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Located in the heart of Quebec, Montreal is one of Canada’s most cherished cities. With a strong presence of French culture and joie de vivre, Montreal is a world class destination. The cosmopolitan city is rich in modernity but also has a distinctively old world charm reminiscent of France.
Standing as the second largest city in Canada, as well as the biggest city in the provence of Quebec, Montreal is sure to offer plenty of fun filled excitement for visitors. One of the most unique aspects of Montreal is its famous underground city. Stretching over 20 miles underneath the hustle and bustle of the city is a maze of connected shopping complexes.
It is the largest underground complex in the world. Restaurants, stores, hotels, apartment buildings, movie theaters, museums and even universities are part of the amenities available in the underground city. Metro stations are also connected with the underground complexes, making is possible to spend a whole day traveling from one side of the complex to the other without ever leaving indoors.
With frigid temperatures in the winter, residents of Montreal are able to stay warm and still enjoy the ongoing excitement of city living without staying outside. A trip to Montreal would not be complete without experiencing the massive underground city, which has dubbed Montreal as “two cities in one.”
The spring and summer seasons are the optimal times to travel to Montreal. Although it is widely known for its extensive indoor city, there is also many beautiful outdoor spots in Montreal to explore. Mont Royal Park stands atop the city and allows for magnificent views of Montreal.
This park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed world renown Central Park. Mont Royal Park is one of the most famous parks in all of Montreal and is one of the largest as well. Not far from Mont Royal Park is St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, a magnificent church perched high atop Montreal.
Climbing the steps up to the entrance of St. Joseph’s Oratory gives way to panoramic views of the city down below. Both of these spots are wonderful ways to enjoy Montreal from above. Down below on the streets of Montreal is the charming neighborhood of Old Town. Considered as a historic site in the city, Old Town is the oldest area of Montreal.
The antiquity of the neighborhood can be seen through the cobblestone streets and old world design of the buildings, some originating in the 17th century. A stroll through Old Town can seem a bit of a tourist trap, but getting lost in its history and architectural characteristics comes as a pleasant surprise. The highlight of Old Town is Notre-Dame Basilica.
This church has Gothic style influences and is ornately decorated on the inside and out. A stop inside the Notre-Dame Basilica to marvel in its colorful interior and grandeur is sure to take your breath away. When it comes to cuisine, Montreal offers an array of international food that can please anyone’s taste buds.
Taking from its French roots, there are plenty of local spots to enjoy traditional French cuisine and small restaurants specifically for crepes. One of the most famous French Canadian dishes is poutine and it is surely a taste into the lifestyle of Montreal. Often reviewed as having the best poutine in the city, La Banquise is a restaurant that serves over 20 variations of the french fries and gravy dish.
Whether sinking your teeth into savory plates of poutine or walking around the indoor and outdoor wonders of the city, Montreal is a wonderful place to visit for a taste of both French and Canadian cultures.