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Located in the province of Quebec, approximately 100 kilometers from the Canada-U.S. border, Montreal is one of the most popular cities in North America. What might surprise some is that this historical city doesn’t have the feel of a North American city, instead feeling like it has been transplanted from Europe.

One of the reasons for this is the fact that the city has a very wide French influence. Approximately 65 percent of Montreal natives speak French, making it the second largest city in the world – behind Paris – to primarily speak the language. As such, it’s useful to carry a phrasebook with you if you’re not familiar with the language. That being said, Montrealers are generally approachable people and will be patient with you. Many also speak English which makes things even simpler.

The city is served by Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport (YUL) which is located about 20 kilometers southwest of the downtown district. Visitors will find a number of city and shuttle buses available to transport them to the city center, whilst taxis are also in good supply.

Montreal is also accessible from a number of cities via railway. These cities include Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, Halifax, Albany, and New York City, all of which arrive at Central Station in the heart of the city.

The city has a wide range of accommodation options. Visitors are able to take their pick from luxury hotels to belt-tightening budget establishments, and everything in between. Downtown Montreal is a popular location for tourists to stay as is Old Montreal. Both are close enough to the city’s major attractions to make getting around a fairly simple task.

Montreal is home to a number of attractions and landmarks that continually impress those visiting the city. The most well-known of these is Mont Royal (Mount Royal). Despite what its name suggests, Mont Royal is actually a large hill. It is located just west of the downtown district and offers a fantastic view over the city.

Mont Royal makes for an excellent destination for those looking to enjoy a spot of fresh air. During the summer months the hill is ideal for those looking to enjoy a stroll or bicycle ride, whilst plenty of people enjoy a paddleboat ride on one of its lakes, or simply relax with a picnic. During winter, the hill becomes a favored destination for those looking to enjoy skating, tobogganing, and snowshoeing.

Montreal’s other major attractions are its grandiose churches.

The most famous of these is Notre-Dame Basilica, which opened in 1829. The Gothic Revival design of the structure has been modeled on its Parisian counterpart, and makes for an epic sight as it towers above Old Montreal. The basilica features a huge pipe organ and is accessible to the public for an admission charge.

Another of Montreal’s famed churches is Saint Joseph’s Oratory, which is located on the western slope of Mont Royal. The church is the largest in all of Canada and features a huge dome that is considered the second largest in the world. Only the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome is larger.

Other popular churches include St. Patrick’s Basilica and the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral.

The city also houses a number of museums that have become popular with tourists. The largest of these is the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal (Museum of Fine Arts). Unfortunately, the city’s planetarium – a popular destination with tourists – closed its doors in 2011. A new planetarium is due to open in the future.

Meanwhile, the city’s Biodome, Insectarium, and Botanic Gardens are popular tourist destinations, particularly with those families making their way to the city.

The city itself offers plenty of shopping, eating, and drinking options. A popular destination for those looking to shop until they drop is the Underground City, a shopping mall located completely below ground. The city streets are also home to a wide range of vintage clothes sellers. Many tourists enjoy rooting around looking for that unique piece of clothing.

Downtown and Old Montreal provide an array of restaurants and other dining options. Thanks to its historic links with France, French cuisine is very popular within the city, while all visitors should try Poutine, a dish that incorporates fries, gravy, and cheese curds.

Montreal also provides a lively nightlife for those looking to enjoy such. The city is home to numerous bars, pubs, and nightclubs, with the Saint-Laurent district housing many of those considered to be the best.

Montreal has become a popular destination with sports tourists. One of the sites sought out by these visitors is the Olympic Park, which opened for the 1976 Winter Olympics. The Olympic Stadium – one of the city’s most controversial buildings – houses a number of exhibits and has hosted the likes of baseball, American football, soccer, and rock concerts since.

The city’s other big draw is the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens are the most successful ice hockey team in the North American history. The side has won the Stanley Cup – a trophy given to each season’s champion – a total of 24 times. The team plays at the Centre Bell, one of the busiest arenas in the world. Catching a game whilst in the city is a must.

Montreal is also home to a wide array of festivals, which take any number of shapes and sizes. The most famous of these is the Montreal Jazz Festival which is held in June/July. Other popular festivals include the St. Ambroise Fringe Festival and the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. The city also hosts a number of popular music festivals throughout the year.

For those with the urge, and the time, Montreal offers a number of excursion destinations. Quebec City and Ottawa are both within driving distance, and accessible by railway, and both offer some interesting attractions. Alternatively, Les Laurentides, which is located about an hour north of Montreal, is a favored spot with skiers during the snowy months that is.

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