There is no place like Montreal in the summertime. Every neighbourhood and every street corner somehow comes to life. One of our former students once commented that what he liked most about Montreal was that the city was so green. There are so many trees, shrubs, bushes and flower beds lining the streets. This image contrasted with the gorgeous architecture makes this city absolutely breathtaking during the summer months.
As lock down restrictions are slowly being lifted, more and more establishments are starting to reopen. This includes tourist attractions, restaurants and bars. We want our students to start going out to explore the city, however, we must encourage everyone to make smart decisions. This includes maintaining safe social distancing with other people as well as wearing a mask, washing your hands regularly and avoiding crowds. EC Montreal will be giving our students suggestions on places to visit. We will only recommend activities that have safety protocols in place and where it is possible to maintain safe distances from others.
One of our favourite tourist attractions is Old Montreal. There are so many places to visit in this part of the city. Not only is there an abundance of museums like the Science Museum, Chateau Ramsay, Pointe-a-Calliere and many others, but there is also great art galleries to explore as well as unique shops, restaurants and cafes.
Montreal’s Old Port also offers a wide variety of boating activities, including cruise tours and it even has the Clock Tower Beach to enjoy. It is a great place to put your feet up, enjoy the sunshine and the spectacular view of the harbour along the St. Lawrence River.
The pedestrian streets and extensive dock area allow for social distancing. There are also a lot of green spaces with picnic tables to enjoy.
A visit to Old Montreal would not be complete without visiting the oldest church in all of Canada; the Notre Dame Basilica. It is a beautiful church that has so much history. The organ in the basilica has 10,000 pipes! Montreal’s famous celebrity, Celine Dion, was married there and ever since that ceremony, many people travel from all over the world to get married in this church.
EC Montreal always offers a visit to Old Montreal on the social events calendars, however, until further notice, we will not be offering any planned EC activities in order to avoid social gatherings. We will, however, offer virtual activities and make these types of activity suggestions regularly.
EC Montreal will reopen on August 31 and we are so excited to welcome our students back! In the meantime, we encourage you to get a head start on your English and French learning online with EC Virtual.