In addition to fine night life, diverse culture and excellent restaurants, Montreal has some remarkable attractions. Among these is Old Montreal, home to the stunning Notre Dame Basilica. Also worth a visit is Parc Jean Drapeau. This man-made island hosted expo '67 and holds the Grand Prix every year on the Gilles Villeneuve race track. In the middle of the track you'll come across a large golden building, the Montreal Casino, formerly the pavilion of France. The popular theme park La Ronde sits on the end of the island and is where the annual International Fireworks festival takes place June through July. For the perfect view of the city go to the top of Mont Royal or take in the view from the rooftop terrace at Place Ville Marie, Montreal's tallest building. If you are an art lover the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is Canada's oldest, and one of its best.
Montreal by night is an adventure waiting to happen. Internationally reputed to have the best nightlife in the world, no traveler leaves unfulfilled. With its hundreds of night clubs, whether it be jazz or blues, classic, R&B, house, fusion, rock or dance, you'll find what your looking for here. Montreal has a vibrant and active Night Life that connoisseurs, party goers and wanting adults adore.
THE FASHION METROPOLIS
Montreal and New York are the only two cities in North America recognized as major fashion centers "Cities of Fashion guide, Promostyl". If its shopping you want, you'll find an endless variety of stores offering cutting edge trend.
THE UNDERGROUND CITY
This city is also known for having the largest underground walkway in the world, linking 200+restaurants, 1700 boutiques, 30 movie theatres and halls, 10 subway stations and loads more. Definitely an experience not to be missed.
GOLF AND SKIING
A 1hr drive in any direction will take you to the Laurentians, the Eastern townships, or the Adirondacks, where you'll find the best ski hills on the East Coast. Montreal is also a golfer's paradise during the summer months where you'll find over 100 golf courses in the Greater Montreal area, including some of the best in Canada, such as the first golf course in North America, the Royal Montreal, which is still in operation.
Montreal island, the only city in Canada to be entirely surrounded by water, is home to 90+marinas within a 1hr drive offering plenty of water activities.
Montreal also has 466 miles (750 km) of bicycle paths, and was rated the best cycling city in North America by Bicycle magazine.
Montreal is home to 3 professional teams, hockey, soccer and football. Watch the Habs play at the Bell Center and experience the Canadian hockey spirit with the Montreal Canadiens hockey. Visit the Montreal Impact soccer team defend their title or go watch Montreal's football team the Alouettes football, part of the CFL.
THE PERFROMING ARTS
Greater Montreal is home to the internationally renowned The Montreal symphony orchestra, the Montreal Opera Company and 30-odd other musical organizations, including the Orchestre M�tropolitain du Grand Montreal and the Orchestre Symphonique de Laval. There are some 60 theatre stages and 171 movie screens in the Montreal area.
Every year, Montreal plays host to more than 40 festivals and major international events including North America's biggest Jazz festival, the Just For Laughs festival and the International fireworks festival.
July 8 - 15:
|Montreal International Fireworks Competition June 17 - July 29|
|Montreal International Jazz Festival June 29-July 9|
|Just for laughs/Juste pour rire Just for laughs Comedy Festival - July 1 -31|
|Fantasia Film Fest July 6-26, 2006|
|Nuits d'Afrique Music Festival July 13-23|