Montreal Tourism
A Beautiful French Speaking City in Canada

Montreal Tourism to the most populous city in the Province of Quebec and second in Canada, after Toronto.

Originally called Ville Marie or the “City of Mary” it was renamed after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. It is located on the Island of Montreal and a few smaller peripheral islands.

Its population is over 1.7 million while the population of Metropolitan Montreal is about 4.1 million inhabitants. French is the city's official language and is the language spoken at home by 50 % of the population of the city, followed by English at 23 % and many other languages.

View of Montreal from Mont Royal

View of Montreal from Mont Royal

This green lung is located in the city center and rises 233 meters above the city. This lovely park features monuments to Jacques Cartier and King George VI and a lake called Lac-aux-Castors, and the cemeteries on the western slope where the city's different ethnic groups have rested in peace together for centuries.

From the platform below the cross, there unfolds a magnificent panorama of the whole of the 51 km length of the Île de Montréal and the St. Lawrence.

Old Montreal

Old Montreal

Vieux-Montréal or Old Montréal is a remarkable concentration of buildings dating from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. While walking through its streets you get this Old Parisian style feeling while enjoying the many historic sites, streets and landmarks you may visit on foot.

Do not miss the Twin Towers of the Notre-Dame Basilica, the quays of the revitalized Old Port, and the open-air gathering space of Place Jacques-Cartier.

Montréal City Hall

Uphill in the Old Town is the impressive Montreal City Hall next to Nelson’s Column.

Place Jacques-Cartier is a popular tourist spot surrounded by historic buildings, pretty gardens, public services, and restaurants.

Notre-Dame Basilica

This is Montreal’s oldest church founded in 1656. Its incarnation of the Paris original is even greater. The twin towers of the neo-Gothic façade face Place d'Armes. The amazing interior is the work of Victor Bourgeau. Throughout the year, an evening light and sound show retells the story of Montréal's founding.

Botanical Garden

Located in Parc Maisonneuve, this gorgeous imaginative botanical garden or Jardin Botanique, attracts visitors mainly for its Japanese and Chinese Gardens, incredible glasshouses and a great display of orchids and bonsai trees.

Do not miss the Insectarium and huge arboretum on the grounds, as well as ponds supporting a variety of birds.

Montreal Tourism

Chinatown in Montreal

Chinatown in Montreal Tourism

Located on Rue de la Gauchetière, with Chinese arches marking the heart of the quarter, it dates from the late 1860s, when many Chinese laborers who originally came to work in the mines and build the railroad moved into the cities in search of a better life. Today's Chinatown is no longer exclusively Chinese, but a place where anyone can relax and enjoy a good meal.

The neighborhood features many Asian restaurants, food markets, and convenience stores as well, being home to many of Montreal's East Asian community centers, such as the Montreal Chinese Hospital and the Montreal Chinese Community and Cultural Center.

Biosphere in Parc Jean Drapeau

It is located on Île Sainte-Hélène, named after the wife of Samuel de Champlain, and the artificial island of Notre-Dame, the site of Expo '67.

They are now known as Parc Jean Drapeau and have many family- attractions. A reminder to the 1967 world fair, the Biosphere is now a museum dedicated to ecological issues.

University buildings

Named after Sir John Sherbrooke, Governor General of Canada from 1816 to 1818, Rue Sherbrooke is probably the city's most elegant avenue. It is the spine of the city and the location of many major museums and institutions.

The McCord Museum of Canadian History has an outstanding collection of exhibits on Canada's social history, especially native peoples such as the Inuit and Pacific Coast First Nations.

Olympic Park

It was the site of the 1976 Summer Olympics, with the seashell-shaped Olympic Stadium at its heart, the park is a major recreation destination. Other sites within the park include the covered botanic-zoological Biodôme garden, the creative botanical garden, and collections of creepy-crawlies at the Insectarium.

Olympic Park

St Mary Queen of the World

This is a Catholic church, located east of Place du Canada. It was built as a smaller version of St. Peter's in Rome. The massive statues represent the patron saints of the Archbishopric of Montréal in the 19th century. A series of paintings by Georges Delfosse retell Montréal's tumultuous history.

For more information visit Montreal Tourism Official Website

images for montreal tourism

mont royal by diego delso
city hall by david ilif
notre dame by diego delso
botanical by king of hearts
chinatown by jiaqian airplanefan
biosphere by ziko
university by dxr
olympic by tony hisgett

all courtesy of wikimedia commons

Map of Canada showing Montreal on the east

Map of Canada showing Montreal on the east

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