Spent three days cycling in the fantastic city of Montreal. This city understands cycling infrastructure and does it right! The drivers are crazy and inconsiderate of each other but they seem to look out for cyclists and pay heed.
Day 1 – 60 km: Mostly along the canal bike path all the way to the bedroom community of Dorval. Our evening meal was wonderful Indian cuisine at Le Taj
Day 2 – 70 km: An early morning ride through the McGill University campus followed by more cycling along the canal bike path with a stop at the Old Port of Montreal for lunch and on to a Mount Royal climb via Summit Olmsted Road (a wide road and gentle grade 6 – 7 km bicycle path that starts at the George-Étienne-Cartier monument on Park Avenue).
“Like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Empire State Building in NYC, Mount Royal (Mont Royal – pronounced mawn-row-yal in French) acts as a natural landmark and way to orient yourself in Montreal. It also rewards those who make their way to the summit with a wonderful view of the city. The Mont Royal summit has a lookout and park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, famous for his work on Central Park in NYC.” source: http://gocanada.about.com/od/montreal/tp/mont_royal.htm
We worked up quite an appetite and, later that evening, were extremely satisfied with the amazing service and food at Vargas Steak House
Day 3 – 80 km: L’Île-Sainte-Hélène/Park Jean Drapeau and then more touring along the canal with a stop at the St-Ambroise Brewery for an apricot beer or two. We all agreed that having a brewery with a shady patio accessible from the bike path along with ample bike racks is pure genius!
Finally, we parked ourselves on an outdoor patio on bustling Crescent Street late in the afternoon and enjoyed pitchers of sangria and numerous sharing plates of very tasty Argentinian tappas at L’Atelier d’Argentine (downtown)
P.S. Did you miss the 2 minute video from last year’s Montreal cycling adventures? Click HERE