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Montreal has it going on late summer and fall…we’re talkintravel.

August 11, 4:24 PM Travel Insights Examiners Ruth & Rich Carlson

The very latest newsletter from the Tourisme Montreal folks just popped into my email box. Check it out: HOT, HAPPENING AND NEWwww.tourisme-montreal.org,www.quartierdesspectacles.com In the heart of the city, a one square-kilometre block dubbed the « Entertainment District » has been devoted solely to culture and entertainment. The area features award-winning architectural lighting and boasts some 30 show venues, art galleries and broadcasting facilities. Recognized worldwide for its topnotch festivals and cultural events, Montréal inaugurated two new venues, Place des Festivals and Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, this year.

Les Effrontés:www.leseffrontes.com Les Effrontés, Montréal’s first personalized style and image agency, has been offering the services of its team of ten highly-qualified professionals since 1999. Its services include personalized shopping sessions as well as conferences given to companies on-site or at its office downtown.

Visiting Montréal without busting your budget…Catch shows at greatly reduced prices with last-minute tickets from the city’s Vitrine culturelle. Enjoy discounted rates at 33 different Montréal museums. And on select evenings at some museums, take advantage of free admission! Create a winning new look for yourself with designer, vintage or decidedly funky clothes at a fraction of the regular price in second hand shops. Noon already? Head over to Chinatown for mega delights at low, low prices. And when the day is over, spend the night at a youth hostel or in a university residence for next to nothing. Excellent ways to enjoy a memorable Montréal stay that’s easy on the wallet!

Walk your way around Mount Royal with an interactive map. To get the most of your visit of Mount Royal, take advantage of a personal and virtual guide: the interactive map, which puts you instantly in touch with the many different aspects of « the mountain » as Montrealers affectionately call it. Nature, museums, works of art, landscape and architecture… it’s all there, thanks to slideshows, videos, and riddles that you can download on your MP4 reader. If you don’t have one of your own, you can borrow one from Mount Royal’s Smith House.

Sports and Leisure. JUKARI Fit to Fly™: exercise, prowess… and pleasure www.tourisme-montreal.org/blogs. A combination of dexterity, intense physical effort and elegance, the training followed by trapeze artists has inspired a brand-new activity: JUKARI Fit to Fly™. Developed together by the Cirque du Soleil and the famous Reebok sports company, this new concept was designed specifically for women—though men can take part too—who want to stay in shape or get in better shape while performing fun and enjoying exercises. The principle? Participants perform a series of exercises using Flyset, a sort of trapeze that helps you work on your balance, muscles and endurance. Discover swinging that gives you the sensation of flying and muscles you never knew existed…

Kayak Sans Frontières. Montréal is, first and foremost, an island located midstream in the Saint Lawrence River. Not surprising then that water is our playground of choice. A mere 15 minutes from the city centre, the Lachine Rapids provide a challenging course for surf, kayak and stand-up paddle board aficionados alike. Kayak Sans Frontières offers adventurers a broad selection of kayaks and boards, classes for beginner and seasoned water lovers, and a host of thrill-based experiences.

Le TAZ is one of the largest indoor sports centres in Canada, dedicated to the practice of inline skating, skateboarding and BMX. Its facilities are totally safe and include beginner, intermediate and professional level installations for the general public and elite athletes. Inspired by the tastes and interests its young clientele, the team of TAZ provides a fusion of genres and a window on emerging trends.

Accommodation and Restaurants. Montréal’s hottest new coffee place! www.nespresso.com Not only does Montréal abound with excellent cafés, but it has the places for picking up the world’s best beans and the hottest places dedicated to coffee making and sipping. Like the Nespresso boutique, where you can taste some 16 grands crus and get advice from a professional as well as picking up an array of accessories, including cappuccino kits or cocoa shakers. The house also features more than 46 state-of-the-art coffee machines. A must for any coffee lover.

Crudessence: eat healthy, raw and vegan. Everyone knows that Montrealers like to eat well. And that from among the 80 world cuisines, we have endless specialties to choose from. But not many people know that Montréal has a new venue where you can eat healthy, raw and vegan. It’s name is Crudessence, and it proposes a unique concept where you can enjoy buffets and lunch boxes in house, to go or delivered to your doorstep. All dishes are free of animal products, are made with organic ingredients, are pesticide- and radiation-free and come from neighbouring farms. Another wonderful Montréal restaurant to get a taste of!

Download the Hot, Happening and New. Hotels new and renewed. Spurred by the arrival of several new hotels in town, several existing facilities have recently undergone revamping to better cater to their guests. The Sheraton Centre, the InterContinental and the Holiday Inn Montréal Midtown each recently put the finishing touches on extensive refurbishing work. Leading-edge technology, saunas, indoor heated pools and fitness centres are just a few of the extra services designed to make their guests’ experiences memorable. Newcomers to the city centre include the distinctive Hilton Garden Inn Montréal Downtown, the luxurious Westin Montréal opposite the Palais des congrès, and the highly contemporary, 24-room Petit Hôtel. Le Centre Sheraton Hôtel InterContinental Montréal www.montreal.intercontinental.com Holiday Inn Montréal Midtown Hilton Garden Inn Montréal Centre-ville www.holidayinn.com/yul-midtown www.hiltongardenmontreal.com Westin Montréal Le Petit Hôtel. www.westinhotels.com www.petithotelmontreal.com

Montréal gastronomy: gourmet fare for one and all! In an exquisite display of palate-pleasing daring and panache, new contenders have arrived on Montréal’s restaurant scene. The trendy Picapica proposes tapas brimming with multi-ethnic flavours. Having trouble choosing between meat or fish? Bar & Boeuf is certain to appeal to the finickiest of palates. Got a sweet tooth? You’ll definitely want to indulge in the sinful lineup of desserts at chic Loranger restaurant. Brunch or lunch, big appetite or small, the Sparrow is bound to please. Longing for the look and feel of a typical French-style brasserie? Look no further than Lapalme & Raphaël, where you’ll find a tantalizing selection of steak frites, tartares of choice and cassoulets, all prepared to perfection and served with style! For unforgettable starters, try the highly creative Apollo Bistro. Picapica Bar & Boeuf Loranger www.baretboeuf.com The Sparrow LaPalme & Raphaël Apollo Bistro www.lapalmeetraphael.com www.apolloglobe.com

For more info:www.tourisme-montreal.org and for more articles, stories, and news releases on Montreal, Quebec City, and other regions of Canada, check out Ruth and Rich Carlson’s home page at National Travel Insights Examiners.