Thanksgiving in Montreal

By Lisa Scott (Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada).

Thanksgiving weekend in Canada is an opportunity for people to gather with their families and celebrate their good fortune. Traditionally most of the students from Queens University will head back to their home town, visit family and eat a thanksgiving dinner which must involve turkey. As an exchange student at Queens University ready to encounter my first Thanksgiving weekend (England doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving), I opted for a long weekend away in Montreal.

I started the weekend along with thirteen of my friends by walking up Mount Royal to reach a viewing platform which over looked the entire of Montreal. The view was amazing and all the autumn leaves falling from the tree’s made it the perfect photo opportunity. Ready to explore some of the sights we had observed from the top of the mountain we visited the Olympic stadium which was used in the 1976 Summer Olympics. After a long day of being tourists we headed to one of the student districts of Montréal for a few drinks and to gather with some of the locals.

The following two days we carried on exploring the beautiful city by visiting all the quirky shops in Old Montreal, looking around Notre-Damn Basilica and eating famous Montréal food amongst over things. The weekend was perfect and even though this was my first Canadian Thanksgiving, I definitely hope it won’t be the last.


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