Montréal: Old Montréal (Le vieux Montréal) visually remembers the old
settlement of Ville-Marie, located near the St-Lawrence River, south of
downtown. The age of the buildings range from the 17th century to early 20th
century. At the center of it all is Place
Jacques Cartier, in front of Montréal’s historic City Hall. The most
interesting streets are St-Paul, de la Commune and St-Jacques.
of Notre-Dame: This is one of North America's largest and most historic
cathedrals. It can seat 5000 people. Built between 1824 and 1829 in the
neo-gothic style, Notre-Dame will remind you of some of Europe's famous
of Contemporary Arts: Called the museum of the twenty-first century, this
museum is situated next to Place des Arts, making it part of the only cultural
complex in Canada devoted to both the performing and visual arts. It is also the
only Canadian institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art.
Biodome: Best described as a museum of the environment; the Biodome is an
interesting recreation of four distinct ecosystems. You'll find woodlands
typical of the Canadian shield, a marine zone similar to the Gulf of St.
Lawrence, a tropical rainforest and a Polar climate. Each eco-zone is dutifully
recreated and includes appropriate plants and wildlife.
Stadium and Montréal Tower: The stadium was built when Montréal hosted the
1976 Olympics. Over-hanging the stadium is the world's tallest inclined tower. A
cable car will take you 175 meters to the top where you can get quite a good
view of the city.
Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal: This dance company was founded in
1957. Since then, it has made a significant contribution to the evolution of
dance in Canada and is now highly respected throughout the world.
Self-control is very important here; feel lucky?
Try the casino. I haven’t
won anything, but hey, play a dollar for me!
Botanical Gardens: Established in 1931, this is now the third largest
botanical garden in the world. It has ten greenhouses for you to visit and
thirty different outdoor gardens comprising about 26,000 varieties of plants.
There is also a tree house where you can learn about Quebec's forests and how
trees contribute to Montréal's green urban environment.
Jazz Festival: Plan to visit the city at the end of June for this
world-renowned music festival. Many of the shows are free and are held at
various venues throughout the city. The streets are packed with music fans and
for Laughs Comedy Festival: Prepare to fall off your chair laughing! This is
a bilingual festival that attracts more than 200 performers and half a million
comedy lovers. Some acts are free, while others require paid-ticket bookings.
Canada Grand Prix Racing enthusiasts will want to visit Montréal in early
June to see this event, the only Formula 1 race in North America.
World Film Festival If you're visiting Montréal in the early fall; plan to
see some of the films screened at this festival. The festival is held at several
theatres around town and attracts celebs and industry people from every corner
of the globe.
are a hockey legend in this town. They
are the ‘winningest’ team in any professional sport’s history!
If you are here during the winter, you must check them out!
Also check out their home, the
Bell Centre, where most of your favorite singers perform!
are one of the toughest teams in the Canadian Football League!
Watch them play into the late autumn, but don’t get too close, or you
just might end up getting squished!
is Montréal’s cool soccer team. If
you like soccer, you’ll love the impact!
Museum of Fine Arts
is the oldest museum in Canada.
It has a great collection not to be missed.
Canadian Centre of Architecture
is situated just off Réne-Lévesque Blvd West at 1920 Baile Street and is well
worth the visit. You'll find an interesting bookshop
on the architecture and design found in Montréal.
§Place des Arts contains a large terrace where you can lounge in the sun while listening to street musicians, and soaking up the ambiance of Montréal. It is also the site for some special events such as the annual International Jazz Festival, Francophiles, and the World Beer Festival.
Latin Quarter is a neighbourhood with lots of cafés,
bars, restaurants and theatres. The main streets are St-Denis, St-Laurent
(between Sherbrooke and Rachel) and St-Catherine between St-Laurent and Berri.
Awesome jazz in this part of town!
Seminary is the oldest building still
standing in Montréal, built in 1685. It is located right next to Notre-Dame
Basilica in Old Montréal.
Deli at 3895 St-Laurent is considered by many to have the
best smoked meat in the world. You can't visit Montréal without sampling the
local specialty -- a smoked meat sandwich.
Street is located in the heart of downtown; perhaps the
most popular streets to frequent, it is loaded with bars, restaurants, great
shopping, and incredibly trendy nightlife!
is an interesting open market in
Little Italy where you can buy fresh, local vegetables, fruit and other
§St-Laurent Blvd is the trendiest part of Montréal. Packed with upper end dining, it is the place to see and be seen! Great clubs line the street, making it very inviting for the stars!
between Park Street and St Urbain on Fairmont is famous for its Montréal-style
bagels, which are sought the world over. Double-boiled and baked in a wood oven
just the way they're supposed to be!
§Tam-tam on Mount-Royal
during summer Sundays is a very popular weekly drum and percussion fest. It's
near the Cartier monument and part of the Mount-Royal
Park; the entrance is off Park Ave.
§St-Joseph Oratory and Sanctuary Garden is situated on the north side of Mount Royal. It's a Montréal landmark worth visiting.
§The Old Fortifications are walls that once protected the settlement of Ville-Marie. Some parts are still standing behind the city hall on the Champs-de-Mars and in the Pointe-à-Callière Museum.
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