Montreal is located in the middle of the St. Lawrence river in southwest Quebec.
It is Canada’s second largest city and has the largest population of French speakers outside of Paris. A Canadian city with a French soul, a big heart and a very hip attitude.
A city that enchants visitors with an old-world charm and an unpretentious love of good food and festivals. The first Europeans to arrive here were from France and while the British later claimed ownership, an elegant sophistication lingers like a perfume.
Order un cafe, stroll the cobblestone streets of the Old City and soak up the history and architecture of the area. Some of the buildings here date back to the 17th century, making it one of the oldest urban areas in North America.
The Old City is also a great place to discover Montreal’s famous food scene. Visit one of the intimate bistros here and order Poutine the locals love it.
Or, follow your nose to one of the city’s many wood fired ovens and try a real Montreal bagel.
For art of a different kind, head downtown to the the Golden Square Mile and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.
Like Montreal itself, this museum combines the old and new with great èlan.
Admire exquisite works of the great masters as well as an impressive collection of local and international contemporary art. In this city, even Mother Nature is chic.
And of course, you can’t leave town without a trip to La Ronde, the city’s beloved amusement park.
Take a flume ride or brave one of the heart-stopping roller coasters with names like Le Vampire and the Cobra. As the sun sets on your adventures, head back downtown and discover Montreal after dark.
It is a city off all of these things but it is also so much more. With its french past and funky present, also, with a certain je ne sais quoi.
A flavour and a feeling that is hard to define but very easy to love.