Montreal's must-see attractions

Montreal, the sweet asleep that never sleeps! Fourth French city of the world, it is the only city in Canada that has been able to mix the influences of the Old Continent with North American modernity. Founded in 1642 on the location of the Amerindian village of Hochelaga, the city of Montreal is a historic site in the colonization of North America by France and the main French city of America. Rich in the mix of immigration waves with more than 1,600,000 inhabitants, it has become one of the most prominent cities in cultural terms on the North American continent. Parks, bell towers, skyscrapers, historic European quarter, festivals, bike paths and countless restaurants that mark its streets, everything is there. The richness of its population offers an appreciated culinary diversity, the French bistros alongside Jewish caterers, Italian trattorias, steakhouses and Cantonese restaurants.

Montreal also has a young and dynamic side with its many colleges and universities, including the renowned McGill University. In short, a lively city full of history and will surely charm you!

One of the most beautiful basilica in North America, no doubt… We have to leave the Place of Arms, which circle to enter this amazing museum. Built in neogothic style between 1824 and 1829 by an Irish architect immigrating to New York, James O 'Donnell, whose body is buried under one of the basilica of the basilica, has long been the lighthouse in Montreal's urban landscape with its twin towers of 68 m high, Temperance and Perseverance Stewardship. But it is also its interior decoration made of paintings and stained glass, and it is due to the French architect Victor Bourgeau in 1876 who attracts crowds: fame sculptures, woodwork and gilding, reable from the choir, chair in black walnut carved by Louis-Philippe Hébert particularly remarkable, monumental organ due to the Casavant brothers of Saint-Hyacinthe and who would be one of the largest in the world (organ concerts), Baptistrère decorated by Ozias Leduc, beautiful windows on the lower part etc.

Not forgetting the nail of the visit, the chapel of the Sacred Heart rebuilt from its ashes in 1982, its steel arch covered with wood of lime and its gigantic bronze retable, contemporary creation of Charles Daudelin. 

A former lung of the Canadian and Montreal economy, where the first settlers settled in the xviie, the Old Port converted to a recreational park, extending 2.5 km and offering breathtaking views over the majestic St. Lawrence River and the islands of Jean Drapeau Park. The more sportsmen will climb the 192 steps of the Horloge Tower for a striking show. The summer of entertainment, the summer, rented pedalos, quadricycles and Segway. we share a cruise on the river or search for sensations on the Lachine rapids; During the cold season, a beautiful rink takes its winter quarters accompanied by the port symphonies and amazing activities such as ice fishing. The docks never detonate and live at the pace of animations with Igloofest, New Year celebrations, Canada Day and the International Reggae Festival. Not far from there, Le Vieux Montréal attracts just as much by its European architecture, cobbled streets, historic buildings and typical restaurants. The district is to be seen absolutely among museums (notably the famous Pointe-à-Callière Museum), public squares (Place d 'Armes, Place Jacques-Cartier), the Bonsecours market, and the superb Basilica Notre-Dame de Montréal.

It's not just Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal and proof! The Saint Joseph Oratory, built on the initiative of Brother André in the 1930 s on the northwest side of Mount Royal, attracts more than 2 million visitors every year! The reason? This Catholic church capitalizes thanks to its unique structure, made up of a dome of 60 meters internal height, 3 rd largest dome in the world after that of Yamoussoukro Basilica and Saint Peter Basilica in Rome. Why is Saint Joseph? Boss of workers, especially those working wood, is mainly the model of the spouses and fathers and pure souls more generally. Several countries, including Canada, were placed under his patronage and there are no fewer than forty parishes in Quebec. The basilica stands at 283 m above sea level, making it the highest point in Montreal. From Queen Mary Road to the Basilica of the Basilica, you can climb 283 steps, of which 99 wooden steps are reserved for prayer and serve pilgrims who wish to climb knees. 

Quebec pride: The Montreal Olympic Park, which hosted the 1976 summer Olympics, is a landmark of the city. For two weeks, the city turned again to and only 9 years after the universal exhibition, in the capital of the world. Although Canada's performance will not match the event (at the same time, it was the Summer Olympics) ranked 27 th (out of 37!) with a total of 11 medals, 5 silver and 6 bronze, the population has a good memory. Sun Life Financial, the Olympic Park, an atypical architectural ensemble comprising Stadium, Swimming Center and Vélodrome, all signed by the French architect Roger Taillibert. The most surprising is the Stadium Tower, the highest tower around the world, completed well after the Games, in 1987…

Today it is possible to visit the stadium and the sports center, climb up the Tower of Montreal for an exceptional panorama, attend a host of events and shows, both in the stadium and on the newly refurbished esplanade.

The Montreal Biodôme is a "living" museum located in the old Montreal Vélodrome, built for the summer Olympics of 1976. The conversion to "living" museum was completed in 1992 on the occasion of the city's 350 th anniversary. In this «space for life», the most diverse ecosystems in the Americas have been reconstituted: the Gulf and the St. Lawrence estuary, the Laurentian maple forest, the rainforest, and even the subpolar regions of the Labrador and subantarctic coasts. The idea is to raise awareness of the precarious nature of our environment with a view to preserving biodiversity and adopting responsible behavior.

Highly appreciated in every season, the "experience" of a visit to the tropical forest in winter takes a completely different dimension. In contact with amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish with paradisial colors, you may be amazed in a spectacular way in addition to having forgotten the cold that is going on outside. For those who want to see a beaver or penguin, it is also the best (if not the only) place in Montreal.

Once the winter is rough, the cigars can again enjoy the greenery of the major Canadian parks, particularly the Mount Royal. According to the legend, Jacques Cartier, the genesis of his name: after graving, he would have exclaimed, amazed by the panorama: It's a real mount! '. Ideally located, two lookouts on the Camilien-Houde parking area and the other from the patio terrace (accessible only on foot) overlook the city center and offer breathtaking views of the Montreal area. In 1643, a cross was planted there by Maisonneuve, thanks for the rescue of the colony threatened with flooding. It was only in 1876 that it was built in a park, with the city acquiring land worth a million dollars, far from being a coquette for the time. Among the many attractions of the park are the Beaver Lake, a slippery slope, historical monuments, and trails that connect these attractions to the various entries. Montreal's green lung, it brings together walkers and cyclists during the beautiful season, also offering many animations with a festival for the amateurs of Tam-Tam. In winter, trails are metamorphosed in cross-country skiing and the lake becomes a skating rink near the luge slopes.

Located in the heart of Small Italy, the Jean-Talon Market is one of the oldest public markets in Montreal and one of the largest open-source areas in North America. Inaugurated in May 1933, it first referred to the name «Northern Market» before becoming, in 1983, the Jean-Talon market, in honor of the first intendant of New France. What is more than the others? It brings together plethora of local fruit and vegetable producers from farmers to food artisans from all over Quebec. Open summer as winter, the atmosphere is that of a mini village, a place that has been able to stay family where customers and merchants know each other. This has not prevented him from expanding over the years. There are now specialized shops: fish shops, cheese shops, butchers but also flowers, spices, oils, artisanal bakeries, not forgetting the delicious products of Quebec. The temple of fresh and handicraft products.

Ideally located in the heart of Montreal, Place des Arts is Canada's largest cultural complex. It houses 5 venues totaling 6,000 places, including the famous Maisonneuve Theater. It is especially known to be the gathering place for festival gatherers, young or younger, with the Francofolies or the International Jazz Festival for example.

In the mid -1950 s, the Place des Arts project was born of Mayor Jean Drapeau's desire to restore peps to downtown. With the precise ambition to give the performing arts a prominent place in Montreal's Francophone society. It's the time of big complexes like Lincoln Center in New York. Inaugurated in 1963, the Grande Salle (today Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) welcomes the greatest artists, theater troupes and dance companies. Four years later and a universal exhibition, the Maisonneuve and Port Royal rooms (today Theater Jean-Duceppe) are inaugurated. Follow the Théâtre du Café de la Place (now Studio-theater) transformed into coffee theater from 1978 then dedicated to French song and Fifth Hall, opened in 1992.

Parc Jean Drapeau is in two islands offering two distinct atmospheres. St. Helena Island, crossed by the St. Lawrence, has many significant points of interest: the Biosphere (Environment Museum), the Stewart Museum (History Museum), lakes (Cygnic Lake, South and Dolphins Lake, North), Marina and Amusement Park La Ronde. But it's mostly the busiest place in the city: with the summer, the international Loto-Québec fires that ignite the island (pyrotechnic competition), the unmissable rendez-vous of the Piknic Electronic, all the sundays from May to end September, not to mention the Snow Festival, winter, which festive together the whole family.

Change of scenery on Notre-Dame Island, artificially created at Expo 67, where the Olympic basin is found, the car circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, on which the Formula 1 Grand Prix is disputed in June, the beautiful Floralies gardens, the pleasant beach for bathing, and the famous casino. The park also offers cross-country skiing, skating rinks, rowing championships and outdoor events, both summer and winter.

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