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Montreal - CAN
Montréal is Canada’s second largest city and, located in the French speaking province of Quebec, the third largest French speaking city in the world. Two thirds of the population of the city are French speaking with the rest made up of largely other European extraction. It has also turned itself into the home of many of the high tech companies that help make Canada such a successful economy. So it is a real mixture between finest European architecture and style and a North American city.
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Walking around Montréal you’ll witness a great mix of the old and the new. Downtown has the skyscrapers, the museums and the Underground City. Beneath the city, the Metro stations are connected by 30 Km of underground passageways complete with Malls, Department stores and Cinemas. You can walk and shop in comfort if the weather above is bad. The Metro green line takes you to the Olympic Stadium with its suspended roof and the Bio-Dome, home to various ecosystems.
But like the European cities it seems to emulate, Montréal has a culture beacon in the form of an old town, Vieux Montréal. This beautiful historical quarter has quaint cobblestone streets lined with 17th -19th Century buildings overlooking the parklands along the St. Lawrence River. Many of the building have been converted into boutiques, apartments and an amazing selection of bars and restaurants.
The Old Port, a large waterfront green space, is filled with attractions and landmarks such as Cirque du Soleil, the Montréal Science Center, the Labyrinth and the Clock Tower. Place Jacques-Cartier is a pedestrian street brimming with street artists and musicians, and numerous fine restaurants and private art galleries nearby. Head to an after hours club like Club Tokyo or L’Opera to see why Montréal has a reputation for being one of the liveliest cities in North America.
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Montreal Events Guide:
Montreal Grand Prix 7 -10 June
The Canadian Grand Prix is an annual auto race held in Canada starting in 1961. It has been part of the Formula One World Championship since 1967.
Restaurants in Montreal
Montréal is absolutely stuffed with restaurants serving up every kind of cuisine to suit its multicultural population. When sight seeing or shopping pop into any of the bakeries, cafés, buffet’s and deli’s along St. Laurent, St. Denis and Vieux Montréal.
Gibby’sin Vieux is a steakhouse which has been around for 200 years. It has great dinners at very good prices. Restaurant le fripon very much embraces its old town location and serves up great seafood, pasta dishes and snails. The Jean Talon Market has tasty, cheap ethnic food, pizza by the slice or you can pick out the best fresh produce for a picnic.
No visit to Montréal is complete without at least trying one plate of ‘poutine’, a local concoction translated as ‘mess.’ French fries drowned in gravy, topped with white cheddar and either chicken, sausage, beef or veg. La Banquise on the plateau on Rachel street is renowned as having the best Poutine on offer.
Montréal’s prime shopping streets (above ground) are Saint Laurent and Saint Denis. They are lined with department stores, luxury brands and vintage shops so you can find everything from designer dresses to vintage jewellery to Hemp Jeans!
Blanc on St Laurent Street features great high street fashion made by local designers. Boutique Woodstock on St.Denis Street is the place to embrace your inner Hippy and dress appropriately with hemp shirts, jeans, bags and cosmetics. St. Catherine street provides access to the Underground City so rain, snow or wind chill are no excuse for stopping the shopping!
Winter in Montréal brings out the snow and the cold but locals have adapted to make the most of it, getting out the sleds, ski's and snowshoes. Temperatures range from around 10c to -20c. Spring starts to arrive in early April, known as the Melting Season as Beaver Lake unfreezes and hosts kayaking, canoeing etc. Summers are warm and very much about making the most of the good weather. It's all about festivals, concerts and eating outdoors. Temperatures can reach the high 20's. Autumn or Fall begins in late August when the leaves change colour, temperatures cool and things start to move indoors and underground. So Montréal really does have all the seasons!
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