I Could Totally Live In… Montreal, Canada

Jan 29, 2013 by

For today’s post, I’m overjoyed that someone has chosen a place in my beautiful and often overlooked country. Jill of Battered Suitcases has chosen Montreal as a place where she could settle down, and even though she made this choice while pretending it would always be summer, I think she chose well. Montreal is always charming and magical.

Alors… Allons-y à Montréal!


What makes Montreal a place where you could live and not just visit?

When I visited Montreal this past summer, I instantly felt comfortable. I had been warned that it’s a confusing place full of French street signs, but I didn’t really experience that. (Perhaps having a GPS helped?) Montreal felt like an international city close to home. Parts of the city reminded me a lot of Portland, Oregon (my first love). As someone who struggles with the question,
“Will I ever be able to move home and settle down?” that’s a pretty good compromise. Also, I like the idea of using and improving my French skills that have become nearly nonexistent over the past 10 years.

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What are 3 must-do things in Montreal?

1. Cycle around on Bixi Bikes.

2. Visit the Jean Talon market.

3. Head up to Mont Royal.


What 2 things must you eat in Montreal?

1. Montreal style bagels 

2. Orange Julep (and poutine!)

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What is 1 of your favourite memories in Montreal?

I really loved my entire time in Montreal so choosing one memory is tough. I think one of my favorites was when we rode bikes to the park and lounged around eating chips and guacamole we bought at the Jean Talon market. I remember feeling really relaxed, happy, and ready for the changes life was about to bring. (And then I realized I threw away something very important earlier in the day and we embarked on a mad dash back to the garbage can…!)

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Thank you Jill for contributing to this feature! Jill has been a busy gal lately, exploring Australia, and before that, she led an equally interesting life, teaching in the Middle East. She has a pretty badass list of places she’s visited, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a teeny bit jealous. She’s someone I have a lot to learn from. Not only that, but she is a very socially aware individual, and advocates against riding the elephants. I respect her stance on such issues because treatment of animals can often be disregarded for human enjoyment. Further to that, she supports Kiva, a non-profit organization that allows you to lend money to a person of your choosing virtually anywhere in the world, and you can watch your money in action.

Don’t forget to find Jill and follow her on twitter and instagram (username cox_jill). And of course, you should definitely follow her latest adventures over at her blog.

Would you like to contribute to this feature? Email me at [email protected], and tell me about a place where you could totally live.

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  1. Oh Montreal… 🙂 If I had to choose anywhere to live in Canada, that would also be my pick!

  2. I’ve never been, but it sounds FABULOUS!!!!

  3. When is the best time to go to Montreal? 😉 I’d love to go there.

  4. I’m late to the party… but thanks for having me! And for all your kind words.

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