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Mont Royal, Osheaga Festival & Old Port District in Montreal, Canada

Best things to do in Montreal Canada - Craig Thorn - Old Port district by Walid Amghar on Unsplash

Old Port district. Photo by Walid Amghar on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Craig Thorn, the co-founder of High Season Co. and host of BAOS Podcast, about Montreal, Canada. Craig’s tips for the best things to do in Montreal are awesome because he moved here with his girlfriend in 2012 to learn French at McGill University. They loved how beautiful, yet affordable, it was and stayed to enjoy the great food and incredible summers.

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Montreal streets with Mont Royal in background. Photo by Sebastien Cordat on Unsplash.

Montreal, Canada

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Montreal, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.


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Classic architecture on Montreal streets. Photo by Etienne Delorieux on Unsplash.

Getting around Montreal

The local airport is Montréal–Trudeau International Airport (YUL), which is about a 15-minute drive to the city. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Craig says that there’s no need to rent a car if you’re staying in the city. If you’re going to explore outside the city, like visiting Mont Tremblant or the Laurentians, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz for the best rental car offers. Just remember that parking and driving can be confusing since most signs are in French.

The STM public transportation system is reliable and cheap. Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

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Montreal Biosphere. Photo by Brandon Sehl on Unsplash.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Craig Thorn about Montreal, Canada. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Montreal, Canada
  • Green dots = best things to do in Montreal, Canada
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Montreal, Canada

Who is Craig Thorn?

Craig is the host of one of Canada’s premier craft beer podcasts, BAOS Podcast. He also co-founded High Season Co., a social media agency with global clients and a strong YouTube following. Originally from Australia, he lived in Montreal for a decade and is now based in southern Ontario.

Best things to do in Montreal Canada - Craig Thorn

Here are a few videos from both his podcast and his social media agency:

You can connect with Craig on his website and on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Montreal skyline from Mont Royal. Photo by Matthias Mullie on Unsplash.

Stay tuned for our next episode

Best things to do in Chicago Illinois - Michael SparrowListen to the next episode when Michael Sparrow of Team FRWRD shares the best things to do in Chicago, Illinois. In this episode, Michael and I talk about eating pizza at Pequod’s, ordering “the carpet” at Ricobene’s, and sampling local greats at the Taste of Chicago. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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