Budget Travel Ideas in Montreal

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Montreal budget travel allows you to make the most of your trip to the second-largest city in Canada without spending a lot of money. Saving money doesn't have to mean missing out on the best the city has to offer, as any of these budget activities will prove:

Tour a Park

The Ile Notre-Dame, an artificial island in the Saint Lawrence River, is accessible by boat, train and car, and is home to part of the Parc Jean-Drapeau, a public park which is entirely free to visit. The area is popular during the winter for cross-country skiing and skating, and is even more popular during the warmer months for its beaches, watersports, bicycle paths and gardens. The Jardin des Floralies, a public garden that covers 25 acres with over 100,000 blooms each year, is home to the work of world-renowned landscape artists.

Spend a Day at the Redpath Museum

The Redpath Museum, which is located in downtown Montreal on the campus of McGill University, is entirely free for visitors if they so choose. The museum features dinosaur skeletons, Egyptian artifacts and mummies, stuffed specimens of various species, and other examples of paleontology, archaeology, biology, world culture and minerals. The museum is one of the oldest museums in the country, and offers entertaining workshops, lectures and tours for kids, families and adults alike. These cost an average of CAN $6-$20 to participate in.

Take in the Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

If you prefer artwork to historical or scientific exhibitions, you can take a free tour of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts downtown. Over 33,000 pieces of art in the permanent collection are free to see year-round, including paintings by Renoir, Picasso, Monet and contemporary artists, as well as sculptures from ancient Chinese, Egyptian and European cultures. There's always an incredible seasonal exhibition on display as well. Past featured artists and styles have included Andy Warhol, Tiffany glass, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Paris art and Cuban art. Seasonal exhibitions cost CAN $15 per adult and $10 per senior to view, but children under the age of 13 are free with an accompanying adult, so you can still visit the seasonal exhibit on a budget.

Partake in Festivals

Montreal is home to literally hundreds of festivals annually, from the world's most famous comedy festival (Just for Laughs) to the ten days in February that turn Montreal into a festival of lights and global cuisine (Montreal High Lights Festival). Whenever you choose to go, there will likely be some festival going on, where you can stroll along the decorations, see street performers, browse storefronts, and find plenty to eat and drink for free or for budget prices.

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March 25, 2010 new by amymc

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