When I was an exchange student in Canada, I went to Montreal to visit a friend of mine, who lives there. I went to the 2nd biggest church in the world, tried smoked meat for the first time (my favorite meal EVER!) and enjoyed the view from Mont Royal.
However, the very best part of my time in Montreal was that I could explore the city like a local thanks to my friend! I didn’t only go to the touristy spots, but also to restaurants and bars that are only known to locals. This is one of the biggest takeaways of my trip: Go local!
The other one is that I have learned how useful English is. I could talk to everyone; even if Montreal is not an English native area, but French!