Exploring the city and its different neighbourhoodsMontreal is best discovered by diving into its different neighbourhoods. Set off to discover the city as Jacques Cartier, the first explorer of the island of Montreal, the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and its river, did in the 16th century. From the port of Vieux-Montréal, along the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, to Chinatown and the Plateau-Mont-Royal with its mountain overlooking the city, you will discover the history and styles of a city that is growing and becoming ever more diverse with time. The city has many faces, from the Square Saint-Louis and its colourful Victorian houses to Mile End with its artists’ workshops, vintage boutiques and trendy cafes.A city full of festivals and other artistic and musical celebrationsMontreal is a fan of festivals. Its passion for culture and enthusiasm for celebration is catching, and the city definitely deserves its title as cultural capital of Canada. Its streets, covered in street art from the Festival MURAL and filled with performances of all kinds, welcome more than 100 festivals over the course of the year, celebrating art in all its forms. Residents of Montreal come together in the streets, summer and winter alike, to enjoy the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and many others. They celebrate culture, gastronomy and arts, in addition to the wonders of winter and the excitement of extreme sports: so many occasions for the city to express its enthusiasm and generosity.Fresh air and nature in MontrealMontreal is full of nature. With more than eight nature parks scattered throughout the city, Montreal offers many places for lovers of the outdoors to get away without leaving the island. You can ride your bicycle or go running on Mont-Royal, in the heart of Montreal, or go canoeing or kayaking on the Canal de Lachine. Maisonneuve and La Fontaine Parks are green spaces perfect for relaxing, meeting up with friends or enjoying some outdoor activities. Montreal’s flora and fauna are everywhere, and it’s common to come across one of the local racoons between the Belvédère Camillien-Houde and the Plateau-Mont-Royal at the foot of the mountain. The city’s love of nature is also found in the Biodôme de Montréal at the Espace pour la Vie, which is home to some of America’s most beautiful ecosystems.A blend of multicultural cuisines: the flavours of North AmericaMontreal is fond of good food, and has a wide range of cuisine. The city has a multitude of immigrant communities, resulting in one of the most diverse culinary scenes in North America. Sample the traditional poutine, a generous portion of French fries covered in cheese curds and brown gravy. Montreal’s food is a testimony to the city’s cultural diversity. You can also enjoy delicious bagels and smoked meat from delis, along with Italian dishes in Little Italy. Gastronomy is modern and innovative, with a wide range of influences, and the neighbourhoods of Mile End and Little Burgundy are the strongholds of modern cuisine in Montreal.
Discovering Montreal is a very pleasant experience, and this generous, multifaceted city is sure to win you over. The city streets come alive at night in the Quartier des Spectacles and the Quartier Latin. We are happy to visit the city and speak “Frenglish” with the locals, these distant-yet-welcoming cousins.
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