Boulanger Bassin is the only Montreal Bed and Breakfast located on the Bike Path. Known as the “Route verte”, the network of bicycle paths is a wonderful way to discover the Island of Montreal. La Maison des cyclistes and Vélo Québec is located less than a block from the Bed & Breakfast door, facing Lafontaine Park. Vélo Québec is the headquarters of La Route verte and the major annual cycling event known as Le Tour de Île de Montreal. At La Maison des cyclistes you can find City Maps detailing the city's network of bike paths and most of the attractions the City of Montreal offers.
If bicycling is your sort of thing, a short ride on La Route verte brings you to the Jean-Talon Market and Little Italy. A wonderful alternative is to pedal down to Old Montreal, over to the Atwater Market, and then along the Lachine Canal, which is open for pleasure boating. Le Tour de l'ile de Montréal is held in the first week of June. It brings families and friends together for a week of adventure on wheels. Please use the link to their website if you want to learn more (www.velo.qc.ca). Hiring a bike from one of many shops in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood is a simple matter. You can bring your own bike and store it overnight here.
Beautiful Mount Royal with its huge acreage of parkland is twenty minutes on foot along the fascinating avenue Mont-Royal with its wide variety of shops and restaurants. You can also take the #11 (Montagne) bus. It stops a couple of blocks from Boulanger Bassin Bed and Breakfast and goes right up to the Belvedere, Beaver Lake, and le chalet de la montagne. Don't forget to let the bus driver know you want the Beaver Lake Stop!! Otherwise you'll end up on the other side of the mountain, but next door to Montreal's St. Joseph's Oratory.
Originally named Ville Marie, the City of Montreal derives its current name from the mountain—Mont royal, The Royal Mountain. Our neighbourhood, the Plateau Mont-Royal, runs east off the Mountain and Park Avenue, Saint Laurent Boulevard, Saint Denis Street, Christophe Colombe Avenue, and Papineau Street were trails at some point in time which ran parallel to the Mountain's east face, down to the first settlements on the edge of the St.Lawrence River. This is the district where this Montreal Bed and Breakfast is located. It's also home to a good many of the 100,000 students that attend Montreal's five universities. The Mont Royal Plateau, commonly referred to as “le plateau” is the most diverse part of Montreal. Formerly a blue-collar, Catholic, French-speaking neighbourhood, it presently boasts the highest concentration of people in Canada! There are 80,000 people living within a three-square kilometre area, with very few highrises. French is the language of daily life here. Most people, notably the young, speak English fluently. Spanish is also frequently heard and spoken.
Built for the Expo 67 Montreal World's Fair that commemorated Canada's Centennial in 1967, Montreal's public subway/underground system works. It's safe, clean, affordable, and dependable. It's the primary means of transportation for many of us urban dwellers. The nearest Metro station to the Bed and Breakfast is Mont-Royal. A Montreal City Map of the Metro System is free of charge at most Metro Stations. Simple to use, the Metro runs from 06:00 hrs to 01:00 hrs 7 days a week. Weekend service is not quite as frequent.
Most guests enjoy visiting Montreal's world-famous Botanical Gardens, with its renowned Insectarium, and the Biodome, Planetarium and the Olympic Stadium (built for the 1976 Summer Olympics) found just across Sherbrooke street. All this can easily be reached with the #97 (Mont-Royal) bus; which stops three blocks from our Montreal Bed and Breakfast. Or you can ride along the Rachel Street Path.