Old Montreal, Montreal
Favorite thing: It was a cold winter morning as we strolled through the old town. Everything was still closed, and it was nice to window shop without a soul insight! Not too much to do here, as it was the middle of winter, but you should visit. Here I am in the main square, called Place Jacques Cartier.
Favorite thing: For many North Americans Vieux Montreal is the closest that they will get the European atmosphere. This old town of one of North America's oldest towns has been handsomely restored in an attempt to make it look like it did in the 18th century. Vieux Montreal caters to the tourists' taste. It full of decent restaurants, cafes and bars. It is also home to the rather aged Hotel de Ville (City Hall) and the Basilique Notre-Dame which probably the most beautiful place of worship that I visited in Canada.
This is a view of the promenade along the Old Port with Bonsecours Market and the Jacques Cartier bridge in the background.
In summertime this is a very popular area for both locals and tourists. Usually constant activity going on and lots of family-friendly things to do (Montreal Science Center, Imax theatre, Bonsecour basin, etc.) Also where tickets for river cruises and riding the Lachine rapids can be bought.
Fondest memory: Beautiful area on a summer afternoon or evening, like this one in mid-August.
Explore Vieux-Montreal with all historic sights around the Place Jacques-Cartier, which is the gathering and street entertainment site in the area.
Put a special emphasis on the Notre-Dame Basilica (see photo) with the Sacred Heart Chapel.
But also the City Hall from 1878 and the Bonsecours Market as a bustling marketplace with shops and exhibitions are worth a visit.
Go to Old Montreal (METRO Place d'Armes) and walk around. The city is faboulous for walking in any season. There are many new boutique hotels (Gault Hotel, Hotel Nelligan, Hotel Saint-Paul, Hotel Saint-James) in Old Montreal and the area is seeing a veritable renaissance. Lots of good restos as well. Check out the Notre-Dame Basilica at Place d'Armes.....the most beautiful blue interior.
Fondest memory: When I am away from my home I miss the openess, the acceptance, the freedom and the joie de vivre in the city. I miss the people. Oh yeah, and I miss the bagels :-)
A Clean City! It's truly impressive how impressive Vieux Montreal (the old city). The fact that many of the streets are pedestrianized helps a lot - it keeps down both air and noise pollution. In fact, I think that Montreal is noticeably cleaner than most comparable European cities.
The first two pictures are from my 1996 visit to the city, while the photos of the old warehouses along the quai are from 2008.
In planning our trip to Canada I came acros this excellent website about Old Montreal:
It has lots of really detailed information about Vieux Montreal and an amazing knowledge base with interactive maps which let you examine detailed information from the city records about every building in the area, including pictures (recent and archive), construction and architectural notes, ownership and current usage etc. and this for every single building in the area. There are even notes on each street and piece of public art.
The direct link to the knowledge base is here:
This is by far the best civic/architectural heritage site that I have seen.
But I will have to wait until November to see if the actual reality lives up to the virtual representation of this website.
We shall see!
I went to Montreal for just a night.
I could only go to Old Montreal, but it was an unforgettable night for me.
When I get there, it was night time.
It was soooooo romantic and beautiful place.
I've never been such a wonderful place.
I recommend you to go there with a person you really love.
There are lots of musicians, artists.
I'm sure you'll have fun!!!!!
To The Atwater Market and Park beside the newly renovated Lachine canal with its walking and Bike paths all along the canal and into the City.
Fondest memory: Visiting The Lachine canal by guided boat tour and The International Mosaicultures with guide
Le bateau Mouche at Old Montreal is a tourist excursion boat, that will let you see the Saint Lawerance river and Montreal.
Departures from Jacques-Cartier Pier
every day from Mid-May to Mid-October
at: 10 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Dinner-cruise at 7 p.m.
Boarding: 30 minutes before departure
(514) 849-9952 or 1 800 361-9952
Fax (514) 849-9851
Regular Day Tour Rates
$17.00 Students/Seniors 65+
$9.00 Children (12-)
Favorite thing: Just south of St. Catherine Street, and also on the Metro, you can reach Old Montreal, or Vieux Montreal. An old French section of the city, which still has the original narrow cobble-stone streets, just like in Europe. You will find older buildings that have been preserved and upgraded. You will find charming shops, and the best French restaurants, many where you can sit on the sidewalk cafe and watch the sights and sounds of Montreal pass by. You will find Notre Dame Cathedral, the famous gothic Cathedral where Celine Dion (she's ours) was married. You can also take a Caleche ride, that's a Horse-drawn carriage ride through Old Montreal. During the day, or at night, the street lights and old-world charm make Vieux Montreal a must see experience.
Favorite thing: climb the clocktower (Tour d'Horloge). From here there is a great view over the Vieux Port with the skyscrapers of downtown in the background, and in the other direction, the St Laurent River and Ile Sainte-Helene.
Favorite thing: Visit the old town / harbour front. It's an awesome recreational area, with plent of space to ride your bicycle and roller blade, or just lay down on the grass and enjoy. Take it easy, though, because there are a lot of people here during the summer, and there are plenty of things going on. Especially during the 'Just for laughs' festival.
See more than I did!!! Scheduling only one day for Montreal is one of my biggest regrets on my trip. This city deserves several days at the least.
Fondest memory: I loved walking around old Montreal with all the narrow streets and old buildings. Everything in Canada is so modern and Montreal reminded me a little bit of Europe. It's such a unique city here in Canada.
The Old city the one which was founded by french people leaded by Mainsonneuve , and surrounded by a wall during the English and French Wars is the most interesting thing I saw in Montreal.
You can still visit historic buildings and monuments in all the area between the Champ of Mars and the River St Lawrence.
Fondest memory: I enjoyed when I visited the Cityhouse of Montreal. There De Gaulle shouted to the crowds :'Vive le Quebec libre'