Montreal City Travel Guide – Canada’s Romantic Island City

Cities of Creative Design, North America | | June 4, 2009 at 6:45 pm


Montreal is a major hub of cultural pluralism in Canada. Vibrant Montreal is the third design city in UNESCO’s eminent list. Capable of admission in a number of areas other than design, the city is nonetheless the most avant-garde and stylish on the continent.

montreal-2Montreal derives its name from one of the hills, the Mont-Royal, and nowadays a very popular park with a view. There are eight hills in and around Montreal, peaking as high as 527 m, the remnants of Ice-Age Devonian volcanoes.  Montreal is located in the province of Quebec and it the second biggest city in Canada, it is also the second largest French-speaking city in the world.

It is a city full of history, art and festivals. Some of Montreal’s best known festivals include The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (Jazz Fest), Juste pour Rire (Just for Laughs), International Fireworks Competition, and The Montreal Film Festivals.

Whether walking down the cobble streets of old Montreal, shopping along busy downtown streets, or enjoying Montreal festivals visitors have something in offer to satiate their taste buds.

You can enjoy boat trips between the end of April and middle of October where powerful motorboats specially designed for the purpose run through the rapids from the Vieux Port. These tours are a great way for friends and families to relax while sightseeing.

On the Place d’Armes, the Neo-Gothic façade of the Basilica of Our Lady, built in 1829, with its twin towers fronts Montreal’s oldest Catholic parish church (founded 1656). The amazing interior is the work of Victor Bourgeau, resplendent with woodcarving and stained glass illustrating the history of Montreal city is a destination to be included in your itinerary.

Jardin Botanique is one of the leading botanical garden. The lay-out of the garden is wonderfully imaginative where visitors are drawn in particular to the Japanese Garden. The glasshouses too are exceptional, especially the displays of orchids and bonsai. The gardens contain some 22,000 species of plant on display. You will be charmed by the scents, the colors and the forms of the flora in one of the most important botanical gardens in the world.

To have a magnificent panorama of the whole of the 51 km length of the Ile de Montréal and the St Lawrence you can visit Mont- Royal which is the green lung near the city center.

A visit to Montreal’s Olympic Park which was the site of the 1976 Summer Olympics is a stunning experience. This stadium is the home of Montreal’s famous baseball team, the “Montreal Expos”. You can ride a cable car all the way to the top or you can even get a guided tour of Olympic Stadium.

When you visit this city you are sure to fall in love with the overflowing abundance of ethnicity that is woven into the heart of the city.

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  1. Heather says:

    Just wanted to say your photo choices are stunning…I particularly like the Montreal skyline and the Buenos Aries long shot…amazing!


  2. Mandy says:

    I also love the skyline of Montreal. It’s absolutely stunning. As a person who loves romance and everything romantic, I loved the article about my home town.

  3. vareeja says:

    For over a century and a half, Montreal was the industrial and financial centre of Canada. The variety of buildings included factories, elevators, warehouses, mills, and refineries which today provide a legacy of historic and architectural interest, especially in the downtown area and the Old Port area.

    Today there are also many historic buildings in Old Montreal still in their original form: Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica, Bonsecours Market, and the impressive 19th century headquarters of all major Canadian banks on St. James Street (French: Rue Saint Jacques). Saint Joseph’s Oratory, completed in 1967, Ernest Cormier’s Art Deco Université de Montréal main building, the landmark Place Ville Marie office tower, the controversial Olympic Stadium and surrounding structures, are but a few notable examples of 20th century architecture.

  4. hadlene says:

    what stunning shots.!!! amazing… really loved your article…

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