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Montreal

Known for Museum, Live Music and Cathedral

The City of a Hundred Steeples charms with its French identity, year-round festivals, and one of the most lovingly preserved historic city centers in North America.

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Montreal is a proudly French city. It began as a French fur trading post. Its official language is French, and many Montrealers insist on speaking it. Even the way the city looks and feels is often described as Parisian. Montreal’s colorful townhouses, bohemian lifestyle and love of dining and the arts all mirror the French capital. Check out the cafés and bookstores of Plateau-Mont-Royal in the city’s northeast for the purest taste of Montreal’s Parisian spirit.

Thanks largely to its Old Port, Montreal has historically been a wealthy trade city and much of the city’s elegant architecture was built on a grand scale. Step inside massive churches like Notre-Dame Basilica, where Celine Dion was married, and St. Joseph’s Oratory, the largest church in Canada. Head for the glistening silver dome of the Bonsecours Market, which was built to show off the city’s grandeur to visitors. Explore and shop in the extensive Underground City, which is the largest subsurface complex in the world.

Montreal is a city of festivals and features a year-round calendar that peaks in the summer months. Festivals dedicated to jazz, fireworks and stand-up comedy annually attract millions of visitors from across the world. Many are held in the Quartier des Spectacles among the skyscrapers of Downtown. Thanks to Montreal’s world-class concert halls and outdoor stages, many of these festivals are considered the best of their kind.

Montreal is located in the very south of the Canadian province of Quebec, only 45 miles (72 kilometers) from the U.S. border. The city rests on an island between the St. Lawrence River and the Rivière des Prairies with a hill at its center, called Mount Royal.

Though Montreal is spread wide across the island, an excellent public transportation system makes it easy to navigate without a car. The metro is the most convenient option, with 68 stations throughout the city and cheap visitor deals like three-day or weekend passes available. Montreal’s creativity is clear even on the metro: each station was designed by a different architect in a distinct style, so the metro is as vibrant as the city itself.

Things to do in Montreal

The incandescent blue and gold interior of Montreal’s spiritual heart dazzles visitors and pilgrims. It was once the largest house of worship in North America.

Montreal's “house of life” is a zoo, an aquarium and a nature preserve all under one futuristic glass roof. 

Once the hub for Montreal’s booming shipping industry, this historic and recreational area now draws millions of visitors to the banks of the St. Lawrence River. 

Originally created as “a corsage for the city’s lapel,” Montreal’s premier gardens have blossomed into a horticultural and cultural giant. 

Explore Canada’s unique cultural heritage and engage with international modern art at this large museum that houses more than 40,000 objects.

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Journey back through 400 years of history on this magnificent tour of Quebec City, the historic heart of Francophone North America. Find charming Old World atmosphere in narrow streets, look for architectural treasures beyond the tourist track, and learn a bit about the city's history from your expert guide.

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Stand atop the largest inclined tower in the world to view Montreal from a sky-high angle. On a clear day, you can see 50 miles (80 km) in all directions, which offers you the opportunity to witness both the thriving city and the lush St. Lawrence River valley.

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Discover the heart of historic Montreal on this enthralling walking tour. A professional guide shares knowledge of the city's storied past, pointing out the architectural landmarks and centuries-old secrets that abound within the stone walls of Old Montreal.

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Head up the slopes of Montreal's biggest landmark with the help of a fat-tire electric bike as your guide shows you the sights on Mount Royal. This ride lets you admire the natural space around the high hill that dominates Quebec's largest city and get some famous views of the skyline.

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Explore the history of tea in Montreal with an expert guide leading the way. Visit shops that have contrasting ways of brewing teas to get a thorough representation of the many unique forms of tea in the city.

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