Every year, my travel buddy and I take our annual holiday trip. Last year was Paris and Portugal. This year was Montreal.
Although it was two degrees with many snow storms, we had a BLAST!
We recognize that the holidays can be more expensive than most times of year, so we kept a budget for our trip and totally succeeded.
To enjoy the city of ice and still keep it affordable, this is what we did:
My friend works at a hostel so we got free accommodation for the weekend there, BUT we found out that some hostels offer FREE accommodation in exchange for giving tours, bartending, or working a few shifts a week.
Not a bad deal if wanting to explore a new city!
We Took the Train and Walked Everywhere
Even in two degree weather. Obviously we are bossbabes, but you can be one too! For $18 you can purchase a 3-day pass that covers ALL of your train rides. If you need a secret workout, Montreal is FULL of hills. The train is also three stories underground, so your legs will be ripped by the end of your trip regardless!
Speaking of ripped legs, you cannot leave Montreal without hiking the gorgeously stunning Mont Royal! Even in 2 degree weather, the hike and view at the top are WORTH IT! So bundle up and get going!
Go to All the Record Stores
…..and listen to music from all over the world! I think this was my favorite experience during my trip. Every record store we went into had the most lovely employees who would sing to us, play our favorite music, and dance with us. It still brings tears to my eyes. There was so much love in those stores. I loved every moment of being in them!
The thrift stores in Montreal are quite interesting. They are actually FULL of the most stylish clothing and weirdest characters. Plus it’s a great stop to make if needing to warm up from the cold!
Eat the Vegan Poutine at La Banquise!
I never thought I would like poutine, let alone vegan poutine. However, vegan poutine is PRIME. I LOVED it. Plus they have superhero themed tables. I feel like I’m saving the world while saving the planet being vegan!
If in the City for the Holidays….
explore the markets and treat yo’ self to a steaming glass of hot wine. You can also get hot wine at the Christmas Theme Bar. You must be in the holiday spirit to enjoy this pub, because it is decked out in Christmas!!! I had so much fun singing holiday songs and sipping wine from a Santa mug.
Go Ice Skating at the Natrel Skating Rink!
Ice skating is one of my favorite ways to workout, but ice skating to Michael Jackson music behind a light up Ferris wheel makes the workout the best in the world! It was like I was clubbing ice skating style. This place is a blast, but also in a cozy part of Old Montreal. So if you go late at night, not many will be there. It’s magical and full of color, so absolutely skate your heart out here!
Another one of my favorite food venues:
Le Warehouse where all the meals are healthy, delicious, and only $5.
What to Wear in Montreal:
EVERYTHING. It’s cold.
A body long winter jacket with a hood that covers you head to toe.
The Lululemon Vinyasa Scarf. There are 11 different ways to wear this. Including around your neck and head. Or using it as a blanket.
Hand Warmers. Put them in your gloves and shoes. They may not “warm” up your body, but they will keep them from going numb which will keep you going throughout the day.
Fleece Leggings to wear under your jeans.
Fingerless Gloves to wear over or under your first pair of gloves.
Cliff Hiking Boots. I swear by these boots as they’re perfect for hiking and keeping my feet warm in the cold!
A Reusable Water Bottle. For some reason the cold makes me more dehydrated than the heat. So drink up and stay hydrated.
Montreal is the perfect city for a weekend adventure! There is delicious vegan food, lots of outdoor activities that are great for the body, and experiences that could melt your heart away!
If exploring Canada is in your near future, then check out my guide:
Brytta is a world traveling yoga teacher from NYC. Lover of glitter, SUP Yoga and climbing waterfalls. When she's not adventuring around the world and practicing yoga, she's writing about her adventures and coming up with new ways to take her yoga off the mat and into the world! When she's not doing any of that, she's outside studying constellations and making wishes on shooting stars. A big fan of discovering new music, her current favorite musicians to practice to are: Nahko and Medicine For The People, Bob Moses and CloZee. ♥