Old Montreal the historic center of the city is not far from my hotel and I could walk to the area. The weather had improved yet it was a little cool and windy. I had found a website that gave presented a historic walking tour of the area so armed with my maps I headed out to Rene Levesque Street and then turned to head to the Ave L’Hotel de Ville. As I was walking along I discovered that there were several other hotels not to far down the street. I spotted a Days Inn, a Holiday Inn Express not to far from where I was on St. Denis. I think it was the way they looked that intrigued me, because normally these hotels are more spread out.
I walked along L’Hotel de Ville to a park and then a very large an old building with big wide stairs to climb and it opened out onto the Jacque Cartier Square. I had lunch at the
Restaurant des Gouverneurs CLOSED off to the right of the square. It was a nice ravioli.
Here is a brochure in PDF of a walking tour of Old Montreal, it is now under grand tour: http://www.vieux.montreal.qc.ca/eng/accueila.htm
So you could plan out a really nice tour of the area. I ended up wandering around. http://www.vieux.montreal.qc.ca/tour/eng/0cartea.htm
Old Montreal…enjoy! To get inside some of the shops you had to climb up very steep stairs. You know me and stairs, HA!
Heading back to my hotel…
Wonderful cakes and a Christmas Shoppe!
Below: A wine shop where I bought a very nice Quebec Wine “Frontenac” 2012 by Vignoble de l’ Orpailleur: http://orpailleur.ca/en/
Chinatown was about 1 block long:
There is so much more to explore in Old Montreal, it could take a good week! Not to mention all the history in this area. I wanted to know where the immigrants came in to the harbour but apparently they have replaced the area with a marina. This link walks you through the history of Old Montreal: http://www.vieux.montreal.qc.ca/tour/etape1/eng/1fena.htm
Here is a slide show for you to enjoy, just click on the first photo and it will open. The close button may be in your left corner find the X: