The second largest city in Canada, Montreal is one of the most popular with foreign visitors – and with good reason.
Situated on the banks of the St Lawrence River, Montreal is a city rich that is history and culture that – much like Quebec City – has something of a European feel about it.
From the moment you step off your cruise ship, you’ll be right in the heart of the action in Vieux Montreal; where the first European settlers laid down their roots in the 1600s.
Here you can walk through the cobbled streets and take in the history around you, or pay a visit to some of the more famous old buildings in the city – such as the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal.
From the main port, a walk along St Lawrence Boulevard – known to locals as The Main – will provide the chance to see the multi-cultural make-up of modern day Montreal as its best; with Little Italy, Chinatown and the Jewish Quarter amongst the districts that sit side-by-side in the city.
There is also easy access to the main shopping and entertainment districts of the city, which can be reached on foot or via Montreal’s underground Metro network.
Amongst the other sites worth exploring in the city are the Olympic Stadium built to host the 1976 Olympic Games, where you can take a trip to the top of the tallest inclined tower in the world for impressive views across the city.
The nearby Biodome, located in the former Olympic velodrome, gives visitors the chance to explore the various ecosystems found across the Americas and is one of four facilities run by Montreal’s Nature Museum – which also runs the Insectarium, the Botanical Garden and the Planetarium.
Montreal’s islands are also worth a visit, most notably Île Sainte-Hélène - where visitors can head for the La Ronde amusement park - and Île Notre-Dame, where you can take a walk around the Grand Prix circuit named after the legendary Canadian racer Gilles Villeneuve.