What does one do in Montréal, Canada’s epicenter for nightlife, if one isn’t much of a nightlife-er, per se?
Such was our dilemma. Being the old married couple that we are, we aren’t much for night clubs or bar hopping. Our livers have been punished enough in our earlier years, and I don’t even care to admit what our usual bedtime is these days.
Beauty beckons though, and Montréal is a city that takes on a different persona and view when darkness falls. We couldn’t miss that. However, we assert that enjoying nightlife doesn’t have to mean dancing on tables and suppressing threatening hangovers with a 4am poutine indulgence. Instead, it can be a quiet, less fattening experience of just watching and capturing the twinkle of the city and its people.
At least, that’s how our argument goes.
And so we took to the city in a new way: by scooter. A bit more age appropriate for us(!), and hot damn but it was a total blast as well. (Even though it wouldn’t go over 30km/hr, I could help but feeling like a total bad ass.)
Our guide took us all over, and we were able to see so much Montréal in such a short time that I believe it to be my new favourite way to explore a city.
We wound through the Gay Village, the Latin Quarter, up Mont Royal, down to the river, through Old Montréal and more. We ‘stopped-and-snapped’ less than we just ‘rode-and-enjoyed’, and our guide tossed out a dizzying number of recommendations along the way. We were stared and honked at a wee bit, the culture of scooters hasn’t *quite* hit here yet, but we enjoyed every minute nonetheless.
Situated in the Gay Village, this installation entitled “Memory Gaps” mocks amnesia, and reminds one of new perspectives and hidden pleasures.
We puttered up Mont Royal for this overview of the city, just as night was falling.
The beloved and controversial “Farine Five Roses” sign that has been a feature of the Montréal skyline since 1948.
We let the scooters rest at the Place des Festivals and had fun in the fountains of the courtyard. Imbedded directly into the sidewalk and lit up at night, they can be turned off such that it becomes a useable space for any events planned for the area.
Can you see my silhouette as I glided among the fountains?
And if, by chance, we decided that a party to the wee hours was what we needed, our guide showed us the latest hotspot: “New City Gas”. It was quiet as it was early in the week, but the place is reportedly hopping on weekends. (For the youngins.)
Our tour was with Dyad Cycles, who also just offers scooter rentals on their own, but for us newcomers, the local insight was very valuable.
We happily visited Montréal as guests of Tourism Montréal. All opinions, as always, are our own.
Nice shots! The city looks so vibrant at night. I can’t wait to visit Montreal myself.
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wait… not up for bar hopping? I could offer some photos/examples to disprove that argument.
That is only on very special occasions! 🙂
Woo.. nice photos! Was it hard to bring a tripod on the scooter? 🙂
I also like the new photo watermark!
Pete is a permanent hunchback – always wearing his backpack full of photo equipment, no matter where we go or how we get there! 🙂
Beautiful photos, guys. I love how you captured Place des Festivals!
Thank you Marie!
Cool! I must admit, I’m still one for Montreal’s night life but still this looks so much fun! I’m going to look into this for a much needed break from the bars 😉 Great photos too! That photo on the top of Mont-Royal is certainly better than any I’ve taken!
Thanks Charlie! You could always go clubbing after the tour if you really wanted to. 🙂 You might have helmet hair though!
Great photos! I totally loved them. (and the blog as usual)
Thanks Joy! I’m pretty proud of Pete for these shots too.
Wow awesome photographs, especially the panorama over the city. Although I must just say …. old married couple … please wash your mouth out with soap immediately! OAPs you are definitely not!
Haha! We just call it as we sees it. 🙂
Totally cool! We chose the bar hopping and poutine at 4am route. I would have definitely traded it for a evening scooter ride! Well, one night at least. Love your pictures!
I would have dragged myself out until 4am if it was with you chica! 🙂
Wow such amazing photos. Montreal is certainly alive at night
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Thanks! I hope you guys get there as planned, you would definitely enjoy it.
Great job with the photos! I’m from Montreal and have a lot on the city, including this mini-guide which some may find useful.
Well you guys are braver than this old married couple here – I’d never get my husband on one of those things! Love the shots of the fountain!!
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That silhouette photo is fantastic. They all are. I think this only shows how amazing Montreal is – I’m still sad I left.
Love Montreal. Lived in Quebec City for over a year and really, really miss it.
Thanks Amanda! We are just about to start posting about Quebec City as well, be sure to come back and give us your thoughts! 🙂
Great night shots! Beautiful city.
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Love how you guys still have fun and get creative with your photography.
This looks like a great time! I’m going to Montreal in a couple weeks so maybe a scooter rental is in order
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