Sights in Montreal

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Clock Tower between rain storms

Clock Tower between rain storms

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Having inherited its name from the mountain “Mont-Royal”, Montreal is a unique French-speaking metropolis in the English speaking North American heartland. Montreal Sights vary from lovely natural landscapes to man-made marvels.

Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal

Montreal is a city teeming with beautiful churches, but none of the others will even come close to Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montreal in terms of beauty and elegance. Everything in this church, starting from its 228-feet twin tower, thousands of 24-carat gold stars in the dark blue ceiling or its 12-ton bass bell, is just magnificent. There are so many great works of arts all over the basilica that you may not even notice intricately decorated stained glass windows from Limoges or the intensely carved staircases. In the evening, the main church is darkened for a beautiful light and sound show which depicts the history of the church and its extraordinary art--and also some history of the city as well. The church is closed for tourists on Sunday mornings for prayers and mostly it is closed on Saturdays due to weddings. The oldest building of Montreal, the Vieux Seminaire (old seminary), situated on the west side of the basilica, is the home of the Sulpician priest who is the administrator of the basilica.

Jardin Botanique

Jardin Botanique in Montreal is the second largest botanical garden in the world, housing as many as 26,000 different species of plants. It has more than 30 thematic gardens including a rose garden, a Chinese garden, a Japanese garden, an alpine garden, a poisonous plant garden and the list goes on. The Japanese garden offers traditional tea ceremonies and houses a beautiful bonsai collection. On the other hand, the Chinese garden will take you back in time to Ming dynasty with its pagodas and waterfalls.

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal

If you are fond of art, then Musée des Beaux-Arts is a must-see destination for you. It has got the best collection of arts of Canadian artists in the world. The museum has been collecting arts since 1860 and has got in its collection artwork of Rembrandt, Renoir, Paul Emile Borduas, Paul Kane and the Group of Seven. Even if you are not an admirer of art, you must visit this place to view the lovely crafted wooden furniture and marvelous porcelain collection of the 18th century Britain, Japan and France that this museum displays.

Park Jean Drapeau

Named after the visionary mayor of Montreal, Jean Drapeau, the Jean Drapeau Park is a huge amusement park with delightful flower garden, a white sandy sea beach and a vibrant casino. It is a perfect weekend gateway to spend a rocking time with family and friends.

 

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Le Château Dufresne .

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The Château Dufresne was built in 1916 by Marius Dufresne and Jules Renard,a Parisian architect. This luxery 42-room hotel was inspired by the Petit Trianon in Versailles. This building and its contents were restored in 1976 and declared a historical monument. Tel: 514 256-4636 Address: 2929 Jeanne-d'Arc Street Montréal QC

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Fromagerie du Vieux-Saint-Francois .

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Visit one of Quebec's country style cheese producers. Tel: 1 450 666-6810 Fax: 1 450 666-8066 Address: 4740 boulevard des Mille-Iles Laval QC H7L 1K5

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St. Josephs Oratory

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Perched near the top of Mount Royal, it is the most visible landmark in Montreal.  The dome of St. Josephs Oratory can be seen from almost anywhere in the eastern part of the island.

Second only to the dome at the Vatican, it is the largest church in Canada with a capacity of 1000 for a mass.  Built in the early 1900's under the supervision of Brother Andre, and completed in 1967, the Oratory has mass several times a day, and has been recognized as the site of several "miracle cures".  Crutches and walkers line the columns in the main chapel.

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Mount Royal

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One of the most important historic sights of Montreal.

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Montréal Botanical Garden .

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The gardens feature 21,000 species arranged in displays covering 75 hectares. Tel: 514 872-1400 Directions: located at the corner of Pie-IX and Sherbrooke streets. Address: 4101 Sherbrooke East Montréal QC H1X 2B2

For a current view of one portion of the gardens, visit the Botanical Garden.

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Montréal Exchange .

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Here's an oppurtunity to tour a facility you wouldn't normally think of seeing. You can view traders in action from the viewing gallery and experience the frenzy and excitement of traditional trading. Personalized tours also take you through mechanized modules, multimedia stops, and audiovisual interactive stations. Tel: 514 871-2424 ext 271 Address: Tour de la Bourse 800 Victoria Square, 4th Floor Montréal QC

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Écomusée du fier monde .

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Tel: 514 528-8444 Address: 2050 Amherst Street Montréal QC

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Montréal Biodome

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The Montréal Biodome features four striking natural environments of North and South America: the Tropical Forest, the Laurentian Forest, the St. Lawrence Marine ecosystem, and the Arctic and Antarctic Polar Worlds. For a live view of the subantarctic zone, visit the Biodome. This image updates every 20 seconds.

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Notre Dame Basilica

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Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral
Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral

The original one with a replica in france. this church is big and beautiful

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Old Montréal

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For a view of Old Montréal , showing Place Jacques-Cartier, visit Old Montréal . The image updates every 30 seconds.

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Montréal Olympic Stadium .

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Olympic Stadium - taken from a moving car.
Olympic Stadium - taken from a moving car.
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The Montréal Olympic Stadium was built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montréal. After the olympics the stadium was used for the purpose of providing a facility to young athletes. It is was the home of the Montréal Expos until their move to Washington in 2004. It now serves as a venue for major events such as concerts and competitions, as well as being one of the most-visited attractions in the province. It is on the same site as the popular Biosphere/Biodome complex as well.

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The Clock Tower .

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Clock Tower between rain storms
Clock Tower between rain storms
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This historic clock tower was built in 1922 and still keeps time. It was originally erected to commemorate the courage of the men of the Merchant Fleet who were lost during World War I. Exhibits inside trace Montréal's history. The tower has a beautiful bird's eye view of the city of Montréal from the observatory. Tel: 514 496-PORT Address: Old Port of Montréal, Clock Tower Pier Montréal QC

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La Ronde

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Montreal's largest amusement park is La Ronde -situated in the parc des Iles. To see a live view of the park, and to obtain information on opening hours, visit La Ronde.

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Old Port of Montréal

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Montreal Port
Montreal Port
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For live views of the Port d'Escale, the Artist's Promenade and the Interactive Science Center, visit the old port.

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Cabane a sucre Costantin .

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Visit one of Quebec's sugar shacks. Tel: 1 450 473-2374 Fax: 1 450 473-2818 Address: 1054 boulevard Arthur-Sauve Saint-Eustache QC J7R 4K3

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Parc des Îles

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Montréal's largest park, Parc de Îles is easily reached by metro and a popular venue for outdoor lovers and athletes. Nautical equipment rental available. 15 km trail for biking and inline skating, rentals available. 3km trail for hiking, activity fee required. Snowshoe rental available at the Stewart Museum, call 1 514 861-6701. Tel: 1 514 872-4537 Toll Free: 1-800-797-4537

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Verger N. Boldec et Fille .

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Visit one of Quebec's orchards/vineyards. Tel: 1 450 661-3025 Fax: 1 450 661-3827 Address: 4305 rang Haut Saint-Francois Laval QC H7E 4P2

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Montreal Attractions & Holiday info

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What to see and do in Montreal, Canada Montreal, the island city, possesses a truly romantic and elegant atmosphere if somewhat chaotic. Claiming status as the second largest French-speaking city in the world, it is linked to its European roots by language and by architecture, reminding the visitor of other, older cities - worn but magnificent. It is a city in which style appears to count above all else, celebrating the religious roots of the city by the building of literally dozens of beautiful churches, and hosting a ragbag of festival events each spring and autumn. Montreal's more..

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