Our Program Director Roberto tells us the city was kind of sleepy until it gained attention during the 1967 Worlds Fair and the 1976 Summer Olympics. The influx of the many cultures during these events has turned Montreal into quite a cosmopolitan city and cultural destination. The French chefs who came to cook for the Worlds Fair and stayed had a distinct influence on the local cuisine which was previously dominated by the English and Scottish heritage of the city's founders.
Montreal is located just 100 miles from New York state and Vermont so is swarming with people due to a "double header" weekend - Canada Day on July 1 and 4th of July in the US. Oh, did I mention, there's also a Jazz Festival?
We enjoyed a city tour in the morning with a lively local guide, Ruby. Then some of us headed to St. Catherine St. for shopping, others to the room to rest and a few of us to the optional culinary tour of old Montreal.
We have about 35 people on our Eastern Canada tour, 14 are Travel Our World travelers. Our group of 14 will gather for a welcome drink in the bar before joining the larger group for the Welcome Dinner in the old port area. After that some of us plan to take in the Jazz Festival. More about that later...