Duty Free Canada

Before we left Canada via the province of Quebec customs to US state of Vermont, we were (finally) allowed to shop in a duty free shop for about an hour! Woohoo~ Seriously when we were told that we could have some shopping time to spend away whatever Canadian dollars left, my friend and I were…

Quebec City Tour

Quebec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec, and the second most populous city in Quebec, after Montreal. It is one of the oldest cities in North America, with the ramparts surrounding Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec) being the only remaining fortified city walls that still exist in North America. It was declared a…

Montreal City Tour Part II

We continued our journey towards the Vieux-Port de Montreal (Old Port of Montreal) and drove past the trendy and colourful Plateau Mont Royal neighbourhood. The Plateau boasts the highest population density of all Montreal and the greatest number of creative people in Canada, according to Statistics Canada. It is also where the most people travel…

Montreal City Tour Part I

Montreal, the largest city in the province of Quebec, and the second largest in Canada (after Toronto), was originally called Ville-Marie, which means “City of Mary” in French. It is the second largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris. In fact, French is the city’s official language and the road signs in the city…

Holiday Inn Express Hotel Montreal Airport

After the Ottawa city tour, it was another 2 hours’ drive for us to reach Montreal for our dinner before heading to our “home” for 2 nights – Holiday Inn Express Hotel Montreal Airport, which is about 5 minutes from Dorval-Trudeau International Airport (YUL). The hotel decor is modern and clean, so different from the…

Ottawa City Tour

Ottawa, the capital of Canada and the 4th largest city in the country, is located on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern region of Southern Ontario, and contains the mouths of the Rideau River and Rideau Canal. This city is not densely populated, with only a population of about 890,000 as…

1,000 Islands’ Cruise

Taking the 1,000 Islands‘ (pronounced as “Thousand Islands”) cruise wasn’t on our original tour itinerary, but few days before our tour started, we were informed that this is a special addition and hence we took a 3 hours’ drive from Toronto to Rockport for the 1-hour “Heart of the Islands Cruise” (CAD 22, about S$27).…