Weekend Excursion to Montreal

Howdy from Amherst!

This past weekend our students split into three excursion groups: Montreal, Cape Cod and the White Mountains.

Those who went to Montreal got a bright and early start on Friday and were en route north by 7:30 AM. We stopped in Vermont’s capital, Montpelier, for a lunch break and arrived in Montreal in the early afternoon.

After settling into our McGill residence, we were off to explore the town. Students were given a couple of hours to get to know the surrounding neighborhood before we set off as a group for Old Montreal. They say the best way to get to know a city is to walk it, and that’s exactly what we did.

the group heads to Old Montreal à pied

the group heads to Old Montreal à pied

Our group poses in the central plaza of Old Montreal

Our group poses in the central plaza of Old Montreal

4/5 Montreal leaders: Julienne, Ivan, Claudia and Nik (not seen: Eliza)

4/5 Montreal leaders: Julienne, Ivan, Claudia and Nik (not seen: Eliza)

The cobblestone streets run right down to the old port, offering a beautiful view of the river. After our allotted exploratory time we convened in the St. Jacques-Cartier Plaza and made our way over to Le Bourlingueur to pique our collective palate’s curiosity.

a bustling Montreal street in early evening

a bustling Montreal street in early evening

the view over the river

the view over the river

On Saturday, some students went on a bike ride while others perused the illustrious art scene that Montreal has to offer. Those who biked went to the renowned Marché Atwater to get lunch materials and eventually wound up in one of Montreal’s many verdant public parks for a picnic. Our other half went to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and followed it up with lunch at an outdoor market.

Our bikers pose and repose at the Old Port

Our bikers pose and repose at the Old Port

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Julienne, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Ruka, Kaoria and Becca try to blend in

Kaori sipping on a delicious hot beverage

Kaori sipping a delicious hot beverage

Rebecca, Julienne and Alex expand their palates

Rebecca, Julienne and Alex expand their palates

After some dormitory downtime we were off to Westmount park, fully equipped with picnic materials, to take in a production of Twelfth Night. Back at McGill, we serenaded Kenny with a harmonious rendition of Happy Birthday and dug into some cheesecake.

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Assistant Director Nik with his bag o’ baguettes

The group settles into their seats for Twelfth Night

The group settles in for an outdoor production of Twelfth Night

Glen, Ruka and Steve shower Kenny with birthday love

Glen, Ruka and Steve douse Kenny with birthday love

On Sunday morning most of the group woke up to hike Mt. Royal, which overlooks the city in all its glory. Afterwards, we feasted on some of the best bagels Montreal has to offer before we got on the bus for the long ride home. We stopped in Burlington for lunch before arriving at Amherst for an evening devoted to unwinding and catching up with the whole group.

Our group at the summit of Mt. Royal on a foggy Sunday morning

Our group at the summit of Mt. Royal on a foggy Sunday morning

Julienne, Ivan and Claudia enjoy Ben & Jerry's in its home state, Vermont

Julienne, Ivan and Claudia enjoy Ben & Jerry’s in its home state, Vermont

We’re all excited for our second week to get under way!