Our Social Media Ambassador, Alex Theodoreu (Game Art ’21), takes us on a tour of Montreal by showing us some her favourite outings. From Mount Royal, to the Botanical Gardens, to exploring the city’s metro architecture, our students got up to a lot during their short stay here!
By John Connelly (Game Programmer ’21)
Montreal’s two main forms of transportation are its public bus and subway system. If you are studying abroad, you’ll probably invest in a monthly metro pass, as it is the best deal. This gives you access to both the bus and subway with unlimited fare for that month. That being said, the metro goes right from the student housing at Evo to the academic center, so there is no direct need to ever use the Montreal busses. Hopefully, at some point of time in Montreal however, you may decide to go out and do things in the city, but chances are that you’ve only ever really taken the metro. I was in a similar boat, and I believe I chose wrong. Whenever I was in a situation where I could either take one bus, or transfer between multiple metros and do a fair bit of walking, I would choose the metro since it is what I was familiar with, and I didn’t trust the reliability of the busses. While this works, there are ways to further familiarize yourself with the bussing system so you aren’t afraid to use it. Download the Transit app so you are able to keep track of the best bus routes, and don’t be afraid to learn some bus routes as early into the year as possible, so you can get the hang of it before it gets cold. Continue reading
By Social Media Ambassador, John Connelly (Game Programming ’21).
Montreal is a bustling city, and each day leads to tons of new activities and events to go to. From live shows, to interactive art exhibits, to our own school hosted events such as botanical light shows and improv sessions. While all of those activities have been a blast, there is one activity that has me ecstatic no matter the time of day or occasion. Eating food. Now when I say eating food, I don’t mean waking up and groggily pouring some milk into a bowl of Frosted flakes, I mean going out to experience as many different and unique foods that Montreal has to offer. There is such a rich culture in Montreal, from Chinatown’s abundant Asian cuisines to Little Italy’s massive farmers market where you can get an astonishing amount of locally produced goods. It would be a shame to come here for a study abroad semester and not try a little bit of everything. Continue reading
Our Social Media Ambassador, Alex Theodoreu (GART ’21) sat down with former Assistant Director, Ryan Hipgrave, to get his tips and recommendations for future students after 4 amazing years at Champlain Montreal.
“My favourite memory is definitely the day that my first group was leaving.. I went into the lab and they all stood up and they gave me this gigantic group hug… it was people that I had only known for 4 months but we had become so close.” Continue reading
By Alexandra Theodoreu (Game Art ’21)
While humans are adaptive creatures, being thrown into a new environment is never easy. I’ve moved a lot and lived in a lot of places, but I’ve never lived in a big city like Montreal. It took a little time to adjust, but so far I’ve been loving it here.
Hearing different languages everywhere you go is one of my favorite parts of being here. Sometimes you hear a different language or two back in Burlington, but definitely not everyday. Here, you hop on the Metro and every station name is spoken in French. And you don’t just hear French either, it goes from from hearing Italian at Jean Talon Market to Chinese at the Bakery that my friends and I frequent for lunch in Chinatown. Continue reading
Leanna Russell (GART ’20) and Grace Magnant (GART ’20) adventured through the streets of Montreal during their Fall 2018 semester reviewing local restaurants all while staying within the average college student’s budget. While on these adventures, they discovered everything from juicy dumplings to affordable cocktails.
For more on their discoveries and food reviews, check out their website!
Check out Zach Phillips’s (GDES’20) final project for Food Writing! Zach ventured around Montreal on a mission to find his “5 lunch spots within a 10 minute walk of either EVO Montreal or the Academic Center for under $15” CAD! After trying 15+ various lunch spots, he narrowed down his favorites and wrote a little review for each. Here are the results:
By Megan Hoins (PWRT ’19)
I’m going to be honest: I really didn’t think Montreal would have a huge impact on me. I just figured it would be another semester, albeit with a lot of new, fun experiences in a totally new place.
That didn’t happen. If anything, this semester had the most impact on me out of any I’ve had at Champlain, since it allowed me to get to know myself for, really, the first time in my life.
Going abroad meant depending on myself, in a lot of ways: making my own food, commuting to work, and living apart from the big college community I was used to. It also meant spending a lot of time by myself, which, as a social introvert, sounded perfectly ideal to me. Continue reading
By Abby Scott (MRKT ’20)
When I crossed the bridge into Montreal back in August it suddenly hit me that this is where I would be until December. I have previously worked at an overnight summer camp that would keep me away from home for two months during the summer, but somehow I was still a little apprehensive about being away from everything that was familiar for so long. It had been easy for me to say that Burlington was only an hour or so away so Montreal wouldn’t be too different until I arrived. The first week here I quickly realized that I was going to be living in a city with it’s own rich and unique culture. Almost immediately, I fell in love with the city and those who formed its unique culture.
I have deeply rooted faith that purposefully placing yourself outside of your comfort zone creates an environment that nurtures growth. If we were comfortable all the time, we would never test our limits and see what we are truly capable of. During my time in Montreal, there were definitely challenges that pushed me out of my comfort zone. For me, speaking French is something that makes me wildly uncomfortable. I studied French for three years in high school and picked it up again this semester. I can read quite a few things and understand when someone speaks to me. However, speaking was always difficult because I felt I would look dense or say something wrong. Continue reading