Everyday routine can get quite mundane and repetitive. Are you looking to spice things up and feel the excitement of novelty without having to travel to another place? I have great new for you.

Montrealers can totally feel like tourists in their own city! How, you ask? It's easier than you think. You can plan a whole day filled with the kind of activities that locals aren't normally used to doing, the types of things you always say you'll do but never actually do:

1. Visit Notre Dame Basilica

110 Rue Notre-Dame O

Located in the historic district of Montreal Old Port, this gothic church with a colourful interior is a favourite among tourists. You might want to attend its choral and organ performances, they are simply breathtaking.


2. Walk up to Mount Royal lookout

1260, Chemin Remembrance

Mount Royal's lookout offers an unbelievable view of the city. Try getting there at night, it's something you will remember for a ling time.


3. Attend Parc Jean Drapeau Winter Festival

DJs, ice sculpting, winter aerobics, snow yoga, snow baths and so many more fun activities are happening at Jean Drapeau's winter festival. Best thing? Most of them are FREE!


4. Visit the Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts

1380 Rue Sherbrooke O

Montrealers tend to forget that our Museum of Fine Arts is the epitome of greatness. There are a few expositions showcased in there right now including Renaissance and Neoclassicism in France and Italy. 


5. Grab some bagels from St. Viateur

263 Rue Saint Viateur O

It's an iconic 24-hour storefront offering hand-rolled bagels. So you can pass by and grab one whenever you please.


6. Visit Montreal Biodôme

4777 Avenue Pierre-de Coubertin

Located at the Olympic Park, Biodôme lets its visitors explore different ecosystems found in Americas. It's truly an exceptional experience.


7. Go ice skating in the Old Port

Parc du Bassin Bonsecours

It's a beautiful skating rink located at the heart of Montreal's Old Port. It's one of the most romantic activities our city can offer and also a very popular tourist attraction.


8. Get a smoked meat sandwich from Lester's Deli

1057 Avenue Bernard

You're not a real Montreal tourist if you forget to treat yourself to a smoked meat sandwich. Lester's Deli is THE place for this delicacy.


9. Pass by Montreal Casino

1 Avenue du Casino

Montreal Casino is worth a visit because it's just gorgeous. In addition, if you're feeling lucky, you might even want to give it a try and gamble.


10. Visit Château Ramezay

280 Notre-Dame East Street

Château Ramezay is a museum and a historic building that you have to visit at least once in your lifetime. It is the first building proclaimed as a historic monument in Quebec. It's gorgeous inside and out.

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