Posted March 8, 2010 by Kate Hamman
Montreal celebrates its past with a flair unlike any other, which is evident in its tours, restaurants, and architectural preservation. And during the winter, the city glows with the spirit of the season and sweet hotel discounts. Spend the day learning about Montreal's history, and then enjoy a dinner-and-show that takes you back in time.
Montreal Tourism's Sweet Deal: Get a sweet deal on lodging, with the help of Montreal's tourism board. You can save 50 percent off the second night at participating hotels, and some include extra perks, such as breakfast buffets, room upgrades, and free Internet. For instance, rooms at the Auberge de la Fontaine cost $139 CAD (about $135 U.S.; check XE.com for current exchange rates) for the first night, and $70 CAD the second night. Though this offer is good until May 31, Montreal tends to offer similar deals throughout the year.
Stewart Museum History buffs will rejoice in the authentic setting of the Stewart Museum, housed in original buildings of Montreal's only fort on Île Sainte-Hélène. The museum's collection of more than 30,000 man-made objects provides insight into the history of New France. Here, you will not only view artifacts from history, but walk in its footsteps, and quite possibly encounter a few costumed guides to help lead the way. Admission costs $10 CAD. (Editor's note: The museum is temporarily closed for renovations, but will reopen in May 2010)
Le Cabaret du Roy: Stepping through the doors of Le Cabaret du Roy is like stepping back in time to the 18th century. The lively, costumed entertainers add new meaning to dinner and a show, where most meals can last up to about three hours. The lively dinnersl come with the added bonus of comedy and musical acts. Each dish is prepared from native and regional produce to recreate Amerindian (Quebec's First Nation people) specialties.
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(Photo: Le Cabaret du Roy, Martine Hebert)