Montreal Travel Guide

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Montreal or Montréal (French pronunciation: Mawn-ray-al)

Montreal is the cultural and economic capital of Quebec, although Quebec City is the political capital. Ranking as the second largest city in Canada, this unique metropolis stands as as one of the most vivacious cities in North America. Heavily influenced by the French, this island city that favors grace and elegance is the second-largest French-speaking (as a mother language) city in the world, only overtaken by Paris.

The people of Montreal know how to have fun, and have strong commitment to the arts, culture, and history of the region. With attractions like the Montreal Biodôme and La Ronde Amusement Park, filling a trip itinerary is no problem in Montreal. This city of 1.9 million, with 4 million in the metro area, has a wealth of activities to offer the tourist, and for this reason, millions flock to Montreal every year to take part in the events, festivities, and amusement.

Districts
Ville-Marie borough

    • In the downtown area you can see the Parc du Mont-Royal, skyscrapers, and do a little shopping.
    • In Old Montreal you can witness the peaceful riverfront Old Town and Old Port
    • The Quartier Latin-Le Village has gay bars, boutiques, shops, and much more
    • Parc Jean-Drapeau is home of the famous Montreal Casino

Plateau Mont-Royal district

    • Slightly east of east of Parc du Mont-Royal is this trendy little district where the most prominent feature are the endless rows of Montreal duplexes and triplexes

Other Montreal districts and Montreal Island Towns

    • Visit the jean Talon market in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
    • Outremont — Upscale francophone neighbourhood.
    • see the Rialto Theater, boutiques and much more in Mile End

Climate
The climate in Montreal has four seasons. The city is generally mild in the springtime, mild also in the autumn, with warm, sometimes hot and humid summers, in the winter, often, it is very cold and snowy.

Transportation to and Within Montreal
Montreal is the main entry point to the province of Quebec. For this reason Montreal is a gateway for the majority of travelers, making it the perfect destination for a landing stop when you enter the province. Below, are listed the major forms of transportation and means of travel in Montreal.

By Air
Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport lies to the west of Montreal. Traveling from the city to the airport can take up to an hour. If you are taking a taxi from the city to the airport, you will pay a fixed rate of 38 dollars.

If you take the STM Airport Express bus 747, you will pay a fare of eight dollars. This service runs 24 hours a day, and stops at many downtown locations. One eight dollar fare gives you access to unlimited trips for one 24 hour period.

By Car
From Toronto, the trip takes about five hours.
From Ottawa, the trip is about two hours.
From Quebec City the trip is three hours on Autoroute 40 or Autoroute 20.
From Boston, the trip takes about five hours.
From New York, the trip is only around two hours.

Shopping in Montreal
Rue Ste-Catherine has all of the major shopping sites like big department stores, major malls, and chain stores. Rue Saint-Denis offer boutiques where you can find anything you desire. Montreal is a shoppers paradise, with prime spots for eating and shopping in high style. In Rue Amherst, you can even find a dense concentration of antique dealers where you can purchase French antiques.

Montreal offers all of the shopping opportunities that any North American city has to offer.

Ste-Catherine St has restaurants, bars, and plenty of department stores with stylish clothing and housewares at great prices to boot.

URL Sources:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/canada/montreal
http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/north-america/canada/quebec/montreal/overview.html
http://gocanada.about.com/od/montreal/tp/Montreal-Travel-Guide.htm

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