Canada's second largest city is also second to Paris for the world's largest French-speaking population, but bilingual Montreal makes perfect sense. Of its four universities, two instruct in English and two in French. Sip coffee at an elegant cafe on a cobblestone street in Old Montreal or check out a heavy metal concert at the Parc Jean-Drapeau, ... Read more
site of the 1967 World Expo. The entertainment complex also has a Formula 1 racing circuit, artificial beach, huge pool, and even a casino. Montreal hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year, from fireworks competitions to jazz performances. When evening comes, get tickets for a Canadiens hockey game (if you can) or Cirque du Soleil (founded in Montreal), or stop by one of the restaurants that put Montreal on the foodie map. Hotels range from 18th-century stone homes to stylish modern high-rises. This is city you don't want to miss.


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Summer is when the masses come to Montreal. The mercury occasionally summons the strength to kiss 80F (27C) and the calendar is full of fun festivals that welcome a constant stream of energetic crowds. This may ... Read more
be the high season, complete with the accompanying inflated hotel prices, but this is also the time when the city is most alive. The spring and fall have just barely tolerable weather and fewer crowds, but not nearly as many enticing events. It is possible to visit during winter because a unique Underground City allows locals and visitors to explore tons of shops and restaurants without ever stepping foot into the frigid 26F (-3C) temperatures, but it would be a shame (and, frankly, a little weird) to miss seeing what exists above ground. Of course, winter is a real draw for skiers, who will love the snow from November to March.

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love the local french culture, great restaurant for an amazing price. Love the "vieux Montreal" and the "Mont Royal" park.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

A city with so much to offer in both culture and entertainment. With a great nightlife, fantastic history and world-class food, you will certainly find yourself immersed in a different world, all while in Canada.

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Los Angeles

A unique blend of Paris and NYC. Great bagels, poutine, shopping, and cobblestone old town!

West Linn, Oregon, USA

Trendy and fashion par excellence on St Hubert Street you have to love these fashions

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New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

We visited Montreal in March. It was pretty cold but we still had plenty to do. We stayed at a small hotel on St.Denis street which was blocks away from a bunch of restaurants all different styles. We visited the Notre Dame church which was absolutely lovely. We hiked up Mt. Royal and took pictures above the city. Our favorite was ice fishing At the Pier! A must do in winter in Montreal. Science museum was so not worth the money but the fine arts museum was beautiful!

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

The sophistication of France combined with the accessibility and friendliness of North America. Montreal is a paradise for foodies but offers plenty for history buffs and, despite its urban setting, has enough green spaces to appeal to those who love the outdoors. Montreal is a charmer and, if it weren't for the brutal winters, it would have double the population.

Old Montreal with its historic architecture, sophisticated restaurants, and diminutive scale is the highlight of the city and will appeal to anyone looking for a taste of Europe; however, the city is full of gems and visits to the Latin Quarter and Plateau Mont-Royal are a must. The Village serves as the center of the thriving LGBT community but gay and lesbian visitors will feel at home anywhere they go. Try poutine, eat a delicious Canadian bagel, and enjoy one of the cities delicious, if gamey, restaurants.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Beautiful! The people here really seem to enjoy life and that flows over into a visitor's experience of the city. There are lovely places to dine around every turn. And strolling around old town feels like you are in Europe. Everyone seems to speak both French and English so there was little trouble getting around if you only speak English. the closest thing to Europe I've seen in North America.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Love this town! It's beautiful and reminds me of Europe with the small town feel and cobblestone paths, and almost everyone here speaks French! Too bad I couldn't understand, but most people will speak English too. Public transportation is easy to take. Buses and metros! Metros were in French, but it's easy enough to navigate and everyone is friendly. They have weekend passes and three day passes - super convenient!


Beautiful City!
Spending all day to the old Montreal is unforgettable!
Montreal, a little big city!

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Local from Montreal, Canada

If you live in north america and you want a taste of europe but you hesitate to fly across an ocean, then montreal is a great choice for you.

The best time to come to montreal would be from May to September. (if you enjoy the summer) If you like the cold weather and skiing at our neighboring cities, then comes during winter(december-march).

Things to note: Banks can change USD/CAD easily. You can also change them at smaller forex shops around town.

Convenience stores stop selling alcohol at 11pm & clubs close at 3am (not including after-hour clubs though)

You can get away with speaking in english on the island.. so its really not uncomfortable to explore the city.