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Top Three: JustFly’s Guide To Montreal

Montreal, Quebec is a city that features many diverse neighborhoods. This should come as little surprise to anyone who has been there or has any knowledge of Canada’s unique culture. Sitting on something of a spiritual border, Montreal incorporates the best of English Canada and French Canada’s best aspects, making for a unique cultural experience that is Canada at its multicultural best. In order to wrap our heads around some of the major differences we spoke with JustFly, an online travel agency with ties to Montreal. While there are many great candidates, they gave me a rundown on three of Montreal’s most well-known and interesting neighborhoods. These places range from swanky and hip, to truly historic.

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The Plateau

First on JustFly’s review is The Plateau. The Plateau is Montreal’s hipster capital. Featuring row upon row of quaint shops and unique cafes, The Plateau is a top pick if your choice is to take it easy, walk around, and experience something less tourist-y. In addition to shops and cafes, you can also scope out Montreal’s best antique and second-hand shops. This is especially true when it comes to vintage clothing. If shopping isn’t your thing, The Plateau is loaded with some of Montreal’s best parks. Two you can’t miss include Mont Royal Park and LaFontaine Park. Mont Royal is essentially a massive green space located at the top of Mont Royal. This means great lookouts, hiking opportunities, and skating in the Winter on Beaver Lake. LaFontaine Park is great for those who like to jog, play softball, or, in the Winter, get some skating in.

The Old Port

Montreal’s historic quarter, The Old Port is essentially Old Montreal. This means plenty of historic buildings, churches, and other keepsakes from the past. In addition to this, The Old Port features many of Montreal’s best dining experiences to go with your typical tourist stops like shops and bars. Want to check out the waterfront? The Old Port is located right on the Saint Lawrence River, giving you a great view of this large river. For those looking to experience some interesting exhibits, The Science Center is located right on the waterfront and features a rotating cast of themed exhibits to check out.

Saint-Henri

A recently revitalized area of Montreal, JustFly is just starting to fall in love with Saint-Henri. Located just West of Montreal’s downtown core, Saint-Henri is highlighted by Rue Notre Dame’s row of new restaurants, bars, and shops. In addition to the usual trade, Atwater Market is a major fixture of the area. This market features great local produce and meats and is a great place to stock up on food. Lastly, the Lachine Canal is a great place to spend a lazy day reading, relaxing, or cycling.

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Road To Rio: Canada’s Olympic History And Facilities As Explored By FlightHub

With the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil quickly approaching, people across the world are starting to get Olympic fever. With preparations steaming towards completion in Rio, many countries are looking back at their Olympic histories. While Canada has not hosted a large amount of Olympic events, it does have a history worth exploring. Between Olympic events in Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal, Canada’s Olympic heritage spreads nearly from coast to coast. In order to get the lowdown on these specific Olympiads and their remaining facilities we spoke with FlightHub, an online travel agency with deep ties to the city of Montreal. They gave us the rundown on what remains of Canada’s Olympic past.

1976 Summer Olympics – Montreal, Quebec

Canada’s first foray into hosting the Olympic Games, the 1976 Olympics represent Canada’s only experience hosting the Summer Games according to FlightHub’s review. While it is Canada’s oldest Olympic host city, many of the stadiums and facilities remain in use in Montreal’s East end. These include The Olympic Stadium, which played host to Major League Baseball’s Montreal Expos until their untimely departure in 2004. Other repurposed facilities include the Velodrome, which was converted into a ecology center called the Biodome. This indoor nature reserve includes replicas of four different ecosystems and allows for people to walk among the many different animals and climates on display. As for performance, Canada failed to win a single gold medal in Montreal.

1988 Winter Olympics – Calgary, Alberta

An Olympic games made famous for a series of odd stories like the debut of the infamous Jamaican Bobsled Team and the heroic failure of British skier Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, these Olympics were among the most costly at the onset of the Games and Canada’s first attempt at a Winter Olympics. It’s two main facilities, McMahon Stadium and the Olympic Saddledome, remain in-use today as facilities for the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders and the NHL’s Calgary Flames. As for those two stories mentioned above, both resulted in major film deals according to FlightHub, with Eddie The Eagle releasing in 2016. Just like in Montreal, a Canadian failed to win a gold medal in Calgary.

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2010 Winter Olympics – Vancouver, British Columbia

A very successful Olympics athletics-wise with Canada winning a leading 14 gold medals, Canada finished off the Olympics in dramatic fashion, sweeping the Ice Hockey medals with dramatic wins by both Canada’s men’s and women’s teams. Many facilities in Vancouver were repurposed for the Olympics, including massive renovations to Vancouver’s football stadium. In terms of new construction, the Richmond Olympic Oval won many design awards as it served as the host of speed skating events. That venue continues to be used today for a variety of sporting events.

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