Montréal's special charm is a product of its unique mix of European and North American cultures and its blend of original and contemporary influences. Downtown Montréal, at the foot of Mount Royal, offers ample opportunity to lose oneself in the city's charms, with its trendy shops, cozy coffee shops, and fine dining. Outstanding museums are close at hand. Montréal is a convenient starting point to explore other parts of Canada.
Things to see in Montréal include
|Old Montréal -- cobblestone and carriage, boutique hotels and gourmet restaurants ... a perfect blend of old and new.|
|Old Port -- riverside rendezvous for strolling, biking, riverboat cruising, Science Museum, and more.|
|Parc Jean-Drapeau, with the Biosphere and its water-themed museum, La Ronde amusement park, and the Casino.|
|The view from Mont Royal|
Montréal is a major center of education. It hosts two French-speaking universities, Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Montréal, and two English-speaking universities, McGill University and Concordia University. Montréal provides a home for numerous aerospace and biotechnology industries.
For more information, visit Tourisme Montréal at their website. We acknowledge the use of images from their photo gallery.
Use Montréal as a starting point for venturing farther afield.
Take a day trip to visit Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. Explore the many museums or drive along the scenic canal. Or, you can drive east to take in the old-world charm of Québec City.
On the Atlantic coast, visit Canada's Maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Popular tourist destinations include the Cabot Trail, the Bay of Fundy, Peggy's Cove, and the Anne of Green Gables homestead. This region's rugged scenery and friendly people make it a popular spot for visitors. Explore Newfoundland & Labrador -- learn of the fishing village way of life or take in magnificent views of icebergs and whales.
Head south into the United States, but note that border security will require a passport.
If you have the time, there is much more to explore. One of many possibilities is the Trans-Canada Rail Adventure -- a 13 day cross-continent tour. Go to www.rockymountaineer.com for more information.