Montreal Tourist Places to Visit in Montreal, Canada, America
Montreal is the 2nd largest country in Canada after Toronto, located in Quebec Province, about 250 km from Quebec City. French is the official and widely spoken language in Montreal by around 57% population of the city. After Paris, Montreal holds higher majority of French-speaking people in the globe.
Geography of Montreal:
Montreal is situated on the Island of Montreal between 45°30′ N latitude and 73°34′ W longitude. The metropolitan Montreal occupies an area of 4,258.31 sq. km. and Montreal is placed between lowest elevation 6 meters and highest elevation 233 meters.
Etymology and History of Montreal:
Montreal was earlier known as Ville-Marie meaning ‘City of Mary’ and its present name is derived from the triple-peaked hill, Mount Royal.
According to archeological evidences, the first human settlement was found in Montreal around 4,000 years ago. Montreal was visited by French explorer Jacques Cartier on October 2, 1535 and around hundred years of his visit, Montreal became the part of French. Montreal was founded on May 17, 1642 by then governor of the colony, Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve. In 1832, Montreal gained city status.
How to reach Montreal?
Montreal is catered by Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport and it takes around an hour to reach airport from the city centre (20 km). This airport has connection with London, Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, Athens, Doha, Rome, Madrid, Lisbon and many other major cities of the world and the air services are operated by Air Canada, WestJet and many other prominent airlines.
There are buses available between airport and downtown Montreal which costs $9 per way. Montreal is also well connected with the major cities by train. Cars are useful for local travel.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Montreal:
‘Just for Laughs’ comedy festival is the largest festival held in Montreal and other festivals include Montreal World Film Festival, Les FrancoFolies de Montreal and Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Montreal is home to the all the kinds of plenty of international standard shopping centres and the major restaurants in Montreal are listed below:
- La Cage Aux Sports
- Ahys Yogourt
- Cafe-bistro Van Houtte
Things to do in Montreal:
- Cross-country skiing
- Ice skating
- Water sports
- Bike riding
Tourist Attractions in Montreal:
Parc Jean-Drapeau was the location of World Fair 1967 and now it is dedicated to a big open-air show venue. It includes a huge outdoor pool complex, a manmade beach and the Gilles Villeneuve racing circuit.
Parc du Mont-Royal:
Parc du Mont-Royal is a beautiful urban park located at avenue des Pins. Frederick Law Olmsted was the designer of the park. The mountain on the park overlooks the entire city.
Saint Joseph’s Oratory:
Saint Joseph’s Oratory is the biggest church in Canada. Its construction project began in the year 1904 by Saint Andre Bessette and completed in 1967.
Other places of interest near Montreal include:
- Place des Arts
- Old Montreal
- Parc Jeanne-Mance
- Le Plateau
- Parc de l’Ile-de-la-Visitation
- Olympic Stadium
- Jardin Botanique
- Rialto Theatre
- Square Saint-Louis
- Parc Jean Drapeau
- Parc Lafontaine
- Jardin Botanique de Montreal
Best time to visit Montreal:
Between March and May and September and November is best time to travel Montreal.
Accommodation Options in Montreal:
Montreal is a world famous city with large number of superior accommodation centres with amazing facilities. Youth hostels and budget bed and breakfasts are good to stay for the budget travelers and most of the budget options are at Latin Quarter. List of prominent accommodation centres in Montreal include:
- Auberge du Vieux-Port
- Hotel Gault
- Le Square Phillips Hotel & Suites
- L Hotel
- Hotel Nelligan
- Ritz-Carlton Montreal
- Le Petit Hotel
- Auberge Bonaparte
- Hotel Kutuma
- Sofitel Montreal
- Loews Hotel Vogue
- Le Place d’Armes Hotel & Suites
- Hotel Le St-James
- Parc Suites Hotel
- Le Saint-Sulpice
- Hotel Le Crystal
- Hotel Le Germain Montreal
- Le Relais Lyonnais