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La Grande Roue, Mont Royal & Saint Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, Canada

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Aerial view of skyline. Photo by Samuel Charron on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Urmi Hossain of My Ways about Montreal, Canada. Urmi’s tips for the best things to do in Montreal are awesome because she was born in Italy and moved to Montreal for college. Urmi stayed here to work after graduating and currently works in finance during the day while spending her free time advocating for women’s empowerment.

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Montreal Biosphere. Photo by Matthieu Joannon on Unsplash.

Montreal, Canada

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Tourisme 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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Murals. Photo by Benoit Debaix on Unsplash.

Getting around Montreal

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

Urmi says that the decision to rent a car depends on what your plans are. Parking is terrible downtown, so she recommends avoiding a rental car if you’re staying in the downtown area. The metro and bus are reliable ways to get around. And Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around the city.

However, for activities outside the city, like snowboarding at Mont Tremblant or hiking in the many local parks, you should rent a car. Visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz for the best rental car offers.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

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Basilique Notre Dame de Montréal. Photo by Yi Liu on Unsplash.

Places we talked about on the Montreal, Canada podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Urmi Hossain 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 Urmi Hossain?

Urmi Hossain is Bengali by blood and Italian by birth. She works in the financial services industry in Canada, where she is currently residing. She is a self-published author, speaker, blogger, polyglot, and mentor. She holds the CFA charter, one of the highest designations in the financial industry.

Her first book is “Discovering Your Identity: A Rebirth From Interracial Struggle,” and it is available at Amazon through our affiliate link.

She advocates for women’s empowerment and is passionate about teaching and mentoring other girls and women through Women In Leadership – Victoria Chapter. As its social media lead, she spreads the message of gender equality and more women in leadership positions. She enjoys being a promoter of self-investing and personal development. In her free time, she enjoys reading books and practicing boxing.

Best things to do in Montreal Canada - Urmi Hossain

Learn more about Urmi here and check out some of the articles she has written:

You can connect with Urmi on her website and social media on Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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Click here to download our one-page guide of Urmi’s tips for Montreal.

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A waterfall at the Montreal Botanical Garden. Photo by Santiago Endara from Pixabay.

Stay tuned for our next episode

Best things to do in Cleveland Ohio - Jason LawendaListen to the next episode when Jason Lawenda of Mobius Journeys shares the best things to do in Cleveland, Ohio. In this episode, Jason and I talk about hiking to the waterfalls at Cuyahoga National Park, exploring the Great Lakes Science Center, and spending Halloween at the Lake View Cemetery with the graves of John D. Rockefeller and President James Garfield. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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