If you are new to the Montreal bagel and you are not headed to Montreal any time soon then just know this: You must toast your bagel since you are not eating it fresh.
It also turns out I just polished off the last of my hand delivered bag of REAL bagels this morning so in the name of research I toasted myself one more bagel to compare. My bagels were brought to me on Friday, and it was nice to see that these ones I bought today were fairly fresh, more so than my week old bagels.
If you miss bagels from home, and home is Montreal, then these are a great option. Walnut Market in Newton also gets fresh deliveries from St. Viateur. If you want something locally made the simit at Sofra Bakery is a bit sweeter but a great alternate!