Montréal, sometimes referred to as The Paris of Canada, is the metropolis of the province of Québec and the 2nd largest city in Canada, founded in 1642 as a mission named Ville-Marie. It is a city rich in culture and history and a well-deserved reputation as one of the liveliest cities in North America. Its juxtaposition of French and British influences gives rise to an exuberant creativity, reflected in the festive fizz of endless cultural goings-on. Montréal also, is the 2nd-largest French-speaking, as a mother language, city in the World, behind Paris. The population of Montréal is about 1.9 million, with 4 million in the metro area.
In Montréal a simple stroll is a journey through time, backwards and forwards, with every step an opportunity to experience something to your liking. Historic monuments intertwine with ultramodern structures, while the legacy of Expo 67 still lives on, from the geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller to Habitat 67, a landmark in Canadian architecture. Don't forget to check out Montréal's new jewel of urban design, the Quartier international, which displays an eclectic mix of old and new with striking skyscrapers nestled alongside heritage buildings. It's no wonder that Montréal was the first North American city to be appointed a UNESCO City of Design.
Casino de Montréal
Boasting new décor and state-of-the-art technology, this casino offers one of the widest varieties of games in North America. A memorable outing awaits you thanks to a whole range of entertainment options, including 3,000 slot machines, 100 gaming tables, five bars, four restaurants and many shows.
Rue Saint-Cathérine (Saint-Catherine Street)
Rue Saint-Cathérine, stretching for 15 kilometers across the city from east to west, is Montréal's main shopping thoroughfare. Bustling with life, the Street is lined with the major department stores, shops and restaurants that have been the pride of Montréal for more than a century.
Rue Saint-Denis (Saint-Denis Street)
Rue Saint Denis is one of the hippest shopping, arts, and dining streets in Montréal. Historic buildings have been converted into boutiques, bistros, and cafés. Saint-Denis Street is an important shopping street. Designers, art shops and bookstores all beckon. And when shopping is done, strollers can rest their feet and watch the world go by from a sunny outdoor café.
Rue Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke Street)
Named after Sir John Sherbrooke, Governor General of Canada from 1816 to 1818, Rue Sherbrooke is probably the city's most elegant thoroughfare. It is the spine of the city and the location of many major museums and institutions. On Rue Sherbrooke, 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. The Musée des Beaux Arts is the oldest museum in Canada and houses vast collections of painting, sculpture, and new media. Not far from the museum is the extensive campus of McGill University.
Mont-Royal Avenue is one of the main arteries of the Plateau. One finds a terrific range of original boutiques with products not seen anywhere else, along with restaurants and cafés that cater to people who enjoy good food and good conversation with friends. In front of the metro station, Place Gérald-Godin, where free bicycles are available from the beginning of June to the end of August, is named after one of Québec's best-loved poets.
The highlight of Little Italy (Petite Italie) in the north end of Montréal is undoubtedly the Jean Talon Market. The Jean Talon Market is one of Montréal's busiest public markets. Located in a warehouse-style building, since 1934 the Jean Talon market has been supplying Montréal with fresh Quebec products and specialty items from around the World. the market features vendors selling fruits and vegetables, flowers, meats, fish, cheese, baked goods, and specialty foods. There are also restaurants and cafés on site.