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Montreal Is A Beautiful, Classy City Full Of Activity

Updated on October 13, 2011

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In the picturesque metropolis known as Montreal you're able to find a city that combines the best parts of both Europe and North American culture and lifestyle. Montreal is situated about the same distance apart from both the European Coast and the Western coast of Canada. The second largest city in Canada Is bound to have many activities you will enjoy while you visit.

When one is trying to find a city similar to Montreal the only other place you could go is Paris. Three and a half million French people with about another one million people of various decent including British, Eastern Europeans, Chinese, Italians, Jews, Greeks, South Americans and even West Indians make up the population of Montreal. What is unique though is that Montreal is the second largest French speaking metropolis in the world. Montreal is Canada's most unique city by a long shot due to all the fine dining, interesting bars and clubs and incredible amounts of events and festivals.

No doubt about it, Montreal is a hub for tourists to spend their time. The city has signs of civic pride and prosperity. For those who visit, accommodation in Montreal has never been a problem. With the continuous flow of visitors, there are many great boutique hotels and definitely Montreal cheap hotels available as well. Some offer prestigious accommodations, serviced housing, penthouses and short term rentals for the visitors. The full hotel spectrum from top to bottom is available to you.

The city of Montreal has a ton of different options in just any price range for one to choose from when searching for hotels. A smart plan will be to look for cheap hotels in Montreal on the internet when you are finalizing your travel so that you can guarantee a cheap price beforehand.

When you're  in Montreal you will find you have a great deal of choices for activities, So I will recommend a few to help guide you in your fun. The former Olympic cycling track known as the Biodome has since been converted into an artificial habitat that contains four different ecosystems. A tropical forest, Laurentian Forest, St. Lawerence Marine Ecosystem and Arctic and Antarctic polar winds ecosystems are all there for you to enjoy and learn about. After enjoying the Biodome if you want to remain close Montreal Botanical garden is only a few steps away from Olympic Stadium. You basically walk underneath the Sherbrook Street Bridge and find yourself right at the gates of the Botanical Garden. To enter it costs $12.75, however it gives you access to the gardens and the Montreal Insectarium. The Insectarium seemed like it would give a detailed exploration of the world of insects so I started with it.

The Montreal Insectarium opened in 1990 and holds hundreds of different species of moths, butterflies, bugs and spider. All and all the scientific collection has about 140,000 different species of insects and the exhibition collection has 4000 species on display and about another 20000 that they sometimes put out for display. One really neat collection that consists of over 100 different species is the arthropods collection. The unique Insectarium focuses on many aspects of insects including the science, artistic, cultural and even gastronomical views of the species.

After you have finished at the Insectarium you should check out the marsh and bog garden that showcases many different water lily breeds. Also in very close proximity there is a rose garden which has many different kinds of roses and typically over 10000 on display.

And a bit further to the north is the Japanese Garden, designed as a contemporary garden by renowned Japanese garden designer Ken Nakajima. All the elements, stones, water features and plants have been chosen carefully and are imbued with a unique symbolism. The Chinese Garden next to it is a result of a bond between the Montreal Botanical Garden and the Parks Department of the City of Shanghai. More than 120 containers were shipped from Shanghai in 1990 and 50 Chinese craftsmen were needed to assemble the components to build the garden.

Montreal has many things to do, and these are just a few of the things you should check out when you're coming for a visit. We hope you have a splendid time when you visit our beautiful and great metropolis.

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      Betsy 3 years ago

      Geez, that's uneeilevablb. Kudos and such.

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      Daniel Christian 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thanks Beth. Good solid advice. I stayed in a B&B once and it ended up being just a little more than a hotel, but was a nice experience nonetheless.

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      Montreal is a wonderful city to visit and live in. There is much to see and do, and I would suggest considering staying in a Bed and Breakfast. There are many, some are much nicer than hotels and are less expensive. Great hub!

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      Daniel Christian 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Ya, I really love it. :) Thanks so much Suzie.

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      suziecat7 8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I do love Montreal - such an old and beautiful city. My ancestors are from Three Rivers, not too far from there. Nice Hub - I'm a fan too.