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Montréal ( initially Ville-Marie ). A voyage to Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada, North America.
City of Design
Montréal is a slice of old
Europe in a pie of contemporary design. A day’s wander might take in
the photogenic 18th-century facades of Old Montréal before a cycling
tour of the lovely Canal de Lachine, or take in the glittering shops
and restaurants of downtown and ending at the inviting terraced cafes
of Plateau Mont-Royal.
The architectural sweep of the city takes in a wealth of heritage
churches such as the breathtaking Basilique Notre-Dame, as well as
20th-century icons like the Stade Olympique and Habitat 67.
Toronto may be Canada’s
economic capital, but Montréal remains the country’s cultural
juggernaut, with some 250 theater and dance companies, over 90
festivals and a fascinating medley of neighborhoods where artists,
writers and musicians have helped cement the city’s reputation as a
great arts center. The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is the
headline event, followed by parties dedicated to world cinema, comedy
and gay pride. There’s truly something for everyone at all times of the
Montréal does get some
long, cold winters. But the natives have learned to make the best of
them, cheering on local hockey legends Les Canadiens de Montréal,
tobogganing in Parc du Mont-Royal, building ice hotels by the St
Lawrence River and skiing at many fine resorts nearby. If you can’t bear
the chill, just wander through the underground city and surface at the
Blessed with one of the most exciting food scenes in North America, Montréal brims with temples dedicated to Kamouraska lamb, Arctic char and, of course, poutine (fries
smothered in cheese curds and gravy). You’ll find irresistible
patisseries, English pubs, 80-year-old Jewish delis and magnificent
food markets reminiscent of Paris.
There are hipster bars with
bowling alleys and innumerable cafes in which to while away a lazy
afternoon. And above all, there are the best bagels on the planet.