Montreal is one of the oldest cities in North America, and the second largest in Canada. Since it’s founding by French explorers in the early 1500’s, Montreal has been a hot spot of culture, history and activity that still continues until today.
With a population of over 1.6 million inside the city proper, Montreal has plenty to offer visitors, and after Paris, is actually the second largest city in the world where French is a primary language.
Visitors arrive to Montreal via the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, also known as the Doral Airport after the nearby town it is located in. Located right on major highways and rail stops, Montreal serves as a point from many other areas of Canada.
A City of Neighborhoods
Like Paris, Montreal is separated into neighborhoods, each showcasing its own special style and flair. Many visitors to Montreal will devote hours of time wandering through the neighborhoods, tasting local foods and enjoying some of the small boutiques and artisan shops.
One of the most popular of Montreal’s neighborhoods is the Old Town. Here visitors will be able to find some historic sites such as the Montreal City Hall, Place Jacques Cartier, Notre Dame de Montreal Basilica and Place d’Armes as well as the Old Port of Montreal.
Mount Royal Park is another popular area to visit. Likened by many to Central Park in New York City. The park is filled with sights and things to do including a miniature ski slope, sculpture garden, cemeteries, and Beaver Lake.
Montreal is also known, not only through Canada but also the rest of North America for having a thriving food scene. Since it is such an international city, it is quite easy to find foods from traditional french delicacies to Asian in Montreal’s Chinatown and even a Little Italy.
Of course the French food is fantastic in Montreal with some high class restaurants such as Europea and Bistro Duo D as two of the top. And, of course no trip to Montreal can be complete without poutine, for some of the best head to La Banquise and Garde Manger.