Montreal
Montreal

Montreal

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Montreal

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

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Flourishing on an island on the Saint Lawrence River, this typically North American city wonderfully combines old buildings with tall, modern towers. As the second largest French-speaking city in the world, Montreal is one of the most cosmopolitan places in Canada, where every district has a specific atmosphere. Some of those districts include: the Chinese, gay, business, student and historical districts, etc.
Reputed for its nightlife, Montreal can also be explored in the daytime, on foot, underground or on the ground. Its art galleries, bars, museums, shops, churches and parks are pleasant places to take in a breath of culture and enjoy yourself.
North of Montreal, the Laurentians, a hilly region with numerous lakes, provides a vast area for leisure sports, attracting skiers, fishermen, hikers and bathers, in other words, all nature lovers. South of Montreal, only a few miles separate us from the United States of America and New York is only a ten-hour bus ride away at the most.
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To see

The underground shopping centre with shops, restaurants and bars.
Numerous art galleries, museums and all types of festivals.
Old Montreal.
An open-air festival.

To do

Whether you go to a nightclub or watch a cabaret show, make sure that you enjoy the lively nightlife here.
Ski on the lit-up slopes of the Laurentians, a 40-minute drive away from Montreal.
Stroll along the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, where a maze is open from April onwards.
Visit the Notre-Dame Basilica, which is easy to spot from its two towers, as well as the Mac Cord, Fine Arts and Contemporary Arts museums.
Go and have a drink at the terrace of one of the numerous bars and restaurants around Jaques Cartier square.
Shop in Sainte-Catherine street, where all the international brands are gathered, but also brands that can only be found in North America.
Go from the Place des Armes (square), the departure point for the exploration of Old Montreal and stroll around the narrow lanes around the harbour.

pros

  • +  The lively city
  • +  The bearness to some ski slopes
  • +  The diversity of the neighbourhoods, from the trendiest to the most historic
  • +  The vast underground city

cons

  • -  You can't always find alcohol on the menu in the restaurants
  • -  The traffic jams

To think about

Wear a big coat in the winter by all means, but do not dress too warmly underneath so that you are able to shop in the underground shopping centres without sweltering.

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To avoid

Avoid eating too many poutines, as the consequences are enooorrrmmmooouuusss! This is a word of advice from a true poutine lover.

To try

Smoked meat served in generous sandwiches, a speciality of Montreal to be sampled at Schwartz's, the most authentic Montreal restaurant which has been serving the best smoked meat since 1928. Located on the historic St-Laurent boulevard, the 'Main', it has become an institution. Be warned though, there is often a long queue.
A stop off in Montreal is not complete without tasting the ultra-calorific 'poutine', a local speciality of chips, brown gravy and cheese curds.

To bring back

The classic maple syrup, which is better bought in a tin from a supermarket.
Clothes and knick-knacks in one of the original shops at the top of Saint-Denis street (near Mont-Royal underground station).

Weather Montreal

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Montreal . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Montreal so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Montreal , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Overall rating 30/100
  • Temperature indicators 2% Very cold

    Maximum temperature not to exceed 16°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 42% Showers

    Showers - averaging between 2.5mm and 3.5mm per day.

  • Sunbathing indicators 38% Cloudy

    Overcast 60% to 80% cloud cover.

  • Wind indicators 68% Light wind

    Light winds (between 6mph and 12mph).

  • Humidity indicators 66% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.