Canadian Geographic - - THE ESSENTIAL ITINERARY - —Kiley Bell Will it be the spa on a tug­boat? Or art ther­apy in a mu­seum? Dis­cover some of Mon­treal’s well­ness escapes at can­geo­­treal.

Mon­treal of­fers an abun­dance of ac­tiv­i­ties year-round, but come spring and sum­mer, its ar­ray of en­joy­ments seems to mul­ti­ply to the point where you may find your­self ex­pe­ri­enc­ing de­ci­sion paral­y­sis. Fear not, though, be­cause this cu­rated three-day guide will lead you to some of the best places to eat, stay and play in the city.


ART­FUL START | 10 a.m. Hit the Mon­treal Mu­seum of Fine Arts as it opens if you want to see all 43,000 of its art­works in good time. ANIMAL FRIENDLY | 6:30 p.m. In­vi­ta­tion V is a wholly ve­gan restau­rant, from its shi­itake “sausages” to its faux-leather decor. Save room for the vel­vety “cheese­cake” — it’s so good you won’t be­lieve it’s made with al­monds. in­vi­ta­

BE­HIND THE CUR­TAIN | 9 p.m. End your night sip­ping on cock­tails crafted from a col­lec­tion of 500 spirits at The Cloak­room Bar, an in­ti­mate speakeasy hid­den be­hind a vel­vet cur­tain in a lux­ury menswear tai­lor. cloak­room­


MAR­KET FRESH | 8 a.m. Skip what­ever might be on of­fer for break­fast where you’re stay­ing and make for the ope­nair Marché Jean-talon, where you’ll find fresh-from-the-oven baguettes and pas­tries, sea­sonal fruits and veg­eta­bles, an oys­ter-shuck­ing stand and mouth­wa­ter­ing char­cu­terie plates brim­ming with creamy goat cheeses and salty prosci­utto. march­es­ BREW MAS­TER | 1:30 p.m. Brasserie Har­ri­cana became the first fe­male-owned mi­cro­brew­ery in Mon­treal when owner Marie-pier Veilleux moved her fam­ily busi­ness south from Amos, Que., in 2014. Order a sum­mery Aprikoten­weisse, one of 41 sig­na­ture beers on tap. brasserieh­ar­ri­

NO FISH, NO PROB­LEM | 7 p.m. Sushi Momo works mir­a­cles to cre­ate de­lec­ta­ble Ja­panese dishes sans fish and seafood. Try the mushroom tartare with truf­fle-miso emul­sion and the av­o­cado maki topped with sweet potato and co­rian­der-jalapeño aioli. sushi­


THE REAL DEAL | 10:30 a.m. Book a walk­ing tour with Spade & Pala­cio, whose un­scripted ex­cur­sions of­fer an on-the-fly glimpse of au­then­tic Mon­treal. Op­tions in­clude a culi­nary walk and an ex­plo­ration of the city’s mu­rals. spade­and­pala­

DAR­ING DELIGHTS | 2 p.m. In­dulge your ad­ven­tur­ous side at the Mi Corazón food truck, where the Mex­i­can fu­sion food has a creepy-crawler twist. Spe­cial­ties in­clude meal­worm tacos and black-ant le­mon­ade. mi­co­ra­zon­

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