April 16, 2014

Canada

View of Montreal from Mont Royal

Weekend Wanderlust For One: Solo City Break to Montreal, Canada

Editor’s Note: Weekend Wanderlust for One is a series where I give my favorite bloggers a $500 budget and ask them to plan a weekend getaway less than 4 hours away from their hometowns that lasts 3 days and 2 nights for 1 traveler. The blogger who answers the challenge this month? Gray Cargill of Solo Friendly.

 
Rock pigeons chasing the chill of a Montreal winter at the Chalet du Mont-Royal

A Single Snapshot: Chasing the Chill of a Montreal Winter

When I visited Montreal in November 2009, I hiked up through le Parc du Mont-Royal on a bitterly cold and foggy day. Upon arriving at the Chalet du Mont-Royal at the top of the Parc I found that I wasn’t the only person looking for a little shelter. This image of rock pigeons nested in the window ledges of the Chalet is among the most enduring of the time I spent in Montreal.

 
The scenic ride on Amtrak's Adirondack service between Montreal and New York Penn Station

Tracking Down Adventure

I had come to Montreal—alone—for three days of sightseeing, the pursuit of gastronomic pleasures, and a dose of the unfamiliar.