Montreal Part 1: The Canadian Tourist [Photo-post]

As per a previous post, my classmate Eric and I were lucky enough to spend a couple of days in the Montreal area two weeks ago as we attended the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES) President’s Meeting hosted by McGill. Along the way we met up with friends from around the country who are involved in Engineering societies at their own universities and had a blast all around engaging in networking activities and professional development.

Here are some photos of what we managed to see as tourists before the conference started and while waiting for our evening flight back to YVR after it ended!

This is a sure sign you have arrived in French Canada. Café noir de Tim Hortons!
This is a sure sign you have arrived in French Canada. Café noir de Tim Hortons!

Our flight into Montreal was through Toronto and of course it was a red-eye on Thursday night, so we were pretty tired and in need of breakfast and a little caffeine boost when we finally arrived. It was 8:10 AM in Montreal, but 5 AM in our minds (Pacific time!) and we had a whole day of tourist filled activities ahead of us to enjoy. More. Coffee.

Caught a cab ride to McGill Unviersity from the airport with fellow students from UNB and UBC Okanagan.
Caught a cab ride to McGill Unviersity from the airport with fellow students from UNB and UBC Okanagan.
Got the grand tour of McGill's Engineering buildings - particularly the impressive garage where McGill Engineering Teams build their masterpieces!
Got the grand tour of McGill’s Engineering buildings – particularly the impressive garage where McGill Engineering Teams build their masterpieces! 
A further peek inside the garage...
A further peek inside the garage…

Later on we decided to track down some of the spectacular food that Montreal is so famous for. We walked over to a place called Schwartz’s, Montreal’s Hebrew Delicatessen for the best smoked meat sandwich I’ve ever had, Montreal-style. (And I’ve been to Portland – shout out to Kenny and Zukes .) I’m a wimp about mustard, just not a fan and these babies come loaded with it. I asked for no mustard, so your sandwich will look distinctly more yellow around the edges if you visit Schwartz’s and just order this awesome sandwich.

Schwartz's smoked meat sandwich
Schwartz’s smoked meat sandwich

Are you hungry yet?

Macro shot!
Macro shot!

I bet you are now!

Here's a shot of the storefront...
Here’s a shot of the storefront… Note the line! It took a while to get in with 4 people, and according to the staff this was not even close to busy. It is worth the wait!

 

Inside is a charming little diner-style restaurant with tables and a bar, which we sat up on.
Inside is a charming little diner-style restaurant with tables and a bar up against the kitchen.

 

Fully stuffed and happy as can be, we spent the next couple of hours touring around town and taking in the atmosphere. The weather was fantastic. Here are a million more photos:

The Cathedral
The Cathedral
Architecture!
Architecture!

 

Eric, our resident acoustics engineer, found a piano to play in the middle of the street.
Eric, our resident acoustics engineer, found a piano to play in the middle of the street.

 

Montreal is an active city, bikes appear to be all the rage just like back home in Vancouver.
Montreal is an active city, bikes appear to be all the rage just like back home in Vancouver.

 

Tim Hortons is in this post; it wouldn't be very West Coast of me not to track down a Starbucks too. ;)
In case you don’t know what Starbucks sells, the French translation! 🙂
The Bay, en français!
The Bay, en français!

 

Sainte-Catherine Street, the primary commercial street in downtown Montreal.
Sainte-Catherine Street, the primary commercial street in downtown Montreal.
An event on McGill's downtown campus, we were lucky enough to walk by while a First Nations pow-wow was going on!
An event on McGill’s downtown campus, we were lucky enough to walk by while a First Nations pow-wow was going on!

 

Before long we were on a bus out to the middle of nowhere (relatively speaking) for the rest of the conference. The leaves on all the trees were already changing colours, I couldn’t believe our luck! Next post will have photos of all the fall colours and “rural” Quebec outside of Montreal toward the Laurentian mountains.

A little sneak peek:

Quebec woods in early fall :)
Quebec woods in early fall 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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