This lovely city hall building was built between 1872 and 1878. Located right across the street from Place Jacques Cartier it is right by the Champ de Mars. The balcony is where Charles de Gaulle... more
Overlooking the plane town of Montreal, the hill of Mount Royal (that gave name to the city) is at the same time, the "lungs" and the best sightseeing point of it.
Small lakes and statues embellish... more
The central area of Montreal shows a perfect combination between historic and modern buildings. If I had to choose a place to live in North America, I think this would be my first choice.
This unique indoor zoo, displays animals and vegatation from 4 distinct eco systems; tropical forest, Temperate northern forest (Local), Canadian Maritime, and polar. A great place to visit year... more
You go to a major church/basilica/cathedral and you don't normally find too many surprises. They are almost always masterpieces in their construction and decoration. One of the things that I found... more
As I was walking along exploring I saw this building with what looked like a Chinese temple on top of it. At first I filed it away and promised myself to go check it out in a bit. Coming closer i... more
The Chinese gardens are the most elaborate and the highlight of the Jardin Botanique. There are so much more than just a garden of Chinese plants. The exhibit includes a small rice exhibit, numerous... more
The Park was built for the 1976 Summer Olympics. The tower you see happens to be the largest inclined tower in the world. This created a great deal of controversy because of the expense.
One has to... more
Or in Francais, L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal. This is an amazing Catholic Shrine. I was very much looking forward to seeing it and it did not disappoint. The observation center in the dome is... more
Wow. Montreal sure is different from NY. And the Jazz festival is one prime example. It is a huge outdoor festival where most of the acts are FREE! Sure, the really big names require tickets, but from... more
The Ecomusee du fier monde commemorates the humble, middle-income people who actually did the heavy lifting in creating Montreal, and all cities. It's not about the rich and famous--they have their... more
We stayed far from this quarter, and only crossed it twice by car. Enough to make a decision: next time in Montreal it will have its own day.
Traditional architecture, and the mixture of styles and... more
Excellent comprehensive museum with extensive European and Canadian collections. The exhibits are spread out over several adjacent buildings - with the main entrance and gift shop being located across... more
Whether you like it or not when the Formula 1 Grand Prix comes to town in June you can't hide from it! Even thou you didn't go see the race, downtown there are numerous activities you can take part... more
At first glance Mary Queen of the World looks very impressive. You have to think it would look much more impressive were it not in the middle of so many skyscrapers in downtown Montreal. It is a... more
Probably one of the more prominant festivals during the summer in Montreal. There is SO SO SO much to do. Most of St. Denis is blocked off for pedestrians during mid-July when this festival runs.... more
Member of the Six Flags International family only since a few years, La Ronde is the biggest theme park in the Province of Quebec. With 35 rides such as the Boomerang, the Vertigo, the Manitou and... more
As you walk on you'll notice the hustle and bustle increasing, the laughter and conversations enlivening the streets.
For centuries, Montrealers and visitors have gathered here to shop, stroll, and... more
Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Must be 18 years or older. A free shuttle is available from various areas of Montreal from 10am until 7pm with hourly departures. There is bus service from the... more
The Planetarium Dow in downtown Montreal has been a favorite of children for over 30 years! Come and contemplate the world's skies in the "Star-theater". The Planetarium main piece of equipment is the... more
The Cathedrale Marie-Reine Du Monde design was started in 1852, construction in 1875 and the new church was consecrated in 1894 as Saint-James Cathedral. The building was a replacement for the former... more
Another festival you can experience for FREE in Montreal is the Fireworks festival. It is an international competition so the creativity and quality is second to none.
I saw a few performances in... more
Don't confuse this with the Biodome. The Biosphere is located in the geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller to serve as the American Pavilion for Expo '67. A fire destroyed the acrylic skin of... more
I lived in Montreal from December 2002 until April 2004. It's a very unique city to visit.
A lot of people ask me what it was like to live in. I initially found it difficult to describe but a friend...
I love visiting cities, and Montreal was a great quick get-away from our home in New Jersey, about a 7-hour drive.
This is the view from our hotel window. What an unexpected delight to throw open the...
I visited Montreal on a last minute travel deal. I had always wanted to visit Quebec but had viewed Montreal as its poor substitute. Boy , was I wrong! This is a great french city with tons to do and...