When the city opens up again in mid-March, Montreal will have an amazing lineup of international visitors to see and do.
But the city has been hit hard by the effects of Hurricane Matthew, and while some tourists are happy to be back, others are worried about the new weather.
Here are seven tips to make your Montreal visit as enjoyable as possible.
Stay in the city.
A trip to the city of Montreal is a one-stop shopping, dining, and nightlife destination.
Montreal’s tourism board says there are around 1.2 million visitors annually, and according to one estimate, more than 10% of visitors are tourists.
The city’s tourism bureau says that as of December 31, 2015, there were 2,094 hotels and 3,821 motels.
If you’re looking to head to a new city, there are plenty of things to do in the weeks ahead.
Visit the Museum of Modern Art in the center of the city and take a tour of the Montreal Art Gallery, which features over 1,600 works by some of the most famous artists of our time.
Take advantage of the weather.
With a chance of a little rain on the horizon, you can take advantage of this season’s early fall temperatures and enjoy the outdoors.
Be sure to plan ahead to get a hotel room that’s at least 15% below freezing.
The National Weather Service says it’s best to stay inside, even if it’s only for a few days.
The agency says it can be an issue to get out into the sun for the duration of the storm.
Plan for the unexpected.
If there’s a lot of traffic, you might want to make sure your hotel room is equipped with a lock or a door lock.
In addition, take a moment to think about where you’ll be staying during the storm and how you’ll get home.
Whether you’re buying a gift for your best friend or shopping for your wedding dress, make sure you know the availability of local stores.
The Montreal Art Market and the Museum du Monde are both offering free tours during the week.
If the weather is too cold for shopping, you could head to the flea market.
Take a bus.
Montreal has a network of buses that offer all-day transportation between the city center and many of its surrounding areas.
Many of the major businesses in the region have buses, too.
Learn about the city’s history.
Visit museums and history museums in the area, like the National Museums of Quebec or the St. Anne’s Cathedral.