French flair is waiting just north of the border, with a flight from Boston to Montréal.
Whether you’re watching the Canadiens take to the ice in the Bell Centre, or ducking in and out of the underground shops in La Ville Souterraine, there are always cool things to do in Montréal. This centre for business and culture mixes work and play with a European twist.
Walking along the cobbled streets of Vieux-Montréal, down to the Vieux-Port de Montréal , you’ll pass hundreds of years of French-Canadian history, written in the stone of the area’s buildings. Keep your camera handy for postcard-perfect pictures of sites like the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal and Vieux Séminaire de Saint-Sulpice.
Atop the city’s eponymous hill, Mont Royal, the l'Oratoire Saint-Joseph shines as one of the city’s most famous buildings. Draping the hillside in green, the Parc Mont Royal is a 200-hectare jewel in Montréal’s park system. If you’re here during the winter, the Biodôme de Montréal is an evergreen escape from the snow. You can walk from the tropical rainforest to the Labrador coast in this indoor collection of constructed ecosystems.
After getting a glimpse of the Laurentian Maple Forest in the biodome, see the same wilderness on canvas at the Musée des Beaux-Arts Montréal. Like Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, this vast collection of artwork will keep you in awe for hours.
For a final museum fix on your trip from Boston to Montréal, make your way to the Musée McCord. Tracing Montréal’s history over the centuries of its existence, this museum is your window into the past behind the winding streets and charming cafés of this French Canadian city.
The boundaries of this up-and-coming neighbourhood in Montréal’s Rosemont borough aren’t entirely clear. Locals may bicker, but the general consensus is that La Petite Patrie contains three parts. Rue Beaubien, Little Italy, and Mile-Ex each add their own flavour to La Petite Patrie, making this neighbourhood a treat for any trip from Boston.
Along Rue Beaubien, you’ll find La Petite Patrie’s best bars. Drink in the street life from one of the trendy patio bars or cozy up inside a more traditional pub. Whether you’re looking for a quiet evening or a night of heavy metal music, Rue Beaubien’s bars will be music to your ears.
After a few drinks, there’s nothing quite like warm poutine. Combining poutine with Montréal smoked meat, Le Roi du Smoked Meat has created a masterpiece. Meat meets potatoes in the comfort food of this diner.
If your palate is looking for a little Italian, head down to Little Italy. Family-run Italian bistros punctuate every corner, so you’ll run out of room before you run out of options. A perpetual favourite for pizza is Ristorante Elio. La Petite Patrie residents have been visiting this institution since 1964.
At the Marché Jean-Talon, you can get a glimpse of the ingredients behind your meal. Everyone from bakers to beekeepers hawk their wares at this historic market.
Nearby, Mile-Ex is the site of numerous artists studios, built in hollowed out former textile factories. The artistic influence on La Petite Patrie is evident in Cinéma Beaubien. This all-French, art-house movie theatre is an avant-garde way to spend the evening.
Rosemont’s more northern neighbourhoods await as you leave La Petite Patrie. Whether you walk to the Jardin botanique de Montréal or take the metro to the Village Olympique, La Petite Patrie’s location helps you make the most of your visit from Boston.
The best part of your trip from Boston to Montréal is waiting in Saint-Henri. History serves as the colourful backdrop for this newly revived neighbourhood.
This former working-class neighbourhood lost the source of its livelihood during the Great Depression. As Saint-Henri’s leather tanneries closed, the neighbourhood began a decline that would last for decades.
What was once the centre of the leather-tanning industry in Montréal is now the site of artistic renewal. Once abandoned warehouses now house Saint-Henri’s art galleries. These converted spaces splice together the neighbourhood’s two identities.
Among the renovated artist studios, you’ll find art deco edifices and cozy diners. Local old-timers, creative types, and young families all share the streets of the new Saint-Henri.
Make a meal out of your visit to Saint-Henri at one of the area’s restaurants. Trendy options and traditional Québecois fare make for difficult decisions on where to dine. But there’s one thing both trendy and traditional restaurants agree on the fish. The close by Atwater Market is always stocked with fresh fish, ensuring Saint-Henri’s restaurants have their pick of the day’s catch.
After eating, take a stroll on the shores of the Lachine Canal. This site once served for industrial shipping, but now its quiet shores invite walkers and cyclists to amble along. The Lachine Canal bike path is perfect to tour this scenic waterfront, whether you’re on two wheels or two feet. Before flying back to Boston, take in the view as your make your way through this old-new neighbourhood.
Fly from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), with a quick connection in Toronto. Boston to Montréal flight time is 3 hours on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Boston to Montréal is around 1,190 km / 740 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.