Montreal was the largest city in Canada up until the 1970’s and is now the second-largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province of Quebec. When you visit here, you will be introduced to a whole new way of living life to the fullest. The locals here call it joie de vivre which literally translated means joy of living and that is what Montreal’s people seem to be best at. More than anything else Montral has a fantastic. There is archaeological evidence of various nomadic native peoples occupying the island of Montreal for at least 2,000 years before the arrival of Europeans.
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Old Montreal & Old Port – Old Montreal is a jewel nestled along the St. Lawrence River. Once a fortified city, the old town is now a safe and vibrant community.
Like Quebec City, Old Montreal is very European in character. Cobblestone streets, a cafe culture, and historic 17th and 18th century architecture, all contribute to the quaint charm of Old Montreal that is unique amongst cities in North America.
Mount Royal – Like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Empire State Building in NYC, Mont Royal, which looms over Montreal, acts as a natural GPS. A hike to the summit of Mont Royal (pronounced mawn-row-yal in French) will reward you with the best view of the city. The lookout is part of Mount Royal Park, which was landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted, best known for his work in New York’s Central Park.
Point-a-Calliere Museum – Wonderful museum that explores the history of Montreal through archaeological studies and artefacts. Point-a-Calliere offers an exceptional guided tour, which is free with admission. This tour includes a tour of an actual archaeological dig inside the building. In fact, the museum conserves and exhibits thousands of square meters of archaeological remains in situ. A nice restaurant is on the upper floor and has a nice view of the river.
Montreal Biodome – This science centre and ecological zoo is home to four distinct ecosystems: lush Tropical Forest, temperate Laurentian Forest, St Lawrence Marine Ecosystem, and the Polar Worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic. A great visit for families.
The Lachine Canal – Once a way to avoid the Lachine Rapids on the St Lawrence River, the Lachine Canal National Historic Site now offers a 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) bicycle and pedestrian pathway, many picnic areas and open green spaces. Escape the metropolis for a while and bike or paddle along the Lachine Canal.
Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art – Great gallery in a central location with a collection that comprises over 7,000 works produced by more than 1,500 artists. Both Canadian and, more specifically, Quebec artists are featured. Free admission and guided tour Wednesday evenings.