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Montreal Holidays Guide

Montreal is the economic and cultural capital of the province of Quebec. With a population of over 3 million, it is the second largest city in Canada and one of the largest French speaking cities in the world.

Located on the Island of Montreal in the St Lawrence River, it was a centre for the fur trade during the 17th century. During the period of 1844 to 1849, it was the capital of Quebec.

When the Saint Lawrence Seaway was opened in 1959, Montreal suffered an economic decline as vessels plied their trade through ports in Ontario and the Great Lakes. However, right up until the 1970's Montreal was still regarded as the most important city in Canada.

Since the hosting of Expo in 1967 and the 1976 Olympic Games, Montreal has continued its economic importance in Canada and today is considered one of the world's most livable cities.


It is a major centre for computer technology, aerospace, culture, arts, film and tourism and is highly regarded as the most popular host city in North America for international events. Montreal hotels and accommodation rank with the best in the world and the city boasts an excellent transport network.

Montreal comprises of 19 large boroughs with the Ville-Marie having the most neighbourhoods. These include the historical district, Chinatown, the Latin Quarter, Concordia University, St Helen's Island, Ile Notre Dame and the city's downtown precinct. Other boroughs boast McGill University, the multicultural area of Notre Dame de Grace, Little Italy and Montreal's Olympic Stadium.

Old Montreal has an historic flavour with cobbled streets, imposing period architecture and horse drawn carriages. The Mount Royal Park offers attractions of man made lakes, a small ski slope, gardens and cultural activities. The Port of Montreal, the largest container and inland port on earth, is located at the mouth of the St Laurence River and is Canada's second busiest port.

Montreal Highlights

Montreal International Jazz Festival:  Held annually during June and July, this event features local and international musicians and attracts millions of visitors

Montreal Calendar Of Festivals & Events: all the scheduled events, festivals and entertainment in Montreal

Mount Royal: The lookout at Mount Royal Park has great views of the city.

Saint-Denis Street & Saint-Laurent Boulevard: An intriguing area and a shoppers delight with boutiques, plenty of restaurants and shops.

Point-a-Calliere Museum:  Founded in 1992, this museum displays a vast array of archaeological remains and features an archaeological dig inside the building. It is now a national historic site and is well worth a visit.

Montreal Biodome: Featuring four distinct ecosystems found in the Americas, namely the South American rainforest, the North American wilderness, the habitat of the Gulf of St Laurence and the Artic and Antarctic polar area, this centre is a great nature place for families to visit.

The Lachine Canal: Try a guided tours during the summer months of this historic area by bicycle, walking or paddling a boat. There are many picnic areas and open green spaces on the banks to enjoy.

Casino de Montréal: (Montreal Casino) A venue for adult fun, gaming and entertainment.

The Montréal Botanical Garden: Comprising 185 acres with a greenhouse complex housing plants from around the world and themed gardens including The Chinese Garden, The Japanese Garden, the First Nations Garden and the Alpine Garden.

Montreal Planetarium: One of Montreal's most popular tourist attractions.

Montreal Insectarium: The largest North American insectarium featuring a wide variety of insects, both live and dead, as well as butterflies.

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