Montreal is the second most important city of Canada in terms of population. It's mainly located on the Island of Montreal on the St. Lawrence River in the south of the Quebec state. It was originally called Ville-Marie but then it was named after the Mount Royal, a hill in the heart of Montreal. As Quebec is a French speaking region, the main language of Montreal is French. Montreal has a rich history and a beautiful historic centre known as Old Montreal where you can appreciate the cobblestone streets and the architectural styles ranging from the 16th century to the present.
The "Vieux-Montréal" is the site of the original city. It's a concentration of buildings dating grom the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The neighbourhood is peaceful and located between the waterfront and the business hub. All the historic sites, streets and landmarks can be explored by foot. Don't miss the Old Port, the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Town Hall and the Bonsecours Market.
Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal
The story says that when the architect, James O'Donnel finished the design of the Notre-Dame Basilica in 1824, he was so moved by the result that he converted himself to Catholiscism. The Basilica is constructed in a Gothic Revival style and can welcome around thousands of worshippers.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Montreal possesses one of the most prestigious collections of fine arts. The museum is the oldest of Canada and houses an impressive assortment of Canadian and international works such as pieces of Rembrandt, El Greco, Goya, Monet, Rodin, Renoir, Cézanne or Picasso. Moreover, the collection include English porcelain from the 18th century, pieces of furniture designed by Frank Gehry and artifacts from World War I.
The Mont Royal rises above the city at 233 meters and consists of a park acting as a green lung next to the city center. If you walk through this park, you can see momunents to Jacques Cartier or King George VI. Spend some time near the Lac-aux-Castors and take a look at the cemeteries of the different ethnic groups of the city. Don't forget to watch the beautiful panorama from the summit.
This farmer's market is one of the busiest public markets. You can enjoy the atmosphere, local food specialties and products. This warehouse-style markets houses vendors selling all sort of fruit and vegetables, flowers, cheese, meats and fish as well as maple syrup, candies, dried wild blueberries. There's also some restaurants and cafés to eat delicious pastries.