Montreal is the cultural and economic center of the province of Quebec. It is Canada’s second largest city and has a rich culture and history. Here are some of the best attractions to go in Montreal
1. Montreal International Jazz Festival
Held every June/July, this music festival features around 500 concerts, most of which are free of charge. It hosts about 2000 artists and musicians from more than 20 countries in the world. Approximately 2 million visitors go to the event which is considered as the most popular international jazz rendezvous.
2. Mount Royal
Similar to New York City’s Empire State Building and Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Mount Royal serve as a natural global positioning system. You can take a hike to its summit and be rewarded with the most breathtaking view of the whole city. The lookout point would be in Mount Royal Park, a park that was landscaped by the same person who landscape Central Park in New York, Frederick Law Olmsted.
3. Old Montreal and Old Port
Situated along St. Lawrence River, Old Montreal was originally a fortified city that has turned into a vibrant community. It offers a setting which is very European with cobblestone streets, historic architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries and a cafe culture that make it a quaint and unique community among the other cities in North America.
4. Montreal Biodome
This is an ecological zoo and science center rolled into one and is home to four ecosystems: the temperate Laurentian Forest, the St. Lawrence Marine Ecosystem, the lush Tropical Forest and the Polar Worlds of the Antarctic and Arctic.
5. Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art
A gallery which has an extensive collection of more than 7,000 works of art made by over 1,500 local and international artists.
6. Montreal Casino
To add a bit of excitement and fun to your trip, you can also go to the Montreal Casino. It offers numerous gambling activities and is housed in the France and Quebec pavilions from Expo ’67.
7. Point-a-Calliere Museum
This museum features the history of the city of Montreal through a variety of archaeological artifacts. You can take advantage of the museum’s free guided tour which would give you the chance to see an actual archaeological dig which is located inside the building.
8. Jean-Talon Market or Marché Jean-Talon
Although it is more frequented by local residents, it gives tourists the chance to choose from more genuine product ranges and truer prices. This market is definitely worth a visit, especially if you want to have experience a true Montreal marketplace, eat some delicious lunch or buy a couple of Montreal souvenirs.
9. The Lachine Canal
Once used as a route to avoid the Lawrence River’s Lachine Rapids, it is now a national historic site which offers more than eight miles of pathways for cycling and walking. It is also a great place to have a picnic and to do some outdoor activities. If you want to escape the metropolis, you can try paddling or biking along the Lachine Canal.