MONTREAL & QUEBEC HOLIDAYS
Two cities bristling with European-influenced heritage and charm, Montreal and Quebec City offer an enticing blend of history, culture and charisma, traits that have established each as amongst Canada and North America’s best-loved destinations. A vibrant and colourful metropolis unlike anywhere else on the planet, Montreal has the unusual distinction of being the second-largest French speaking city in the world (behind only Paris), a reflection of its days as a European settlement on North American territory.
Indeed, Montreal owes much to its French legacy wherever you go, from the native tongue of its population, to the names of its landmarks, streets and attractions, to the designs of its cityscape. The ‘Old City’ of Veux-Montreal represents Montreal’s most quintessentially French neighbourhood, where riverside cafes, bistros, boutiques and galleries owe more than a nod to the romance of Paris, while it is also here where the spectacular neo-gothic Notre-Dame Basilica can be explored.
For the best views of Montreal, a visit to the peak of Parc du Mont-Royal affords marvellous 360-degree panoramas of this splendid city, though be sure to stay and explore the wider park with its ponds, hiking trails, cycle routes and paths, which have been designed specially to be enjoyed in the summer and in the winter.
Montreal is a city that has been tailored towards a changeable climate that can touch -15° in the winter, yet still top out at 30° in the summer. This is why you’ll find Montreal is a city to be enjoyed both overground and underground, with more than 1600 shops, 200 restaurants and 30 cinemas to be found in this climate-controlled ‘La Ville Souterraine’ (The Underground Town). Even so, whenever you come to Montreal, there is always a celebration to be had, whether it is for fashion, food, sport or ‘simply because’. It’s this reputation as a festival city that ensures Montreal remains lively around-the-clock, every day of the year.
Better still, Montreal is very well placed for travellers to visit the Canadian capital city of Ottawa, while historic Quebec City is also a mere three hours further along the St Lawrence River. A must-visit for anyone holidaying in the province of Quebec, Quebec City is regarded as Canada’s first settlement, a legacy that underpins its enchanting ambience to this day and has even assured it UNESCO World Heritage status. Such a status can be attributed to Quebec City being the only city in North America with its original fortified walls intact, the Basse-Ville and Haute-Ville areas wrapped in cobbled streets and quaint distinctive architecture to give the impression you could be strolling through a modest European town.
Indeed, simply walking through Quebec City is the best way to appreciate this simply beautiful city, where parks, museums and boulevards make this a wonderful spot to relax. For a true taste of Quebec City, however, visit the iconic Chateau Frontenac, a stately hotel on the riverfront that doubles as the city’s grandest landmarks.
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Montreal & Quebec City Highlights
Resplendent with French-infused charm, the exquisite cities of Montreal and Quebec City mark a scenic and fascinating stop on any Canada holiday.
With its leafy boulevards, grand neo-gothic architecture and winding streets, Montreal reflects its European legacy with its multi-lingual residents and a laidback ambience that could be considered akin to a Northern American Paris.
Home to the largest fortification in North America, nearby Quebec City is a glorious UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been defined over the centuries by a timeline that has seen it ruled by both the British and the French.
Key Highlights of Montreal & Quebec
- Admiring the exquisite Gothic Revival architecture of the Notre-Dame Basilica
- Exploring the UNESCO Old Town of French-inspired Quebec
- Touring the largest fortification in North America at Quebec’s Citadelle
- Whale watching in Saguenay-St Lawrence Marine Park
- Shopping in Montreal’s ‘underground city’
- Getting your kicks in Montreal’s world famous La Ronde amusement park
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