Montréal is a multifaceted city justly proud of its contrasts. The world’s second-largest French-speaking city after Paris, with 3.4 million residents Montréal is also a melting pot of cultures from around the world, as its mosaic of neighborhoods and diversity of restaurants will attest to. The city’s rich architectural heritage spans four centuries of history from the French Regime to the modern era. An island that’s anything but insular, Montréal is a lively town that’s always in the mood to celebrate!
The sounds of the calèche (horse-drawn carriage) still echo on Old Montréal’s narrow cobblestone streets, flanked by 18th- and 19th-century greystone buildings. Your best introduction to the city’s history is Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, which, together with the Musée Marguerite-Bourgeoys, breathes life into the city’s 350-year past. Nearby, the Gothic Revival Notre-Dame basilica is renowned for the dazzling opulence of its interior.
Montréal’s vibrant cultural life attests to its exuberant creativity. The city’s cinemas and performance spaces offer up an impressive variety of entertainment, while its bars, cafés and clubs resound until the wee hours. Superb shopping is also one of the pleasures that Montréal, a well-known fashion capital, has to offer.