Originally called Ville Marie or City of Mary, Montreal is the second largest city in all of Canada after Toronto and the largest city in the province of Quebec.
First thing you need to know about Montreal is the existence of the Mount Royal in the heart of the city. Montreal was derived from Mount Royal which is either a small mountain or a large hill.
Consider putting Old Montreal first in your itinerary list of ‘places to go.” This is the oldest area in Montreal and is home to major attractions in the city.
The Notre-Dame Basilica in the district of Old Montreal is one of most famous Roman Catholic basilica in the world. The gothic revival concept of the basilica has been a hot spot for travelers from different nations. Another destination in Montreal is the Place d’Armes where the statue of Montreal’s founder Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve stands. Along the vicinity of the square is the Notre-Dame Basilica, Aldred Building, 500 Place d’Armes and the Saint Sulpice Seminary.
To experience a diversified experience with nature, make sure to visit the Biodome Montreal. The facility allows visitors to walk and see a model of the four ecosystems found in the continent of the Americas. The four ecosystems are the Tropical Forest, Laurentian Forest, Saint Lawrence Marine ecosystem and Polar area. The areas differ in terrain, animal species, plant ecosystem and environment condition. The roof of the Biodome kinda looks like the logo of adidas when viewed from above.
The Montreal Botanical Garden is a green paradise and a man-made masterpiece. The topiary art in these facility is a manifestation of natural art. Man-made plant structures taking the form of humans and animals surround most of the area, one word to describe the natural museum is phenomenal, this isn’t an exaggeration. Gardens are divided by location concept, the Chinese garden, the Japanese garden, the First Nations garden and the Alpine garden.
The greenhouses are covered with floral arrangements and the majestic flight of the butterflies around the area is also something to look forward too.
For the love of art, visit the prominent Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to view the legacy of famous artists from the old days. Sculptures, paintings, murals and other form of arts showcased to commemorate great artist like John Tempest, Ferdinand Hodler, Renata Hornstein and more. The museum also gives an opportunity for Canadian artists to showcase their works to the public. Just added information, the museum suffered an unfortunate crisis on September 4th, 1972 when armed thieves took off with 18 paintings, jewelleries and figurines with a total cost of $2 million dollars ($11.6 million today).
During a pleasant day people tend to take a stroll down the Old Port to enjoy the view of the St. Lawrence river or visit the clock tower. To indulge in some leisure time, make your way to the Clock beach and just seat on one of the Adirondack chairs while enjoying the horizon.
Ice Hockey is big in Canada since it originated from the Great White North, specifically in Montreal. The 24-times Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens have played a huge role in the promotion of the sport worldwide. The Canadiens are one of the Original Six teams who participates in the National Hockey League. Get to know more by asking people about the sport and visit the Centre Bell arena to see what all the hype is about.
Just in case your appetite signals you that it’s time for consumption, here are some of the best restaurants scattered all over the city.
According to online reviews this french style restaurant have been serving the best servings for desserts. Their menu includes the best ricotta ice cream, hazelnut cake, mascarpone and pumpkin cake in the city.
St-Viateur Bagel Restaurant
Every bagel coming out of the counter is taken straight out of the oven and served hot. The bread roll is covered with sesame seeds and the mixture of ingredients is precise all the time.
Les Deux Singes de Montarvie Restaurant
This very restaurant is ranked as the best one in Montreal. The restaurant has a small menu of incredible dishes like braised octopus with roasted garlic, smoked herring and cauliflower chowder, they also serve vegetarian meals like roasted squash, eggplant cannelloni and beets with curry vinaigrette.
Most of the restaurant in Montreal are inspired by french cuisine since the city is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world.
These are just some of the things to do and places to visit in Montreal. To learn more travel information about Montreal, click here to visit the official website of their tourism.
Montreal is one of the best city in Canada that offers a wide choices of activities and destinations to travelers. The ideal time to visit Montreal is from March to May and September to November for a milder weather perfect for the extroverts. Also, hotel vacancies are high during these months.
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