With this post, we bid au revoir to Montreal, till we meet again! If you haven’t read part one, you can click this sentence to read it before part two!
We boarded Bota Bota’s floating spa at Montreal’s Old Port.
The water circuit, the package we chose to do, lasts three hours and is made up of several hot and cold activities both inside and outside. Most of the outdoor amenities were hot ones- hot tub, warm pool, seating areas with fireplaces – while the indoor ones ( on board the stationary boat) featured ice baths and showers that only run cold water. Following the system, you’re supposed to move from the steam room into an ice bath and then the indoor sauna, repeating this three times before heading outside to sit in a warm pool or hot tub.
We started in the steam room as directed, and when we had lost all the water in our bodies to sweat, we got out to attempt the ice bath.
Mofi and I each put half a leg in and immediately pulled them out. My leg stung for a few seconds before blood started to flow through it again. It felt good after the pain subsided but I was not willing to try again. Mofi opted for a milder cold shower before our next stop – the sauna. From the sauna, we walked barefoot to the outdoor hot tub overlooking the city. This was my favorite part of the entire circuit. Our last stop was the garden, which is about a 2-minute walk from the boat and has a fireplace, a closed-off room with beds, and three pools of varying temperature – one cold, hot and warm.
We spent the rest of our stay in the garden and finally left at 5:30 pm feeling quite relaxed, with a faint scent of citrus clinging to our skin.
Not far from Bonsecours market is Muru Crêpe. It’s inconspicuous enough that we almost walked right by it. Here we ordered chocolate-covered crepes with eggs and sausages. Mofi & I gave this place two thumbs up for the taste of their food and for mastering the art of spreading just the right amount of Nutella!
Oh, we picked a BAD day to visit this mountain. The weather was colder than it had been on previous days, and there was so much snow. Snow and ice. So much that we couldn’t climb the steps to get to the top, and instead looked out on the city from the observatory.
Thank you to Ufuoma of theufuoma.com for recommending this stellar restaurant. If you’re heading to Montreal and would like to try poutine, go wait in line at La Banquise (or don’t wait, if you’re lucky) to enjoy one of the most popular dishes in the province of Quebec.
“Poutine”- A dish made with french fries, cheese curds, and topped with gravy.
Honestly, it doesn’t sound appetizing. These were my thoughts until I scooped a forkful of it into my mouth. You can get plain original poutine or experiment with toppings. La Banquise has an extensive menu with different variations so you might find one you like. Unless you don’t like poutine, then…I can’t help you. 😄
Tip: La Banquise will ONLY accept cash or Canadian debit cards, so plan accordingly.
For our last night, we stopped by this restaurant for their Cajun fare. This is one of the few restaurants I’ve visited where the waitress wasn’t lying about spice levels. The rice was deliciously spicy.
Our order included baked mussels for a starter [not pictured], rice with chicken and shrimps + rice with chicken and veggies.
We left Montreal with the feeling that a return trip was inevitable. Have any of you been to Montreal? What did you get up to and what would you recommend I do next time? If you’re thinking of planning a trip here, I’ll be happy to help.
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Thank you for reading!
All photos shot + edited on iPhone 6s+ & iPhone 7
same footprints, different sands