Travel to Montreal With a Small Dog
Ah Montreal … what a fun and vibrant city. It was time to travel to Montreal with a small dog. Because, yes even with the crumbling infrastructure this metropolitan remains a favorite place for us to visit. Plus, my Aunt Nadine is there and she’s awesome! She is the Webmaster behind this site and my Mom’s Best Friend. She’s pretty much amazing … even if her cat Cosette is an old cranky lady, stuck in her ways.
Montreal – means Mount Royal. It’s a huge sprawling city full of culture and history and some wonderful old architecture. If you enjoy some great shopping it’s an amazing place to go. It also has some fantastic museums and exhibits, including a current one on Jean Paul Gauthier. The Old Port area is wonderful in it’s European feel. The city has so much to offer (fully bilingual) including some great eateries! But what you want here is a little tidbit on the city in terms of its dog friendliness.
So let me share with you a day spent as a four legged in Montreal.
We arrived for an early lunch that was enjoyed on my bipeds favorite street – St. Denis. We stopped at a little place called Bistro Coté Soleil (Bistro Sunny Side in French) because they have a dog friendly patio. Now admittedly it’s tiny – and we recommend you either reserve or get there early – or … be prepared to wait. In the usual adorable old Montreal style, the patio is nestled under the fancy wrought Iron stair that leads to the residential home above. This actually worked wonders for us, providing a table that had, by default because of the stair, shade and an area that was just right for me – since it was too low for a chair and table – but plenty of space for me (all 8 inches off the ground) and a new friend I met that day, a lovely little cavalier spaniel. The food is good without being extraordinary, the service is friendly – the staff brought me a dog bowl with cool water. The menu has a large variety so there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
After this fun and enjoyable moment – we headed out to “The Village”. Like every large metropolitan in Canada this is not so subtle “code” for the Gay community. In this case a lovely series of 4-5 blocks that in the summer months is closed off to cars and becomes pedestrian. The whole thing canopied under row upon row upon row of stringed pink plastic spheres. It creates a lovely pink hue and clearly establishes the pedestrian area. This lends itself to wonderful patios, complete with canines and … parrots! The patios served food, drinks and much more … loads of people watching. We even stopped in a central square at the foot of The Village where street performers entertained free of charge.
Fabulous graffiti and murals (one where I swear I had been depicted!) bring loads of color to the area, some fun makeshift patios that engulf the street lamps no longer needed during the pedestrian months welcome you with cool drinks in the hot summer sun…. We saw everything from families, couples, both gay and heterosexual and seniors hanging out on a bench in the shade. Everyone is welcome… fur and feathered friends too.
Following this, we went off to visit Montréal’s first (and I think only) Canine and Feline Hotel. We will talk more about this in a separate entry to do it justice.
After a long day of walking in the heat, we ventured off to the Atwater Market. What is funny is that everywhere there are signs indicating that dogs are not welcome. yet, everywhere we looked we saw small dogs either on leash, in bags or in arms. Our theory is this: The sign in fact is for large dogs; but there seems to be a sort of silent agreement between vendors and by-law enforcement that small canines are somehow – exempt. So we had fun and enjoyed ourselves immensely. There was so much lovely food (cheese, meats, mushrooms, bread…) and fun people not to mention gorgeous flowers and so much more. Well worth the visit, even at the end of the day as things close down.
Here is an extensive list of fun canine friendly activities, information on transportation (yes the metro is dog friendly!) and eateries in Montreal should you visit! always call ahead to confirm!!
Comfort Inn South -7863 Boulevard Taschereau Brossard
Compy Bed and Breakfast/Great Location -Email for Availability from Website Montreal
Caleche Andre Boisrt -St Lawrence Blvd at De La Commune Montreal
Sentier de la Presqu’île (Trail) -2001 Jean-Pierre Le Gardeur
Autoroute 20 at 55e Avenue Off-Leash Area -Autoroute 20 at 55e Avenue Lachine Borrough
Bark & Fitz -4868 rue Sherbrooke Quest/H 138 Montreal
Bistro Cote Soleil -3979, rue Saint-Denis Montreal
In review: Montreal is a dog friendly city by North American standards and a fun place for canine lovers to enjoy! So grab your carrier and leash and go! So travel to Montreal with a small dog! you’ll enjoy it!