Creative, cosmopolitan, cutting-edge and chic, Montreal has blossomed from small beginnings into one of the world's most modern and dynamic metropolises. Its juxtaposition of French and British influences give rise to an exuberant creativity, reflected in its rich and festive cultural life.
The city takes its name from Mont-Royal, the triple-peaked hill located in the heart of the city. Affectionately called 'the mountain' by locals, this 761 foot high hill, which also houses the Mont-Royal Park, provides impressive views of the city and surrounding area.
Within the city itself, not to be missed is Old Montreal with its cobbled streets and remarkable collection of buildings dating from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Best explored on foot, or by horse-drawn carriage, there's a delightful Parisian-style feel to the district along with wonderful attractions like Place Jacques-Cartiers, Place d'Armes and the iconic Notre Dame Basilica.
The city's busiest neighbourhood is Downtown, where modern skyscrapers sit alongside historic buildings. The area is a shopper's heaven with more than 3,000 shops and boutiques, with many around Ste-Catherine Street, or for a truly unique experience, visit Montreal's Underground City. This incredible network underneath the streets has hotels, restaurants, galleries, shops, cinemas and nightclubs.
Other notable attractions within the city include Atwater Market, Bonsecours Market, Montreal Botanical Garden, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Montreal Planetarium and the Biosphere. Whatever the season, there's often a festival taking place, even during the cold winter months. Among the most popular are the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the International Fireworks competition and the Just for Laughs Festival.
- City of festivals
- Historic Old Montreal
- Amazing Underground City
- Superb museums
- Restaurants for all tastes