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City Hopper: Montreal, Canada

November 13, 2013
Montreal

The city of Montreal, Canada

Montreal is the largest Canadian city in the Province of Quebec. It is named after Mount Royal which is the triple-peaked hill located in the heart of the city.

The view of Montreal from Mount Royal

The view of Montreal from Mount Royal

Metro Montreal has a population of nearly 1.7 million people and French is the official language here. French is spoken at home by about 57% of the population as well. Montreal is the largest primarily French-speaking city after Paris, France.

French is seen and heard throughout Montreal.

French is seen and heard throughout Montreal.

Montreal is an important center of commerce, finance, industry, technology, culture, world affairs and is the headquarters of the Montreal Exchange.

The Montreal Stock Exchange

The Montreal Stock Exchange

If you like architecture then you will really like Montreal. There are 50 National Historic Sites of Canada in Montreal which is more than any other city in Canada and there are many historical buildings that are still in their original form.

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Autumn leaves at Bonsecours Market

Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica and Bonsecours Market are just two of those that you can go see.

Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal, Canada

Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal, Canada

If you like to be outside there are several parks in Montreal to visit such as Mount Royal Park which sits on top of Mount Royal. Mount Royal Park is one of Montreal’s biggest green spaces and was designed by the same fellow that created Central Park in New York, Frederick Law Olmsted.

Beaver Lake on Mount Royal

Beaver Lake on Mount Royal

Special features of the park are Beaver Lake, a sculpture garden, and Smith House among others. Mount Royal Park overlooks Downtown Montreal.

Montreal Botanical Gardens

Montreal Botanical Gardens

If you are looking for something to do there are many museums and gardens in Montreal to keep you busy. You might want to visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts or relax in the Montreal Botanical Gardens among other things.

If you would like to read my other blogs about Canada click the links below:

City Hopper: Calgary, Canada

City Hopper: Victoria, B.C., Canada

Regional Adventures: Vancouver Island, Canada

City Hopper: Vancouver, B.C., Canada

World Travels: Canada

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