The Vibrant Culture of Montreal

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Right on Saint Laurent, which is just a couple minutes walk from the dorm, there are numerous eclectic thrift stores and boutiques alike. To get to Saint Denis, another one of my favorite streets nearby, from Saint Laurent, I like to take Duluth, a street that makes you feel like you’re in Europe. On Saint Denis (which is right near the school) there are many more little shops, as well. Mixed in with these shops are trendy restaurants and places to eat. There are hole-in-the-wall places all over Montreal; you just have to keep your eyes peeled for them.

To experience more of Montreal’s culture, I took my friends to Chinatown, Little Italy, and Old Montreal. Unfortunately, I did not have any more time to take them anywhere else (there are just not enough hours in a weekend to experience all the city has to offer)! Since we are so close to Burlington, it is easy for Champlainers to come visit for a weekend. What a great weekend to get away and experience an amazing culture—wouldn’t you agree?

Written by Lindesy DeBerry, Graphic Design major & Montreal blogger spring 2013