Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Montreal is an important cultural city in Canada with notable French influence and a great architectural richness

About Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal, the second largest city of Canada, is located in the province of Quebec, in a homonymous island between the Saint Lawrence River and Rivière des Prairies. It is a cultural destination that hosts several international festivals throughout the year: Juste pour rire, one of the most humorous festivals in the world; Festival de Jazz de Montréal, an outstanding Jazz Festival; and Grand Prix de Montréal, among others.

The city has a defined French style and is full of tourist and cultural attractions, restaurants, and hotels for the travelers who visit it each year. Among the main landmarks you can find Notre-Dame Basilica, the main church of Montreal, which boasts an extensive collection of sacred art and a neo-Gothic facade; Montreal Botanical Garden, where you can see a wide diversity of plants and impressive sculptures; and the Museum of Fine Arts, that exhibits paintings by artists such as Andy Warhol, Van Gogh, and Kandinsky.

Visit St Joseph's Oratory, a European-style church with a busy oratory that is visited by thousands of people every year. You cannot miss walking the streets of Vieux-Montréal or Old Montreal, the historic city center. This area houses places such as the Montreal City Hall, the church of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, the Bank of Montreal, and Place d'Armes.

Other notable sites in Montreal include the Cathedral of Mary Queen of the World, whose design was inspired by the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome, and St Patrick’s Basilica, which boasts a Gothic facade and is considered by the Quebec government as a historical monument. You can also go to the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum, that shows archaeological exhibits telling the story of Montreal, or the Japanese Garden.

A must-see place is Montreal Biodome, located at the Velodrome of Montreal; it is a combination of zoo, aquarium, museum, and botanical garden. To enjoy a variety of shows, go to the area known as Quartier des Spectacles, which comprises public spaces, areas for projections, and several concert halls. For sports fans, Bell Centre presents sports events, especially hockey. The modern part of the city is within the financial center of Montreal; there you can visit the Place Ville-Marie building, a modern skyscraper 188 meters (617 ft) high, which is connected by tunnels to an underground shopping mall with over 1,600 shops and boutiques.

***The official currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD).