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Montreal is the largest city in the Quebec province and named after Mount Royal, the hill in the heart of the city. It’s also the second-largest city in Canada following Toronto, rich in culture and heritage. French is the official language of the city and only 56% of the population speak both English and French. Beautiful all year round, Montreal has an old-world charm that makes it a romantic and enchanting escape.
Montreal is a city of festivals regardless of the time of year. Domestic and international tourists flock to see the city come alive at the International Jazz Festival in June/July in Canadian summer. The largest jazz festival in the world, it hosts 3,000 jazz musicians. Also in June, Les Francofolies de Montreal celebrates the French-speaking Music world in a 10-day celebration. In winter, Igloofest is an electronic music festival featuring local and international DJs.
Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in North America and a variety of local and international dishes. Try the popular Quebec creation ‘poutine’, which is a unique dish made of French fries, brown gravy sauce and cheese. While more of a fast food option than fine dining, poutine is native to this region and rarely recreated well in other parts of North America. Top places for poutine include Garde Manger for lobster poutine; Frite Alors for 17 different sauces; and La Banquise for 30 different poutine varieties.
Mount Royal Park
This 200 hectare park surrounding the city’s highest peak attracts more than 3 million visitors each year! In winter the park comes alive with its own ski trail, ice skating rink and picturesque lookouts. In summer, experience the serenity of Montreal or visit the historical Roman Catholic Basilica. Enjoy the beautiful plants, flowers and lakeside relaxation in this protected park
Old Port of Montreal
Located between the St Lawrence River and Old Montreal, The Old Port is a popular place for locals and tourists alike to enjoy sunny days and the warmer weather. Visit the Montreal Science Centre or the IMAX theatre, or kick back and sunbake at the Clock Tower Beach. Enjoy outdoor restaurants and shops, or take a cruise to discover Canadian maritime history. In winter, visit the popular outdoor skating rink or watch the fireworks.