I’d be remiss if I didn’t say something about the unique Montreal architecture. It’s true much of the time the style of buildings made it feel like you were in Europe, but Montreal also has its unique architecture.
Perhaps nothing is more striking than the Balconville—a style of balcony that features a steep spiral staircase running on the exterior of a building to a second and sometimes third story apartment. The staircases are beautiful and ornate and while our first thought was often these seem like they’d be dangerous in the winter, they’re a way of life in Montreal and something unique to this City.
Also striking are the colorful building facades. Vibrant reds and blues and purples often adorn the dormers of a building adding what I’m sure is a touch of warmth during the cold winter months.
And finally, church steeples. I swear I’ve never seen some many church steeples that feature so prominently in neighborhood after neighborhood. Like many big, old cities there is a church every few blocks, but with many low-rise buildings and tall church steeples the skyline is absolutely dominated by them.
I didn’t go to Montreal thinking I’d find such unique architecture. Again—I went for the pastries. But, the architecture turned out to be pretty cool