Room with a View, Montreal: Hotel Le Crystal

Room with a View, Montreal: Hotel Le Crystal

One of only two five-star hotels in Montreal, Hotel Le Crystal offers contemporary design with classic touches, in a central downtown location — giving it notable contrast to the ornate, antique St-James in Old Montreal. Opened in 2008, the Le Crystal luxury boutique hotel is literally modern to the core, with a green energy system that lowers power in unused…

5 Up-and-Coming Montreal Bands

5 Up-and-Coming Montreal Bands

When it comes to music, Montrealers have much to brag about, but if you didn’t actually see Arcade Fire perform in a Plateau loft in 2002, what’s the point? Sadly, on that particular band, you’ve missed the boat. But a new generation offers hope. For you. Here, Montreal’s best up-and-coming bands. No Joy The Next: Sonic Youth Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura…

Montreal’s Best Eastern European Restaurants

Montreal’s Best Eastern European Restaurants

It’s hard to knock the French or the Italians for their culinary contributions, but come winter, hearty fare from the frostier regions of Poland, Russia and beyond is what you need to keep you warm. Here, Montreal’s best Eastern European restaurants. La Caverne La Caverne serves Russian soul food, with music livening up its cozy, rustic confines on weekends. For…

Driving Distance, Montreal: Burlington, VT

Driving Distance, Montreal: Burlington, VT

Finding scenic small-town America within a couple hours of Montreal is easy. Finding quality restaurants and nightlife, solid live music and a quirky laid-back vibe? Not so straightforward. For that, you’ve got to head to Burlington, Vermont. Technically a city — Vermont’s largest, at that — Burlington feels unmistakably like an escape from city life. Settle In The Courtyard Marriott…

Montreal’s Best Ski Shops

Montreal’s Best Ski Shops

Wanna launch a pre-emptive strike at seasonal affective disorder? Pop some vitamin D and get skiing. Whether your activity of choice is alpine, Telemark, Nordic or touring, the right gear is key. Here, Montreal’s five best ski shops. The Austrian Ski Shop NDG’s “biggest little ski store,” opened in 1966, packs 80 ski models from nine brands, hundreds of accessories,…

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