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Parc JeanDrapeau (Jean - Drapeau Park)


Basilique Notre-Dame The most significant landmark of VieuxMontreal is this mammoth Gothic Revival undertaking designed by Irish architect James O’Donnell and built between 1824-9. This thriving Catholic church has a stunning medieval-style interior that features walnut-wood carvings, exquisite stainedglass windows, 24-carat gold stars in a vaulted blue ceiling, as well as one of the largest Casavant organs in North America.

La Citadelle Dramatically set atop Cap Diamant, this installation of 10 buildings is the largest military fortification in North America. Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, the site was begun by the French in 1750, but much of the striking star-shaped battlement seen today was constructed by the British between 1820 and 1850, built to defend the city from possible invasion from the United States, in the 19th century.

Biosphere Nothing captures the exuberance of Expo ‘67 better than the geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983) as the American Pavilion. It’s only a skeleton


now—the polymer panels that protected the U.S. exhibits from the elements were burned out in a fire long ago—but it’s still an eye-catching sight, like something plucked from a science-fiction film.

Jardin Botanique (Botanical Garden) With 181 acres of plantings in summer and 10 greenhouses open all year, Space for Life Montréal’s Jardin Botanique is the second-largest attraction of its kind in the world (after England’s Kew Gardens). It grows more than 26,000 species of plants, and among its 30 thematic gardens are a rose garden, an alpine garden, and—a favorite with the kids—a poisonous-plant garden.

Oratorie St-Joseph (St-Josephi’s Oratory) The most devout Catholics climb the 99 steps to its front door on their knees. It is the world’s largest and most popular shrine dedicated to the earthly father of Jesus, and it’s all the work of a man named Brother André Besette (1845–1937).

The park includes La Ronde (a major amusement park), acres of flower gardens, a beach with filtered water, and the Casino de Montréal. There’s history, too, at the Old Fort, where soldiers in colonial uniforms display the military methods used in ancient wars. In winter you can skate on the old Olympic rowing basin or slide down iced trails on an inner tube.

Old Montreal Old Montreal is today a safe and vibrant community of hotels, restaurants, boutiques, rich in 17th & 18th history and charm - truly unique in North America. Old Montreal can be easily walked around in a day but several of its attractions, like the Point Calliere Museum, which explores the history of Montreal through archaeological studies and artefacts, and Notre Dame Basilica, which was completed in 1829 and has a unique light and sound show that recounts a history of Old Montreal and the church, as well as fine restaurants and shopping mean you can easily fill more than one day here.

Jean-Talon Market The Jean Talon gives a rich authentic market experience and lets you mingle with and buy the same foods as local residents. In addition to fresh food, the market has interesting shops, including those selling kitchen gadgets, fine olive oils and spices, Quebec goods and more.

Parc du MontRoyal The geographic highlight of Montreal is undeniably Mont-Royal’s steep slopes. Named by Jacques Cartier in 1535, the protected district of Parc du Mont-Royal covers more than 343 acres of forested mountain, providing abundant green spaces, shrubs and flowers, as well as habitats for hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife. Designed in 1876 by Frederick Law Olmsted, Mont-Royal continues to inspire locals as an arboreal delight in the center of their metropolis – activity options, depending on the time of year, include skating, cycling, paddle-boating, tobogganing and snowshoeing. To the northwest of the park is the impressive Oratoire StJoseph.

Ile d’Orleans A haven of greenery and tranquility, Ile d’Orleans was one of the first European settlements in the New World, and is referred to as the cradle of French civilization in North America. Ever since Jacques Cartier arrived here in 1535, the six parishes along this 30-km island have maintained many of the French traditions of the first settlers, and over 600 heritage buildings present a preserved architectural gem. The fertile soil means that the island’s produce has become known as the area’s open-air market.