Tastes & Traditions of Jewish Montreal - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Tastes & Traditions of Jewish Montreal

from $2,280 USD per person for 6 days, 5 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Easy Activity Level
  • Urban Exploration
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Trip Overview
Overview

With its first synagogue erected in 1768, Montreal is home to one of the oldest, largest, and most diverse Jewish communities in Canada. Over the course of this immersive, six-day exploration of the city’s multicultural Jewish heritage, we’ll delve into traditions from across the diaspora, from Iraq to Morocco. We’ll see firsthand how waves of immigration have continuously shaped the city and its colorful tapestry of Judaism, touching upon local Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Mizrahi experiences. We’ll visit urban and rural communities alike, chat with local rabbis and historians, and sample extraordinary delicacies like meze, falafel, and rugelach—all the while exploring the nuances of what it means to be Jewish in Montreal.

Highlights
  • Multi-course meals drawing from across the Jewish diaspora
  • A tour of one of the oldest synagogues in North America
  • Conversations with local rabbis, historians, and chefs
  • A hands-on bagel-making workshop
  • Sephardic music performed at a cozy community venue

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leader

Caitlin Stall-Paquet
Caitlin is from Québec and has lived in Montreal for over 15 years. Also her mother’s hometown, Montreal is close to her heart—and she loves nothing more than to show visitors why they should fall for it too. Caitlin is also a translator, editor, and writer who has published articles about Jewish food and cultural heritage in Montreal. She served as the associate editor at Air Canada enRoute magazine and her writing has appeared in Elle Canada, Daily Xtra, Hazlitt, Maisonneuve Magazine, Vice, Paste, and Matrix. She’s excited to share some of her personal favorite spots with you, from what to eat to where to kick back in a park or pick up a good book.

Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The total cost of this trip is $2,280. For those traveling solo, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $425. Please contact us to request a single room.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a welcome dinner in the Plateau neighborhood of Montreal. We recommend you arrive in Montreal by 2 p.m. on Day 1, so you can settle into our accommodations and meet the guide and group in time for dinner. Our trip concludes in the evening on Day 5. If you’ll be leaving Montreal directly after our trip, we’d recommend departing any time the following day. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do in the city on your own.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles each day, climbing stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. In addition to walking within the city, guided visits to museums, and exploration of several other sites, we’ll take an easy nature hike (approximately four miles) around a lake on mostly flat terrain while in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts.

Included
  • Five nights of accommodation at a boutique hotel in the heart of Montreal's Plateau neighborhood. 
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • While with the group, transportation within Montreal (by foot and public transportation) as well as Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts (via private mini-bus).
  • An experienced local guide to accompany you throughout the trip, as well as special guests.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore the rich tapestry of Jewish multiculturalism in Montreal!
Excluded
  • Transportation to and from Montreal.
  • Transportation within Montreal, outside of group activities.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for a Canadian visa, if applicable.
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Trip FAQ

July in Montreal is usually a very pleasant time to walk around and explore the city. Daytime temperatures can reach up to around 80°F, dropping to the low 60s in the evenings. 

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  • Jul 19–Jul 24, 2020
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