Montreal - the metropolis of the province of Quebec. Quebec City is the political capital but Montreal is the cultural and economic capital of Quebec and the main entry point to the province. The second largest city in Canada, it is a city rich in culture and history, has an inordinate number of attractive, fashionably dressed people, and a well-deserved reputation as one of the liveliest cities in North America. Montreal is the 3rd largest French-speaking city in the world, behind Paris and Kinshasa.
Situated on an island in the St. Lawrence River at the historically highest navigable point, Montreal has been a strategic location since before the arrival of Europeans in Canada.
It has been said that Montréal is the only city in the world where the sun "rises in the south." Don't try to navigate by looking at the sun!
Montreal is an extremely inviting destination for gay and lesbian tourists and it is arguably one of the most gay-friendly cities in North America.
Montreal has historically been divided into east and west by boulevard Saint-Laurent. Numbered addresses on streets that cross Saint-Laurent start there and increase in either direction; most addresses are given as "rue Saint-XXX Ouest" (west) or "rue Saint-XXX Est" (east).
* Old Montréal contains the vast majority of historical buildings, most dating from the 17th - 19th century, and many museums. At night several of the buildings are beautifully lit up. A Tourist Office brochure lays out a walking map. Consider following it once during the day, and again at night.
* Le Plateau combines scenic residential streets with hip shopping and dining.
* Downtown Skyscrapers, McGill campus, churches, and museums. Several blocks are connected by 30 Km of underground arcades and malls, allowing comfortable walking and shopping when the weather is foul.
* Parc Jean-Drapeau, site of the 1967 World's Fair, now devoted to green spaces and a large outdoor concert venue. The Gilles Villeneuve racing circuit, home of the Montreal Formula 1 Grand Prix. An artificial beach, a huge outdoor pool complex, and the Montreal Casino are also located on or around the park.
* A few kilometres Metro ride to the north, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve offers the Olympic Stadium, Insectarium, Jardin Botanique, and Biodôme. Allow four hours to see all four.
* Casino de Montréal, 1, avenue du Casino (metro Jean-Drapeau).
* La Ronde, (member of the Six Flags family) 22, chemin Macdonald (metro Jean-Drapeau).
* Amazing Race Montreal. 24 hours. Ever wanted to be on "The Amazing Race"?
* Detail of Basilique Notre-Dame
* St. Joseph's Oratory Atop of Mount-Royal, it is one of the world’s most visited shrines. The basilica’s huge dome reaches 97 meters and is second only in height to Saint-Peter’s basilica in Rome.
* St Lawrence river gateway
* The dome of the Marché Bonsecours in Old Montréal
* The Biosphere, a geodesic sphere on the grounds of the 1967 World's Fair
* Mount Royal Park - The scenic lookout offers a striking view of the downtown area and the river.
* Bonsecours Market in autumn.
* Tour de la Bourse (Stock Exchange Tower) in the Quartier international de Montréal
* Place des Arts
* Olympic Stadium, home of the former Montreal Expos. Olympia Park Built for the 1976 Summer Olympics Games. Impressive in size and shape and topped b the tallest inclined tower in the world.
* Montreal City Hall.
* McGill University, Arts Building.
* Université de Montréal, Roger-Gaudry building and its hilltop campus.
* Jacques Cartier Bridge at dusk
* Montreal Harbor The ocean port that's 1000 miles inland from the sea.
* Place Ville Marie The gleaming cruciform tower and the fabulous underground city.
* Botanical Gardens and Insectarium A future visit is a must (tour C2)
* St. Helen's Island and the Casino A superb panoramic view.
* Bell Centre Montreal Canadiens' new home.
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