We love SecretFlying.com – lots of interesting and exotic destinations, with some very cheap flights. This time the destination is Canada, with flights from London, Birmingham or Manchester to Montreal (via Reykjavik) available from £254 (€334) return for dates in September and October 2016. For cheap flights to get you from Ireland to the UK, use Skyscanner.ie.
The largest city in the Canadian province of Québec, Montreal is home to around 1.6 million people, and is the second largest French-speaking city in the world (Paris takes the top spot). Average temperatures in September/October are between 9 and 15°C, so pack accordingly! You should choose clothing that can be layered, and bring a waterproof jacket in case of rain (it might be easier to purchase your umbrella out there). There’s plenty to do and see once you get there:
A fantastic cathedral with a small entrance fee, the Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal is well worth the visit – dramatic Gothic architecture, intricate wooden carvings and beautiful interior colours. Nearby you’ll find the Saint-Sulpice seminary, famed as the second oldest structure in Montreal, alongside the open space that is Place d’Armes.
Visit the biodome
Interested in all things flora and fauna? The Montreal Biodome in Olympic Park (which was once home to a number of venues during the 1976 Summer Olympics) features replicas of the four ecosystems found in the Americas – the Tropical Forest (South American rainforest), the Laurentian Forest (North American wilderness), the Saint Lawrence Marine Ecosystem (Gulf of Saint Lawrence) and a polar section (Arctic and Antarctic). Each habitat features a number of animals, ranging from penguins to the Canadian lynx.
Catch some culture
For a dose of arts and entertainment, the city’s Quartier des spectacles is the place to be, located in downtown Montreal. Offering a wide variety of activities, festivals and events throughout the year, visit www.quartierdesspectacles.com for everything going on in September and October.