In the limited time around this years MMSP conference, I explored Montreal by bike, and hiked up Mount Royal.

With just one day before this year’s IEEE International Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP), and half a day after the conference, I needed to maximize my tourist activities. After a quick visit to the tourist centre, I decided to go explore this city by bike. After the guys at “Ca Roule” bike rental fixed me up with a bike, helmet, and lock, I cycled South-West along beautiful canals to the Parc Rene-Levesque. From there, I continued along the Boulevard LaSalle back to the city, and then took the Estacade bridge to get to the Ile Notre Dame. To my surprise, the F1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was accessible for bikes, so I took a ride around, which was extremely cool.

The day after the conference, I had to catch a bus at around 3pm. This gave me enough time to hike up Mount Royal, the breathing lung of Montreal. The view from up there is quite impressive, and if you go off the main tracks, there is some really cool wildlife to see. My highlight was a woodpecker, which pushed my camera to its limits. Boy these things are fast…