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Travel to Montreal Canada

Updated on May 9, 2015

It’s stationed south of Canada’s Quebec province, approximately 60 km from the United States border. It’s also widely regarded as one of the liveliest cities of North America, with an amazing motley of cultural events, festivals and activity centres to keep people engaged round the year. It was founded as a missionary village in 1642 by Paul Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve. Prior to that, the place used to be called Hochelaga, with a large population of Mohawks and during this time, explorer Jacques Cartier first visited the area in 1535. Within the 18th century, it had transformed into a major fur trading town. After the Montreal Olympics of 1976, the city’s infrastructure was overhauled and various urban development projects were executed.

It has a multi-ethnic population, predominantly consisting of people from French and British roots. The city structure comprises of a commendable mix of walkways, underground shopping complexes, recreational areas, theatres, office and residential apartments which can effortlessly be accessed even during the snowy winter season. Montreal is the world's largest inland port, as well. The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport is the city’s primary airport, located west of the city centre. Most major US and Canadian flight operators are available here. Daily trans-Atlantic flights touch down from London, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Madrid, Lisbon, Munich, Moscow and Cairo, among others.. The Montreal region is also served by PlattsburghInternationalAirport, Plattsburgh, New York, on the U.S. side of the border, about an hour’s drive from Montreal.

The city is skirted by beautiful maple trees, and you’ll find a blend of 19th and 20th century architecture, as the old churches stand side by side to the modern skyscrapers. Montreal is also segmented historically into the east and west, so most addresses have east or west suffixed to them. The serene St. Lawrence River runs north-south bedside the city’s downtown. Among the places of interest are the Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours Chapel, placed at the eastern end of Vieux Montréal. Originally constructed in wood, it’s now been rebuilt in stone. A walk to the nearby market, the Bonsecours Market, would also be worthwhile. The market’s architecture contains a Greek Revival portico, tin-plated dome and cast-iron columns imported from England. Built in 1847, it stands as a fine example of Neo-classical style of architecture of the 19th century.

A few blocks to the west, you’ll find the Place Jacques Cartier, The square is the city centre of Old Montreal with City Hall on Rue Notre Dame to the north and Rue de la Commune and the port of Montreal to its south. The square is a conflux of vibrant entertainment with street musicians, jugglers, artists and cafés illuminating both sides of the square. Here, you’ll also find facilities for idyllic guided tours. There’s virtually no festival season in Montreal, as people keep celebrating life with numerous festivals throughout the year. The famous ones among them are the Fête de Neiges (Festival of Snow) filled with skating and ice carving; St Patrick's Day Parade; the International Fireworks Festival, one of the grandest firework shows on the planet ; the Canadian Grand Prix ; Fête Nationale or St Jean Baptiste Day, Montréal Jazz Festival; the Just-for-Laughs Comedy Festival; the Du Maurier Classic which is a Tennis Tournament; International Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival and the Montreal World Film Festival, held at several theatres around town.

You should also savour the city’s speciality delicacies like the lip-smacking Smoked Meat Sandwich or the sinful Poutine. With such an incomparable breadth of attractions, Montréal guarantees to leave behind an indelible mark.


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