Montreal is the biggest city of the Canadian province of Quebec. It is located on the Montreal Island, at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers.
The city of Montreal is also deployed on other 74 islands, like Ile-Bizard, Ile-Ste-Helene and Ile-Notre-Dame. Until 2006, 1,852,723 people lived in Montreal, Canada, but after the municipal merger, the population number raised to 3,635,571 – in the metropolitan area, – making it the second populous francophone urban agglomeration in the world, after Paris.
In the heart of the city you can find dozens of sky-scrapers, like 1000 de La Gauchetière, 1250 René-Lévesque and Ville-Marie Place (designed by Ioeh Ming Pei). This office building has the form of a cross and was inaugurated back in 1962, raising above the core of an underground city, an architectural complex with access to hundreds of stores, restaurants, offices andtransport terminals.
- But Montreal tourism is also based on the beautiful cathedrals and churches. There are four famous catholic buildings: The Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral, Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica, Saint Patrick Church and Oratoire Saint-Joseph. The last one of them is the biggest in Canada, and its dome is the second largest in the world after the one of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Montreal, Canada Attractions
Rue Sherbrooke is one of the fanciest shopping areas in Montreal, keeping the charms of the 19th century.
Montreal Olympic Stadium has a capacity of 60,000 – 80,000 spectators and currently hosts shows, festivals and baseball games. The stadium has the shape of a giant shell and features a retractable roof that protects the field against bad weather. An elevator can get you on the platform on top of the stadium, offering a great view of the city and the surroundings.
Montreal Chinatown dates back in 1860, when lots of Chinese, working in mines started to move in to the city in search of a better life.
Chateau Dufresne, another landmark of Montreal, Canada, follows the architectural lines of le Petit Trianon, in Versailles.
Anyway, there are also other things to do in Montreal, like visiting the Saint-Louis square, the Old Port area, Jean-Drapeau park and Montreal Biosphere.
But of course, if you want to visit a city like Montreal, you also have to find an appropriate accommodation. With hotels for every wallet, here you will find both five star hotels and cheap accommodation, where you will be surprised that the services are way above the price you pay for them.
Luxury Hotel Le St. James Montreal is the most expensive and most famous hotel in Montreal, located in the heart of Old Montreal, also being considered one of the landmarks of the area. But you can also find accommodation in the other best five star hotels in Montreal: Sofitel Montréal Golden Mile, Hotel Le Crystal Montreal, InterContinental Hotel Montreal, Chateau Vaudreuil and Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth.