Presentation of the destination
Montreal is the second largest city in Canada and is the financial and cultural capital of Quebec. This city has the largest french-speaking community outside of France! Montreal is a bustling district of entertainment, history and culture. There are many scenic parks and gardens. A well planned Underground City of shopping malls, movie theaters and restaurants. They are connected by an extensive pathway that protects you from the biting cold. The best months to visit Montreal are between June-August. The summers are warm with temperatures around 70 F, the visitor can enjoy the summer festivals. The tourist population reduces during the fall of September-November with temperatures falling down to 40 F. But the weather is still enjoyable. The winters are brutal and the temperatures can go less than 10F. This is the time for Winter Sports. In March the temperatures rise slowly to 30 F. Currency is the Canadian Dollar.
Points of interests / things to see
A treasure trove of art and history, the Notre Dame Basilica is a Gothic craftsmanship of extraordinary standards. This Basilica’s overwhelming presence with extraordinary handiwork, stain glass and artistic polish of the fittings with exquisite religious artwork is phenomenal. The interiors of this Basilica is similar to the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. A visit to the church's crypt is amazing, you can study the impressive history of this monument. This Basilica was first inaugurated in 1829 and was built away from the original. It was built to worship 'Our Lady the Blessed Virgin' and was designed by New York architect James O' Donnell. The construction of the Basilica was between 1824-1829, but he did not live to see his work completed. He was given the honor of a burial inside the crypt, after conversion to Catholicism. The impressive church bell was ordered in England and weighed 11 tons. It is placed in the western tower of this Basilica’s twin towers. The eastern tower houses a carillon of 10 bells. Beautiful paintings on the wall make it look like marble. This was the first Gothic Revival Style church to be built in Canada and is also active for cultural programs like The Montreal Symphony Orchestra performs every summer. A masterpiece of craftsmanship. Address: 424, rue Saint-SulpiceMontréal (Québec) H2Y 2V5
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a premium museum with a large collection of art. The new additions of Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art and the Bourgie Concert Hall are impressive. The original museum now known as Michal and Renata Horstein Pavillion has stood since 1912. Today, both the pavilions are connected by an underground passage. Visitors can explore their permanent exhibits like the Mediterranean Archaeology, World Cultural, Quebec and Canadian Art, Napolean's gift of the Ben Weider collection, decorative arts and designs. The permanent collections has 40,000 pieces of work. There are a number of temporary exhibits and they are constantly changing. The new pavilion Claire and Marc Bourgie has opened inside the old Ershine and American Church that is beside the museum. It houses an extensive collection of Canadian Art. Montreal Museum Day takes place in late May each year and they offer free access to 29 participating museums. There is free transportation along five special bus routes. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 1379-1380 Sherbrooke West 514-285-1600 Entry free for permanent exhibits. Cafe and Boutique available. Bus: Metro Guy-Concordia or Bus 24 Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11:00am to 5:00pm. Wednesday 11:00am to 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
The Montreal Biodome is a beautiful place to visit with the family. An impressive exhibition of the four ecosystems of the Americas. A calm and soothing atmosphere, where children can run and learn, without restrictions. This building was originally constructed for the Olympic Games as a Velodrome in 1976. Today, after the renovations, it is a paradise for the indoor nature exhibition. At the Biodome, take a walk through the Tropical Rainforest that is a replica of the South American rainforests, and be enchanted with the sounds of the forest. Look out for the Lynx in the Laurentian Maple forest, that resembles the North American wilderness. The Saint Lawrence Marine Eco-system is a model of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and it is sure to impress you. The polar region has been divided into Arctic and Antarctic, the antics of the penguins in the Sub-Antarctic islands will make you smile. Listen to professional experts as they tell the secrets of this amazing biodiversity of about 270 different species of animals and 500 species of plants, all co-existing under one roof. Address: 4777 Avenue Pierre-De CoubertinMontréal, QC H1V 1B3 Telephone: Phone number (514) 868-3000 Entry Fee: Can $18.75, reduced fee for children. Subway: Viau Station Bus: 34, 125,132.
Mount Royal is a man made paradise on a mountain that overlooks the city. A perfect spot to take a walk on the trails after a day of sight seeing. You will be treated to a panoramic view of the plants and birds. There is a man-made lake, sculpture garden, Ski Slope, and Cross-Country skiing trails. Summer brings the popular activity of the 'Tam Tam Jam'. The local citizens and visitors gather on the east slope of the mountain and play the hand drums that is known as tam-tam in French. There is festivity in the air, as people dance to the tunes. They also have a foam padded weapon battle that is fun for children. Track up to the top of the mountain and you will see the 103 feet cross that was installed by the Society of Jean-Baptiste. An impressive monument that is illuminated with white lights. Mount Royal park offers tubing and tobogganing on it's slopes. The ski slopes has groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails of 18 km that is the main sport during winter. There is a recreational area that has an artificial surface field for soccer, beach volley ball and tennis courts. Address: From East via Camillien-Houde ParkwayFrom West, via Remembrance Road Montréal, Québec Telephone: 514 843 8240 Metro: Mont Royal Bus No 11
A magical adventure in a village that takes you back in time, to the day of 1800's. A walk through history, past buildings that are authentic to the period and you will experience the daily life of people who lived in 1800s. The Upper Canada Village, founded in 1961 is one of the biggest sites that showcase living history in Canada. There are functioning mills, and trades workshops. Costumed interpreters will explain about the life on farms. Explore the traditional farming techniques and watch the demonstration of growing heritage vegetables and raising livestock the traditional way. The roadsides and gardens are landscaped with flora that were fashionable in the 1800s, giving it an authentic look. Visit the spinning, weavering, and the dressmakers and watch as they sew period costumes. Absorb the traditions, music, religion and politics of that period as the knowledgeable interpreters explain it to you. There are interactive educational camps that let children experience everyday life in the olden days. It is 45 minutes drive away from Montreal, but an interest visit. The lights and decorations during Christmas season is breathtaking beautiful. Address: Upper Canada Village 13740 County Road 2 Morrisburg. ON KOC 1XO Tel: 1.800.437.2233 or 613.543.4328 Timings: May - September: Open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Entry fees: Adults: $18 Youth: $12 Children below 5 years: Free
Exporail, the Railway Museum has the largest collection of railways in Canada. Climb aboard the mini railroad or the tramways on display at the Angus Pavilion of the Grand Gallery, a fun destination for the young and the young at heart! Expert guides will explain the past of the railways, the founders and give you interesting stories of the traveling habits of passengers in the olden days. Get on board, the two working networks will take you to the miniature train room with model trains. Discover the collections of over 150 vehicles, and participate in the activities at the museum. Address: 110 Saint-Pierre Street Highway 15, Exit 42 (Route132) Saint-Constant, Quebec J5A 1G7 Telephone: 450 632 2410 Open throughout the year. Fee: Adults: $16.50, Youth: $9.75
A breathtaking garden that is home to over 200 bird species, a family of fox and 22,000 types of plants, flowers and trees. Constantly changing with each season, the garden magically appears different throughout the year. Beautifully manicured ten indoor greenhouses and the outdoor garden will enchant you. Stroll through the Lily garden, Japanese garden, Chinese garden, Shade garden and the Rose garden. Opening HoursNovember to May 14: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday to SundayMay 15 to September: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, every daySeptember 2 to November 2: 9:00 am to 9:00, every day Fee: Adults: $18.75 ( $15 for Quebec residents) Students : $14 ($11.25 for Quebec residents) Free for children below 5 years They have special rates for family.
The Insectarium is the largest insect museum in North America. It was opened in 1990 with an impressive display of live and fossil bugs. The visitor is enlightened about the importance that bugs play in the ecological systems of the world. Touch, view and maybe even eat a few! On display are the Hercules Beetle, Diving Beetles, and Stick inserts. Learn how these insects adapt to survive in the cold. 4581 Sherbrooke EstMontréal, QuébecTelephone:(514) 872-1400 Tip: Buy the three day Montreal Museums Pass available at the Insectarium. It gives you free access to 32 museums and major attractions starting at $35.00.
The Laurentian Mountains is an hours drive from Montreal. It has been called the playground of all the four seasons. The landscaped is scenic with rounded mountaintops to slanting hills and has over 9,000 freshwater lakes and a number of small villages in the surrounding areas. Enjoy skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snowboarding, ice climbing and cross-country skiing during the winter season. Spring and summers encourages water sports of rafting, and kayaking. The adventurous can take a hike or camp in the woods. Golf is a popular sport here. By Car: The Autoroute 15 takes you straight to the mountain. Car is the best option. By Bus: Take the Galland buses that depart from Station Centrale D'autobus. Address: 505, Bd de Maisonneuve est. Telephone: 514 333-9555
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How to get there ?
Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (IATA: YUL) is about a 20 minute drive to downtown Montreal. This spectacular airport handles domestic, international and charter flights from around the world. It has excellent services to help you reach your destination in town. Montreal Airport Bus 747 Express: This service by the STM public transit corporation was started to accommodate the growing need for affordable transportation between the airport and downtown Montreal. It runs 24 hours a day and works the entire week connecting the airport with the central bus stand. Travel time will differ based on the traffic, but it will be within one hour. Cost of ticket: $10 for unlimited travel. Telephone: 514 786-4636 Car Rentals: The other option is hiring a car and driving to your hotel. The rental service providers are on the ground floor of the airport. Telephone: Alamo: 514-633-1222 Avis: 514-636-1902 Budget: 1-800-368-8111 Taxis: The taxis wait at the arrival of the central exit of the airport. There will be a guide to help you. Fare: Minimum $17, fixed $40 Airport: 975 boul. Romeo-Vachon N. Dorval Quebec, Canada H4Y 1H1 Telephone: 514-394-7377 Montreal has beautiful roads with excellent public transport system. Taxis are a convenient way of getting around the city to visit the places of interest, but the bus is cheaper and just as convenient.
Hotels in Montreal (Quebec)