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Ideal for: History Buffs, Foodies, Culture Cravers
As you stroll the quaint cobblestone streets of Old Montréal (also known as Vieux-Montréal), you may forget you’re in Canada—the country’s second-largest city has a strong and proud French heritage, so much so that many residents speak French as their first language. Located on an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, Montréal offers a mix of Old World European charm and contemporary amenities. Discover prestigious museums, a diverse mix of restaurants, open-air farmers markets like Jean-Talon Market, trendy nightlife, and unique neighborhoods, including Vieux-Montréal. This historic part of town has buildings that date back to the 17th century.
Montréal gets its name from this park, which features a 761-foot-tall hill at its center; head to the top for unparalleled city views. When it’s warm out, rent a rowboat to explore Beaver Lake.
Montréal’s most impressive museum houses fine art including paintings by Rembrandt, Renoir, and Picasso as well as historic artifacts from World War I and furniture designed by Frank Gehry.
Built in 1824, this Gothic Revival cathedral features intricate statues and massive stained-glass windows; according to legend, architect James O’Donnell was so pleased with his design that he converted to Catholicism.
Montréal’s summers are warm and humid, with temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s Fahrenheit. Spring and fall are mild and pleasant times to visit. Winter can be very cold and snowy; the average temperature in the winter months is often in the single digits, with January being the coldest. On average, Montréal receives about three to four inches of precipitation per month.