Parc JeanDrapeau (Jean - Drapeau Park) 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.
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