The traditional part of Montreal, Canada known as Old Montreal, offers many of the city’s activities. You can take a cruise down the river, walk along European-style streets or dine at one of the many fine restaurants in the area. It is also home to many important museums like the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum, as well as various art galleries.
The view of Montreal from Mount Royal is incomparable. At the top of the mountain you’ll find a magnificent park, it is one of city’s largest green spaces. Another breathtaking view is from the tallest inclined tower in the world at the Olympic Stadium, which was built for the 1976 Summer Olympics. Facing “The Big O” stadium is the Montreal Botanical Garden with a collection of 22,000 plant species and known as one of the largest and most spectacular botanical gardens in the world.
Running along the Saint Lawrence River is Montreal’s port, one of the most important in Canada. The Old Port, not to be confused with The Port of Montreal, offers many great activities like jet boating or cruises. Jean Drapeau Park is one of the two islands in the Saint Lawrence River where you can find outdoor activities to be enjoyed year-round. One of the islands, Saint Helen’s, is home to La Ronde, a Six Flags amusement park.
Montreal’s cultural life is vibrant from cinemas and theatres to bars and cafes. There’s never a dull moment! Shopping can also prove to be a vacation must. Saint Catherine and Saint Denis Street are both good places with great shops, restaurants or you can find a quaint pub for a night cap.
Throughout Montreal you’ll discover over 30 museums, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts which is the oldest museum of art in Canada. Not to mention the always noteworthy Canadian Centre for Architecture and Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art; which is located in Place des Arts a major performing arts centre.
If visiting Montreal in the winter, skating and skiing are popular activities in the city’s many large parks. But all of the fun doesn’t just happen above ground. Beneath Montreal’s downtown is a whole other world — the Underground City. On your next vacation to Canada be sure to escape the cold through over 20 miles of tunnels that connect the shopping malls, apartment building, hotels, movie theaters and restaurants underground.
While Montreal may have short summers, they lose no time celebrating with cultural festivals and sporting events. A visit to the city in the summer will be busy with great events like the Montreal Fireworks Festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, FrancoFolies or the Just for Laughs Festival to name a few.
Whichever festival you decide to take part in while traveling in Canada the fun-loving spirit doesn’t end. The parties flow down the streets by day and night every weekend where you may even come upon Montreal’s famous mimes or acrobats. Definitely sights to be seen!
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