Road Trip: To Montreal

If you've been reading my blog, you know I took a little vacation this August. It's not often that I do that. In fact, I haven't been on a long vacation since my honeymoon 10 years ago. So I was excited about our little road trip. Also a little nervous. We were a moonie eyed couple back then, now there was 3 of us. Driving. For several days. My husband gave me lots of assurances that all would be fine. Afterall, his parents did the same trip in a car without air conditioning with 4 boys. God bless them.

One bright Saturday morning, we started out, first through Nova Scotia- no surprises there, then New Brunswick. Lots of trees. A whole day of driving. Could I do it again? I had to. The next day we climbed the Appalachians and hit the Quebec border. A whole new province for me. The scenery was beautiful and I had my first glimpse of the St Lawrence and wheat fields! Then after hours and hours we stopped in Montreal.

Montreal is a beautiful city, a mix of old and new. My hotel had a great view of the Olympic Stadium and the Jacques Cartier Bridge. We had a peek downtown but since we had kids in our group every question was "Can we swim in the pool?" and "When do we eat?" I could have saved a lot of money and swam in pools around here but whatever.

The people were very kind and tried to help us get what we needed despite a language barrier. Not only have I not parle Francais 'ed since high school, as a Maritimer I tend to speak too fast. Note to self: louder isn't slower.

After a well needed rest, we were off to Ontario...


  1. I'm not very good at long car trips either, but I'd do it if it meant I got to go to Montreal!

  2. I'm not a big fan of car rides either, but every once in a while they are nice, especially if you can take a little bit more relaxing pace. Sounds like you guys are having fun, which is awesome!

  3. I've never been to Montreal, I'd love to go sometime! I HATE long car trips :-)

  4. Kathy- Yeah, I had to weigh the pros and cons. I won't be doing it again any time soon.

    softdrink- lol! No Cirque.

    Kim- A relaxing pace would have been nice.

    Swapna- Yeah, I can only take so much in a car.

  5. I love long car rides. I haven't been in Montreal as such-- just drove through, I did spend a night in Quebec City though and it was beautiful. I want to visit Montreal during a Just For Laughs festival, but the kids will have to be much older!

  6. Sounds like a nice trip despite the long car ride. Bill and I drive for most of our vacations. The nice things is that you can stop in other places along the way. If you fly, you pretty much need to stick close to where you are.

    I would love to visit Montreal!

  7. Long car trips are hard enough, but with 3 children, they must be almost painful. I've never been to Montreal but I hear it is beautiful from the bloggers I've met that live nearby (and you). I am glad it was a lovely end to a long car trip.

  8. Its too bad that we couldn't have arranged a mini blogger meet up while you were in town. Perhaps next year if I head east.