Montreal is a one-of-a-kind-a multicultural city that blends its French accent with that of over 80 other ethnic communities and charms visitors with its Euro-American ambiance. Its downtown bustles with life at the foot of its mountain, while history is rooted in the old quarters near the river. The city beckons you to discover its fashionable boutiques and famed cuisine, over 30 km (18 mi.) of indoor pedestrian walkways, and its lively casino. Explore the old city riding in a horse-drawn carriage around the XVIIIth- and XIXth-century residences of Old Montreal, you will discover the imposing neo-gothic Notre Dame Basilica, the Pointe-a-Calliere and the Centre d'histoire de Montreal. Place Jacques-Cartier is in the heart of Old Montreal. In the summer, this meeting place in full of street performers, artists and musicians. The Old Port is also the starting point for trips along the turbulent Lachine Rapids, at the western end of the island!
Parc Jean Drapeau, is Montréal's playground. This gorgeous park is, in fact, two very lovely islands located in the middle of the Saint-Lawrence river: Île Notre-Dame and Île Sainte-Hélène. Take a paddleboat onto the canals, or enjoy a picnic on the grass along the Olympic Basin or spend a day at La Ronde. There's even a beautiful sandy beach where you can enjoy some fun in the sun. The Montréal Botanical Garden, created in 1931, is now one of the largest in the world. Visitors are sure to be captivated by the colors and fragrances from around the world. Wander from the delightful Chinese Garden to the heart of the Sonoran desert, from the peaceful oasis of the Japanese Garden to the classically designed French garden or the woodlands of the Laurentians.
The Montreal International Jazz Festival has become, THE jazz rendezvous of the planet. Some 2,000 artists and over 1.5 million festival-goers converge upon Montréal each summer. Located in the very heart of downtown Montreal, the Festival site is contained in the quadrilateral created by Ste-Catherine, President-Kennedy, Bleury and St-Urbain streets. The readily identifiable landmarks of Complexe Desjardins and the Place des Arts are right at the center of the festivities. The Montréal Canadiens have a new home. A building made-to-measure for a team rich in traditions and glory. 21,000 seats to accommodate fans to action packed events.
Come feel Montréal-a dynamic, modern and warm city!