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Montreal Travel Guide

Montreal Travel Guide



A city of southern Quebec, Canada, on Montreal Island in the St. Lawrence River. Named after Mount Royal, a hill at its center, it was founded by the French as Ville Marie de Montréal in 1642 and grew rapidly as a fur-trading center and starting point for western exploration. The English captured the city in 1760. Today Montreal is a major port and a cultural, commercial, and industrial hub.

Everywhere you look there are the signs of civic pride and prosperity. In the historic quarter of Vieux-Montréal , on the banks of the St Lawrence River, the streets and squares are flanked by well-tended buildings, from the mammoth Basilique de Notre-Dame and steepled Chapelle de Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours , to sleek and stately commercial buildings. Old houses have been converted into lively restaurants and shops, abandoned warehouses into condos and the disused Vieux-Port into a summer playground with landscaped parklands facing onto the St Lawrence. Beneath the forested rise of Mont Royal, downtown 's boulevards and leafy squares are alive from the morning rush hour right through to the wee hours, when revellers return from the clubs that pulsate along rue Ste-Catherine and the more intimate bars and lounges of the Plateau and Quartier Latin . Below ground, the walkways of the Underground City and the outstanding Métro system link the nodal points of the city, while towards the eastern outskirts, the Stade Olympique 's leaning tower overshadows the vast Jardin Botanique , second in international status only to London's Kew Gardens.

Parc Jean Drapeau, is Montréal's playground. This gorgeous park is, in fact, two very lovely islands located in the middle of the Saint-Lawrence river: Île Notre-Dame and Île Sainte-Hélène. Take a paddleboat onto the canals, or enjoy a picnic on the grass along the Olympic Basin or spend a day at La Ronde. There's even a beautiful sandy beach where you can enjoy some fun in the sun. The Montréal Botanical Garden, created in 1931, is now one of the largest in the world. Visitors are sure to be captivated by the colors and fragrances from around the world. Wander from the delightful Chinese Garden to the heart of the Sonoran desert, from the peaceful oasis of the Japanese Garden to the classically designed French garden or the woodlands of the Laurentians.

Montreal Travel Guide
Montreal city
Montreal Travel Guide
Montreal city


Montreal Travel Guide
Montreal city
Montreal Travel Guide
Montreal city





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