7 Day Itinerary in Montreal

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Montreal, Canada's "city of culture", is one of the country's hottest tourist locations. Montreal is the second most populous city in Canada and the sixth most populous city in all of North America. One could only imagine the amount of attractions there are in and around the city. Here is a 7 day itinerary to experience just a few of the city's many offerings.

Day 1 - Montreal Botanical Gardens

The Montreal Botanical Gardens has over 20,000 different plant species in 31 varied rooms. Be sure to arrive as early as possible though; the butterflies put on the best show early in the morning. In November and December, in the Insectarium, there is an even where people get to participate in tasting insects. The hours vary throughout the year, but are typically between 9am until 6pm. Admission is $5.00 for one hour, or $10.00 for the whole day.

Day 2 - Lachine Rapids Jet Boat Tours

Take a ride through the Lachine Rapids on a Jet Boat Tour. This attraction is available anytime from Spring to Autumn (the rest of the year is too cold). It's quite a blast crashing through the rapids and getting soaked from head to toe in the brisk water. None the less, it is exhilarating! Prices range from $45.00 to $65.00 depending on age.

Day 3 - Notre-Dame Basilica

The Notre-Dame Basilica, built in 1656, is known for it's classic Gothic Revival architecture and beautiful stained glass. Guided tours are available and included in the cost of admission. The Basilica is open for touring between 9am to 4pm and is $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children.

Day 4 - Jean-Talon Market

Take a stroll the Jean-Talon Market. The market is open every day of the year and features a myriad of different foods. Fruits, vegetables, meats and snacks are all for sample and purchase. One could easily spend all day walking through this incredibly diverse display of food.

Day 5 - Old Montreal

Just a short cab ride from downtown Montreal, Old Montreal is a real treat. Though a small section of the area is dedicated to souvenir shops, the rest is an interesting display of old homes, restaurants and cobblestone roads. There are also a few museums which typically cost $5.00 to $7.00.

Day 6 - Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

A full day's worth of excellent exhibits showcasing international contemporary and Canadian art. This two-building museum is open from 11am to 5pm. Admission is $15.00 for adults, $7.50 for students and free for children.

Day 7 - Mont (Mount) Royal

This 764-mountain, known by the locals as Mont Royal, is an excellent way to end a vacation. There are spots for picnicking and the view of the city is breathtaking.

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