5 good reasons to go to Montreal
To see / do
Culture and history
In the heart of Old Montreal
The vast majority of the city's historic buildings are clustered around Old Montreal. Saunter down the streets and take in the incredibly well-preserved 17th- and 18th-century buildings, marvel at the Place Jacques-Cartier and Place d’Armes, and step inside the Château Ramezay and the Notre-Dame basilica, a neo-Gothic building decorated with gilded embellishment.
Revisit the 18th century at the Château Ramezay
Built in 1705, the Château Ramezay awaits in Montreal's old town. This historic monument is one of the city's oldest museums, an opulent mansion where costumed guides are on hand to lead you back in time. An exhibition illustrates Canadian history from the settler period to the present day. Truly fascinating. The Nouvelle-France garden is a wonderful place to wander and stroll.
A spectacular oratory
The dome that crowns Saint Joseph's Oratory is an iconic part of Montreal's skyline, perched on top of Mont Royal and visible from the bottom of the hill. Built at the turn of the 20th century, this stunning monument is a gorgeous example of Renaissance-era architecture on the outside, while boasting a highly contemporary décor on the inside. This contrast in styles never fails to enchant all those who step through its doors. After exploring the basilica, head out into the gardens to take in the view.
A trip to Jean-Talon market
Visitors with their heart set on sampling premium local produce owe it to themselves to stop off at Jean-Talon market. Tucked away in the Little Italy district, the stall-holders here display their wares, from fish and vegetables to meat delicacies and more. The market is the perfect place to pick up a snack, and food stalls are on hand to treat foodies to takeaways with a Canadian twist.
Get your blood pumping at La Ronde
You might not know it, but a flight to Montreal is synonymous with thrills, adrenaline rushes and all the fun of the fair at La Ronde! The Jean-Drapeau park (Sainte-Hélène island) is crammed full of rides for visitors of all ages to enjoy, with a line-up of dazzling shows to boot.
Poutine is a religion in Montreal, and it'd be a crime to leave without trying some for yourself. Poutine is a serving of chips with cheese curds (generally cheddar) and gravy. There's a poutine to suit all palates and preferences, as different varieties (topped with chicken, sausage, anything you can think of!) are available too.
Smoked meat sandwiches
Whether you like your sandwiches made with traditional bread or bagels, embrace your inner local and order yours with a smoked meat filling. This Canadian classic is a Montreal staple, and legend has it that you'll find the best at Schwartz's. Pick your bread and sauce and order to go!
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