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A UNESCO City of Design, Montreal seamlessly blends the old with the new. If you try to drive a car though, you’ll never find parking. If you walk, you’ll be killed by the drivers trying to find parking. Consequently, the best way to see Montreal is to take a professionally guided bicycle tour.
Montreal is one of the most bicycle friendly cities I’ve seen in all of Canada (and I’ve been to many cities). While I wouldn’t try to explore it by bicycle on my own the first time – I’d likely get lost – taking part in a tour run by the hostel at which I was staying was definitely a good choice.
The above image shows perfectly what makes Montreal so great. Where else can you find a street with two lanes for bicycles, but only one lane for cars? Seriously, if you know tell me. I will go there next!
After crossing from Montreal Island, to Ile-Notre Dame, we took a ride on the home of the Montreal F1 Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villineuve. Perhaps the epitome of awesome, Circuit Gilles Villineuve is accessible to the public. If you want to drive your car on it, you have to pay, and you’re limited to 30 km/hr. However, if you ride a bicycle it’s free, and there’s no speed limit!
For $20 you could rent an awful Bixi Bicycle for a minute (perhaps a slight exaggeration). Or you could rent a bicycle for the day and have a great time. When you’re in Montreal, I suggest you rent a bicycle and take a tour.