One of the highlights of my parent's visit was spending the weekend in Montrèal. It was my first visit to Québec and Henry's first time leaving the country!
As it was our first trip to the city and only an overnight trip, we opted to stay in Vieux Montrèal (Old Montreal) to be in walking distance to the old port and the majority of the city's historical attractions. I highly recommend Le Westin for families with children. It is centrally located and has a super mod glass-bottom pool for the little ones. Due to the current exchange rate, we were able to secure a great deal on Priceline. We even splurged on room service which featured delicious whole foods (all locally sourced).
l loved the charm of Old Montreal. Despite the crowds, it was pleasant to stroll the cobblestone streets and squares, admiring the architecture and popping into the occasional cafe for local goodies like maple gelato and poutine.
Traveling with a toddler limited our ability to museum hop or eat at fine dining establishments, but if you are traveling without children, there is no shortage of options in Old Montréal! There are also many options for getting around, whether you take the efficient metro, ride a bus or rent a bicycle. We mainly explored by foot, limiting ourselves to Vieux Montréal, downtown and Chinatown (where I got knockoff Karen Walker sunnies and Peter watched a demonstration for dragon's beard candy made from threads of sugar).
My parents were nice enough to watch Henry for a couple of hours, so Peter and I used that time to grab dinner and drinks. We discussed going to L' Usine de Spaghetti and Garde Manger, but ended up at Scarlet (mainly because I was drooling over the interior design). Our meal was amazing; in addition to the house wine, we shared oysters, an endive & serrano ham salad and a filet.
On our way out of town we drove to the Mile End neighborhood in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough to grab a bagel at famed Fairmont Bagel, visit Saint Joseph's Basilica and check out a 360-degree view of Montréal from the top of Mont Royal. If you decide to drive in the city, keep in mind that all street signs are in French, so you probably want to plan your route ahead of time. I know some elementary French and that proved to be helpful.