But, if I’m doing something that’s more aggressive, such as surfing or being in the midst of waves I don’t know how to read, I have major panic attacks. I’ve dealt with intense anxiety my whole life and this fear of water has to be one of the strongest ways of spiking my anxious mind.

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